Montville, New Jersey

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Montville, New Jersey
Township
Township of Montville
Montville Township highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Montville Township highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Montville, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Montville, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°54′48″N 74°21′18″W / 40.913225°N 74.354864°W / 40.913225; -74.354864Coordinates: 40°54′48″N 74°21′18″W / 40.913225°N 74.354864°W / 40.913225; -74.354864[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated April 11, 1867
Government[6]
 • Type Special Charter
 • Mayor Tim Braden (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Administrator Victor Canning[4]
 • Clerk Trudy Atkinson[5]
Area[2]
 • Total 19.056 sq mi (49.354 km2)
 • Land 18.480 sq mi (47.862 km2)
 • Water 0.576 sq mi (1.492 km2)  3.02%
Area rank 148th of 566 in state
11th of 39 in county[2]
Elevation [7] 279 ft (85 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 21,528
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 21,706
 • Rank 119th of 566 in state
7th of 39 in county[12]
 • Density 1,165.0/sq mi (449.8/km2)
 • Density rank 359th of 566 in state
25th of 39 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07045[13]
Area code(s) 862/973
FIPS code 3402747670[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0882207[16][2]
Website http://www.montvillenj.org/

Montville is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 21,528,[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 689 (+3.3%) from the 20,839 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,239 (+33.6%) from the 15,600 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

Montville was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1867, from portions of Pequannock Township.[18]

In Money magazine's 2013 Best Places to Live rankings, Montville was ranked 13th in the nation, the second-highest among the three places in New Jersey included in the top 50 list.[19][20] The township was ranked 17th in the magazine's 2011 ranking of the "Best Places to Live", the highest-ranked place in New Jersey, after having been ranked 13th in 2007.[21][22]

History[edit]

The area now known as Montville Township was first settled by Dutch farmers from New Amsterdam (now part of New York City) in the very early 18th century. Part of New Netherland, the town was originally called "Uyle-Kill" (the Dutch spelling of "Owl-Kill"), a name given to the creek and valley, which ran through the area. By the 1740s, the settlement had grown in size and construction of the first road was begun. The early road, now known as U.S. Route 202, connected various farms with Montville’s first gristmill, sawmill and tanneries. The Dutch Reformed Church was founded in Old Boonton in 1756 and moved to Montville in the early 1800s after land was purchased here for a parsonage.[23]

During the American Revolutionary War, Montville was on a major military route from Morristown to the Hudson River. General George Washington's troops often took this route and Washington stayed in the Towaco section of what is now Montville Township in June 1780.[24] The French troops under the leadership of General Rochambeau spent four days passing through Montville Township on their way to the War's final victory at Yorktown, Virginia, as part of a group of 5,000 soldiers, 2,000 horses, 500 oxen, possibly 900 cattle, artillery, boats and followers.[25]

Montville was officially named with specific boundaries April 1800. The name came from the Mandeville Inn, which was established around 1770 and was pronounced "Mondeveil" by the Dutch, which in turn was corrupted to Montville. The Montville Inn was, up until July 2006 located at the site of the pre-Revolutionary War Mandeville Inn, which burned down in the early Twentieth Century.[26]

The construction of the Morris Canal in this area was completed in 1828, bringing commercial navigation to the Montville/Towaco area. The mid-19th century saw the development of two smaller village centers set apart from Montville: Pine Brook, a fertile agricultural area in the Township’s southern end, and Towaco, situated on the Morris Canal.[27]

In 2009, Money magazine named Montville the 21st best place to live in the United States; the 2nd highest ranked community in New Jersey.[28]

Geography[edit]

Montville Township is located at 40°54′48″N 74°21′18″W / 40.913225°N 74.354864°W / 40.913225; -74.354864 (40.913225, −74.354864). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 19.056 square miles (49.354 km2), of which, 18.480 square miles (47.862 km2) of it is land and 0.576 square miles (1.492 km2) of it (3.02%) is water.[1][2]

Towaco and Pine Brook are unincorporated areas located within Montville Township.

The lowest recorded temperature in Montville is −25 °F (−32 °C), set in February 1943, and the highest recorded temperature is 105 °F (41 °C), set in July 1936 and 2011.[29]

