Magnolia, New Jersey

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Magnolia, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Magnolia
Motto: "One Square Mile of Friendliness"[1]
Magnolia highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in New Jersey
Magnolia highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Magnolia, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Magnolia, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°51′22″N 75°02′11″W / 39.856184°N 75.036471°W / 39.856184; -75.036471Coordinates: 39°51′22″N 75°02′11″W / 39.856184°N 75.036471°W / 39.856184; -75.036471[2][3]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated May 12, 1915
Government[6]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor BettyAnn Cowling-Carson (term ends December 31, 2015)[4]
 • Clerk John D. Keenan, Jr.[5]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.968 sq mi (2.507 km2)
 • Land 0.968 sq mi (2.507 km2)
 • Water 0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)  0.00%
Area rank 504th of 566 in state
28th of 37 in county[2]
Elevation[7] 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 4,341
 • Estimate (2013)[11] 4,321
 • Rank 397th of 566 in state
25th of 37 in county[12]
 • Density 4,485.3/sq mi (1,731.8/km2)
 • Density rank 131st of 566 in state
14th of 37 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08049[13][14]
Area code(s) 609 and 856[15]
FIPS code 3400742630[2][16][17]
GNIS feature ID 0885288[2][18]
Website www.magnolia-nj.org

Magnolia is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,341,[8][9][10] reflecting a decline of 68 (-1.5%) from the 4,409 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 452 (-9.3%) from the 4,861 counted in the 1990 Census.[19]

Magnolia was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 14, 1915, from portions of the now-defunct Centre Township, and parts of Clementon, based on the results of a referendum held on May 12, 1915.[20]

Geography[edit]

Magnolia is located at 39°51′22″N 75°02′11″W / 39.856184°N 75.036471°W / 39.856184; -75.036471 (39.856184,-75.036471). According to the United States Census Bureau, Magnolia borough had a total area of 0.968 square miles (2.507 km2), all of which was land.[2][3]

The borough borders Barrington, Gloucester Township, Lawnside, Runnemede and Somerdale.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,245
1930 1,522 22.2%
1940 1,552 2.0%
1950 1,883 21.3%
1960 4,199 123.0%
1970 5,893 40.3%
1980 4,881 −17.2%
1990 4,861 −0.4%
2000 4,409 −9.3%
2010 4,341 −1.5%
Est. 2013 4,321 [11][21] −0.5%
Population sources:1920-2000[22]
1920[23] 1920-1930[24] 1930-1990[25]
2000[26][27] 2010[8][9][10]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,341 people, 1,710 households, and 1,147 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,485.3 per square mile (1,731.8/km2). There were 1,850 housing units at an average density of 1,911.5 per square mile (738.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 74.71% (3,243) White, 18.27% (793) Black or African American, 0.30% (13) Native American, 1.89% (82) Asian, 0.05% (2) Pacific Islander, 2.21% (96) from other races, and 2.58% (112) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 7.83% (340) of the population.[8]

There were 1,710 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.[8]

In the borough, 21.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $53,125 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,496) and the median family income was $74,042 (+/- $10,349). Males had a median income of $49,196 (+/- $2,966) versus $38,523 (+/- $5,667) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,896 (+/- $1,765). About 1.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.[28]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[16] there were 4,409 people, 1,710 households, and 1,162 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,543.3 people per square mile (1,755.0/km2). There were 1,836 housing units at an average density of 1,891.9 per square mile (730.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.00% White, 17.80% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.06% of the population.[26][27]

There were 1,710 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12.[26][27]

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.[26][27]

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,728, and the median income for a family was $50,791. Males had a median income of $38,480 versus $27,172 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,032. About 5.9% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.[26][27]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Magnolia 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.[6] The Borough form of government used by Magnolia, 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.[29][30]

As of 2013, the Mayor of the Borough of Magnolia is BettyAnn Cowling-Carson, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015.[31] Members of the Magnolia Borough Council (with party affiliation, term-end year and committee assignments in parentheses) are Council President Paula Bonamassa (2013; Public Works and Technology), Anthony DePrince, III (2013; Public Safety), Mary Martz (2014; Planning, Codes, Licensing & Street Lighting), Richard Michielli (D, 2015; Public Events and Compliance), Steve Whalen (2014; Finance and Administration) and Donald Wilson (D, 2015; Facilities, Recreation and Community Development).[32][33][34]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Magnolia is located in the 1st Congressional District[35] and is part of New Jersey's 5th state legislative district.[9][36][37]

New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden).[38] 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)[39][40] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[41][42]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 5th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D, Camden, serving the unexpired term of Donald Norcross until November 2015)[43] and in the General Assembly by Angel Fuentes (D, Camden) and Gilbert "Whip" Wilson (D, Camden).[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]

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.[47] As of 2014, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2014)[48], Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2016)[49], Michelle Gentek (Gloucester Township, 2015)[50], Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2015)[51], Scot N. McCray (Camden, 2014)[52], Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2015)[53] and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2016).[54][55][56] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk Joseph Ripa,[57] Sheriff Charles H. Billingham[58] and Surrogate Patricia Egan "Pat" Jones.[59]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 2,918 registered voters in Magnolia, of which 1,170 (40.1%) were registered as Democrats, 367 (12.6%) were registered as Republicans and 1,381 (47.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[60]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 66.2% of the vote here (1,442 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received around 30.1% (656 votes), with 2,177 ballots cast among the borough's 2,877 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.7%.[61] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 60.7% of the vote here (1,293 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush, who received around 37.3% (795 votes), with 2,129 ballots cast among the borough's 2,887 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 73.7.[62]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 53.7% of the vote here (640 ballots cast), ahead of both Republican Chris Christie with 37.2% (443 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 5.3% (63 votes), with 1,191 ballots cast among the borough's 2,942 registered voters, yielding a 40.5% turnout.[63]

Education[edit]

The Magnolia School District serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade at Magnolia School. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 433 students and 37.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.64:1.[64]

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Sterling High School, a regional high school serving students from Magnolia, Somerdale, Stratford, along with students from Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs who attend as part of sending/receiving relationships.[65][66] The high school is located in Somerdale.

Transportation[edit]

Roads and highways[edit]

As of 2010, the borough had a total of 17.53 miles (28.21 km) of roadways, of which 13.44 miles (21.63 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.15 miles (5.07 km) by Camden County and 0.94 miles (1.51 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[67]

Public transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit offers bus service between Turnersville and Camden on the 403 route.[68][69]

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