Wantage Township, New Jersey

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Wantage Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Wantage
Map of Wantage Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Wantage Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wantage Township, New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wantage Township, New Jersey.
Coordinates: 41°15′08″N 74°37′58″W / 41.252181°N 74.632827°W / 41.252181; -74.632827Coordinates: 41°15′08″N 74°37′58″W / 41.252181°N 74.632827°W / 41.252181; -74.632827[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Sussex
Formed May 30, 1754 (as precinct)
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Government[5]
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Ronald Bassani (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Administrator / Clerk James Doherty[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 67.481 sq mi (174.776 km2)
 • Land 66.753 sq mi (172.890 km2)
 • Water 0.728 sq mi (1.886 km2)  1.08%
Area rank 18th of 566 in state
2nd of 24 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 538 ft (164 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 11,358
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 11,309
 • Rank 215th of 566 in state
4th of 24 in county[11]
 • Density 170.1/sq mi (65.7/km2)
 • Density rank 518th of 566 in state
18th of 24 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07461[12]
Area code(s) 973[13]
FIPS code 3403776790[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0882257[16][2]
Website www.wantagetwp.com

Wantage Township is a township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 11,358,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 971 (+9.3%) from the 10,387 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 900 (+9.5%) from the 9,487 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

Wantage Township was formed as a precinct on May 30, 1754, from portions of Newton Township. It was incorporated as a Township on February 21, 1798, as part of the state's initial group of 104 townships. Boundary exchanges were made with Frankford Township in both 1826 and 1834. Portions of the township were taken on October 14, 1891, to form the Borough of Deckertown (which was renamed to Sussex borough in 1902).[18]

Geography[edit]

Wantage Township is located at 41°15′08″N 74°37′58″W / 41.252181°N 74.632827°W / 41.252181; -74.632827 (41.252181,-74.632827). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 67.481 square miles (174.776 km2), of which, 66.753 square miles (172.890 km2) of it is land and 0.728 square miles (1.886 km2) of it (1.08%) is water.[1][2] The township is located in the Kittatinny Valley which is a section of the Great Appalachian Valley that stretches for 700 miles (1,100 km) from Canada to Alabama.

Rutan Hill, also called Volcanic Hill, located near the Beemerville section of Wantage Township, is the New Jerseys only volcano site that was last active over 440 million years ago.[19]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,969
1820 3,307 11.4%
1830 4,034 22.0%
1840 3,908 −3.1%
1850 3,934 0.7%
1860 3,862 −1.8%
1870 3,636 −5.9%
1880 3,361 −7.6%
1890 3,412 1.5%
1900 2,217 * −35.0%
1910 2,077 −6.3%
1920 1,898 −8.6%
1930 2,075 9.3%
1940 2,376 14.5%
1950 2,543 7.0%
1960 3,308 30.1%
1970 4,329 30.9%
1980 7,268 67.9%
1990 9,487 30.5%
2000 10,387 9.5%
2010 11,358 9.3%
Est. 2012 11,309 [10] −0.4%
Population sources:
1810-1920[20] 1840[21]
1850-1870[22] 1850[23] 1870[24]
1880-1890[25] 1890-1910[26] 1910-1930[27]
1930-1990[28] 2000[29][30] 2010[7][8][9]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[18]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,358 people, 3,910 households, and 3,116 families residing in the township. The population density was 170.1 per square mile (65.7 /km2). There were 4,173 housing units at an average density of 62.5 per square mile (24.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.23% (10,816) White, 1.21% (137) Black or African American, 0.11% (13) Native American, 0.99% (113) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.93% (106) from other races, and 1.52% (173) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.23% (594) of the population.[7]

There were 3,910 households, of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.25.[7]

In the township, 25.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $72,270 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,478) and the median family income was $78,934 (+/- $9,462). Males had a median income of $55,509 (+/- $8,605) versus $41,013 (+/- $3,999) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,266 (+/- $2,047). About 4.3% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.[31]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 10,387 people, 3,441 households, and 2,856 families residing in the township. The population density was 154.8 people per square mile (59.8/km2). There were 3,663 housing units at an average density of 54.6 per square mile (21.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.10% White, 0.65% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.89% of the population.[29][30]

There were 3,441 households out of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 13.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.33.[29][30]

In the township the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.[29][30]

The median income for a household in the township was $58,440, and the median income for a family was $65,339. Males had a median income of $42,697 versus $30,160 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,488. About 4.2% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.[29][30]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Wantage 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 and another as Deputy Mayor.

