Pequannock Township, New Jersey
|Pequannock Township, New Jersey|
|Township of Pequannock|
Pequannock Township highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Pequannock Township, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|U.S. state||New Jersey|
|Formed||March 25, 1740 as Poquanock Township|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798 as Pequanack Township|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)|
|• Mayor||Richard Phelan (term ends December 31, 2013)|
|• Manager||David Hollberg|
|• Clerk||Jay Delaney|
|• Total||7.171 sq mi (18.575 km2)|
|• Land||6.748 sq mi (17.478 km2)|
|• Water||0.423 sq mi (1.096 km2) 5.90%|
|Area rank||241st of 566 in state
21st of 39 in county
|Elevation||203 ft (62 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||15,565|
|• Rank||163rd of 566 in state
14th of 39 in county
|• Density||2,302.7/sq mi (889.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||267th of 566 in state
12th of 39 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||07440 – Pequannock
07444 – Pompton Plains
|Area code(s)||862 & 973|
|GNIS feature ID||0882208|
Pequannock Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 15,540, reflecting an increase of 1,652 (+11.9%) from the 13,888 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,044 (+8.1%) from the 12,844 counted in the 1990 Census.
The name "Pequannock", as used in the name of the Township and of the Pequannock River, is thought to have been derived from the Lenni Lenape Native American word "Paquettahhnuake", meaning, "cleared land ready or being readied for cultivation". Pompton has been cited by some sources to mean "a place where they catch soft fish".
Pequannock Township is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 7.171 square miles (18.575 km2), of which, 6.748 square miles (17.478 km2) of it is land and 0.423 square miles (1.096 km2) of it (5.90%) is water.(40.96267,-74.305205). According to the
The Township of Pequannock is located in eastern Morris County, along Route 23, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north of the interchange of Route 23 with Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 46. Interstate 287 crosses the northwest corner of the township, with a full interchange just north of the township in the borough of Riverdale. Pequannock Township is located 20 miles (32 km) west of New York City.
The name for the area goes back at least as far as March 1, 1720, when it was referred to as "Poquanick", a precinct in Hunterdon County. Formed as "Poquanock Township" on March 25, 1740 as one of the largest townships in the region, this 7.171-square-mile (18.57 km2) bedroom community composed of Pompton Plains in its northern portion and old Pequannock in its southern was once a vast 176-square-mile (460 km2) region of rural farmland settled by the Dutch after its purchase by Arent Schuyler and associates in 1695 and 1696. The township was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships on February 21, 1798.
Over time, several municipalities were split off from the township: Jefferson Township on February 11, 1804; Rockaway Township on April 8, 1844; Boonton Township on April 11, 1867; Montville Township on April 11, 1867; Butler Borough on March 13, 1901; Kinnelon Borough on March 21, 1922; Lincoln Park Borough on April 25, 1922; and Riverdale Borough on April 17, 1923.
During the American Revolutionary War, both Comte de Rochambeau and George Washington's troops camped on what is now the site of the Pequannock Valley Middle School. While Washington stayed at the Schuyler-Colfax House in nearby Pompton, unproven oral history states that he attended church services in the First Reformed Church located in Pompton Plains, also known as the Pompton Meeting House, which had been constructed in 1771. The Mandeville Inn, located on the site of where the soldiers had camped during the war, was built in 1788 and was once owned by Garret Hobart, later Vice President of the United States. The stone with the engraved date is now located inside the Pequannock Valley Middle School when the Inn was demolished and replaced with the school in 1950.
During the Civil War, Pequannock was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The Giles Mandeville House (also built in 1788), a field and quarry-stone structure located at 515 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, which is believed to have served as a waypoint for many runaway slaves, still stands today in use as the Manse of the adjacent First Reformed Church since 1953.
Historic sites located in Pequannock Township include:
- Ackerson Mead Clark House
- Bank Barn
- Giles Mandeville House
- Mandeville Inn
- Martin Berry House
- Paul DeBow House
- Paul Barney DeBow House
- Pequannoc Spillway
- Pompton dam
- Pompton Plains Railroad Station
- Schuyler-Colfax House
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,540 people, 6,471 households, and 3,986 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,302.7 per square mile (889.1 /km2). There were 6,794 housing units at an average density of 1,006.7 per square mile (388.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.76% (14,881) White, 0.48% (75) Black or African American, 0.09% (14) Native American, 1.94% (302) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.89% (138) from other races, and 0.84% (130) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.52% (703) of the population.
There were 6,471 households of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 25.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the township, 21.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 19.4% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.2 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $84,322 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,784) and the median family income was $109,572 (+/- $9,602). Males had a median income of $77,988 (+/- $7,857) versus $50,744 (+/- $7,369) for females. The per capita income for the township was $42,016 (+/- $2,741). About 1.8% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 13,888 people, 5,026 households, and 3,829 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,965.1 people per square mile (758.4/km²). There were 5,097 housing units at an average density of 721.2 per square mile (278.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.60% White, 0.30% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.91% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.94% of the population.
There were 5,026 households, out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 20.9% 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 2.76 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the township the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $72,729, and the median income for a family was $84,487. Males had a median income of $61,093 versus $38,523 for females. The per capita income for the township was $31,892. About 2.5% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
Since 1957, the Township has operated under the Council-Manager Plan E form of government under the Faulkner Act. The Council consists of five members elected at large to four-year terms in office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election in even-numbered years. At an annual reorganization meeting, the members of the Council select one of their members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor. The Township Council hires a Township Manager, who serves as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the Township.
