Cherry Hill, New Jersey, population 71,000, is a township located a few miles east of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Delaware River in southern New Jersey. Cherry Hill is affluent, with 89% employment in white-collar jobs such as sales, management, and administration. While several companies, including Pinnacle Foods, Subaru of America and Commerce Bancorp have their headquarters in Cherry Hill, most residents commute outside of Cherry Hill for work. In 2006, Cherry Hill was named one of the "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine and several schools have been recognized as "Star Schools" by the New Jersey Department of Education. The Cherry Hill Mall has the distinction of being one of the first enclosed malls in the eastern United States, and is recognized as one of the area's premium upscale centers for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Although located in New Jersey, Cherry Hill is considered a suburb of Philadelphia.
Cherry Hill History
Settlers first arrived to the area in the early 1600’s and the first township was formed in 1695 under the name "Waterford Township". The first schoolhouse was built in the 1750’s, and a larger school and community building was erected in 1831. When the town was reincorporated as Delaware Township in 1844, agriculture, milling and carriage-making were the dominant industries. Much of Cherry Hill’s produce was grown for the Campbell’s Soup Company, located in nearby Camden. During the 1940’s, investors built a horse racing track in Delaware Township, which turned out to be a successful venture in the post-WWII economy. The race track attracted hotels, nightclubs and restaurants, which in turn attracted developers of upscale homes. The growing municipality faced a name-change when a new post office was set to open, and there was already another post office named Delaware, New Jersey. The municipality selected the name Cherry Hill in 1961, and the community has since continued to thrive and attract an educated and affluent population. Learn more about the history of Cherry Hill with the following links.
Cherry Hill Weather
Cherry Hill is a four season city with moderately humid summers and chilly winters. Around 22 inches of snowfall is typical in winter, but it is not uncommon to see much less or much more in any given year. Precipitation averages 41 inches per year, and is distributed evenly throughout the year. July is the hottest month, with average high temperatures around 85 °F during the day and 65 °F at night, and January is the coldest month, with average low temperatures in the low 20’s. Keep tabs on the current weather in Cherry Hill with these links.
Cherry Hill Transportation
Many Cherry Hill residents regularly commute using public transportation. New Jersey Transit runs bus service between Cherry Hill and Philadelphia and the NJT also runs commuter rail service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, with a stop in Cherry Hill. Philadelphia International Airport provides air travel for Cherry Hill with 20 airlines flying to destinations across the country and abroad.
Cost of Living in Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill, New Jersey has a higher than average cost of living, at 16% above the national average. You can expect most goods and services to be a little more expensive in this very desirable community. Plan your budget for living in Cherry Hill with the following calculators.
Cherry Hill Schools
Cherry Hill Public Schools operates 19 schools in Cherry Hill Township and serves 11,500 students. SAT scores far exceed state and national averages and the district has received numerous awards for educational excellence.
Cherry Hill Hospitals
Swedish Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Cherry Hill. This facility has been recognized for its high performance in heart failure procedures. If you’re planning a move to Cherry Hill, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:
Cherry Hill Real Estate
The median home value for a single family home in Cherry Hill is $295,000 which is around 30% lower than the New Jersey median home price. The neighborhoods to the west, including Willowdale, Fox Hollow Woods and Deer Park tend to be more expensive and homes in Ellisburg tend to be more favorably priced. Explore the current housing market in Cherry Hill using these links.
Cherry Hill Hotels
Several name brand hotels can be found in Cherry Hill along Marlton Pike and many more choices are available in nearby Mount Laurel along the New Jersey Turnpike. To find a more colorful bed and breakfast stay, look to the west in nearby Philadelphia. Plan your next stay using the following links.
Cherry Hill Restaurants
No matter where you are in Cherry Hill, you are never far from one of the top-rated restaurants dotting Marlton Pike or clustered around Cherry Hill Mall. From Caffe Aldo Lamberti where your fine dining experience begins with complimentary valet service to Han Dynasty, a Szechuan restaurant rated by CNN as one of the top 50 Asian restaurants in America, the choices available are sure to please everyone. If you want to skip the fancy digs and foreign flavors, Farm and Fisherman offers an array of American style meals and everyone raves about their smoky wings. Amy’s Omelette House in the Collingswood area is the classic breakfast shop with an over-the-top menu. Off the beaten path, Il Villaggio serves delicious and not too expensive Italian fare and you are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine. Begin your next dining adventure with the following links.
Things to Do in Cherry Hill
While the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are just a stone’s throw across the Delaware, you can find plenty to do in Cherry Hill. The remnants of Historic Croft Farm hint at its working past, but today it serves as an arts center featuring juried art exhibits and other events. The Cherry Hill Mall is an upscale shopping experience that first opened in 1961 and remains a popular shopping destination for the region. The Wine Room is a unique facility where you can learn to make and bottle your own wine, using their professional equipment, including presses imported from Italy. The Garden State Discovery Museum is an interactive kid’s museum where they can explore science, create art, learn new skills, and just have fun. Explore more things to do in Cherry Hill with these links.