Harrison [†] is an incorporated township located in the center of Gloucester County, New Jersey. The township is bounded by six municipalities: East Greenwich Township to the northwest, Mantua Township to the north, Glassboro Borough to the east, Elk Township to the southeast, South Harrison Township to the south, and Woolwich Township to the west.
At the heart of Harrison Township is the historic village of Mullica Hill, established in the early 1700s. Local roadways and the two‑lane federal highway U.S. 322 flow through the historic district before connecting to major transportation corridors such as State Highway 55 and the New Jersey Turnpike. On its western end in Gloucester County, U.S. Route 322 connects to the Commodore Barry Bridge, crossing over the Delaware River.
Harrison Township occupies approximately 12,230 acres or 19.1 square miles on the coastal plain of New Jersey. Harrison's land use reflects its natural setting, its long agricultural past, and the successive waves of suburban residential development that have occurred since the end of World War II. Residential development is concentrated primarily in the center of the township along Main Street and Route 45 and along Route 322, although new subdivisions of residential housing are located in a widening, disconnected circle around that center. During the 1990s, Harrison increased its population by 4,000 residents, a 54 percent increase. As of 2000, nearly half of Harrison Township's land (5,900 acres) was still in agricultural production.
† Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Environmental Resources Inventory for the Township of Harrison, 2020, www.dvrpc.org, accessed September, 2020.
Nearby Towns: Deptford Twp • East Greenwich Twp • Elk Twp • Glassboro Boro • Mantua Twp • Pitman Boro • South Harrison Twp • Wenonah Boro • Woodbury Heights Boro •