Westampton Township, New Jersey

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Westampton Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Westampton
Westampton Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Westampton Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Westampton Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Westampton Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°01′06″N 74°49′00″W / 40.018416°N 74.816778°W / 40.018416; -74.816778Coordinates: 40°01′06″N 74°49′00″W / 40.018416°N 74.816778°W / 40.018416; -74.816778[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Burlington
Incorporated March 6, 1850
Government[5]
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Carolyn Chang (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Clerk Donna Ryan[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 11.195 sq mi (28.994 km2)
 • Land 11.025 sq mi (28.555 km2)
 • Water 0.170 sq mi (0.439 km2)  1.51%
Area rank 199th of 566 in state
19th of 40 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 8,813
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 8,801
 • Rank 261st of 566 in state
18th of 40 in county[11]
 • Density 799.4/sq mi (308.7/km2)
 • Density rank 405th of 566 in state
26th of 40 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08060 - Mount Holly[12]
Area code(s) 609[13]
FIPS code 3400578200[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0882103[16][2]
Website www.westampton.com

Westampton Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 8,813[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 1,596 (+22.1%) from the 7,217 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,213 (+20.2%) from the 6,004 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

Westampton was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 6, 1850, from portions of Northampton Township (now known as Mount Holly Township). Portions of the township were taken to form Eastampton Township on February 11, 1880.[18]

The township is the home of the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area.[19]

Geography[edit]

Westampton Township is located at 40°01′06″N 74°49′00″W / 40.018416°N 74.816778°W / 40.018416; -74.816778 (40.018416,-74.816778). According to the United States Census Bureau, Westampton township had a total area of 11.195 square miles (28.994 km2), of which, 11.025 square miles (28.555 km2) of it was land and 0.170 square miles (0.439 km2) of it (1.51%) was water.[2][1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,507
1860 1,313 −12.9%
1870 1,369 4.3%
1880 715 * −47.8%
1890 688 −3.8%
1900 567 −17.6%
1910 564 −0.5%
1920 478 −15.2%
1930 491 2.7%
1940 573 16.7%
1950 716 25.0%
1960 1,114 55.6%
1970 2,680 140.6%
1980 3,383 26.2%
1990 6,004 77.5%
2000 7,217 20.2%
2010 8,813 22.1%
Est. 2012 8,801 [10] −0.1%
Population sources: 1850-2000[20]
1850-1920[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 8,813 people, 3,195 households, and 2,428 families residing in the township. The population density was 799.4 per square mile (308.7 /km2). There were 3,291 housing units at an average density of 298.5 per square mile (115.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 61.00% (5,376) White, 25.45% (2,243) Black or African American, 0.19% (17) Native American, 6.90% (608) Asian, 0.03% (3) Pacific Islander, 2.26% (199) from other races, and 4.16% (367) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 8.84% (779) of the population.[7]

There were 3,195 households, of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.18.[7]

In the township, 24.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $89,713 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,240) and the median family income was $97,080 (+/- $9,080). Males had a median income of $65,651 (+/- $7,331) versus $45,956 (+/- $4,844) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,334 (+/- $4,669). About 2.8% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.[31]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 7,217 people, 2,525 households, and 1,966 families residing in the township. The population density was 653.6 people per square mile (252.4/km²). There were 2,581 housing units at an average density of 233.8 per square mile (90.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 70.81% White, 21.27% African American, 0.28% Native American, 3.03% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.83% from other races, and 2.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.21% of the population.[29][30]

There were 2,525 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.24.[29][30]

In the township the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.[29][30]

The median income for a household in the township was $63,973, and the median income for a family was $69,656. Males had a median income of $46,536 versus $32,167 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,594. About 2.7% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.[29][30]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Westampton Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle.[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 Westampton Township Committee are Mayor Carolyn V. Chang (D, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2013), Deputy Mayor Robert G. Maybury, Jr. (D, 2015), C. Andre Daniels (D, 2014), Robert Thorpe (D, 2015; serving an unexpired term) and Patricia Winsett Teleisa (D, 2014).[32][33][34][35][36]

Robert Thorpe was appointed to the Township Committee in February 2013, taking the vacant seat of Sidney Camp, who had resigned the previous month after winning a third three-year term of office. Carolyn Chang was chosen by the committee to replace Camp as mayor, making her the township's first African-American women to hold the position.[37][38]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Westampton Township is located in the 3rd Congressional District[39] and is part of New Jersey's 8th state legislative district.[8][40][41] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Westampton Township had been in the 7th state legislative district.[42]

New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township).[43] 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)[44][45] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[46][47]

For the 2004-15 Session, the 8th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Dawn Marie Addiego (R, Evesham Township) and in the General Assembly by Christopher J. Brown (R, Evesham Township) and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R, Evesham Township).[48] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[49] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[50]

Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year.[51] The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January.[51] As of 2014, Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio (R, 2014; Florence Township),[52] Deputy Director Joseph Howarth (R, 2014; Evesham Township)[53] Aimee Belgard (D, 2015; Edgewater Park Township),[54] Joseph B. Donnelly (R, 2016; Cinnaminson Township)[55] and Joanne Schwartz (D, 2015; Southampton Township).[56][51][57] Gargiano was named in March 2014 to serve the unexpired term of Leah Arter and was chosen to fill her position as Freeholder Director.[58]

Education[edit]

For pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, public school students attend the Westampton Township Schools. The schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[59]) are Holly Hills Elementary School[60] for Kindergarten through 4th grade and Westampton Township Middle School[61] with 355 students in grades 5 to 8.[62][63]

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend the Rancocas Valley Regional High School, a comprehensive regional public high school that is part of the Rancocas Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from the communities of Eastampton Township, Hainesport Township, Lumberton Township and Mount Holly Township[64] The school is located in Mount Holly and is part of the Rancocas Valley Regional High School District.[65][66]

Burlington County Institute of Technology is a countywide public vocational-technical high school offering training to students throughout Burlington County, with a campus located in Westampton and another in Medford.[67]

Transportation[edit]

The township had a total of 55.24 miles (88.90 km) of roadways, of which 32.47 miles (52.26 km) are maintained by the municipality, 15.84 miles (25.49 km) by Burlington County and 2.83 miles (4.55 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 4.10 miles (6.60 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.[68]

Westampton hosts one county route and two major highways. Interstate 295 runs through the northwestern section of the township for about 2½ miles, including an interchange, Exit 45. County Route 541 passes through the municipality from the northwestern section to the southeastern corner. Westampton Township houses a 4.1-mile (6.6 km) section of the New Jersey Turnpike, including a four-lane toll gate for Exit 5.

Public transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit provides bus service on route 413 between Burlington and Camden.[69][70]

BurLink bus service is offered on the B1 route (between Beverly and Pemberton) and on the B2 route (between Beverly and Westampton Township).[71]

Academy Bus provides service from a park-and-ride facility near Exit 5 of the New Jersey Turnpike to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and other street service in Midtown Manhattan and to both Jersey City and the Wall Street area in Lower Manhattan.[72][73]

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