Princeton, New Jersey

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Location in Mercer County
Location in Mercer County
Basic data
Foundation : 1894
State : United States
State : New Jersey
County : Mercer County
Coordinates : 40 ° 21 ′  N , 74 ° 39 ′  W Coordinates: 40 ° 21 ′  N , 74 ° 39 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 28,572 (as of 2010)
Population density : 605.3 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 47.8 km 2  (approx. 18 mi 2 ) of
which 47.2 km 2  (approx. 18 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 58 m
Postcodes : 08540, 08542, 08544
Area code : +1 609
FIPS : 34-60900
GNIS ID : 0885361
Website :
Mayor : Liz Lempert (Democrat)

Princeton [ ˈpɹɪnstən ] is an American university town with 6,885 students in Mercer County ( New Jersey ), according to the 23rd United States Census 28,572 (Princeton Township: 16,265; Borough of Princeton: 12,307) people live (as of 2010) .


The city was one of the hot spots in the American Revolutionary War . The Battle of Princeton was decided on January 3, 1777.

Princeton was the capital of the United States of America for six months in 1783 . At that time, the Second Continental Congress was meeting in the famous Nassau Hall on the grounds of Princeton University .

Administratively, the city of Princeton consisted of two parishes from 1894 to 2012 when it split over a dispute over school fees in Princeton Township and Princeton Borough . In November 2011, the parishes decided to merge again into one parish, which would then simply be called Princeton. The merger took effect on January 1, 2013.


City administration

Liz Lempert (left) speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony for US President Grover Cleveland at Princeton Cemetery on March 18, 2013.

The first mayor of the reunited Princeton is the Democrat Liz Lempert.

Town twinning

Princeton has partnerships with Colmar in France , Pettoranello del Molise in Italy and Kalianpur in India .

Economy and Infrastructure

Educational institutions

The renowned Princeton University has been based in Princeton since 1756; it was founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey (until 1896) in Elizabeth . The Institute for Advanced Study , on which Albert Einstein worked, among others , is also based in Princeton. Other colleges in Princeton include Westminster Choir College (Rider University) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Princeton is also home to one of New Jersey's most renowned theaters, the McCarter Theater .

Established businesses

Although Princeton is best known for the university, a number of well-known commercial and industrial companies are also based there. For example, Opinion Research Corporation , Siemens Corporate Research , Bristol-Myers Squibb , Sarnoff Corporation , FMC Corporation , The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , Amrep , Church & Dwight , Berlitz Corporation and Dow Jones & Company are based in Princeton with their headquarters or significant subsidiaries. In neighboring Lawrenceville there is still a BASF agricultural research facility . German companies are also increasingly settling in Princeton. They are supervised by the Princeton Institute, which has set up its own department for this purpose.


In the north of Princeton there is a privately operated airport, Princeton Airport ( FAA code: 39N), on which there is also a rental car agency, two charter companies and two flight schools - one only for helicopters  . The airport serves private air traffic .


Princeton is home to Drumthwacket , the official residence of the New Jersey Governor. However, the current governor, Chris Christie , has preferred not to live there. Drumthwacket can be viewed on Wednesdays by prior arrangement.

Princeton Cemetery

Kurt Gödel's grave in Princeton

Princeton Cemetery, which was laid out in 1757, is the final resting place of a number of important figures, notably Princeton University scientists. Among other things, the graves of


sons and daughters of the town

Known individuals with Princeton association

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Mayor Liz Lempert. (No longer available online.) Municipality of Princeton, archived from the original on December 16, 2013 ; accessed on February 28, 2014 (English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Transition Task Force for the Consolidation of Princeton Borough and Township. Center for Governmental Research (CGR), accessed February 28, 2014 .
  3. Princeton Institute - The Interface for Tomorrow's World. In: Retrieved August 22, 2016 .
  4. ^ Princeton Airport. AirNav, accessed February 28, 2014 .
  5. Make a reservation. Drumthwacket Foundation, accessed February 11, 2018 .