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Edison Township (usually known as Edison) is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.
As of the United States 2000 Census, the township had a total population of 97,687,
making it at the time the fifth largest municipality in New Jersey.
As of the U.S. Census 2005 estimate, the population of Edison was 100,499,
although the 2006 estimate had the township's population back down to 99,523,
moving down a notch behind Woodbridge Township into sixth place.
What is now Edison Township was originally incorporated as Raritan Township by an Act of the
New Jersey Legislature on March 17, 1870, from portions of both Piscataway Township and
Portions of the township were taken to form Metuchen (March 20, 1900) and Highland Park (March 15, 1905).
The name was officially changed to Edison Township as of November 10, 1954, based on the results of a
referendum passed eight days earlier.
Edison was ranked the 28th most livable small city in America by Money Magazine and the 2nd in
New Jersey in 2006 in MONEY Magazine's "Best Places To Live".
In the 2006 survey of America's Safest Cities, the township was ranked 23rd, out of 371
cities included nationwide in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey.
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