Borough (New Jersey)

type of subdivision of New Jersey in the USA

A borough (also spelled boro) is a type of local government in New Jersey.[1]

There are 253 boroughs in New Jersey. They are led by a mayor and a council with six people in it. The first borough was Elizabeth, which is now a city.

The Borough Act of 1878 allowed towns smaller than four square miles (10 km2) with less than 5,000 people to become a borough. This led to "boroughitis", where a large number of boroughs were made.



  1. "Types of New Jersey Municipal Government". New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Archived from the original on January 14, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2023. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)