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Turnersville, New Jersey, is a community and census-designated place located in Washington Township in Gloucester County. It covers 1.5 square miles of Washington’s 21.6 square miles. The population of Turnersville is 3,700 compared to 48,550 for the township.
There are five townships named Washington in New Jersey, each in a separate county. Washington Township in Gloucester has shifted counties several times in the past, once being part of Camden County before returning to Gloucester County. There are over ten communities in New Jersey that are also named Washington.
Washington Township has a variety of major roads, giving residents access to other parts of the state. Additionally, the Atlantic City commuter rail line runs nearby, and the NJ Transit offers bus service to Philadelphia.
Washington Township is one of many areas of New Jersey that was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lanape Native Americans. They were settled in over 21 encampments in the area, including Tetamekon, which was located where the Grenloch Terrace area is today.
European settlement began in the 1770s, including the Turner family for which Turnersville would be named. The township grew up around a grist mill, and had over 200 working farms by 1885, and was incorporated in 1836. Many of the other earlier settlers’ names can be found in landmarks, communities, and other areas throughout the township.
Today, Washington has a number of residential communities and two major business districts, located around the town center and along Route 42. With a variety of industries and services and an excellent school system, Washington is considered a family town. Washington boasts a variety of famous residents, including Tara Lapinski, the gold-medal winning Olympic figure skater and King Kong Bundy, WWF fighter and stand-up comic.
Gloucester County is located in the western part of New Jersey, south of Philadelphia and to the northwest of Atlantic City. It covers 337 square miles, and has a population of 291,000. Much of the county is characterized by low-lying rivers and coastal plains.
Some of the townships within the county are among the oldest settlements in New Jersey, including Swedesboro and Bridgeport. The county itself was established in 1686, though land was later taken for Camden and Atlantic counties. The county was mainly agricultural for much of its history.
Turnersville, NJ is an unincorporated community that lies within Washington Township in Gloucester County, New Jersey. As a population center, it has a variety of residential areas as well as several businesses. Turnersville, and Washington Township, are known to be ideal places for families to settle, with easy commuting to Philadelphia and Atlantic City.