Allentown, New Jersey

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Allentown, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Allentown
Downtown Allentown
Downtown Allentown
Map of Allentown in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Allentown in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Allentown, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Allentown, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°10′43″N 74°35′24″W / 40.178561°N 74.590095°W / 40.178561; -74.590095Coordinates: 40°10′43″N 74°35′24″W / 40.178561°N 74.590095°W / 40.178561; -74.590095[1][2]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated January 29, 1889
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Stuart Fierstein (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Clerk Julie Martin[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.631 sq mi (1.633 km2)
 • Land 0.605 sq mi (1.566 km2)
 • Water 0.026 sq mi (0.067 km2)  4.09%
Area rank 536th of 566 in state
45th of 53 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 75 ft (23 m)
Population (2010)[7][8][9]
 • Total 1,828
 • Estimate (2013[10]) 1,815
 • Rank 496th of 566 in state
43rd of 53 in county[11]
 • Density 3,023.9/sq mi (1,167.5/km2)
 • Density rank 214th of 566 in state
25th of 53 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08501[12][13]
Area code(s) 609 Exchanges: 259, 752, 758[14]
FIPS code 3402500760[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885137[17][2]
Website www.allentownnj.org

Allentown is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,828,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 54 (-2.9%) from the 1,882 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 54 (+3.0%) from the 1,828 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Allentown was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 29, 1889, from portions of Upper Freehold Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day.[19]

Allentown's shopping district has antique and specialty shops, as well as restaurants. Many historic homes and historic buildings are located in the borough. The Horse Park of New Jersey is a park located in the borough that holds equestrian events.

The borough received the 'Village Center' designation in 2002, which will allow the borough to receive additional state aid aimed at preserving historic and natural resource sites that are at risk.[20][21]

Geography[edit]

Allentown is located at 40°10′43″N 74°35′24″W / 40.178561°N 74.590095°W / 40.178561; -74.590095 (40.178561,-74.590095). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.631 square miles (1.633 km2), of which, 0.605 square miles (1.566 km2) of it was land and 0.026 square miles (0.067 km2) of it (4.09%) was water.[2][1]

Allentown borders Upper Freehold Township and Robbinsville Township.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 695
1910 634 −8.8%
1920 634 0.0%
1930 706 11.4%
1940 766 8.5%
1950 931 21.5%
1960 1,393 49.6%
1970 1,603 15.1%
1980 1,962 22.4%
1990 1,828 −6.8%
2000 1,882 3.0%
2010 1,828 −2.9%
Est. 2013 1,815 [10] −0.7%
Population sources: 1900-1920[22]
1900-1910[23] 1910-1930[24]
1930-1990[25] 2000[26][27] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,828 people, 704 households, and 499.1 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,023.9 per square mile (1,167.5 /km2). There were 735 housing units at an average density of 1,215.8 per square mile (469.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.97% (1,663) White, 4.43% (81) Black or African American, 0.11% (2) Native American, 1.53% (28) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.88% (16) from other races, and 2.08% (38) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.56% (65) of the population.[7]

There were 704 households, of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.11.[7]

In the borough, 24.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $93,250 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,183) and the median family income was $101,875 (+/- $5,413). Males had a median income of $75,125 (+/- $13,989) versus $55,119 (+/- $7,348) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,970 (+/- $2,599). About 1.8% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.[28]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 1,882 people, 708 households, and 526 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,097.1 people per square mile (1,191.2/km2). There were 718 housing units at an average density of 1,181.6 per square mile (454.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.65% White, 6.43% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.91% of the population.[26][27]

There were 708 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13.[26][27]

In the borough the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.[26][27]

The median income for a household in the borough was $71,193, and the median income for a family was $79,843. Males had a median income of $55,441 versus $38,667 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,455. About 1.0% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.[26][27]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Allentown is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government by a mayor and a six-member Borough Council. The mayor is directly elected by the voters to a four-year term of office. The six members of the Borough Council are elected in partisan elections to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.[5]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Allentown is Republican Stuart A. Fierstein, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Borough Council (with party affiliation, term-end year and committee assignments listed in parentheses) are Council President Michael Schumacher (R, 2014; Finance, Administration, Recreation and Welfare), Angela Anthony (D, 2014; Public Property, Community Services/Health and Sanitation), Jean P. Hunter (R, 2013; Recreation and Welfare, Public Property), Audrey R. Mount (R, 2013; Community Services/Health/Sanitation, Public Services), Margaret M. Rose (R, 2015; Public Safety, Finance and Administration) and Daniel L. Wimer (R, 2015; Public Safety, Public Services).[29][30][31][32]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Allentown is located in the 4th Congressional district[33] and is part of New Jersey's 12th state legislative district.[8][34][35] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Allentown had been in the 30th state legislative district.[36]

New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Christopher Smith (R).[37] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)[38][39] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[40][41]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 12th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Samuel D. Thompson (R, Old Bridge Township) and in the General Assembly by Robert D. Clifton (R, Matawan) and Ronald S. Dancer (R, Plumsted Township).[42] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[43] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[44]

Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director.[45] As of 2014, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; term ends December 31, 2014),[46] Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014),[47] Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2016),[48] John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2015)[49] and Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2016).[50][51] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk M. Claire French (Wall Township),[52] Sheriff Shaun Golden (Farmingdale)[53] and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (Middletown Township).[54]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,255 registered voters in Allentown, of which 327 (26.1%) were registered as Democrats, 340 (27.1%) were registered as Republicans and 586 (46.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties.[55]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 54.7% of the vote here (576 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 42.4% (446 votes) and other candidates with 1.4% (15 votes), among the 1,053 ballots cast by the borough's 1,334 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.9%.[56] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 49.3% of the vote here (489 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 49.2% (488 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (11 votes), among the 991 ballots cast by the borough's 1,317 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 75.2.[57]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 54.7% of the vote here (397 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 36.8% (267 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.7% (49 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (8 votes), among the 726 ballots cast by the borough's 1,283 registered voters, yielding a 56.6% turnout.[58]

Education[edit]

Students in public school for Kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the schools of the Upper Freehold Regional School District, together with students from Upper Freehold Township. Millstone Township sends students to the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Millstone Township Schools.[59] Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[60]) are Newell Elementary School[61] (620 students in grades PreK-4), Stone Bridge Middle School[62] (531; 5-8) and Allentown High School[63] (1,145; 9-12).[64]

Transportation[edit]

The only major roads that pass through are CR 524, CR 526 and CR 539.

Limited access roads that are accessible just outside the township include Interstate 195 and the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95).

Allentown is about one hour southwest of Manhattan via the Turnpike and about 50 minutes northeast of Philadelphia. Both Princeton and Trenton are easily accessible from Allentown via I-195.

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Allentown include:

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