Stratford, New Jersey

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Stratford, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Stratford
Stratford highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Stratford highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Stratford, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Stratford, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°49′44″N 75°00′56″W / 39.828957°N 75.015458°W / 39.828957; -75.015458Coordinates: 39°49′44″N 75°00′56″W / 39.828957°N 75.015458°W / 39.828957; -75.015458[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated February 13, 1925
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor John Gentless (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Clerk John Keenan[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.548 sq mi (4.010 km2)
 • Land 1.548 sq mi (4.010 km2)
 • Water 0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)  0.00%
Area rank 447th of 566 in state
23rd of 37 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 7,040
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 6,987
 • Rank 318th of 566 in state
19th of 37 in county[11]
 • Density 4,547.0/sq mi (1,755.6/km2)
 • Density rank 124th of 566 in state
12th of 37 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08084[12][13]
Area code(s) 856[14]
FIPS code 3400771220[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885411[17][2]
Website www.stratfordnj.org

Stratford is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,040,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 231 (-3.2%) from the 7,271 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 343 (-4.5%) from the 7,614 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Stratford.

The Borough of Stratford was created on February 13, 1925, from Clementon Township, one of seven municipalities created from the now-defunct township.[19]

Geography[edit]

Stratford is located at 39°49′44″N 75°00′56″W / 39.828957°N 75.015458°W / 39.828957; -75.015458 (39.828957,-75.015458). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.548 square miles (4.010 km2), all of which was land.[1][2]

The borough borders Gloucester Township (north and east), Hi-Nella (north), Laurel Springs (south), Lindenwold (south and west), and Somerdale (west).[20]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 958
1940 980 2.3%
1950 1,356 38.4%
1960 4,308 217.7%
1970 9,801 127.5%
1980 8,005 −18.3%
1990 7,614 −4.9%
2000 7,271 −4.5%
2010 7,040 −3.2%
Est. 2012 6,987 [10] −0.8%
Population sources:
1930-2000[21] 1930[22]
1930-1990[23] 2000[24][25] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,040 people, 2,641 households, and 1,822 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,547.0 per square mile (1,755.6 /km2). There were 2,761 housing units at an average density of 1,783.3 per square mile (688.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.37% (5,799) White, 8.24% (580) Black or African American, 0.18% (13) Native American, 4.22% (297) Asian, 0.07% (5) Pacific Islander, 2.77% (195) from other races, and 2.14% (151) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.49% (457) of the population.[7]

There were 2,641 households, of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.19.[7]

In the borough, 23.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.1 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $64,297 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,575) and the median family income was $86,375 (+/- $11,140). Males had a median income of $63,879 (+/- $4,823) versus $40,243 (+/- $1,924) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,383 (+/- $3,556). About 4.3% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.[26]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 7,271 people, 2,736 households, and 1,906 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,603.8 people per square mile (1,776.8/km2). There were 2,849 housing units at an average density of 1,803.9 per square mile (696.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 88.56% White, 6.60% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.81% of the population.[24][25]

There were 2,736 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.18.[24][25]

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.[24][25]

The median income for a household in the borough was $50,977, and the median income for a family was $57,500. Males had a median income of $42,246 versus $29,153 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,748. About 2.5% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.[24][25]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Stratford is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government 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.[5]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Stratford Borough is Republican John Gentless, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Stratford Borough Council (with party affiliation, term-end year and committee directorships listed in parentheses) are Council President Mary Stone (D, 2014; Public Events), Steve Easterday (D, 2014; Police), Frank Gagliardi (D, 2015; Ordinance / Property), Pat Gilligan (D, 2013; Public Works), Michael Maloney (R, 2015; Finance and Revenue) and Mike Santoro (D, 2013; Emergency Services).[27][28]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Stratford is located in the 1st Congressional District[29] and is part of New Jersey's 6th state legislative district.[8][30][31] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Stratford had been in the 5th state legislative district.[32]

The seat for New Jersey's First Congressional District is currently vacant, having formerly been represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights), who resigned on February 18, 2014.[33] 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)[34][35] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[36][37]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 6th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James Beach (D, Voorhees Township) and in the General Assembly by Louis Greenwald (D, Voorhees Township) and Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D, Cherry Hill).[38] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[39] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[40]

Camden County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, its seven members chosen at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms office on a staggered basis, with wither two or three seats coming up for election each year.[41] As of 2014, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2014)[42], Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2016)[43], Michelle Gentek (Gloucester Township, 2015)[44], Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2015)[45], Scot N. McCray (Camden, 2014)[46], Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2015)[47] and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2016).[48][49][50] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk Joseph Ripa,[51] Sheriff Charles H. Billingham[52] and Surrogate Patricia Egan "Pat" Jones.[53]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,606 registered voters in Stratford, of which 1,743 (37.8%) were registered as Democrats, 849 (18.4%) were registered as Republicans and 2,013 (43.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.[54]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 56.8% of the vote here (2,006 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received around 39.9% (1,409 votes), with 3,534 ballots cast among the borough's 4,639 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.2%.[55] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 54.0% of the vote here (1,886 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush, who received around 44.3% (1,547 votes), with 3,492 ballots cast among the borough's 4,629 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 75.4.[56]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 45.9% of the vote here (1,005 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 45.1% (988 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 5.3% (116 votes), with 2,191 ballots cast among the borough's 4,630 registered voters, yielding a 47.3% turnout.[57]

Education[edit]

The Stratford School District serves public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[58]) are Parkview Elementary School[59] with 322 students in PreK through third grade and Samuel S. Yellin Elementary School[60] with 456 students in grades 4 - 8.[61]

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Sterling High School, a regional high school that also serves students from Magnolia and Somerdale, along with the sending districts of Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs.[62] The high school is located in Somerdale.

Stratford Classical Christian Academy serves students in grades K-10.[63] John Paul II Regional School is an elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, having opened for the 2008-09 school year as the result of the consolidation of area schools by the Camden diocese.[64][65]

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine has its campus on Laurel Road in Stratford Borough. It is made up of four buildings including the University Doctors' Pavilion and a Science Center.[66]

Transportation[edit]

The borough had a total of 26.09 miles (41.99 km) of roadways, of which 21.77 miles (35.04 km) are maintained by the municipality, 3.21 miles (5.17 km) by Camden County and 1.11 miles (1.79 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[67]

U.S. Route 30 (White Horse Pike) runs from Laurel Springs in the borough's southeast corner and heads towrds the northern tip of the borough along the border between Stratford to the southwest and Somerdale to the northeast before heading into Somerdale.[68]

New Jersey Transit bus service between the borough and Philadelphia is available on the 403 route, with local service available on the 451 and 459 routes.[69]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Stratford include:

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