As of 2012[update], Pequannock's Township Council consists of Mayor Richard Phelan (R, whose term of office as mayor ends on December 31, 2012, and whose term on council ends in 2014), Deputy Mayor Melissa Florance-Lynch (R, 2014), Ed Engelbart (R, 2012), Joel D. Vanderhoff (R, 2012), and Catherine Winterfield (R, 2014).
Ed Engelbart was named Township Historian, following a resolution passed on May 10, 2011, making him the first person to be named to this position in a decade.
Federal, state and county representation
Pequannock Township is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Pequannock Township had been in the 26th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). 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, North Bergen).
The 40th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kevin J. O'Toole (R, Cedar Grove) and in the General Assembly by Scott Rumana (R, Wayne) and David C. Russo (R, Ridgewood). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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. As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton), Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township), Gene F. Feyl (Denville), Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville), John J. Murphy (Morris Township) and Hank Lyon (Montville Township),
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 10,911 registered voters in Pequannock Township, of which 2,242 (20.5%) were registered as Democrats, 4,042 (37.0%) were registered as Republicans and 4,625 (42.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 58.8% of the vote here (5,341 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 39.7% (3,608 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (84 votes), among the 9,088 ballots cast by the township's 11,236 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 62.0% of the vote here (4,889 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 37.1% (2,925 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (45 votes), among the 7,886 ballots cast by the township's 10,055 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.4.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 58.5% of the vote here (3,550 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 33.1% (2,008 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.9% (420 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (49 votes), among the 6,073 ballots cast by the township's 11,127 registered voters, yielding a 54.6% turnout.
The Pequannock Township School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are three K-5 elementary schools — Stephen J. Gerace (385 students), Hillview (301) and North Boulevard (289 students) — Pequannock Valley Middle School for grades 6–8 (600) and Pequannock Township High School for grades 9–12 (729).
Holy Spirit is a Catholic school serving grades PK-8 operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. In addition, there is Kolbe Immaculata School (K-12), the Netherlands Reformed Christian School (PK-12) and Chancellor Academy (7–12).
The Mountain View and Lincoln Park New Jersey Transit stations are both near Pequannock, offering service on the Montclair-Boonton Line to Hoboken Terminal. Pequannock Township was also formerly served by the Pompton Plains railroad station, which has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown Pompton Plains is 19.8 miles (31.9 km) from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth, 14.1 miles (22.7 km) from Teterboro Airport, 13.7 miles (22.0 km) from Morristown Municipal Airport in Hanover Township, 11.5 miles (18.5 km) from Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, 6.6 miles (10.6 km) from Essex County Airport and 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from Lincoln Park Airport in Lincoln Park Borough.
Some notable former and current residents of Pequannock Township include:
- Jason Biggs (born 1978), actor who has appeared in the American Pie films.
- Peter Cameron (born 1959), author.
- Derek Jeter (born 1974), shortstop for the New York Yankees.
- Danny Kass (born 1982), Olympic snowboarder.
- Davana Medina, figure competitor.
- Susan Misner (born 1971), actress who has appeared on films and television, including roles in One Life to Live, The Bronx Is Burning, Rescue Me and Chicago.
- Karen Young (born 1958), actress.
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- Raum, John O. The History of New Jersey: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume 1, p. 256, J. E. Potter and company, 1877. Accessed December 20, 2012. "Pequannock, named for the tribe of Indians found there, contained in 1850, 4,126 residents; in 1860, 5,438; and in 1870, 1,534."
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- Kirkland, Bruce. "Jason Biggs proud of American Pie films", Toronto Sun, August 6, 2001. Accessed July 21, 2007. "Biggs, who was born May 12, 1978, in Pompton Plains, N.J., is the son of Gary Biggs, the manager of a shipping firm, and Angela Biggs, a nurse."
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- Danny Kass profile, United States Ski Team. Accessed June 3, 2007.
- Pasquale, Don. "Pro advice: Davana Medina reveals her secret formula for sexy BI's and TRI's", Muscle & Fitness, December 2005. Accessed June 3, 2007. "CURRENT RESIDENCE Pompton Plains, New Jersey"
- Rohan, Virginia. "Pompton Plains native is having fun as risqué ex-nun", The Record (Bergen County), July 17, 2007. Accessed July 19, 2007. "'I loved growing up in Pompton Plains. It really was a lovely small town. It's not small anymore,' says Misner, who studied dance, from age 11 to 18, with Nancy King at the King Centre for the Performing Arts in Wanaque."
- Dicker, Ron. "Young's Star Rises in Midlife", San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2006. Accessed July 21, 2007. "A Pequannock, N.J., native and graduate of Douglass College, the women's school at Rutgers University, Young got her start on a film called 'Deep in the Heart' (1983)."
|Library resources about
Pequannock Township, New Jersey
- Pequannock Township Official Website
- Pequannock Township School District
- Pequannock Township School District's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Pequannock Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Pequannock Lacrosse Club
- Revolutionary Petition of Patriots (May 1776)
- Pequannock Democratic Club
- Pequannock Historical Society
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