Bass River Township, New Jersey

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Bass River Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Bass River
Motto: "A Clean Community"[1]
Bass River Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Bass River Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bass River Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Bass River Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°39′30″N 74°26′53″W / 39.658443°N 74.448127°W / 39.658443; -74.448127Coordinates: 39°39′30″N 74°26′53″W / 39.658443°N 74.448127°W / 39.658443; -74.448127[2][3]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Burlington
Incorporated March 30, 1864
Government[6]
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Mayor Deborah Buzby-Cope (term ends May 31, 2016)[4]
 • Clerk Amanda Somes[5]
Area[3][7]
 • Total 78.265 sq mi (202.706 km2)
 • Land 75.040 sq mi (194.354 km2)
 • Water 3.225 sq mi (8.352 km2)  4.12%
Area rank 11th of 566 in state
3rd of 40 in county[3]
Elevation[8] 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010 Census)[9][10][11]
 • Total 1,443
 • Estimate (2013[12]) 1,439
 • Rank 515th of 566 in state
36th of 40 in county[13]
 • Density 19.2/sq mi (7.4/km2)
 • Density rank 562nd of 566 in state
38th of 40 in county[13]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08224 - New Gretna[14]
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3400503370[15][3][16]
GNIS feature ID 0882086[17][3]
Website bassriver-nj.org

Bass River Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 1,443,[9][10][11] reflecting a decline of 67 (-4.4%) from the 1,510 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 70 (-4.4%) from the 1,580 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Bass River was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 30, 1864, from portions of Little Egg Harbor Township and Washington Township.[19]

Geography[edit]

Bass River Township is located at 39°39′30″N 74°26′53″W / 39.658443°N 74.448127°W / 39.658443; -74.448127 (39.658443,-74.448127). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 78.265 square miles (202.706 km2), of which, 75.040 square miles (194.354 km2) of it was land and 3.225 square miles (8.352 km2) of it (4.12%) was water.[2][3]

The township is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve.[20] All of the township is included in either the state-designated Pinelands area or the Pinelands National Reserve, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.[21]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 807
1880 1,006 24.7%
1890 853 −15.2%
1900 800 −6.2%
1910 685 −14.4%
1920 612 −10.7%
1930 700 14.4%
1940 599 −14.4%
1950 688 14.9%
1960 737 7.1%
1970 815 10.6%
1980 1,344 64.9%
1990 1,580 17.6%
2000 1,510 −4.4%
2010 1,443 −4.4%
Est. 2013 1,439 [12] −0.3%
Population sources: 1870-2000[22]
1870-1920[23] 1870[24][25] 1880-1890[26]
1890-1910[27] 1910-1930[28]
1930-1990[29] 2000[30][31] 2010[9][10][11]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,443 people, 522 households, and 407.2 families residing in the township. The population density was 19.2 per square mile (7.4 /km2). There were 587 housing units at an average density of 7.8 per square mile (3.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.37% (1,405) White, 0.28% (4) Black or African American, 0.14% (2) Native American, 0.76% (11) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.35% (5) from other races, and 1.11% (16) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.12% (45) of the population.[9]

There were 522 households, of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.09.[9]

In the township, 20.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 33.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females there were 104.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.[9]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $64,185 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,782) and the median family income was $66,364 (+/- $8,461). Males had a median income of $50,625 (+/- $7,486) versus $48,950 (+/- $3,139) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,440 (+/- $2,573). About 9.4% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 27.8% of those age 65 or over.[32]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[15] there were 1,510 people, 548 households, and 409 families residing in the township. The population density was 19.9 people per square mile (7.7/km²). There were 602 housing units at an average density of 7.9 per square mile (3.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.87% White, 0.07% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.19% of the population.[30][31]

There were 548 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.15.[30][31]

In the township the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.[30][31]

The median income for a household in the township was $47,469, and the median income for a family was $51,167. Males had a median income of $35,179 versus $27,222 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,382. About 2.4% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.[30][31]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Since 1972, Bass River Township has been governed under the Walsh Act by a three-member commission.[33] The members of the commission are elected at-large in nonpartisan elections held every four years in May to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis.[6] Each of the Commissioners is the head of a designated department, with the mayor presiding over meetings but having no executive role.[34]

As of 2013 and continuing through May 15, 2016, members of the Bass River Township Committee are Mayor Deborah Buzby-Cope (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance), Deputy Mayor Nicholas Capriglione (Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Public Property) and Louis Bourguignon (Commissioner of Public Affairs and Public Safety).[35][36][37]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Bass River Township is located in the 2nd Congressional district[38] and is part of New Jersey's 9th state legislative district.[10][39][40] Prior to the 2010 Census, Bass River Township had been part of the 3rd Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.[41]

New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City).[42] 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)[43][44] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[45][46]

For the 2014-15 Session, the 9th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher J. Connors (R, Lacey Township) and in the General Assembly by DiAnne Gove (R, Long Beach Township) and Brian E. Rumpf (R, Little Egg Harbor Township).[47] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[48] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[49]

Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year.[50] The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January.[50] As of 2014, Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio (R, 2014; Florence Township),[51] Deputy Director Joseph Howarth (R, 2014; Evesham Township)[52] Aimee Belgard (D, 2015; Edgewater Park Township),[53] Joseph B. Donnelly (R, 2016; Cinnaminson Township)[54] and Joanne Schwartz (D, 2015; Southampton Township).[55][50][56] Gargiano was named in March 2014 to serve the unexpired term of Leah Arter and was chosen to fill her position as Freeholder Director.[57]

Education[edit]

The Bass River Township Elementary School serves students in pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade, as part of the Bass River Township School District. The school had an enrollment of 128 students in the 2010-11 school year.[58]

Students in public school for seventh through twelfth grades attend the schools of the Pinelands Regional School District.[59] Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[60]) are Pinelands Regional Junior High School (883 students in grades 7-9) and Pinelands Regional High School (940 students in grades 10-12).[61] The district also serves students from Eagleswood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township and Tuckerton Borough, with Bass River having one of nine seats on the district's board of education.[62]

Students from Bass River Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.[63]

Transportation[edit]

Roads and highways[edit]

The township had a total of 50.11 miles (80.64 km) of roadways, of which 23.48 miles (37.79 km) are maintained by the municipality, 14.63 miles (23.54 km) by Burlington County and 5.24 miles (8.43 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 6.76 miles (10.88 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.[64]

Bass River Township is the only municipality in Burlington County that hosts both U.S. Route 9 and the Garden State Parkway. Two interchanges (on the parkway) are located in Bass River that connect with Route 9 and New Gretna, as well as a toll gate tolling motorists heading northbound.

Other major roads that pass through include Route 167 and County Route 542.

Public transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit provides service in the township on the 559 route that runs between and Atlantic City and Lakewood Township.[65]

References[edit]

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  58. ^ Bass River Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 24, 2013.
  59. ^ Bass River Township Elementary School 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 25, 2013. "The Bass River Township School District is comprised of one elementary school which serves grades pre-k through 6. Students in grades 7 - 12 attend the Pinelands Regional School District."
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  62. ^ Board Of Education, Pinelands Regional School District. Accessed August 25, 2013. "The Board of Education is composed of nine citizens elected to serve terms of three years each. Representatives are elected on the basis of constituent population - one from Bass River Township, one from Eagleswood Township, six from Little Egg Harbor Township, and one from the Borough of Tuckerton."
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