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Helmetta is a borough in Middlesex County nestled within the heart of the Raritan Valley region, with Manalapan Brook flowing through the center of the community. Helmetta was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 20, 1888, when it was created from portions of East Brunswick, based on the results of a referendum held on March 10, 1888. Helmetta’s boundary with East Brunswick Township was changed as of March 24, 1897. The borough was named for Helme’s daughter, Olivia Antoinette “Etta” Helme.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 2,178, reflecting an increase of 353 (+19.3%) from the 1,825 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 614 (+50.7%) from the 1,211 counted in the 1990 Census.The community was established around a snuff mill opened in the 1820s that was acquired by George Washington Helme in the 1880s.

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