Originally Posted by mrtommy2
We are moving to South Jersey from NY in the fall and it looks like these are our choices for school districts, however I am confused about townships, towns, etc in NJ. What towns/zip codes would go to these two school districts? Looking for info for house searching. Are there different areas of townships? Like in Harrison Twp. does that include Mullica Hill & other areas?
Kingsway-(Harrison Twp. and Mantua Twp)
Clearview- (Swedesboro, Woolwich Twp., Logan Twp., East Greenwich Twp. and South Harrison Twp.)
Thanks, just a bit confusing. I tried to google but no luck.
You have these a little mixed up.
Clearview = Mantua Twp. and Harrison Twp.
Kingsway = Swedesboro, Woolwich Twp., Logan Twp., East Greenwich Twp. and South Harrison Twp.
Of the two Clearview is the "better" district and if based solely on schools then pick a town in Clearview. However, Kingsway is still a good school district, so you aren't short changing yourself picking a town in Kingsway.
To answer the Mullica Hill question, Mullica Hill is a census designated area within Harrison Twp. The other "areas" of Harrison Twp. include Ewan, Jefferson and Richwood. This type of setup is pretty common in Gloucester County as the Townships are quite large and when incorporated they included many smaller towns and villages within them. Some of these stuck around as census areas and even retained the name. To further complicate it, many of the areas use the same zipcode for multiple areas as there may be one post office in an older town that services the area and you could list your address as any one of those "towns". For instance, Harrison Twp. uses the 08062 zipcode, which is Mullica Hill. Someone living in Richwood could write their address as "Richwood", "Mullica Hill" or "Harrison Twp." and all would be correct.
The best way is to look at school district on a real estate listing and it will tell you what area you are in. Additionally, the wikipedia is actually a good resource. Just google "*town name*, nj wiki" and it will give you a lot of information including the towns that are within the township.
For what it's worth I live in Logan Twp., which is part of Kingsway. My kids are all in elementary school, but I have found the area school systems are very good and it is overall a very nice area to live in. I personally chose Logan (Beckett in particular) as we have one of the lowest tax rates in the state do to the ratable industries in town. Many of these areas have high property taxes as they are almost universally residential. You need to pay careful attention to the property taxes as they are quite high in some areas.
Let me know if you have any other question and I'll try to help.