Elmer, New Jersey

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Elmer, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Elmer
Motto: "The Small Town with the Big Welcome"
Elmer highlighted in Salem County. Inset map: Salem County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Elmer highlighted in Salem County. Inset map: Salem County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Elmer, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Elmer, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°35′32″N 75°10′28″W / 39.592258°N 75.174569°W / 39.592258; -75.174569Coordinates: 39°35′32″N 75°10′28″W / 39.592258°N 75.174569°W / 39.592258; -75.174569[1][2]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Salem
Incorporated January 28, 1893
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Joseph Stemberger (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Clerk Beverly S. Richards[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.877 sq mi (2.273 km2)
 • Land 0.865 sq mi (2.241 km2)
 • Water 0.012 sq mi (0.032 km2)  1.40%
Area rank 519th of 566 in state
15th of 15 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 1,395
 • Estimate (2013)[10] 1,369
 • Rank 520th of 566 in state
14th of 15 in county[11]
 • Density 1,612.3/sq mi (622.5/km2)
 • Density rank 324th of 566 in state
4th of 15 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08318[12][13]
Area code(s) 856[14]
FIPS code 3403321240[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 885206[17][2]
Website www.elmerboroughnj.com

Elmer is a borough in Salem County, New Jersey, United States. 1,395,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 11 (+0.8%) from the 1,384 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 187 (-11.9%) from the 1,571 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] It is the home of the annual Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival, which celebrated its 23rd year in 2012.[19]

Elmer was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 28, 1893, from portions of Pittsgrove Township and Upper Pittsgrove Township, based on the results of a referendum held four days earlier.[20] The borough was formed on the boundary of Pittsgrove and Upper Pittsgrove Townships and was named for Lucius Elmer a former judge who helped obtain a post office for the community during his service as Congressman.[21] Elmer is a dry town where alcohol cannot be sold.[22][23]

Geography[edit]

Elmer is located at 39°35′32″N 75°10′28″W / 39.592258°N 75.174569°W / 39.592258; -75.174569 (39.592258,-75.174569). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.877 square miles (2.273 km2), of which, 0.865 square miles (2.241 km2) of it was land and 0.012 square miles (0.032 km2) of it (1.40%) was water.[1][2]

The borough borders Pittsgrove Township and Upper Pittsgrove Township.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,140
1910 1,167 2.4%
1920 1,115 −4.5%
1930 1,219 9.3%
1940 1,344 10.3%
1950 1,460 8.6%
1960 1,505 3.1%
1970 1,592 5.8%
1980 1,569 −1.4%
1990 1,571 0.1%
2000 1,384 −11.9%
2010 1,395 0.8%
Est. 2013 1,369 [10] −1.9%
Population sources:
1900-2000[24] 1900-1920[25]
1900-1910[26] 1910-1930[27]
1900-2010[28] 2000[29][30] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,395 people, 536 households, and 390.7 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,612.3 per square mile (622.5 /km2). There were 577 housing units at an average density of 666.9 per square mile (257.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.05% (1,312) White, 2.15% (30) Black or African American, 0.57% (8) Native American, 0.79% (11) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.29% (18) from other races, and 1.15% (16) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.15% (44) of the population.[7]

There were 536 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% 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 3.00.[7]

In the borough, 22.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.1 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $65,417 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,616) and the median family income was $78,661 (+/- $5,812). Males had a median income of $51,685 (+/- $7,458) versus $41,042 (+/- $9,148) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,065 (+/- $2,585). About 7.8% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.[31]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 1,384 people, 524 households, and 385 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,599.5 people per square mile (614.2/km2). There were 557 housing units at an average density of 643.7 per square mile (247.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.25% White, 0.65% African American, 0.51% Asian, 0.72% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.52% of the population.[29][30]

There were 524 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.06.[29][30]

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.[29][30]

The median income for a household in the borough was $46,172, and the median income for a family was $58,438. Males had a median income of $39,896 versus $27,583 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,356. About 4.6% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.[29][30]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Elmer 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 Elmer Borough is Joseph P. Stemberger (D, term expires on December 31, 2015). Members of the Elmer Borough Council are Council President Lewis M. Schneider (R, 2015), Lynda Davis (R, 2013), Cynthia C. Nolan (R, 2014), Steven A. Schalick (R, 2013), Andrew M. Williams (R, 2014; serving the remaining two years of the unexpired term of Randal S. Long) and James W. Zee III (R, 2015).[32][33][34][35]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Elmer is located in the 2nd Congressional District[36] and is part of New Jersey's 3rd state legislative district.[8][37][38]

New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City).[39] 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)[40][41] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[42][43]

The 3rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Stephen M. Sweeney (D, West Deptford Township) and in the General Assembly by John J. Burzichelli (D, Paulsboro) and Celeste Riley (D, Bridgeton).[44] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[45] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[46]

Salem County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders who are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Director and a Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2013, Salem County's Freeholders (with party, residence, term-end year and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Director Julie A. Acton (R, Pennsville Township, 2013; Administration), Deputy Director Ben Laury (R, Elmer, 2015; Public Works) Bruce L. Bobbitt (D, Pilesgrove Township, 2014; Health), Dale A. Cross (R, Pennsville Township, 2014; Public Safety), Beth E. Timberman (D, Woodstown, 2015; Social Services), Robert J. Vanderslice (R, Pennsville, 2014; Public Services) Lee R. Ware (D, Elsinboro Township); Transportation, Agriculture & Cultural Affairs).[47] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Gilda T. Gill (2014),[48] Sheriff Charles M. Miller (2015)[49] and Surrogate Nicki A. Burke (2015).[50][51]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 852 registered voters in Elmer, of which 201 (23.6% vs. 30.6% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 253 (29.7% vs. 21.0%) were registered as Republicans and 397 (46.6% vs. 48.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.[52] Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 61.1% (vs. 64.6% in Salem County) were registered to vote, including 79.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 84.4% countywide).[52][53]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 375 votes here (56.4% vs. 46.6% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 261 votes (39.2% vs. 50.4%) and other candidates with 15 votes (2.3% vs. 1.6%), among the 665 ballots cast by the borough's 892 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.6% (vs. 71.8% in Salem County).[54] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 414 votes here (62.4% vs. 52.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 242 votes (36.5% vs. 45.9%) and other candidates with 5 votes (0.8% vs. 1.0%), among the 663 ballots cast by the borough's 904 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.3% (vs. 71.0% in the whole county).[55]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 234 votes here (53.8% vs. 46.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 155 votes (35.6% vs. 39.9%), Independent Chris Daggett with 38 votes (8.7% vs. 9.7%) and other candidates with 5 votes (1.1% vs. 2.0%), among the 435 ballots cast by the borough's 876 registered voters, yielding a 49.7% turnout (vs. 47.3% in the county).[56]

Education[edit]

As of May 2010, Elmer students attend the schools of the Pittsgrove Township School District as part of a full sending/receiving relationship in which the former Elmer School is integrated into the district and Elmer and Pittsgrove Township students attend school together throughout their education.[57] [58][59]

Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[60]) are Norma Elementary School[61] for Preschool-K (172 students), Elmer Elementary School[62] for grades 1-2 (NA), Olivet Elementary School[63] for grades 3-5 (412), Pittsgrove Township Middle School[64] for grades 6-8 (435) and A.P. Schalick High School[65] for grades 9-12 (562).[66][67]

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