Laurel Springs, New Jersey

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Laurel Springs, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Laurel Springs
Laurel Springs highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in the State of New Jersey.
Laurel Springs highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Laurel Springs, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Laurel Springs, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°49′14″N 75°00′20″W / 39.820543°N 75.005445°W / 39.820543; -75.005445Coordinates: 39°49′14″N 75°00′20″W / 39.820543°N 75.005445°W / 39.820543; -75.005445[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated April 2, 1913
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Tom Barbera (term ends December 31, 2016)[3]
 • Clerk Dawn Amadio[4]
Area[1]
 • Total 0.471 sq mi (1.220 km2)
 • Land 0.458 sq mi (1.187 km2)
 • Water 0.013 sq mi (0.033 km2)  2.70%
Area rank 549th of 566 in state
33rd of 37 in county[1]
Elevation[6] 85 ft (26 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 1,908
 • Estimate (2013)[10] 1,895
 • Rank 490th of 566 in state
32nd of 37 in county[11]
 • Density 4,163.7/sq mi (1,607.6/km2)
 • Density rank 145th of 566 in state
16th of 37 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08021 - Clementon[12][13]
Area code(s) 609 and 856[14]
FIPS code 3400739210[1][15][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885272[1][17]
Website www.laurelsprings-nj.com

Laurel Springs is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,908,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 62 (-3.1%) from the 1,970 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 371 (-15.8%) from the 2,341 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Laurel Springs was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 2, 1913, from portions of Clementon Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 1, 1913.[19]

Geography[edit]

Laurel Springs is located at 39°49′14″N 75°00′20″W / 39.820543°N 75.005445°W / 39.820543; -75.005445 (39.820543,-75.005445). According to the United States Census Bureau, Laurel Springs borough had a total area of 0.471 square miles (1.220 km2), of which, 0.458 square miles (1.187 km2) of it was land and 0.013 square miles (0.033 km2) of it (2.70%) was water.[1][2]

Laurel Springs borders Lindenwold and Stratford.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 911
1930 1,343 47.4%
1940 1,344 0.1%
1950 1,540 14.6%
1960 2,028 31.7%
1970 2,566 26.5%
1980 2,249 −12.4%
1990 2,341 4.1%
2000 1,970 −15.8%
2010 1,908 −3.1%
Est. 2013 1,895 [10][20] −0.7%
Population sources:
1920[21] 1920-2000[22] 1920-1930[23]
1930-1990[24] 2000[25][26] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,908 people, 727 households, and 506 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,163.7 per square mile (1,607.6/km2). There were 771 housing units at an average density of 1,682.5 per square mile (649.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.87% (1,772) White, 3.46% (66) Black or African American, 0.10% (2) Native American, 1.00% (19) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.31% (25) from other races, and 1.26% (24) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.88% (74) of the population.[7]

There were 727 households, of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.15.[7]

In the borough, 22.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $69,405 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,221) and the median family income was $83,750 (+/- $12,497). Males had a median income of $57,900 (+/- $10,860) versus $49,028 (+/- $11,130) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,139 (+/- $3,021). About 11.4% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.[27]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census[15] there were 1,970 people, 762 households, and 534 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,213.5 people per square mile (1,618.3/km2). There were 806 housing units at an average density of 1,723.9 per square mile (662.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.37% White, 2.74% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.62% of the population.[25][26]

There were 762 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.1% 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 2.59 and the average family size was 3.16.[25][26]

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.[25][26]

The median income for a household in the borough was $52,500, and the median income for a family was $58,854. Males had a median income of $41,349 versus $30,893 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,254. About 1.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.[25][26]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Laurel Springs 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] The Borough form of government used by Laurel Springs, 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.[28][29]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Laurel Springs Borough is Tom Barbera, whose term of office ends December 31, 2016. Members of the Laurel Springs Borough Council (with term-end year and department directorships in parentheses) are Council President Jim Redstreake (2015; Public Works), Susan DiGregorio (2015; Municipal Court), Casey Leib (2014; Recreation Commission), Gene S. Letts (2013; Administration and Finance), Richard J. McCunney, II (2014; Buildings and Grounds) and Kendra Mochel (2013; Public Safety - police and fire).[30][31][32]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Laurel Springs is located in the 1st Congressional District[33] and is part of New Jersey's 4th state legislative district.[8][34][35]

New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden).[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]

The 4th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Fred H. Madden (D, Washington Township, Gloucester County) and in the General Assembly by Paul Moriarty (D, Washington Township, Gloucester County) and Gabriela Mosquera (D, Gloucester Township).[41] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[42] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[43]

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.[44] As of 2014, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2014)[45], Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2016)[46], Michelle Gentek (Gloucester Township, 2015)[47], Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2015)[48], Scot N. McCray (Camden, 2014)[49], Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2015)[50] and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2016).[51][52][53] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk Joseph Ripa,[54] Sheriff Charles H. Billingham[55] and Surrogate Patricia Egan "Pat" Jones.[56]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,339 registered voters in Laurel Springs, of which 500 (37.3%) were registered as Democrats, 293 (21.9%) were registered as Republicans and 545 (40.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.[57]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 55.7% of the vote here (583 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received around 40.3% (422 votes), with 1,047 ballots cast among the borough's 1,346 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.8%.[58] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55.6% of the vote here (583 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush, who received around 42.9% (450 votes), with 1,048 ballots cast among the borough's 1,328 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.9.[59]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 45.8% of the vote here (324 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 43.5% (308 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 7.2% (51 votes), with 708 ballots cast among the borough's 1,368 registered voters, yielding a 51.8% turnout.[60]

Education[edit]

The Laurel Springs School District serves public school students in Pre-K through sixth grade at Laurel Spring School. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 179 students and 14.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.61:1.[61]

Students in seventh through eighth grade attend Samuel S. Yellin Elementary School in Stratford as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Stratford School District.[62]

For ninth grade through twelfth grade, public school students attend Sterling High School, a regional high school district that also serves students from Magnolia, Somerdale and Stratford, along with the sending districts of Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs.[63][64] The high school is located in Somerdale.

Transportation[edit]

Roads and highways[edit]

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 10.51 miles (16.91 km) of roadways, of which 8.52 miles (13.71 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.78 miles (2.86 km) by Camden County and 0.21 miles (0.34 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[65]

Public transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit offers service between the borough and Atlantic City on the 554 route, with local bus service offered on the 451 and 459 routes.[66][67]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with laurel Springs include:

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