Mansfield Township, Warren County, New Jersey

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Mansfield Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Mansfield
Map of Mansfield Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Mansfield Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Mansfield Township, Warren County, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Mansfield Township, Warren County, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°48′30″N 74°54′37″W / 40.808466°N 74.91023°W / 40.808466; -74.91023Coordinates: 40°48′30″N 74°54′37″W / 40.808466°N 74.91023°W / 40.808466; -74.91023[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Warren
Formed May 30, 1754, as Mansfield-Woodhouse Township
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Named for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield.[3]
Government[6]
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Ted Tomaszewski (Republican Party, term ends December 31, 2014)[4]
 • Clerk Dena Hrebenak[5]
Area[2]
 • Total 29.928 sq mi (77.514 km2)
 • Land 29.815 sq mi (77.221 km2)
 • Water 0.113 sq mi (0.293 km2)  0.38%
Area rank 91st of 566 in state
3rd of 22 in county[2]
Elevation[7] 820 ft (250 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 7,725
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 7,593
 • Rank 295th of 566 in state
4th of 22 in county[12]
 • Density 259.1/sq mi (100.0/km2)
 • Density rank 488th of 566 in state
11th of 22 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07865 - Port Murray[13]
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3404143320[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0882249[16]
Website www.mansfieldtownship-nj.gov

Mansfield Township is a township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 7,725,[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 1,072 (+16.1%) from the 6,653 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 501 (-7.0%) from the 7,154 counted in the 1990 Census.[17] The township was created in 1754 and named after William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield.[3] The township is part of the eastern region of the Lehigh Valley.

What is now Mansfield Township was formed on May 30, 1754, as Mansfield-Woodhouse Township from portions of Greenwich Township, while the area was still part of Sussex County, and was incorporated as Mansfield Township on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature. The township became part of the newly formed Warren County on November 20, 1824. Portions of the township were taken to form Franklin Township (April 8, 1839) and Washington Township (April 9, 1849).[18]

Anderson (with a 2010 Census population of 342[19]), Beattystown (4,554[20]) and Port Murray (129[21]) are census-designated places and unincorporated areas located within the township.[22][23][24]

Geography[edit]

Mansfield Township is located at 40°48′30″N 74°54′37″W / 40.808466°N 74.91023°W / 40.808466; -74.91023 (40.808466,-74.91023). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 29.928 square miles (77.514 km2), of which, 29.815 square miles (77.221 km2) of it is land and 0.113 square mile (0.293 km2) of it (0.38%) is water.[1][2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,058
1820 2,787 35.4%
1830 3,310 18.8%
1840 3,057 * −7.6%
1850 1,615 * −47.2%
1860 1,688 4.5%
1870 1,997 18.3%
1880 1,709 −14.4%
1890 1,362 −20.3%
1900 1,324 −2.8%
1910 1,238 −6.5%
1920 1,133 −8.5%
1930 1,139 0.5%
1940 1,254 10.1%
1950 1,497 19.4%
1960 2,130 42.3%
1970 3,546 66.5%
1980 5,780 63.0%
1990 7,154 23.8%
2000 6,653 −7.0%
2010 7,725 16.1%
Est. 2012 7,593 [11] −1.7%
Population sources:
1810-1920[25] 1840[26] 1850-1870[27]
1850[28] 1870[29] 1880-1890[30]
1890-1910[31] 1910-1930[32]
1930-1990[33] 2000[34][35] 2010[8][9][10]
* = Lost territory in previous decade[18]

The Township's economic data (as is all of Warren County) is calculated by the US Census Bureau as part of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,725 people, 2,972 households, and 2,000 families residing in the township. The population density was 259.1 per square mile (100.0 /km2). There were 3,316 housing units at an average density of 111.2 per square mile (42.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 86.73% (6,700) White, 4.89% (378) Black or African American, 0.18% (14) Native American, 3.21% (248) Asian, 0.03% (2) Pacific Islander, 3.06% (236) from other races, and 1.90% (147) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 10.94% (845) of the population.[8]

There were 2,972 households, of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.[8]

In the township, 22.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.7 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $74,063 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,316) and the median family income was $87,434 (+/- $8,330). Males had a median income of $56,567 (+/- $5,612) versus $41,583 (+/- $1,597) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,259 (+/- $2,751). About 5.1% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.[36]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 6,653 people, 2,334 households, and 1,750 families residing in the township. The population density was 222.3 people per square mile (85.9/km²). There were 2,415 housing units at an average density of 80.7 per square mile (31.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.91% White, 4.51% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 1.59% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.37% of the population.[34][35]

There were 2,334 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.18.[34][35]

In the township the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.[34][35]

The median income for a household in the township was $61,763, and the median income for a family was $76,102. Males had a median income of $50,295 versus $35,737 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,277. About 2.7% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.[34][35]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Mansfield Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year.[6] At an annual reorganization meeting conducted during the first week of January, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Deputy Mayor.

