Palmyra, New Jersey
|Palmyra, New Jersey|
|Borough of Palmyra|
|Motto: "A Place to Grow"|
Palmyra highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Palmyra, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 19, 1894|
|Named for||Palmyra, Syria|
|• Mayor||Karen A. Scheffler (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||John Gural|
|• Clerk||Barbara A. Sheipe|
|• Total||2.550 sq mi (6.605 km2)|
|• Land||1.864 sq mi (4.828 km2)|
|• Water||0.686 sq mi (1.777 km2) 26.90%|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||7,361|
|• Rank||309th of 566 in state
23rd of 40 in county
|• Density||3,968.4/sq mi (1,532.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||155th of 566 in state
7th of 40 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||856 exchanges: 303, 726, 829|
|GNIS feature ID||0885339|
Palmyra is a borough in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,398, reflecting an increase of 307 (+4.3%) from the 7,091 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 35 (+0.5%) from the 7,056 counted in the 1990 Census.
Palmyra was originally incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 19, 1894, from portions of Cinnaminson Township and Riverton. On February 20, 1923, Palmyra was reincorporated as a borough.
Palmyra is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.550 square miles (6.605 km2), of which, 1.864 square miles (4.828 km2) of it was land and 0.686 square miles (1.777 km2) of it (26.90%) was water.(40.002615,-75.035273). According to the
The borough borders Riverton, Cinnaminson Township, Camden County, and the Delaware River. Across the Delaware, it borders the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to which it is connected via Route 73 by the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, which is named for the two communities connected by the bridge. The bridge was completed in 1929 at a cost of $4 million.
1930-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,398 people, 3,156 households, and 1,938 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,968.4 per square mile (1,532.2/km2). There were 3,392 housing units at an average density of 1,819.5 per square mile (702.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 78.75% (5,826) White, 14.54% (1,076) Black or African American, 0.31% (23) Native American, 1.84% (136) Asian, 0.08% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.95% (144) from other races, and 2.53% (187) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.37% (397) of the population.
There were 3,156 households, of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the borough, 19.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $61,990 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,744) and the median family income was $74,265 (+/- $6,025). Males had a median income of $53,295 (+/- $6,313) versus $48,417 (+/- $6,580) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,361 (+/- $2,319). About 6.5% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,091 people, 3,004 households, and 1,853 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,586.9 people per square mile (1,382.8/km2). There were 3,219 housing units at an average density of 1,628.3 per square mile (627.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 80.99% White, 14.34% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.40% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.41% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.23% of the population.
There were 3,004 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $51,150, and the median income for a family was $57,192. Males had a median income of $42,910 versus $31,445 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,454. About 2.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.
The area that is now Palmyra was settled in the late 17th century by Swedes, marking the northernmost border of New Sweden. A farmhouse built in 1761 by the third generation settlers still remains as the oldest house in Palmyra. Farming was the primary use of land in Palmyra and the surrounding area until after the construction of the Camden and Amboy Railroad in 1834 with a station in the area, after which railroad workers built homes on lots they purchased along the railroad right of way. The community was originally known as Texas, but a local landowner, Isaiah Toy, a descendant of the original Swedish settlers and a stockholder in the Camden and Amboy Railroad, who wanted to have a post office established in the community and convinced the railroad to change the name of the station in 1849 to Palmyra, which came from his love of ancient history. Palmyra was the name of an ancient trading center located in central Syria. The post office was established in 1851. Palmyra, along with Bordentown, Burlington, Moorestown Township, and Mount Holly Township, established its high school in the late 1890s, making it one of the oldest high schools in Burlington County and in New Jersey.
The community was laid out in 1850, when Joseph Souder's land was broken up into building lots to pay his debts, with the street names matching those of Center City, Philadelphia - Market, Arch, Race, and Vine (from south to north), and Front Street and numbered streets from the Delaware River. What is now Palmyra was part of Chester Township (now Maple Shade Township), which was created in 1694 and was one of the original 104 townships in New Jersey incorporated in 1798. Palmyra became a part of Cinnaminson Township when that township was set off from Chester in 1860. Palmyra Township was set off from Cinnaminson in 1894, and Palmyra was incorporated as a borough in 1923.
Palmyra 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. The Borough form of government used by Palmyra, 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.
As of 2014[update], the Mayor of Palmyra Borough is Democrat Karen A. Scheffler (committee chair for Communications, Negotiations, Administration & Finance, Homeowners Associations’ Liaison), whose term of office ends on December 31, 2015. Members of the Borough Council (with party affiliation, term-end year and committee chairmanships listed in parentheses) are Council President Carol Riener (D, 2014; Construction Office, Land Use Board, Shade Tree Advisory Board), Michelle Arnold (R, 2016; Board of Education Liaison), Robert Bostock (D, 2015; Public Buildings & Grounds, Parks & Playgrounds, Business Community & Development), Michele Dobbs (D, 2015; Public Works and Sewer), Howard Norcross (D, 2014; Public Safety & Municipal Court, Youth & Recreation, Public Events Liaison) and Adam Nowicki (R, 2016; Shade Tree Advisory Board Liaison).
