Lake Como, New Jersey

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Lake Como, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Lake Como
Map of Lake Como in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Lake Como in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Lake Como, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Lake Como, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°10′12″N 74°01′29″W / 40.170011°N 74.024861°W / 40.170011; -74.024861Coordinates: 40°10′12″N 74°01′29″W / 40.170011°N 74.024861°W / 40.170011; -74.024861[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated May 6, 1924 as South Belmar
Renamed January 4, 2005 as Lake Como
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Michael Ryan (term ends December 31, 2014)[3]
 • Administrator / Clerk Louise A. Mekosh[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.265 sq mi (0.688 km2)
 • Land 0.253 sq mi (0.656 km2)
 • Water 0.012 sq mi (0.032 km2)  4.61%
Area rank 556th of 566 in state
51st of 53 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 1,759
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 1,738
 • Rank 502nd of 566 in state
45th of 53 in county[11]
 • Density 6,943.6/sq mi (2,680.9/km2)
 • Density rank 64th of 566 in state
6th of 53 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07719 - Belmar[12]
Area code(s) 732[13]
FIPS code 3402537560[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0885400[16][2]
Website lakecomonj.org

Lake Como is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,759,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 47 (-2.6%) from the 1,806 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 324 (+21.9%) from the 1,482 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

Lake Como was originally formed as the borough of South Belmar by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1924, from portions of Wall Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 6, 1924.[18] On November 2, 2004, voters in the borough approved changing the locality's name to Lake Como, which became effective as of January 4, 2005.[19]

Geography[edit]

Lake Como is located at 40°10′12″N 74°01′29″W / 40.170011°N 74.024861°W / 40.170011; -74.024861 (40.170011,-74.024861). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.265 square miles (0.688 km2), of which, 0.253 square miles (0.656 km2) of it was land and 0.012 square miles (0.032 km2) of it (4.61%) was water.[2][1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 886
1940 955 7.8%
1950 1,294 35.5%
1960 1,537 18.8%
1970 1,490 −3.1%
1980 1,566 5.1%
1990 1,482 −5.4%
2000 1,806 21.9%
2010 1,759 −2.6%
Est. 2012 1,738 [10] −1.2%
Population sources: 1930[20]
1930-1990[21] 2000[22][23] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,759 people, 785 households, and 398.8 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,943.6 per square mile (2,680.9 /km2). There were 1,115 housing units at an average density of 4,401.4 per square mile (1,699.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.89% (1,458) White, 6.14% (108) Black or African American, 0.85% (15) Native American, 1.19% (21) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 6.82% (120) from other races, and 2.10% (37) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 18.31% (322) of the population.[7]

There were 785 households, of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.2% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 3.05.[7]

In the borough, 19.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.4 years. For every 100 females there were 105.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.7 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $76,576 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,374) and the median family income was $84,821 (+/- $15,308). Males had a median income of $58,173 (+/- $11,703) versus $49,444 (+/- $25,611) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,729 (+/- $5,783). About 10.8% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.[24]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 1,806 people, 824 households, and 391 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,322.9 people per square mile (2,789.2/km2). There were 1,107 housing units at an average density of 4,488.6 per square mile (1,709.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.17% White, 7.75% African American, 0.44% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 5.87% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.13% of the population.[22][23]

There were 824 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.5% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.10.[22][23]

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.[22][23]

The median income for a household in the borough was $47,566, and the median income for a family was $56,538. Males had a median income of $41,550 versus $27,708 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,111. About 4.3% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.[22][23]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Lake Como is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. 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.[5]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Lake Como is Democrat Michael Ryan, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Brian Wilton (D, 2015), Jared M. Cohen (D, 2014), Kevin Higgins (D, 2014), Virginia Kropac (D, 2015), Patricia A. Tzibrouk (D, 2013) and Douglas E. Witte (D, 2013).[25][26][27][28][29]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Lake Como is located in the 4th Congressional District[30] and is part of New Jersey's 30th state legislative district.[8][31][32] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Lake Como had been in the 11th state legislative district.[33] Prior to the 2010 Census, Lake Como had been part of the 6th 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.[33]

New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Christopher Smith (R).[34] 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)[35][36] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[37][38]

The 30th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert Singer (R, Lakewood Township) and in the General Assembly by Sean T. Kean (R, Wall Township) and Dave Rible (R, Wall Township).[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]

Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director.[42] As of 2014, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; term ends December 31, 2014),[43] Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014),[44] Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2016),[45] John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2015)[46] and Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2016).[47][48] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk M. Claire French (Wall Township),[49] Sheriff Shaun Golden (Farmingdale)[50] and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (Middletown Township).[51]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 992 registered voters in Lake Como, of which 301 (30.3%) were registered as Democrats, 151 (15.2%) were registered as Republicans and 539 (54.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.[52]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 57.1% of the vote here (459 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 39.1% (314 votes) and other candidates with 2.1% (17 votes), among the 804 ballots cast by the borough's 1,123 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.6%.[53] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 52.5% of the vote here (428 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 45.8% (374 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (12 votes), among the 816 ballots cast by the borough's 1,156 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 70.6.[54]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 49.1% of the vote here (262 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 40.3% (215 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.8% (47 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (4 votes), among the 534 ballots cast by the borough's 1,048 registered voters, yielding a 51.0% turnout.[55]

Education[edit]

The Belmar School District serves students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from both Belmar and Lake Como, a non-operating district. Belmar Elementary School consists of a single school that served an enrollment of 558 students as of the 2009-10 school year.[56] Students from Lake Como attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[57] The single school is two schools in one, a primary school for grades preschool through fifth and a middle school organization plan for grades six through eight.

Students attending public high school are assigned based on sending/receiving relationships to either Manasquan High School in Manasquan or Asbury Park High School in Asbury Park, as part of a plan in which 56% of students go to Mansquan and 44% are sent to Asbury Park.[58] Manasquan High School also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Brielle, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts.[59] Students may also attend Red Bank Regional High School, Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Academy of Allied Health & Science, Academy Charter School, High Technology High School, Communications High School or Biotechnology High School.[57]

Public school students also have the option to attend Academy Charter High School in Lake Como, which accepts students on a lottery basis from the communities of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken and Lake Como.[60][61]

Transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit offers service to and from Philadelphia on the 317 route and local bus service on the 830 route.[62]

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