Dennis Township, New Jersey

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Dennis Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Dennis
Dennis Township highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Dennis Township highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Dennis Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Dennis Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°12′23″N 74°49′06″W / 39.206513°N 74.818417°W / 39.206513; -74.818417Coordinates: 39°12′23″N 74°49′06″W / 39.206513°N 74.818417°W / 39.206513; -74.818417[1][2]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Incorporated March 1, 1827
Government[5][6]
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Eugene L. Glembocki (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Clerk Jacqueline Justice[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 64.328 sq mi (166.611 km2)
 • Land 60.799 sq mi (157.470 km2)
 • Water 3.529 sq mi (9.141 km2)  5.49%
Area rank 19th of 566 in state
3rd of 16 in county[2]
Elevation[7] 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 6,467
 • Estimate (2013)[11] 6,344
 • Rank 330th of 566 in state
5th of 16 in county[12]
 • Density 106.4/sq mi (41.1/km2)
 • Density rank 540th of 566 in state
16th of 16 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08214 - Dennisville[13][14]
Area code(s) 609 Exchanges: 624, 861[15]
FIPS code 3400917560[16][2][17]
GNIS feature ID 0882046[18][2]
Website www.dennistwp.org

Dennis Township is a township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The township's population as of the 2010 United States Census was 6,467,[8][9][10] reflecting a decline of 25 (-0.4%) from the 6,492 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 918 (+16.5%) from the 5,574 counted in the 1990 Census.[19]

Dennis Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 1, 1827, from portions of Upper Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Sea Isle City borough (May 22, 1882) and Woodbine borough (March 3, 1903).[20]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Dennis Township as its 20th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[21]

Geography[edit]

Dennis Township is located at 39°12′23″N 74°49′06″W / 39.206513°N 74.818417°W / 39.206513; -74.818417 (39.206513,-74.818417). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 64.328 square miles (166.611 km2), of which, 60.799 square miles (157.470 km2) of it was land and 3.529 square miles (9.141 km2) of it (5.49%) was water.[1][2]

Belleplain (2010 Census population of 597[22]) is a census-designated place located within the township.[23]

Dennisville is the most important unincorporated community in Dennis Township. Ocean View is served as ZIP code 08230. Other communities within the township are Clermont, Eldora, North-West Dennis, South Dennis and South Seaville.[24]

The township borders Cumberland County, Upper Township, Woodbine Borough, Sea Isle City, Middle Township, and the Delaware Bay.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,513
1840 1,350 −10.8%
1850 1,604 18.8%
1860 1,558 −2.9%
1870 1,640 5.3%
1880 1,812 10.5%
1890 1,707 * −5.8%
1900 2,778 62.7%
1910 1,751 * −37.0%
1920 1,639 −6.4%
1930 1,615 −1.5%
1940 1,877 16.2%
1950 1,981 5.5%
1960 2,327 17.5%
1970 2,635 13.2%
1980 3,989 51.4%
1990 5,574 39.7%
2000 6,492 16.5%
2010 6,467 −0.4%
Est. 2013 6,344 [11] −1.9%
Population sources:1830-2000[25]
1830-1920[26] 1840[27] 1850-1870[28]
1850[29] 1870[30] 1880-1890[31]
1890-1910[32] 1910-1930[33]
1930-1990[34] 2000[35][36] 2010[8][9][10]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[20]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,467 people, 2,370 households, and 1,792 families residing in the township. The population density was 106.4 per square mile (41.1 /km2). There were 2,672 housing units at an average density of 43.9 per square mile (16.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 96.75% (6,257) White, 0.79% (51) Black or African American, 0.19% (12) Native American, 0.56% (36) Asian, 0.03% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.32% (21) from other races, and 1.36% (88) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.81% (117) of the population.[8]

There were 2,370 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.07.[8]

In the township, 21.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 34.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.5 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $84,205 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,160) and the median family income was $84,400 (+/- $4,219). Males had a median income of $52,571 (+/- $3,535) versus $40,023 (+/- $5,496) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,545 (+/- $2,875). About 5.4% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.[37]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[16] there were 6,492 people, 2,159 households, and 1,737 families residing in the township. The population density was 105.8 people per square mile (40.9/km²). There were 2,327 housing units at an average density of 37.9 per square mile (14.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.43% White, 0.96% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.[35][36]

There were 2,159 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.5% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.24.[35][36]

In the township the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.[35][36]

The median income for a household in the township was $56,595, and the median income for a family was $61,445. Males had a median income of $41,404 versus $31,329 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,455. About 4.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.[35][36]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Dennis Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election.[5] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor. The Committee members serve in a part-time capacity and receive an annual salary.[38]

The governing body originally consisted of three elected officials, one of which would be elected by the membership to serve as the Mayor. In 1989 voters approved a ballot question to increase the membership from three members to five members, and in November 1990 the voters elected two additional Committee members. In January 1991 a full Committee of five members was sworn into office. At that same meeting the governing body established the position of Township Administrator.[38]

As of 2013, members of the Dennis Township Committee are Mayor Eugene L. Glembocki (term ends December 31, 2013), Deputy Mayor Brian W. Teefy (2014), Al Dicicco (2015), Frank L. Germanio, Jr. (2014) and John Murphy (2013).[6]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Dennis Township is located in the 2nd Congressional District[39] and is part of New Jersey's 1st state legislative district.[9][40][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, North Bergen).[45][46]

The 1st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jeff Van Drew (D, Dennis Township) and in the General Assembly by Bob Andrzejczak (D, Middle Township) and Sam Fiocchi (R, Vineland).[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]

Cape May County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year; At an annual reorganization held each January, the freeholders select one member to serve as Director and another to serve as Vice-Director.[50] As of 2013, Cape May County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton (Middle Township, term ends December 31, 2013),[51] Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio (Sea Isle City, 2015),[52] Kristine Gabor (Upper Township, 2014)[53] and Will Morey (Wildwood Crest, 2014),[54] along with the vacant seat of M. Susan Sheppard expiring in 2013 that was vacated after Sheppard was sworn in as County Surrogate.[50][55] The county's constitutional officers are Sheriff Gary Schafer (Ocean City, 2014),[56][57] Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard (Ocean City, 2015)[58] and County Clerk Rita Fulginiti (Ocean City, 2013).[59]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,499 registered voters in Dennis Township, of which 1,091 (24.2%) were registered as Democrats, 1,527 (33.9%) were registered as Republicans and 1,877 (41.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 4 voters registered to other parties.[60]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 55.4% of the vote here (1,904 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 42.4% (1,459 votes), with 3,437 ballots cast among the township's 4,331 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.4%.[61] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 58.1% of the vote here (1,977 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry, who received around 40.0% (1,362 votes), with 3,401 ballots cast among the township's 4,424 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.9.[62]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 51.9% of the vote here (1,251 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 37.1% (894 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 8.2% (197 votes), with 2,411 ballots cast among the township's 4,572 registered voters, yielding a 52.7% turnout.[63]

Education[edit]

The Dennis Township Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2010-11 school year, the district had a combined enrollment of 613 students.[64] Schools in the district are Dennis Township Primary School[65] for grades K-2 (185 students), Dennis Township Elementary School[66] for grades 3-5 and Dennis Township Middle School[67] for grades 6-8 (428 students in grades 3-8).[68]

Students in public school for grades 9-12 attend Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Middle Township Public Schools.[69][70]

Many students also attend the Cape May County Technical High School in Crest Haven, which serves students from the entire county in its comprehensive and vocational programs.[71][72]

Notable people[edit]

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

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