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Maple Shade Township – Maple Shade New Jersey

Maple Shade Township is located in Burlington County New Jersey, United States. What is now Maple Shade was originally formed as Chester Township on November 6, 1688. Chester was incorporated as one of New Jersey’s initial 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. The name was changed to Maple Shade township as of November 6, 1945, based on the results of a referendum passed that same day.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 3.8 square miles of all of its land. The 2010 United States Census shows the following facts about Maple Shade Township;

19,131 total
8,525 households
4,658 families

for more census facts click here U.S. Census Bureau


Maple Shade Township operates under the Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) form of municipal government. The township is governed by a five-member Township Council, whose members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis. At a reorganization meeting after each election, the Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

Maple Shade Township is in the First Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 6th Legislative District, due to 2010 census results redistricting.

Township Council Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00 pm


The Maple Shade School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

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