Gina Ragomo Tait was appointed in February 2013 to serve until the November general election, filling the seat of Council President Kenneth Brahl, who had resigned during the previous month due to work and education obligations.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden). 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) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).
The 7th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Diane Allen (R, Edgewater Park Township) and in the General Assembly by Herb Conaway (D, Delanco Township) and Troy Singleton (D, Palmyra). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January. As of 2014[update], Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio (R, 2014; Florence Township), Deputy Director Joseph Howarth (R, 2014; Evesham Township) Aimee Belgard (D, 2015; Edgewater Park Township), Joseph B. Donnelly (R, 2016; Cinnaminson Township) and Joanne Schwartz (D, 2015; Southampton Township). Gargiano was named in March 2014 to serve the unexpired term of Leah Arter and was chosen to fill her position as Freeholder Director.
The Palmyra Public Schools serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Palmyra, along with those from Beverly and Riverton who attend the district's high school as part of sending/receiving relationships. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 955 students and 80.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.88:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Delaware Avenue Elementary School (PreK; 18 students), Charles Street Elementary School (K-6; 499) and Palmyra High School (7-12; 438).
Students from Palmyra, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 27.67 miles (44.53 km) of roadways, of which 23.04 miles (37.08 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.11 miles (5.01 km) by Burlington County, 0.98 miles (1.58 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.54 miles (0.87 km) by the Burlington County Bridge Commission.
The Palmyra station on New Jersey Transit's River Line light rail system is located on East Broad Street. The station opened on March 15, 2004. Southbound service from the station is available to Camden, including a transfer to the PATCO Speedline available at the Walter Rand Transportation Center. Northbound service is available to the Trenton Rail Station with connections to New Jersey Transit trains to New York City, SEPTA trains to Philadelphia, and Amtrak trains.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Palmyra include:
- Jim Bailey (born 1949), singer, film, television and stage actor, and female impersonator.
- Lena Blackburne (1886–1968), major league baseball player and manager best known for his discovery of a mud in a tributary of the Delaware River near Palmyra which is still used to rub down baseballs allowing pitchers to gain better control over the ball.
- Jack Casey (born 1935), member of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, who also served as mayor of Palmyra.
- Frank A. Mathews, Jr. (1904–1964), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1945 to 1949.
- Troy Singleton (born 1973), member of the New Jersey General Assembly since 2011.
- August Weikman (1860–1924), was serving as the Commodore Barber on the RMS Titanic when the ship hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sank on April 14, 1912.
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- Bergbauer, Thomas A. "Society's cruises shed light on communities' past", Courier-Post, October 12, 2008. Accessed June 27, 2012. "The Toy Morgan House in Palmyra: The house is perhaps Palmyra's most revered historical treasure. Elias Toy, replacing an older house his grandfather built, built the house in 1761."
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- Administration, Palmyra Public Schools. Accessed December 11, 2014. "Palmyra Public Schools offers a wide range of educational programs for the residents of Palmyra, Beverly City, and Riverton, New Jersey. These programs include a preschool handicapped program at Delaware Avenue Elementary School, a K-6 elementary program at Charles Street Elementary School, and a 7-12 program at Palmyra High School."
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- Staff. "JIM BAILEY BANKS ON FABULOUS FAKES", Philadelphia Daily News, May 13, 1983. Accessed November 26, 2013. "They moved to New Jersey when Jim was 10, and lived in Palmyra, Riverside and Willingboro before locating in Vincentown, where he visited them this week before his shore date."
- Mchale, Todd. "Palmyra dedicates field to 'Lena' Blackburne, the man with the special mud", Burlington County Times, April 13, 2012. Accessed June 27, 2012. "PALMYRA — Russell “Lena” Blackburne made his mark in baseball like no other. Sure, the borough native played in the big leagues, but to this day, his claim to fame remains the discovery he made in 1938 in a tributary of the Delaware River not far from his home."
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- Comegno, Carol. "Palmyra man will serve on Burlco bridge panel", Courier-Post, December 31, 2008. Accessed November 28, 2013. "The all-Republican county board of freeholders unanimously appointed Troy Singleton, 35, of Palmyra on Tuesday to the vacant Democratic seat on the three-member commission by a 5-0 vote."
- "Local Titanic survivor was saved not once, but twice", April 13, 2008. Accessed June 27, 2012. "Among the survivors was crewman and ship barber August H. Weikman, who was a resident of Palmyra at the time. He survived the tragedy twice: The first was from the sinking ship itself and the second was after being mistaken for dead and zipped in a body bag."
- Staff. "LOVE FOR SEA PREVAILS.; Chief Barber of the Titanic Obtains Post on the Lusitania.", The New York Times, August 6, 1912. Accessed June 27, 2012. "Unable to resist traveling over the sea, August F. Weikman of Palmyra, N. J., who was the chief barber on the ill-fated Titanic and who was rescued after being several hours in the water, is unable to content himself ashore."
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