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Princeton is a borough in Mercer County, in the Trenton metro area.

The community was formerly called Prince's Town; named for the Prince of Orange and Nassau, who later became King William III
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New Jersey named Princeton. For links to other places called Princeton, NJ, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Princeton is 40.348N. The longitude is -74.659W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 203 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 13,577.


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Median household income
Local
$67,346
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Princeton demographic reports
Princeton is on the Millstone River.
Former and merged names include:
· Prince Town
Site of major Revolutionary War battle, in 1777. Once a stop on the New York-Philadelphia Turnpike

Barbara Boggs Sigmund, daughter of U.S. Reps. Hale and Lindy Boggs and sister of ABC news correspondent Cokie Roberts, served as mayor

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 17. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.2 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 among towns in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1998 movie, "One True Thing"
· 1994 movie, "IQ"
· 2001 movie, "A Beautiful Mind"
Well-known residents have included:
· Albert Einstein, scientist
· Esther Dyson, venture capitalist, author
· Mary Chapin Carpenter, singer and songwriter
· Paul Robeson, singer and dancer
· John McPhee, writer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Performing arts: Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Marquand Park, Herrontown Woods Arboretum, Community Park, Mountain Lake Nature Preserve, Woodfield Reservation
Historic sites and museums: Princeton Battlefield State Park, Rockingham Historic Site, Drumthwacket, Historic Morven, Bainbridge House, Princeton University Art Museum
Colleges and universities: Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Westminster Choir College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
I think of Princeton as being lazy and good-looking and aristocratic - you know, like a spring day.
-- This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Princeton residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Princeton ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Princeton was $27,292, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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60% of Princeton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Princeton include Jugtown Historic District, Kingston Mill Historic District, Lake Carnegie Historic District, Princeton Battlefield Historic District, Princeton Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Princeton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $872.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,279.


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Libraries in Princeton include Princeton Public Library, West Windsor Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Princeton include Princeton Packet, Princeton Town Topics

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Mercer County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Princeton political report.

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Princeton restaurants taking online reservations include Hyatt Regency Princeton - the Crystal Garden, Mediterra, Triumph Brewing Company - Princeton ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Princeton workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Princeton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Princeton include Amerisuites, Chauncey Conference Center, Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn, Courtyard Princeton, Doral Forrestal, Extended Stay America, Holiday Inn Hotels, Hyatt Regency Princeton, Nassau Inn, Palmer Inn ... More hotels.

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“ I think of Princeton as being lazy and good-looking and aristocratic - you know, like a spring day. ”
~ This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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