Union Beach, New Jersey

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Union Beach, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Union Beach
Map of Union Beach in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Union Beach in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Union Beach, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Union Beach, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°26′45″N 74°10′15″W / 40.44585°N 74.170926°W / 40.44585; -74.170926Coordinates: 40°26′45″N 74°10′15″W / 40.44585°N 74.170926°W / 40.44585; -74.170926[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated April 16, 1925
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Paul J. Smith, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Clerk Anne Marie Friscia[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.889 sq mi (4.894 km2)
 • Land 1.804 sq mi (4.673 km2)
 • Water 0.085 sq mi (0.221 km2)  4.52%
Area rank 422nd of 566 in state
33rd of 53 in county[2]
Elevation [6] 3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 6,245
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 6,211
 • Rank 336th of 566 in state
26th of 53 in county[11]
 • Density 3,461.5/sq mi (1,336.5/km2)
 • Density rank 185th of 566 in state
19th of 53 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07735[12][13]
Area code(s) 732[14]
FIPS code 3402574540[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885423[17][2]
Website www.unionbeach.net

Union Beach is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 6,245,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 404 (-6.1%) from the 6,649 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 493 (+8.0%) from the 6,156 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Union Beach was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 16, 1925, from portions of Raritan Township (now Hazlet), based on the results of a referendum held on April 16, 1925.[19]

The borough is part of the Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan, an effort by nine municipalities in northern Monmouth County to reinvigorate the area's economy by emphasizing the traditional downtowns, dense residential neighborhoods, maritime history, and the natural beauty of the Raritan Bayshore coastline.

Geography[edit]

Union Beach is located at 40°26′45″N 74°10′15″W / 40.44585°N 74.170926°W / 40.44585; -74.170926 (40.44585,-74.170926). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.889 square miles (4.894 km2), of which, 1.804 square miles (4.673 km2) of it is land and 0.085 square miles (0.221 km2) of it (4.52%) is water.[1][2]

Union Beach has recently undergone extensive restoration of its beach front, which offers a view of the New York City skyline and the Verazanno-Narrows Bridge.[20]

A monument to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, constructed of black stone and dedicated in June 2002, is positioned to allow visitors to see past the memorial towards the location where the World Trade Center towers were visible from the borough.[21][22]

Natural disaster[edit]

In late October 2012, a mandatory evacuation was declared in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall near Atlantic City and dealt severe damage along the New Jersey coastline, causing severe damage to the town, wiping away more than 60 homes, leaving about 200 inhabitable, while hundreds more had been hit with more than six feet of water.[23]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,893
1940 2,076 9.7%
1950 3,636 75.1%
1960 5,862 61.2%
1970 6,472 10.4%
1980 6,354 −1.8%
1990 6,156 −3.1%
2000 6,649 8.0%
2010 6,245 −6.1%
Est. 2012 6,211 [10] −0.5%
Population sources:1930[24]
1930-1990[25] 2000[26][27] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,245 people, 2,143 households, and 1,624 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,461.5 per square mile (1,336.5 /km2). There were 2,269 housing units at an average density of 1,257.7 per square mile (485.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.05% (5,686) White, 1.54% (96) Black or African American, 0.16% (10) Native American, 1.81% (113) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.09% (193) from other races, and 2.35% (147) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 10.98% (686) of the population.[7]

There were 2,143 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.32.[7]

In the borough, 24.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $61,347 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,084) and the median family income was $76,744 (+/- $15,912). Males had a median income of $55,000 (+/- $5,759) versus $36,002 (+/- $3,887) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,982 (+/- $1,875). About 3.1% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.[28]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 6,649 people, 2,143 households, and 1,722 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,545.1 people per square mile (1,365.5/km2). There were 2,229 housing units at an average density of 1,188.5 per square mile (457.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.45% White, 0.87% African American (U.S. Census), 0.20% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 1.35% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.09% of the population.[26][27]

There were 2,143 households out of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.44.[26][27]

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.[26][27]

The median income for a household in the borough was $59,946, and the median income for a family was $65,179. Males had a median income of $45,688 versus $29,918 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,973. 4.8% of the population and 4.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.6% are under the age of 18 and 5.9% are 65 or older.[26][27]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Union Beach 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. 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 as part of the November general election.[5]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Union Beach is Republican Paul J. Smith, Jr., whose term of office ends December 31, 2014. Members of the Borough Council (with party affiliation, term-end year and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Council President Albin J. Wicki (2015; Public Works / Buildings and Grounds), Louis S. Andreuzzi (R, 2014; Board of Health / Library / First Aid), Charles W. Cocuzza (2015; Public Safety / Recreation /Grants), Robert M. Howard, Jr. (R, 2013; Finance / Personnel / Administration), Cherlanne Roche (R, 2014; Education / Fire Department / Special Grants) and Victor Tuberion (R, 2013; Public Affairs / Senior Citizens).[29][30][31][32][33]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Union Beach is located in the 6th Congressional District[34] and is part of New Jersey's 13th state legislative district.[8][35][36]

New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch).[37] 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)[38][39] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[40][41]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 13th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph M. Kyrillos (R, Middletown Township) and in the General Assembly by Amy Handlin (R, Middletown Township) and Declan O'Scanlon (R, Little Silver).[42] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[43] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[44]

Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director.[45] As of 2014, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; term ends December 31, 2014),[46] Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014),[47] Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2016),[48] John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2015)[49] and Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2016).[50][51] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk M. Claire French (Wall Township),[52] Sheriff Shaun Golden (Farmingdale)[53] and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (Middletown Township).[54]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,782 registered voters in Union Beach, of which 887 (23.5%) were registered as Democrats, 667 (17.6%) were registered as Republicans and 2,228 (58.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[55]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 53.2% of the vote here (1,490 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 43.9% (1,229 votes) and other candidates with 1.5% (41 votes), among the 2,802 ballots cast by the borough's 4,103 registered voters, for a turnout of 68.3%.[56] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 56.2% of the vote here (1,569 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 42.0% (1,172 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (37 votes), among the 2,793 ballots cast by the borough's 4,114 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 67.9.[57]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.5% of the vote here (1,152 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 24.6% (432 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 7.7% (136 votes) and other candidates with 1.7% (30 votes), among the 1,759 ballots cast by the borough's 3,917 registered voters, yielding a 44.9% turnout.[58]

Education[edit]

The Union Beach School System serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Union Beach Memorial School had an enrollment of 737 students as of the 2010-11 school year.[59]

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Keyport High School in Keyport, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Keyport Public Schools.[60] Students have the choice, as well, to apply for Red Bank Regional High School for admission into its specialized programs.[61] High school students also have the option to apply to one of the career academies in the Monmouth County Vocational School District.[62]

Transportation[edit]

The borough had a total of 25.60 miles (41.20 km) of roadways, of which 22.06 miles (35.50 km) are maintained by the municipality, 2.93 miles (4.72 km) by Monmouth County and 0.61 miles (0.98 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[63]

Route 36 runs along the borough's southern border with Hazlet Township.[64]

New Jersey Transit local bus service is available on the 817 route.[65]

Controversy[edit]

Union Beach made national news for fighting a wind turbine proposed by the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority that would be constructed within close proximity to residential houses, sensitive bird habitats, and protected wetlands. The agency received approval in October 2009 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the turbine, which would stand 380 feet (120 m) high.[66]

Notable people[edit]

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

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