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Mercer County New Jersey

Located midway between Philadelphia and New York City, central New Jersey's Mercer County is the perfect place for anyone who wishes to be close to two major metropolitan marketplaces. As past home to the Leni Lanape Tribe, colonists and revolutionaries, the county has a unique history of scholarship, industry and technology. Its recent string of economic development projects has resulted in increased job opportunities for residents.

The county's 13 municipalities and 226 square miles offer farmland, suburbs and industry, gently mixing residential living with rural and urban influences. Mercer County is home to Trenton, the capital of New Jersey and Mercer's county seat. This culturally diverse city is on the southeastern border of the county along the Delaware River, approximately one hour from Philadelphia and accessible by SEPTA regional rail. The city has undergone recent revitalization, particularly among buildings such as the New Jersey State House, the nation's second-oldest capital building in continuous use. Economic enhancements in Trenton include new sports complexes. Mercer County Waterfront Park is home to minor league baseball's Trenton Thunder, a New York Yankees affiliate, and Sovereign Bank Arena is home to the Trenton Devils, a minor league hockey team for the New Jersey Devils. Another major addition to Trenton's landscape is the new River LINE, a rail transit service that connects Trenton to Camden's Walter Rand Transportation Center (connected to Philadelphia via PATCO) and makes regional commutes a breeze.

Drumthwacket Governors MansionTrenton offers many diverse areas to set up a home. The citizens of Trenton's Mill Hill neighborhood have taken community to a new level. This historic section was saved from aggressive redevelopers in part by The Old Mill Hill Society, a residential civic organization that advances the interests of the neighborhood. Now its beautiful Victorian townhouses are recognized as historic landmarks. Chambersburg, another section of the city, is locally known as "The Burg." It is a culturally diverse section of Trenton with a warm small-town atmosphere and affordable homes. Row homes with front stoops and covered porches are plentiful and add to the community feel; residents often sit on their porches and chat with passing neighbors. If you live in Chambersburg you can enjoy the luxury of being able to walk to just about everywhere — the bank, the post office, a local tavern, even to downtown Trenton. And no discussion of Chambersburg would be complete without mentioning the multiple Italian restaurants that have earned it the nickname of "New Jersey's Little Italy." Make sure you save your appetite for the delicious feasts!

Moving northeast from Trenton you'll encounter Hamilton Township, the most populated municipality in Mercer County. The township has a rich mix of communities, even including farmland. More than 90,000 residents make their home in Hamilton, and housing options include condominiums, single-family homes, and active adult communities. Homes had a median sale price of $243,500 in 2008. Office parks and retail centers are dispersed throughout the township, and shopping has emerged as a major activity as the Hamilton Marketplace has brought many new stores to the area. Additionally, the township has several recreational activities, including two flagship festivals — "the Azalea Festival in May and the Fall Festival in October — and Grounds for Sculpture, a 35-acre sculpture park and museum.

At the heart of Mercer County, strategically positioned along Interstate 95/295 and the U.S. Route 1 corridor, is Lawrence Township, or "Lawrenceville." A pleasant, family-oriented community, homes in the area are very attractive, with styles that range from historic townhouses to residential subdivisions, from estates to farms. Homes had a median sale price of $290,000 in 2008. Lawrence Township residents enjoy spending time in downtown Lawrenceville — the historic Main Street is being revitalized, and neighbors now hold Lawrence Township Community Days in the village area. The township is perhaps most well known for the distinguished Lawrenceville School, an independent, residential preparatory high school that is set on a stunningly scenic campus and attracts students from around the country.

Looking for all-around style and charm? Head to Princeton, an upscale community nationally recognized for the acclaimed Princeton University. While the Ivy League school has brought awareness to the area, Princeton deserves much distinction in its own right. The community of more than16,000 residents is predominantly residential, with magnificent homes and picturesque landscapes. Princeton residents take great pride in their neighborhoods and have a strong sense of tradition. Many locals flock to Princeton's downtown at Palmer Square, an area synonymous with upscale shopping and fine dining. Here, quaint shops outlined in crisp white trim are decorated with Colonial-style shutters. The unassuming beauty of Princeton's downtown, enhanced by willowy trees, lush lawns and blooming flowers, makes it a Mercer County highlight.

If you find a small town and close-knit community appealing, Hopewell Borough might be the perfect location for you. It's easy to see why its friendly residents take pride in their town, with a top-notch school district, beautiful setting, and historic structures. Hopewell is the perfect place for a nature lover. The hiking trails of nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve lead to a breathtaking aerial view of the town, and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association offers classes in subjects such as bird watching and outdoor tracking. Also not to be missed are the many family-friendly activities and community groups that make the borough unlike any other place around.

With beautiful neighborhoods and a prime location, Mercer County has so much to offer. It has top educational institutions, like The College of New Jersey, Rider University and Princeton University; world-class industries, like Bristol-Myers Squibb and Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc; and an abundance of historical and cultural attractions, like the State House, Princeton Battlefield State Park and Mill House Playhouse. Mercer County is a wonderful place to call home — come find out if it's right for you.

RESOURCES

POPULATION
364,883

MERCER COUNTY WEB SITE
www.mercercounty.org

COUNTY GOVERNMENT
609-989-6518

COUNTY SEAT
Mercer County Administration Building
640 S. Broad St.
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650

LOCAL DAILY NEWSPAPERS

The Times
500 Perry St.
Trenton, NJ 08618
609-989-5454
www.nj.com/times

The Trentonian
600 Perry Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
609-989-7800
www.trentonian.com

MERCER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

1075 Old Trenton Rd.
Trenton, NJ 08690
609-588-5884
www.state.nj.us/education

MAIN LIBRARY

Mercer County Library System
Lawrence Headquarters

2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-882-9246
www.mcl.org
There are nine total branch libraries in this system. There are also five independent public libraries in the county.

REALTORS

Mercer County Association of Realtors
1428 Brunswick Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-392-3666
www.mercerrealtors.com

HOSPITALS & HOUSING INFO

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

Click here for County Housing Information and Related Figures.

 
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