The Borough of Princeton was settled in 1696 and incorporated in 1813. Princeton Township was first settled by Quakers in 1838. In 2013, both of these municipalities consolidated to become the singular Princeton.
The town is most famous for Princeton University, founded in 1746 as The College of New Jersey. For a few months in 1783, Princeton served as the nation's capital, with Congress convening in Nassau Hall on the college campus. More than history draws visitors and new residents to Princeton. Located midway between New York City and Philadelphia, with convenient bus and train transportation, Princeton is lively and stylish, but casual. The downtown business district is complete with charming boutiques, interspersed with popular national stores, draws shoppers from far and wide. Princeton Shopping Center also provides a wonderful blend of fine restaurants, gourmet food stores, and interesting shops, combined with ample free parking. Other points of interest include Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton Battlefield State Park, and Lake Carnegie, a popular and scenic site for boating.
Housing in the downtown area is always in demand, whether single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, townhouses, or senior residences. Princeton also provides a wonderful mixture of single-family homes, condominiums, townhouses, senior housing, assisted living, and apartments on tree-lined streets. For public transportation, bus and train service are both available. Princeton has many beautiful parks and walking trails- Barbara Smoyer Memorial Park, Herrontown Woods, Turning Basin Park, Woodfield Reservation, and Greenway Meadows are only a few that can be found in the municipality.
Princeton maintains a community swimming pool for residents as well as tennis, basketball, baseball, and soccer facilities offering a broad range of recreation and sports for children. The Princeton Arts Council, YWCA, and YMCA offer recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities.
Mayor: Mark Freda
Population: 16,265 (2010) Square miles: 17
District: 12th Congressional District - 16th Legislative District
Type of Government: Mayor - Council
Housing Cost Range: $250,000 to $6,250,000
Public Library: Princeton Public Library 609-924-9529
Property Tax Rate: 1.965
Cable: Patriot Media 866-728-1776, Verizon (http://fios.verizon.com/fios-coverage.htm)
Refuse Removal: Municipal
Water: NJ American Water 800-272-1325
- City of Trenton
- East Windsor Township
- Ewing Township
- Hamilton Township
- Hightstown Borough
- Hopewell Borough
- Hopewell Township
- Township of Lawrence
- Pennington Borough
- Robbinsville Township
- West Windsor Township
- Other Towns Near Princeton