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Burlington County New Jersey

With more acres devoted to farming than any other New Jersey county, Burlington County is among the nation's leaders in the agriculture industry. Yet in addition to its strong agricultural presence – Burlington County is known for producing sweet corn and fruit – New Jersey's largest county also offers unique residential and commercial regions. The county's 40 municipalities span 827 square miles and stretch from the vast Pinelands that meet the Atlantic Ocean to historic downtowns along the Delaware River. It is no wonder Burlington County is one of the fastest-growing counties in southern New Jersey.

Burlington County is in the midst of a tremendous surge in residential communities and in population figures. The most highly populated communities are in the western portion of the county, closer to Philadelphia. Evesham Township, with more than 45,000 residents, and Mount Laurel Township, with more than 44,000 residents, are the largest. Evesham Township, also known as Marlton, is an affluent town just 15 miles from Center City Philadelphia. The township features old, elegant homes and new modern housing developments, with a median 2008 sale price of $252,000. Marlton's quaint historic downtown village is adjacent to many newly built, prominent shopping centers like The Promenade. The contrast of old and new gives Evesham classic charm and present-day panache. Nearby Mount Laurel is another pleasant suburban community with attractive homes that had a median 2008 sale price of $222,500. Mt. Laurel offers both commercial and residential appeal, as many of South Jersey's top employers are based in Mt. Laurel. Both Mt. Laurel and Marlton are easily accessible from Philadelphia via Route 70.

Moorestown StorefrontTwo of the more affluent townships in southern New Jersey are Moorestown and Medford. Located on opposite sides of Mt. Laurel, their 2008 median home sale prices were $479,000 and $390,000, respectively. Both are often considered among the most desirable residential areas in the region. Colonial-styled Moorestown, in the northwestern portion of the county, is a small-town with an emphasis on community. Magnificent new homes as well as beautiful older homes make the area strikingly picturesque. In fact, Money Magazine proclaimed Moorestown as "America's Best Town" in the summer of 2005. While Moorestown is just a 15-minute drive from Center City Philadelphia, Medford, a little further east, is about a 35-minute drive. Brimming with woods and lakes, Medford is an ideal location for those who enjoy a more natural, relaxed setting. Spacious homes built among a backdrop of trees make this woodland area particularly appealing.

Moving south and east through Burlington County, you'll come across a large portion of the New Jersey Pinelands. Considered a natural reserve, the Pinelands, sparkling with lakes and streams and filled with tall pines and oak trees, attract many visitors. The small township of Shamong, which is in the Pinelands, borders Medford in the southwestern part of Burlington County. This is a rural, quiet community 50 minutes from Philadelphia. However, Shamong's recent increase in home construction has made it more developed than some of Burlington County's other pineland municipalities, such as Woodland Township and Bass River Township. The 2008 median home sale price in Shamong Township was $388,750.

No matter where you live in Greater Philadelphia, add the New Jersey Pine Barrens to your must-see list. As our country's first National Reserve, the Pine Barrens is the largest body of open space on the East Coast between Richmond and Boston. Its 17-trillion gallon underground water supply is of some of the purest in the United States. The Pine Barrens is ideal for outdoor recreation and nature studies. Adults love the area's beauty, and tales of the "Jersey Devil," a legendary part-human creature that has haunted the forest for more than 260 years, mystify children. From flat water canoeing to kayaking, from hiking to camping — there's just so much to see and do!

If you travel to the northwestern portion of Burlington County, communities such as Maple Shade and Cinnaminson are much closer to Center City Philadelphia. These suburban locations are primarily residential yet also have many thriving businesses. Maple Shade is a family-oriented town with affordable homes and good schools. Revitalization and beautification projects along Maple Shade's Main Street have recently enhanced the downtown area and continue to increase property values. Cinnaminson, directly across the Delaware River from Northeast Philadelphia, balances industrial business and suburban residents. Inhabitants of Cinnaminson are known for taking great pride in their community. There is also a $100 million redevelopment effort underway on Route 130.

Heading to northeast Burlington County, away from Philadelphia, you'll find Florence Township and Bordentown Township. Florence is roughly 45 minutes from downtown Philadelphia and Bordentown is just six miles from Trenton, N.J. Situated on the Delaware River, Florence is a small town that boasts numerous farms and three miles of riverfront homes. Scenic Bordentown Township has made maintaining and safeguarding natural resources a priority.

High school academics and athletics are quite notable in Burlington County, as many public schools excel in both areas. Academically, public schools such as Moorestown High School, Shawnee High School (Medford), Lenape Regional High School (Mt. Laurel), and Cherokee High School (Marlton) routinely post average SAT scores above the New Jersey state average.

Great things are happening in Burlington County. Many residents, as well as many high-profile businesses, now call it home. Perhaps the appeal lies in the county's unique combination of history and modernity. With its ability to offer a flourishing suburbia or a serene pineland escape, Burlington County is truly a great place to live, work and play.

RESOURCES

POPULATION
445,475

BURLINGTON COUNTY WEB SITE
www.co.burlington.nj.us

COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING
609-265-5000

COUNTY SEAT
49 Rancocas Rd.
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

LOCAL DAILY NEWSPAPER

Burlington County Times
4284 Rt. 130
Willingboro, NJ 08046
609-871-8000
www.phillyburbs.com/bct

BURLINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

2 Academy Dr.
Westhampton, NJ 08060
609-265-5060
www.state.nj.us/education

MAIN LIBRARY

Burlington County Library
5 Pioneer Blvd.
Westampton, NJ 08060
609-267-9660
www.bcls.lib.nj.us
There are seven branch libraries and nine member libraries in the Burlington County system.

REALTORS

Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors
306 Kings Hwy. South
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
856-428-1013
www.bccar.us

HOSPITALS & HOUSING INFO

For a listing of Hospital Systems located in Burlington County, see the Medical Services Section - Greater Philadelphia Hospital Systems.

Click here for County Housing Information and Related Figures.

 
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