Kingwood Township, New Jersey

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Kingwood Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Kingwood
Map of Kingwood Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Kingwood Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Kingwood Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Kingwood Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°29′41″N 75°01′10″W / 40.494704°N 75.019461°W / 40.494704; -75.019461Coordinates: 40°29′41″N 75°01′10″W / 40.494704°N 75.019461°W / 40.494704; -75.019461[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Established c. 1749
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Government[5][6]
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Phillip Lubitz (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Clerk Mary MacConnell[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 35.774 sq mi (92.655 km2)
 • Land 35.158 sq mi (91.060 km2)
 • Water 0.616 sq mi (1.594 km2)  1.72%
Area rank 67th of 566 in state
4th of 26 in county[2]
Elevation[7] 469 ft (143 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 3,845
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 3,826
 • Rank 419th of 566 in state
14th of 26 in county[12]
 • Density 109.4/sq mi (42.2/km2)
 • Density rank 538th of 566 in state
26th of 26 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08803 - Baptistown[13][14]
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3401937065[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0882183[17][2]
Website www.kingwoodtownship.com

Kingwood Township is a township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Hunterdon Plateau. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 3,845,[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 63 (+1.7%) from the 3,782 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 457 (+13.7%) from the 3,325 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Kingwood Township is one of the westernmost townships of Hunterdon County. Kingwood was originally established around 1749 when it was created from Bethlehem Township, though the exact details are uncertain. Kingwood was incorporated by Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships. Portions of the township were taken to form Franklin Township on April 7, 1845. Frenchtown borough acquired portions of the township in 1876.[19]

Geography[edit]

Kingwood Township is located at 40°29′41″N 75°01′10″W / 40.494704°N 75.019461°W / 40.494704; -75.019461 (40.494704,-75.019461). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 35.774 square miles (92.655 km2), of which, 35.158 square miles (91.060 km2) of it is land and 0.616 square mile (1.594 km2) of it (1.72%) is water.[1][2]

History[edit]

Kingwood Township was the home of Daniel_Bray, the local captain who rounded up the boats for George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 2,446
1810 2,606
1820 2,786 6.9%
1830 2,898 4.0%
1840 2,947 1.7%
1850 1,799 * −39.0%
1860 2,148 19.4%
1870 1,942 −9.6%
1880 1,694 −12.8%
1890 1,424 −15.9%
1900 1,304 −8.4%
1910 1,265 −3.0%
1920 1,160 −8.3%
1930 1,218 5.0%
1940 1,253 2.9%
1950 1,320 5.3%
1960 1,841 39.5%
1970 2,294 24.6%
1980 2,772 20.8%
1990 3,325 19.9%
2000 3,782 13.7%
2010 3,845 1.7%
Est. 2012 3,826 [11] −0.5%
Population sources:
1790-1920[20] 1840[21]
1850-1870[22] 1850[23] 1870[24]
1880-1890[25] 1890-1910[26]
1910-1930[27] 1930-1990[28]
2000[29][30] 2010[8][9][10]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[19]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,845 people, 1,446 households, and 1,103 families residing in the township. The population density was 109.4 per square mile (42.2 /km2). There were 1,569 housing units at an average density of 44.6 per square mile (17.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 96.51% (3,711) White, 0.65% (25) Black or African American, 0.03% (1) Native American, 1.09% (42) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.52% (20) from other races, and 1.20% (46) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.39% (92) of the population.[8]

There were 1,446 households, of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.04.[8]

In the township, 23.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 37.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.1 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $94,951 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,656) and the median family income was $101,722 (+/- $3,508). Males had a median income of $62,636 (+/- $11,644) versus $39,704 (+/- $5,890) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,977 (+/- $4,174). About 2.7% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.[31]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 3,782 people, 1,340 households, and 1,042 families residing in the township. The population density was 107.4 people per square mile (41.4/km²). There were 1,422 housing units at an average density of 40.4 per square mile (15.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.62% White, 0.61% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.85% of the population.[29][30]

There were 1,340 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.21.[29][30]

In the township the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.[29][30]

The median income for a household in the township was $71,551, and the median income for a family was $81,642. Males had a median income of $54,107 versus $31,326 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,219. About 2.3% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.[29][30]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Kingwood Township operates under the Township form of New Jersey municipal government. Kingwood is governed by a three-member Township Committee, whose members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one seat up for election each year.[5] The Mayor is elected by the Committee from among its members and serves a one-year term, as does the Deputy Mayor. The Mayor serves as the Chairperson of the Committee and votes as an equal member, but has no other special powers.[6]

As of 2013, members of the Kingwood Township Committee are Mayor Phillip Lubitz (term on committee ends December 31, 2014; term as mayor ends December 31, 2013), Deputy Mayor Diana Haywood (term on committee and as deputy mayor ends 2013) and Richard Dodds (2015).[6]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Kingwood Township is located in the 7th Congressional District[32] and is part of New Jersey's 23rd state legislative district.[9][33][34] Prior to the 2010 Census, Kingwood Township had been part of the 12th 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.[35]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township).[36] 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)[37][38] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[39][40]

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).[41][42] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[43] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[44]

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.[45] As of 2014, Hunterdon County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director J. Matthew Holt (R; Clinton Town, 2015),[46] Freeholder Deputy Director John King (R; Raritan Township, 2015),[47] Suzanne Lagay (R; Holland Township, 2016),[48] John E. Lanza (R; Flemington, 2016)[49] and Robert G. Walton (R; Hampton, 2014).[50][51] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Mary H. Melfi (R; Flemington, 2017),[52] Sheriff Fredrick W. Brown (R; Alexandria Township, 2016)[53] and Surrogate Susan J. Hoffman (R; Kingwood Township, 2018).[54][55][56]

Transportation[edit]

The two state routes that pass through are Route 12 and Route 29.

The only major county road that goes through is CR 519.

No limited access roads traverse Kingwood, but the closest one is Interstate 78 in neighboring Franklin Township.

Surrounding communities[edit]

Education[edit]

The Kingwood Township School District serves public school students ranging from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Kingwood Township School had an enrollment of 387 students as of the 2010-11 school year.[57]

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend the Delaware Valley Regional High School in Alexandria Township, which serves students in western Hunterdon County from Alexandria, Holland and Kingwood Townships along with the boroughs of Frenchtown and Milford. The school is part of the Delaware Valley Regional High School District.[58][59]

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Kingwood Township include:

References[edit]

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