Salem County, New Jersey

Salem County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Its western boundary is formed by the Delaware River and its eastern terminus is the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which connects the county with New Castle, Delaware. Its county seat is Salem.[3]

Salem County
The Salem Nuclear Power Plant, as seen from Delaware Bay
Flag of Salem County
Official seal of Salem County
Map of New Jersey highlighting Salem County
Location within the U.S. state of New Jersey
Map of the United States highlighting New Jersey
New Jersey's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°35′N 75°22′W
Country United States
State New Jersey
Named forHebrew word meaning "peace"[2]
Largest municipalitiesPennsville Township (population)
Lower Alloways Creek Township (area)
  County Commission DirectorBen H. Laury (R, term ends December 31st, 2024)
  Total372.55 sq mi (964.9 km2)
  Land331.86 sq mi (859.5 km2)
  Water40.69 sq mi (105.4 km2)  10.9%
  Density195.4/sq mi (75.4/km2)
Congressional district2nd
Interactive map of Salem County, New Jersey

The county lies within the Delaware Valley area. As of the 2020 census, the county retained its position as the state's least-populous county,[8][9] with a population of 64,837,[5][6] a decrease of 1,246 (−1.9%) from the 2010 census count of 66,083.[10] The most populous place in Salem County is Pennsville Township with 12,684 residents as of the 2020 Census.[6] Lower Alloways Creek Township covers 72.46 square miles (187.7 km2), the largest total area of any municipality.[11]

The county constitutes part of the South Jersey region of the state. Salem County, along with adjacent Gloucester County, also in South Jersey, have become an East Coast epicenter for logistics and warehouse construction.[12]

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