Cherry Hill is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, in the United States. It is in the Delaware Valley coastal plain about eight miles southeast of Philadelphia. It is considered an edge city of Philadelphia. Most adult citizens of Cherry Hill work elsewhere. Cherry Hill is a “bedroom community” within a half-hour commute to Philadelphia or Camden, and within an hour to Trenton or Princeton, New Jersey. A lesser number of individuals commute to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The township has 51 public parks, plus three parks owned by Camden County. Most parks have playground equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, walking paths, and athletic fields. Woodcrest Country Club and Merchantville Country Club are private country clubs in Cherry Hill.
In 2006, Cherry Hill was named among the ‘Best Places to Live’ in the United States by Money Magazine and was ranked eighth safest place to live in the same survey. It was also named among the ‘Best Places to Live’ in the Philadelphia region for 2006 by Philadelphia magazine.
The Cherry Hill Public Schools operates 19 schools including an early childhood center, 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, two traditional high schools, and an alternative high school. Cherry Hill is the 12th-largest school district in the state of New Jersey and one of the largest suburban districts. For the 2001-02 school year, Cherry Hill High School East received the Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Three of the district’s schools have been named as “Star Schools” by the New Jersey Department of Education. The district has five Best Practices Award Winners. SAT scores far exceed state and national averages. In Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools 2013, Cherry Hill West was ranked 1225 (top 6%) and Cherry Hill East was ranked 354 (top 2%) out of 21,000 public high schools in the U.S.