Hi-Nella, New Jersey

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Hi-Nella, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Hi-Nella
Hi-Nella highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Hi-Nella highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Hi-Nella, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hi-Nella, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°50′12″N 75°01′19″W / 39.836551°N 75.021843°W / 39.836551; -75.021843Coordinates: 39°50′12″N 75°01′19″W / 39.836551°N 75.021843°W / 39.836551; -75.021843[1][2]
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated April 23, 1929
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Meridith Dobbs (term ends December 31, 2017)[3]
 • Clerk Phyllis Twisler[4]
Area[1]
 • Total 0.231 sq mi (0.597 km2)
 • Land 0.231 sq mi (0.597 km2)
 • Water 0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)  0.00%
Area rank 559th of 566 in state
35th of 37 in county[1]
Elevation[6] 62 ft (19 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 870
 • Estimate (2013)[10] 865
 • Rank 539th of 566 in state
35th of 37 in county[11]
 • Density 3,773.3/sq mi (1,456.9/km2)
 • Density rank 167th of 566 in state
21st of 37 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08083 - Somerdale[12]
Area code(s) 856[13]
FIPS code 3400732220[1][14][15]
GNIS feature ID 0885256[1][16]
Website hinellaboro.com

Hi-Nella is a borough in Camden 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 159 (-15.5%) from the 1,029 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 16 (-1.5%) from the 1,045 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

The Borough of Hi-Nella was created on April 23, 1929, from Clementon Township, one of seven municipalities created from the now-defunct township, and one of five new municipalities (joining Lindenwold, Pine Hill, Pine Valley and Somerdale) created on that same date.[18]

The Star-Ledger included Hi-Nella in its 2010 series of articles covering "Towns that Shouldn't Exist", citing the borough's small area, population and staff, along with its use of a double-wide trailer as a municipal building. Mayor Meredith Dobbs told The Star-Ledger that efforts to force the borough to consolidate with its neighbors would be "declared dead on arrival".[19]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Hi-Nella borough had a total area of 0.231 square miles (0.597 km2), all of which was land.[1][2]

Hi-Nella borders Gloucester Township, Somerdale and Stratford.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 160
1940 203 26.9%
1950 237 16.7%
1960 474 100.0%
1970 1,195 152.1%
1980 1,250 4.6%
1990 1,045 −16.4%
2000 1,029 −1.5%
2010 870 −15.5%
Est. 2013 865 [10][20] −0.6%
Population sources:
1930-2000[21] 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, 377 households, and 216 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,773.3 per square mile (1,456.9/km2). There were 420 housing units at an average density of 1,821.6 per square mile (703.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 71.72% (624) White, 15.06% (131) Black or African American, 0.69% (6) Native American, 4.02% (35) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 5.63% (49) from other races, and 2.87% (25) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 10.57% (92) of the population.[7]

There were 377 households, of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.6% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97.[7]

In the borough, 20.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.2 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $45,469 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,794) and the median family income was $53,750 (+/- $15,403). Males had a median income of $37,222 (+/- $14,117) versus $38,804 (+/- $7,870) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,678 (+/- $3,470). About 13.5% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.[26]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 1,029 people, 472 households, and 260 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,536.9 people per square mile (1,727.4/km2). There were 495 housing units at an average density of 2,182.5 per square mile (831.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 71.04% White, 19.24% African American, 3.11% Asian, 4.37% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.90% of the population.[24][25]

There were 472 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.6% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.9% were non-families. 36.4% 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 2.18 and the average family size was 2.83.[24][25]

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 36.3% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.[24][25]

The median income for a household in the borough was $34,948, and the median income for a family was $38,393. Males had a median income of $32,308 versus $25,759 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,285. About 9.9% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.[24][25]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Hi-Nella 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 non-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] The Borough form of government used by Hi-Nella, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.[27][28]

As of 2015, the mayor of Hi-Nella is Meredith Dobbs, whose term of office ends December 31, 2017. Members of the Borough Council are Council President David Heckman, Cathy Connolly, Kris Muska (2016), Kevin Schules, Karen Shaw and Gary Tomar (2016).[4][29][30]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Hi-Nella is located in the 1st Congressional District[31] and is part of New Jersey's 6th state legislative district.[8][32][33] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Hi-Nella had been in the 5th state legislative district.[34]

New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden).[35] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021)[36] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).[37][38]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 6th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James Beach (D, Voorhees Township) and in the General Assembly by Louis Greenwald (D, Voorhees Township) and Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D, Cherry Hill).[39] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[40] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[41]

Camden County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, its seven members chosen at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms office on a staggered basis, with wither two or three seats coming up for election each year.[42] As of 2014, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2014)[43], Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2016)[44], Michelle Gentek (Gloucester Township, 2015)[45], Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2015)[46], Scot N. McCray (Camden, 2014)[47], Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2015)[48] and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2016).[49][50][51] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk Joseph Ripa,[52] Sheriff Charles H. Billingham[53] and Surrogate Patricia Egan "Pat" Jones.[54]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 571 registered voters in Hi-Nella, of which 252 (44.1%) were registered as Democrats, 59 (10.3%) were registered as Republicans and 260 (45.5%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[55]

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 66.1% of the vote (213 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 30.4% (98 votes), and other candidates with 3.4% (11 votes), among the 326 ballots cast by the borough's 645 registered voters (4 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 50.5%.[56][57] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 67.5% of the vote (249 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received around 29.3% (108 votes), with 369 ballots cast among the borough's 529 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.8%.[58] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 61.9% of the vote (216 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush, who received around 37.5% (131 votes), with 349 ballots cast among the borough's 497 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 70.2.[59]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 59.6% of the vote (99 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.7% (61 votes), and other candidates with 3.6% (6 votes), among the 171 ballots cast by the borough's 658 registered voters (5 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 26.0%.[60][61] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 46.6% of the vote (90 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 46.1% (89 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 4.1% (8 votes), with 193 ballots cast among the borough's 544 registered voters, yielding a 35.5% turnout.[62]

Education[edit]

Hi-Nella is a non-operating school district.[63] For Kindergarten through eighth grade, public school students from Hi-Nella attend Oaklyn Public School in Oaklyn as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Oaklyn Public School District.[64] As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 439 students and 42.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.33:1.[65]

For ninth grade through twelfth grade, public school students attend Sterling High School, a regional high school district that serves students from Magnolia, Somerdale and Stratford, along with the sending districts of Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs.[66][67] The high school is located in Somerdale. Prior to this agreement, Hi-Nella students attended Collingswood High School.[68]

Transportation[edit]

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 3.18 miles (5.12 km) of roadways, of which 2.32 miles (3.73 km) were maintained by the municipality and 0.86 miles (1.38 km) by Camden County.[69]

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