Walpack Township, New Jersey

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Walpack Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Walpack
The downtown of Wallpack Center, New Jersey facing towards the east, away from National Park Service Route 615.
The downtown of Wallpack Center, New Jersey facing towards the east, away from National Park Service Route 615.
Map of Walpack Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Walpack Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Walpack Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Walpack Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°07′07″N 74°53′39″W / 41.118632°N 74.89404°W / 41.118632; -74.89404Coordinates: 41°07′07″N 74°53′39″W / 41.118632°N 74.89404°W / 41.118632; -74.89404[1][2]
Country United States
state New Jersey
County Sussex
Earliest mention October 26, 1731
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Government[5]
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Victor J. Maglio (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Clerk Betsy M. Cuneo[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 24.702 sq mi (63.979 km2)
 • Land 24.050 sq mi (62.289 km2)
 • Water 0.652 sq mi (1.689 km2)  2.64%
Area rank 109th of 566 in state
10th of 24 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 436 ft (133 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 16
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 16
 • Rank 564th of 566 in state
24th of 24 in county[11]
 • Density 0.7/sq mi (0.3/km2)
 • Density rank 566th of 566 in state
24th of 24 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07881 - Walpack Center[12]
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3403776640[13][2][14]
GNIS feature ID 0882259[15][2]
Website http://www.twp.walpack.nj.us

Walpack Township is a township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a population of 16,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 25 (-61.0%) from the 41 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 26 (-38.8%) from the 67 counted in the 1990 Census.[16] Walpack Township was one of only four municipalities in New Jersey with a double-digit population as of the 2010 Census, and it placed third behind Tavistock (population 5) and Pine Valley (population 12), both in Camden County.[17]

Walpack Township dates back to October 26, 1731, when it was first mentioned as Walpake in Hunterdon County. The area covered by the present-day township was set off to Morris County upon that county's creation in 1739, and became part of the newly formed Sussex County in 1753. As of April 15, 1754, Walpack's boundaries were defined as a "precinct". Walpack was formally incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Montague Township (March 26, 1759), Sandyston Township (February 26, 1762) and the now-defunct Pahaquarry Township in Warren County (December 27, 1824).[18]

The current Walpack Township is named from a corruption of the Lenape Native American word "wahlpeck," which means "turn-hole," or an eddy or whirlpool. This word is a compound of two Native American words, "woa-lac" (a hole), and "tuppeck" (a pool).[19]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Walpack Township as its 18th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[20]

Geography[edit]

Walpack Township is located at 41°07′07″N 74°53′39″W / 41.118632°N 74.89404°W / 41.118632; -74.89404 (41.118632,-74.89404). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 24.702 square miles (63.979 km2), of which, 24.050 square miles (62.289 km2) of it is land and 0.652 square miles (1.689 km2) of it (2.64%) is water.[1][2] The township is located in the Minisink Valley that extends from the Delaware Water Gap north to Port Jervis, New York.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 591
1820 822 39.1%
1830 660 −19.7%
1840 728 10.3%
1850 783 7.6%
1860 851 * 8.7%
1870 647 −24.0%
1880 575 −11.1%
1890 436 −24.2%
1900 371 −14.9%
1910 286 −22.9%
1920 258 −9.8%
1930 178 * −31.0%
1940 207 16.3%
1950 204 −1.4%
1960 248 21.6%
1970 384 54.8%
1980 150 −60.9%
1990 67 −55.3%
2000 41 −38.8%
2010 16 −61.0%
Est. 2012 16 [10] 0.0%
Population sources:
1810-1920[21] 1840[22] 1850-1870[23]
1850[24] 1870[25] 1880-1890[26]
1890-1910[27] 1910-1930[28]
1930-1990[29] 2000[30][31] 2010[7][8][9]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[18]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 16 people, 8 households, and 4 families residing in the township. The population density was 0.7 per square mile (0.27 /km2). There were 15 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.23 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.75% (15) White, 0.00% (0) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.00% (0) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.00% (0) from other races, and 6.25% (1) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.00% (0) of the population.[7]

There were 8 households, of which 12.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 0.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.0% were non-families. 50.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 3.00.[7]