As of 2013, members of the Wantage Township Committee are Mayor Ronald Bassani (R, term ends December 31, 2013), Deputy Mayor Bill DeBoer (R, 2013) and Bill Gaechter (R, 2015).[4][32][33][34]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Wantage Township is located in the 5th Congressional District[35] and is part of New Jersey's 24th state legislative district.[8][36][37]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[38] 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)[39][40] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[41][42]

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).[43][44] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[45] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[46]

Sussex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders whose five members are elected at-large 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.[47] As of 2013, Sussex County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Richard Vohden (R, Green Township, 2013),[48] Deputy Director Phillip R. Crabb (R, Franklin, 2014),[49] George Graham (R, Stanhope, 2013),[50] Dennis J. Mudrick (R, Sparta Township, 2015)[51] and Gail Phoebus (R, Andover Township, 2015).[52][47] 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.[53] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Jeff Parrott,[54] Sheriff Michael F. Strada[55] and Surrogate Gary R. Chiusano (R, filling the vacancy after the resignation of Nancy Fitzgibbons).[56][53] The County Administrator is John Eskilson[57]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 7,397 registered voters in Wantage Township, of which 969 (13.1% vs. 16.5% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,315 (44.8% vs. 39.3%) were registered as Republicans and 3,104 (42.0% vs. 44.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 9 voters registered to other parties.[58] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 65.1% (vs. 65.8% in Sussex County) were registered to vote, including 86.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 86.5% countywide).[58][59]

In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 3,269 votes here (62.8% vs. 59.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,800 votes (34.6% vs. 38.2%) and other candidates with 119 votes (2.3% vs. 2.1%), among the 5,203 ballots cast by the township's 7,467 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.7% (vs. 68.3% in Sussex County).[60] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,454 votes here (62.2% vs. 59.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,987 votes (35.8% vs. 38.7%) and other candidates with 74 votes (1.3% vs. 1.5%), among the 5,551 ballots cast by the township's 7,319 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.8% (vs. 76.9% in Sussex County).[61] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 3,300 votes here (67.0% vs. 63.9% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,564 votes (31.7% vs. 34.4%) and other candidates with 48 votes (1.0% vs. 1.3%), among the 4,928 ballots cast by the township's 6,500 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.8% (vs. 77.7% in the whole county).[62]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,602 votes here (63.7% vs. 63.3% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 999 votes (24.5% vs. 25.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 388 votes (9.5% vs. 9.1%) and other candidates with 59 votes (1.4% vs. 1.3%), among the 4,084 ballots cast by the township's 7,192 registered voters, yielding a 56.8% turnout (vs. 52.3% in the county).[63]

Education[edit]

Public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the schools of the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District, together with children from Sussex Borough. The three schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[64]) are Clifton E. Lawrence School in Wantage[65] (444 students; grades Kindergarten to 2), Wantage Elementary School in Sussex[66] (520; 3 - 5) and Sussex Middle School in Sussex[67] (495; 6 - 8).[68][69]

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend High Point Regional High School in Wantage, which also serves students from Branchville, Frankford Township, Lafayette Township and Sussex Borough.[70][71] The school had an enrollment of 1,132 as of the 2010-11 school year.[72]

Transportation[edit]

CR 519, CR 565, Route 23 and Route 284 all pass through the township. Route 284 connects to NY 284, providing access to US 6. Sussex Airport, a small general aviation airport, is located in Wantage Township.[73]

Wineries[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Wantage include:

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