Climate data for Montville, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 71
(22)
74
(23)
85
(29)
93
(34)
96
(36)
99
(37)
105
(41)
100
(38)
100
(38)
92
(33)
81
(27)
73
(23)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 36
(2)
39
(4)
48
(9)
60
(16)
71
(22)
79
(26)
84
(29)
82
(28)
75
(24)
64
(18)
53
(12)
41
(5)
61
(16.3)
Average low °F (°C) 15
(−9)
17
(−8)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
45
(7)
54
(12)
59
(15)
57
(14)
49
(9)
37
(3)
30
(−1)
21
(−6)
37
(2.8)
Record low °F (°C) −24
(−31)
−25
(−32)
−10
(−23)
11
(−12)
24
(−4)
29
(−2)
36
(2)
32
(0)
24
(−4)
10
(−12)
−1
(−18)
−17
(−27)
−25
(−32)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.34
(110.2)
3.44
(87.4)
4.56
(115.8)
4.54
(115.3)
4.79
(121.7)
4.51
(114.6)
4.64
(117.9)
4.43
(112.5)
5.11
(129.8)
4.10
(104.1)
4.53
(115.1)
4.08
(103.6)
53.07
(1,348)
Source: [29]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,403
1880 1,270 −9.5%
1890 1,333 5.0%
1900 1,908 43.1%
1910 1,944 1.9%
1920 1,515 −22.1%
1930 2,467 62.8%
1940 3,207 30.0%
1950 4,159 29.7%
1960 6,772 62.8%
1970 11,846 74.9%
1980 14,290 20.6%
1990 15,600 9.2%
2000 20,839 33.6%
2010 21,528 3.3%
Est. 2012 21,706 [11] 0.8%
Population sources:1870-1920[30]
1870[31][32] 1880-1890[33]
1890-1910[34] 1910-1930[35]
1930-1990[36] 2000[37][38] 2010[8][9][10]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,528 people, 7,485 households, and 5,988 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,165.0 per square mile (449.8 /km2). There were 7,823 housing units at an average density of 423.3 per square mile (163.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 78.04% (16,800) White, 1.28% (275) Black or African American, 0.10% (22) Native American, 18.07% (3,890) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.86% (186) from other races, and 1.64% (353) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.18% (900) of the population.[8]

There were 7,485 households, of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.23.[8]

In the township, 25.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $119,493 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,959) and the median family income was $143,811 (+/- $17,082). Males had a median income of $102,178 (+/- $5,041) versus $66,933 (+/- $6,419) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $54,618 (+/- $3,849). About 2.6% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.[39]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 20,839 people, 7,380 households, and 5,867 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,104.3 people per square mile (426.4/km²). There were 7,541 housing units at an average density of 399.6 per square mile (154.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 84.95% White, 0.93% African American, 0.04% Native American, 12.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.[37][38]

There were 7,380 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.17.[37][38]

In the township the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.[37][38]

The median income for a household in the township was $94,557, and the median income for a family was $105,394. Males had a median income of $71,356 versus $45,427 for females. The per capita income for the township was $43,341. About 2.6% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.[37][38]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Montville is governed under a Special Charter granted by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1867 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, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor.The Township Administrator serves as the chief administrative and executive officer for the organization and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all municipal departments.[27]

As of 2013, Montville's Township Committee consists of Mayor Tim Braden (R, term ends December 31, 2013), Deputy Mayor Donald Kostka (R, 2015), Scott Gallopo (R, 2013), Deborah Nielson (R, 2014) and James Sandham, Jr. (R, 2014).[40][41]

A Charter Study Commission was approved by the voters on November 8, 2005, to investigate possible changes to Montville's form of government.[42] The commission voted 4-1 against making any changes.

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Montville is located in the 11th Congressional District[43] and is part of New Jersey's 26th state legislative district.[9][44][45]

New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township).[46] 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)[47][48] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[49][50]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 26th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Pennacchio (R, Montville) and in the General Assembly by BettyLou DeCroce (R, Parsippany-Troy Hills) and Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains) and [51][52] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[53] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[54]

Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[55] As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton),[56] Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township),[57] Gene F. Feyl (Denville),[58] Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills),[59] Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville),[60] John J. Murphy (Morris Township)[61] and Hank Lyon (Montville Township),[62][63]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 14,170 registered voters in Montville Township, of which 2,708 (19.1%) were registered as Democrats, 5,372 (37.9%) were registered as Republicans and 6,083 (42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties.[64]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 57.8% of the vote here (6,720 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 41.0% (4,761 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (84 votes), among the 11,623 ballots cast by the township's 14,890 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.1%.[65] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 59.0% of the vote here (6,605 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 40.0% (4,483 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (77 votes), among the 11,203 ballots cast by the township's 14,582 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.8.[66]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.6% of the vote here (4,679 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 30.0% (2,278 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.8% (513 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (69 votes), among the 7,593 ballots cast by the township's 14,526 registered voters, yielding a 52.3% turnout.[67]

Education[edit]

Montville School House, 1910

The Montville Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[68]) are five elementary schools — Cedar Hill Elementary School[69] (grades K-5; 394 students), Hilldale Elementary School[70] (K-5; 393), William H. Mason, Jr. Elementary School[71] (K-5; 314), Valley View Elementary School[72] (PreK-5; 392) and Woodmont Elementary School[73] (K-5; 372) — along with Robert R. Lazar Middle School[74] for grades 6-8 (990) and Montville Township High School[75] for grades 9-12 (1,365).[76] Montville Extended Day Learning Center is an after-school program available at all the elementary schools in the district.

Private schools include Trinity Christian School, a christian day school founded in 1986 that serves students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.[77] St. Pius X School is a K-8 Catholic school operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.[78][79]

Transportation[edit]

As part of its Midtown Direct expansion program, New Jersey Transit, with supplemental funding from the Township of Montville, renovated the Towaco Train Station using a design hearkening back to the early 1900s. Commuters travel from Towaco to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via a transfer in Montclair through Newark to Manhattan.

New Jersey Transit offers bus service to and from Newark on the 29 route, with local service available on the MCM1 route.[80]

Major routes that pass through include Interstate 287 and U.S. Route 202 in the north, and both Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 46 in the south. Both interstates houses interchanges in the township.

Notable people[edit]

Noted current and former residents of Montville include:

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