Bloomsbury, New Jersey

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Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Bloomsbury
Map of Bloomsbury in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Bloomsbury in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°39′18″N 75°04′49″W / 40.655107°N 75.080197°W / 40.655107; -75.080197Coordinates: 40°39′18″N 75°04′49″W / 40.655107°N 75.080197°W / 40.655107; -75.080197[1][2]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Incorporated March 30, 1905
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Martha Tersigni (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Administrator / Clerk Lisa Burd[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.910 sq mi (2.358 km2)
 • Land 0.877 sq mi (2.272 km2)
 • Water 0.033 sq mi (0.086 km2)  3.64%
Area rank 513th of 566 in state
24th of 26 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 335 ft (102 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 870
 • Estimate (2013[10]) 859
 • Rank 539th of 566 in state
25th of 26 in county[11]
 • Density 991.9/sq mi (383.0/km2)
 • Density rank 383rd of 566 in state
11th of 26 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08804[12][13]
Area code(s) 908 - Exchange: 479
FIPS code 3401906370[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0885162[16][2]
Website Borough website

Bloomsbury is a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 870,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 16 (-1.8%) from the 886 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 4 (-0.4%) from the 890 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

Bloomsbury was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 30, 1905, from portions of Bethlehem Township.[18]

The Borough of Bloomsbury was once known as "Johnson's Iron Works", owned by Robert Johnson, on the north bank of the river. The current name is derived either from the Bloom family, influential in the early history of the town, or from the iron ore processed into "blooms," masses of wrought iron.[19]

Geography[edit]

Bloomsbury is located at 40°39′18″N 75°04′49″W / 40.655107°N 75.080197°W / 40.655107; -75.080197 (40.655107,-75.080197). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.910 square miles (2.358 km2), of which, 0.877 square miles (2.272 km2) of it was land and 0.033 square miles (0.086 km2) of it (3.64%) was water.[1][2]

The borough borders Bethlehem Township in Hunterdon County, as well as the townships of Franklin, Greenwich and Pohatcong all within Warren County. Bloomsbury is located on the south side of the Musconetcong River in the northwest corner of Hunterdon County and is the third-smallest municipality in Hunterdon County.[19]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 600
1920 650 8.3%
1930 639 −1.7%
1940 704 10.2%
1950 722 2.6%
1960 838 16.1%
1970 879 4.9%
1980 864 −1.7%
1990 890 3.0%
2000 886 −0.4%
2010 870 −1.8%
Est. 2013 859 [10] −1.3%
Population sources: 1910-1920[20]
1910[21] 1910-1930[22] 1930-1990[23]
2000[24][25] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 870 people, 337 households, and 236.9 families residing in the borough. The population density was 991.9 per square mile (383.0 /km2). There were 358 housing units at an average density of 408.1 per square mile (157.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.40% (830) White, 1.03% (9) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 1.84% (16) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.34% (3) from other races, and 1.38% (12) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.02% (35) of the population.[7]

There were 337 households, of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.09.[7]

In the borough, 27.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. For every 100 females there were 105.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $98,571 (with a margin of error of +/- $19,026) and the median family income was $106,324 (+/- $11,687). Males had a median income of $71,000 (+/- $9,149) versus $50,417 (+/- $7,595) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $42,141 (+/- $6,038). About 2.6% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.[26]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 886 people, 322 households, and 252 families residing in the borough. The population density was 975.5 people per square mile (375.9/km2). There were 342 housing units at an average density of 376.6 per square mile (145.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.19% White, 0.34% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.[24][25]

There were 322 households out of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.11.[24][25]

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.[24][25]

The median income for a household in the borough was $64,375, and the median income for a family was $67,500. Males had a median income of $51,053 versus $33,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,392. About 4.8% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.[24][25]

Government[edit]

Bloomsbury Presbyterian Church

Local government[edit]

Bloomsbury is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve 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 Bloomsbury is Martha Tersigni, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Borough Council are Deputy Mayor Al Stiehler, Chris James, Vicky Papics, Chris Smith and Eric Weger.[4][19]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Bloomsbury is located in the 7th Congressional District[27] and is part of New Jersey's 23rd state legislative district.[8][28][29]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township).[30] 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)[31][32] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[33][34]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 23rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Michael J. Doherty (R, Washington Township, Warren County) and in the General Assembly by John DiMaio (R, Hackettstown) and Erik Peterson (R, Franklin Township, Hunterdon County).[35][36] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[37] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[38]

Hunterdon County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who serve three-year terms of office at-large on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held each January, the freeholders select one member to serve as the board's Director and another to serve as Deputy Director.[39] As of 2014, Hunterdon County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director J. Matthew Holt (R; Clinton Town, 2015),[40] Freeholder Deputy Director John King (R; Raritan Township, 2015),[41] Suzanne Lagay (R; Holland Township, 2016),[42] John E. Lanza (R; Flemington, 2016)[43] and Robert G. Walton (R; Hampton, 2014).[44][45] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Mary H. Melfi (R; Flemington, 2017),[46] Sheriff Fredrick W. Brown (R; Alexandria Township, 2016)[47] and Surrogate Susan J. Hoffman (R; Kingwood Township, 2018).[48][49][50]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 546 registered voters in Bloomsbury, of which 120 (22.0%) were registered as Democrats, 227 (41.6%) were registered as Republicans and 199 (36.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[51]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 55.0% of the vote here (254 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 42.6% (197 votes) and other candidates with 1.7% (8 votes), among the 462 ballots cast by the borough's 551 registered voters, for a turnout of 83.8%.[52] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 64.1% of the vote here (302 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 33.5% (158 votes) and other candidates with 1.6% (9 votes), among the 471 ballots cast by the borough's 563 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 83.7.[53]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.1% of the vote here (210 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 22.2% (75 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 12.4% (42 votes) and other candidates with 1.8% (6 votes), among the 338 ballots cast by the borough's 549 registered voters, yielding a 61.6% turnout.[54]

Transportation[edit]

A couple of major roads run through the borough. Interstate 78 / U.S. Route 22 pass through the north and connects Bloomsbury at Exit 7 with Route 173.

The major county road that passes through is CR 579.

Education[edit]

The Bloomsbury School District serves students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Bloomsbury Public School served an enrollment of 137 students as of the 2010–11 school year.[55]

The district participates in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, having been approved on November 2, 1999, as one of the first ten districts statewide to participate in the program.[56] Seats in the program for non-resident students are specified by the district and are allocated by lottery, with tuition paid for participating students by the New Jersey Department of Education.[57]

Public school students in grade 9 - 12 attend Phillipsburg High School in Phillipsburg in Warren County, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Phillipsburg School District. The high school also serves students from four other sending communities: Alpha, Greenwich Township, Lopatcong Township and Pohatcong Township.[58]

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Bloomsbury include:

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