In the township, 12.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56.5 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.[7] The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $108,333 (with a margin of error of +/- $155,555) and the median family income was $127,500 (+/- $88,897). Males had a median income of $ (+/- $) versus $57,813 (+/- $26,023) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,663 (+/- $14,435). About 0.0% of families and 0.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.[32]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[13] there were 41 people, 20 households, and 12 families residing in the township. The population density was 1.7 people per square mile (0.7/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 1.4 per square mile (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 100.00% White.[30][31]

There were 20 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.75.[30][31]

In the township the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 2.4% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.3 males.[30][31]

The median income for a household in the township was $22,250, and the median income for a family was $22,250. Males had a median income of $46,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,624. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.[30][31]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Walpack Township is governed under the township form of government with a three-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one seat coming up for election each year.[5] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor.

As of 2013, members of the Walpack Township Committee are Mayor Victor J. Maglio (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2014), Deputy Mayor James Heigis (R, 2015) and Russell Pagano (R, 2013; serving a two-year unexpired term).[4][33][34][35]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Walpack Township is located in the 5th Congressional District[36] and is part of New Jersey's 24th state legislative district.[8][37][38]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[39] 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)[40][41] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[42][43]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 24th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Steve Oroho (R, Franklin) and in the General Assembly by Alison Littell McHose (R, Franklin) and Parker Space (R, Wantage Township).[44][45] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[46] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[47]

Sussex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director from among its members, with day-to-day supervision of the operation of the county delegated to a County Administrator.[48] As of 2014, Sussex County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Richard Vohden (R, Green Township, 2016),[49] Deputy Director Dennis J. Mudrick (R, Sparta Township, 2015),[50] Phillip R. Crabb (R, Franklin, 2014),[51] George Graham (R, Stanhope, 2016)[52] and Gail Phoebus (R, Andover Township, 2015).[53][48] Graham was chosen in April 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Parker Space, who had been chosen to fill a vacancy in the New Jersey General Assembly.[54] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Jeff Parrott (R, 2016),[55] Sheriff Michael F. Strada (R, 2016)[56] and Surrogate Gary R. Chiusano (R, filling the vacancy after the resignation of Nancy Fitzgibbons).[57][54] The County Administrator is John Eskilson.[58][59]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 22 registered voters in Walpack Township, of which 1 (4.5% vs. 16.5% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 17 (77.3% vs. 39.3%) were registered as Republicans and 2 (9.1% vs. 44.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties.[60] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 137.5% (vs. 65.8% in Sussex County) were registered to vote, including 157.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 86.5% countywide).[60][61]

In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 10 votes here (83.3% vs. 59.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2 votes (16.7% vs. 38.2%) and other candidates with no votes (0.0% vs. 2.1%), among the 12 ballots cast by the township's 18 registered voters, for a turnout of 66.7% (vs. 68.3% in Sussex County).[62] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 14 votes here (70.0% vs. 59.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 3 votes (15.0% vs. 38.7%) and other candidates with 2 votes (10.0% vs. 1.5%), among the 20 ballots cast by the township's 28 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.4% (vs. 76.9% in Sussex County).[63] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 22 votes here (78.6% vs. 63.9% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 6 votes (21.4% vs. 34.4%) and other candidates with no votes (0.0% vs. 1.3%), among the 28 ballots cast by the township's 35 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.0% (vs. 77.7% in the whole county).[64]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 11 votes here (91.7% vs. 63.3% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with one vote (8.3% vs. 25.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with no votes (0.0% vs. 9.1%) and other candidates with no votes (0.0% vs. 1.3%), among the 12 ballots cast by the township's 23 registered voters, yielding a 52.2% turnout (vs. 52.3% in the county).[65]

Education[edit]

Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade attend the schools of the Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School District, together with students from Sandyston Township.[66] The school is located in Layton. As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 156 students and 13.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 11.64.[67]

Students in seventh through twelfth grade for public school attend Kittatinny Regional High School located in Hampton Township, which serves students who reside in Fredon Township, Hampton Township, Sandyston Township and Stillwater Township.[68] The high school is located in Hampton, about seven minutes outside of the county seat of Newton. Kittatinny Regional High School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1997-98.[69]

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