South Amboy, New Jersey
|South Amboy, New Jersey|
|City of South Amboy|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Mayor||Fred Henry (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Administrator||Camille Tooker|
|• Clerk||Kathy Vigilante|
|• Total||2.694 sq mi (6.976 km2)|
|• Land||1.548 sq mi (4.008 km2)|
|• Water||1.146 sq mi (2.967 km2) 42.54%|
|Area rank||364th of 566 in state
19th of 25 in county
|Elevation||10 ft (3 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||8,721|
|• Rank||265th of 566 in state
19th of 25 in county
|• Density||5,577.1/sq mi (2,153.3/km2)|
|• Density rank||94th of 566 in state
7th of 25 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885399|
South Amboy is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, on the Raritan Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 8,631, reflecting an increase of 718 (+9.1%) from the 7,913 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 50 (+0.6%) from the 7,863 counted in the 1990 Census.
South Amboy has passed through three of the five types of New Jersey municipalities. It was first mentioned on May 28, 1782, in minutes of the Board of chosen freeholders minutes as having been formed from Perth Amboy Township, and then formally incorporated as a township on February 21, 1798. Over the next 90 years, portions broke away to form Monroe Township (April 9, 1838), Madison Township (March 2, 1869; later Old Bridge Township) and Sayreville Township (April 6, 1876; later Borough of Sayreville). As of February 25, 1888, South Amboy borough was formed, replacing South Amboy Township. On April 11, 1908, South Amboy was incorporated as a city, replacing South Amboy borough, with a referendum held on July 21, 1908.
South Amboy is located at United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 2.694 square miles (6.976 km2), of which, 1.548 square miles (4.008 km2) of it is land and 1.146 square miles (2.967 km2) of it (42.54%) is water.(40.486719,-74.279016). According to the
Area codes 732 and 848 are used in South Amboy. The city had been in Area code 908, until January 1, 1997, when 908 was split forming Area code 732. South Amboy has an enclave near Kohl's in Sayreville. Residents of those apartments use a South Amboy mailing address.
|Population sources: 1790-1920
1840 1850-1870 1850
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,631 people, 3,372 households, and 2,256 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,577.1 inhabitants per square mile (2,153.3 /km2). There were 3,576 housing units at an average density of 2,310.7 per square mile (892.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.42% (7,459) White, 4.43% (382) Black or African American, 0.10% (9) Native American, 4.03% (348) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 2.99% (258) from other races, and 2.03% (175) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.42% (1,158) of the population.
There were 3,372 households of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 26.7% 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 2.56 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the city, 20.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $61,566 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,388) and the median family income was $80,815 (+/- $4,285). Males had a median income of $54,000 (+/- $5,767) versus $49,303 (+/- $4,574) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,590 (+/- $2,232). About 10.2% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,913 people, 2,967 households, and 2,041 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,102.1 people per square mile (1,971.1/km2). There were 3,110 housing units at an average density of 2,005.3 per square mile (774.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.22% White, 0.86% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.75% of the population.
There were 2,967 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $50,529, and the median income for a family was $62,029. Males had a median income of $42,365 versus $29,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,598. About 6.7% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
South Amboy is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government with a mayor elected directly by the voters. The City Council consists of five members, two of whom are elected on an at-large basis while three are elected from wards.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of South Amboy is Fred Henry, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014. Members of the City Council are Council President Joseph E. Connors (at-large), Donald Applegate (First Ward), Michael Gross (at-large), Zusette Dato (Third Ward) and Mark Noble (Second Ward). Following the death of Russell Stillwagon in June 2010 after serving nearly two decades on the City Council, Donald Applegate was chosen the following month by councilmembers from among three names proposed to fill the vacancy representing the First Ward.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). 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 19th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Vitale (D, Woodbridge Township) and in the General Assembly by Craig Coughlin (D, Woodbridge Township) and John S. Wisniewski (D, Sayreville). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects from among its members a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director. As of 2013[update], Middlesex County's Freeholders (with committee chairmanship, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano (Ex-officio on all committees; South River, term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios (County Administration; Carteret, 2015), Carol Barrett Bellante (Finance; Monmouth Junction in South Brunswick, 2014), H. James Polos (Public Safety and Health; Highland Park, 2015), Charles E. Tomaro (Business Development and Education; Edison, 2014) and Blanquita B. Valenti (Community Services; New Brunswick, 2013). The seat of Stephen J. "Pete" Dalina (D-Fords, Woodbridge) – Chairperson, Infrastructure Management Committee, is vacant following his death in October 2013 after serving 23 years in office as the longest-serving freeholder in the county. Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (Old Bridge Township), Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (Piscataway) and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (New Brunswick).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,457 registered voters in South Amboy, of which 2,237 (41.0%) were registered as Democrats, 612 (11.2%) were registered as Republicans and 2,605 (47.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 50.8% of the vote here (1,875 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 46.6% (1,722 votes) and other candidates with 1.7% (64 votes), among the 3,693 ballots cast by the city's 5,382 registered voters, for a turnout of 68.6%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 52.4% of the vote here (1,784 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 46.0% (1,566 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (37 votes), among the 3,405 ballots cast by the city's 4,971 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 68.5.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 52.7% of the vote here (1,288 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 35.4% (865 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 9.2% (226 votes) and other candidates with 1.7% (41 votes), among the 2,445 ballots cast by the city's 5,298 registered voters, yielding a 46.1% turnout.
The South Amboy Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are South Amboy Elementary School (PreK-6, 649 students) and South Amboy Middle High School (7-12, 508 students).
The South Amboy station provides service on the New Jersey Transit North Jersey Coast Line, with most trains heading to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and some heading to Hoboken Terminal. NJ Transit local bus service is available on the 815 and 817 routes.
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|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article South Amboy.|
- Middlesex County webpage for South Amboy
- Sadie Pope Dowdell Library
- South Amboy Police Department
- South Amboy Public Schools
- South Amboy Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the South Amboy Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- South Amboy First Aid & Safety Squad