As of 2013, members of the Mansfield Township Committee are Mayor Ted J. Tomaszewski (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2014; term as mayor ends 2014), Deputy mayor Joseph Watters (R, term on committee 2015; term as deputy mayor ends 2014), Michael Clancy (R, 2015), Shirley Kocher (R, 2014) and Michael Misertino (R, 2016).[37][38][39][40][41]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Mansfield Township is located in the 5th Congressional District[42] and is part of New Jersey's 23rd state legislative district.[9][43][44]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[45] 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)[46][47] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[48][49]

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).[50][51] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[52] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[53]

Warren County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders whose three members are chosen at-large on a staggered basis in partisan elections with one seat coming 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 Freeholder Director and other as Deputy Director. As of 2014, Warren County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Edward J. Smith (R, Asbury / Franklin Township, 2015), Freeholder Deputy Director Richard D. Gardner (R, Asbury / Franklin Township, 2014) and Freeholder Jason Sarnoski (R, Lopatcong Township, 2016).[54] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Patricia J. Kolb (Blairstown Township),[55] Sheriff David Gallant (Blairstown Township) and Surrogate Kevin O'Neill (Hackettstown).[56][57] The County Administrator, Steve Marvin, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the county and its departments.[58]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,443 registered voters in Mansfield Township, of which 779 (17.5% vs. 21.5% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,784 (40.2% vs. 35.3%) were registered as Republicans and 1,877 (42.2% vs. 43.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were three voters registered to other parties.[59] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 57.5% (vs. 62.3% in Warren County) were registered to vote, including 74.6% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 81.5% countywide).[59][60]

In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 1,789 votes here (57.6% vs. 56.0% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,232 votes (39.7% vs. 40.8%) and other candidates with 45 votes (1.4% vs. 1.7%), among the 3,105 ballots cast by the township's 4,596 registered voters, for a turnout of 67.6% (vs. 66.7% in Warren County).[61][62] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 1,925 votes here (57.5% vs. 55.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,328 votes (39.7% vs. 41.4%) and other candidates with 50 votes (1.5% vs. 1.6%), among the 3,349 ballots cast by the township's 4,504 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.4% (vs. 73.4% in Warren County).[63] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,043 votes here (64.6% vs. 61.0% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,076 votes (34.0% vs. 37.2%) and other candidates with 34 votes (1.1% vs. 1.3%), among the 3,163 ballots cast by the township's 4,227 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.8% (vs. 76.3% in the whole county).[64]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,415 votes here (66.5% vs. 61.3% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 482 votes (22.6% vs. 25.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 171 votes (8.0% vs. 9.8%) and other candidates with 29 votes (1.4% vs. 1.5%), among the 2,129 ballots cast by the township's 4,360 registered voters, yielding a 48.8% turnout (vs. 49.6% in the county).[65]

Education[edit]

Students in public school for pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade attend the Mansfield Township Elementary School as part of the Mansfield Township School District.[66] As of the 2010-11 school year, the district and its one school had a total enrollment of 680 students and 56.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.95:1.[67]

Public school students in seventh through twelfth grades attend the schools of the Warren Hills Regional School District, which also serves students from the municipalities of Franklin Township, Washington Borough, Washington Township, along with those from Oxford Township who attend for grades 9-12 only.[68] Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[69]) are Warren Hills Regional Middle School[70] (grades 7 and 8; 663 students) located in Washington Borough and Warren Hills Regional High School[71] (grades 9 - 12; 1,276 students) located in Washington Township.[66][72][73]

Students from the township and from all of Warren County are eligible to attend Ridge and Valley Charter School in Frelinghuysen Township (for grades K-8)[74] or Warren County Technical School in Washington borough (for 9-12),[75] with special education services provided by local districts supplemented throughout the county by the Warren County Special Services School District in Oxford Township (for PreK-12).[66][76]

Transportation[edit]

A small general aviation airport, named Hackettstown Airport and holding the official database designation of (FAA LID: N05) is in Mansfield Township, only a few hundred yards from the municipal border with Hackettstown proper.[77]

The only major roads that pass through are Route 31 which passes through briefly in the west, and Route 57 in the southern part.

No limited access roads traverse through. However, they are accessible two towns over such as Interstate 78 (in Franklin, Union, Clinton and Tewksbury townships) and Interstate 80 (in Knowlton, Hope, Allamuchy and Mount Olive townships).

Rail service is provided into Hackettstown by New Jersey Transit over Norfolk Southern's Washington Secondary line which, in the Rockport section of Mansfield Township, passes the location of the Rockport Wreck, a train accident that occurred on June 16, 1925, that resulted in 50 fatalities.[78]

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