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Edison Township sits in the middle of New Jersey in Middlesex County on 30 square miles of land. Edison had a total population of more then 99,000 - making it the fifth largest municipality in New Jersey. Just a few years ago Edison was ranked as one of "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up" by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings focused on low crime, strong schools, green spaces, and abundance of recreational activities. The Laing House of Plainfield Plantation, the Benjamin Shotwell House and the Homestead Farm at Oak Ridge, are buildings from the colonial era included in National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County. Famous inventor Thomas Edison rooted his feet in a Menlo Park laboratory where he came up with the phonograph and a commercially viable incandescent light bulb filament. Menlo Park is completely surrounded by Edison Township.
Edison Township has quite an extensive school district; the two public high schools separate the South and North ends of Edison. In the Edison High School zone to the south, there are six K–5 elementary schools, while in the J.P. Stevens High School zone there are five K-5 elementary schools. Students that attend James Monroe Elementary, Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Lincoln Elementary move onto Herbert Hoover Middle School for grades 6-8. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, John Adams Middle School and James Madison Primary School students attend James Madison Intermediate School; while Lindeneau Elementary, John Marshall Elementary and Washington Elementary students attend Thomas Jefferson Middle School during their 6-8th grade years. Menlo Park Elementary School, Woodbrook School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School also operate within the Edison township boundaries.
Edison is a transportation hub, with an extensive network of highways passing through the township and connecting to major Northeast cities, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Trenton, Washington, D.C. and others. Edison services commuters by being easily accessible to Routes 27 and 440, Interstate 287 and the NKJ Turnpike. Edison station, located in South Edison, is served by New Jersey Transit northbound trains to Newark Penn Station and Penn Station New York, and southbound to the Trenton Transit Center via the Northeast Corridor Line, with connecting service to Amtrak.