Westville, New Jersey

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Westville, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Westville
Motto: "The Gateway to South Jersey;;
Westville highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset map: Gloucester County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Westville highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset map: Gloucester County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Westville, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Westville, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°52′08″N 75°07′54″W / 39.868922°N 75.131584°W / 39.868922; -75.131584Coordinates: 39°52′08″N 75°07′54″W / 39.868922°N 75.131584°W / 39.868922; -75.131584[1][2]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Gloucester
Incorporated April 28, 1914
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Russell W. Welsh, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Administrator William J. Bittner, Jr.[4]
 • Clerk Christine A. Helder[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.378 sq mi (3.568 km2)
 • Land 1.024 sq mi (2.652 km2)
 • Water 0.354 sq mi (0.916 km2)  25.66%
Area rank 463rd of 566 in state
21st of 24 in county[2]
Elevation [6] 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 4,288
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 4,252
 • Rank 400th of 566 in state
17th of 24 in county[11]
 • Density 4,187.0/sq mi (1,616.6/km2)
 • Density rank 143rd of 566 in state
2nd of 24 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08093[12][13]
Area code(s) 856[14]
FIPS code 3401580120[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885440[17][2]
Website www.westville-nj.com

Westville is a borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,288,[7][8][9] reflecting a decline of 212 (-4.7%) from the 4,500 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 73 (-1.6%) from the 4,573 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] The Borough of Westville is known as "The Gateway to South Jersey."[19]

Westville was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1914, from portions of Deptford Township and West Deptford Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 28, 1914. The borough was reincorporated on March 8, 1924.[20][21]

Geography[edit]

Westville is located at 39°52′08″N 75°07′54″W / 39.868922°N 75.131584°W / 39.868922; -75.131584 (39.868922,-75.131584). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.378 square miles (3.568 km2), of which, 1.024 square miles (2.652 km2) of it is land and 0.354 square miles (0.916 km2) of it (25.66%) is water.[1][2]

The borough borders Deptford Township, West Deptford Township, and Camden County.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,380
1930 3,462 45.5%
1940 3,585 3.6%
1950 4,731 32.0%
1960 4,951 4.7%
1970 5,170 4.4%
1980 4,786 −7.4%
1990 4,573 −4.5%
2000 4,500 −1.6%
2010 4,288 −4.7%
Est. 2012 4,252 [10] −0.8%
Population sources: 1920-2000[22]
1920[23] 1920-1930[24] 1930-1990[25]
2000[26][27] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,288 people, 1,755 households, and 1,095 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,187.0 per square mile (1,616.6 /km2). There were 1,912 housing units at an average density of 1,867.0 per square mile (720.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.53% (3,839) White, 4.90% (210) Black or African American, 0.16% (7) Native American, 1.49% (64) Asian, 0.05% (2) Pacific Islander, 2.31% (99) from other races, and 1.56% (67) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.02% (258) of the population.[7]

There were 1,755 households, of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06.[7]

In the borough, 20.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.8 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $49,854 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,131) and the median family income was $65,089 (+/- $13,208). Males had a median income of $45,294 (+/- $5,957) versus $39,732 (+/- $7,921) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,908 (+/- $3,575). About 13.7% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.[28]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 4,500 people, 1,812 households, and 1,125 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,666.1 people per square mile (1,809.9/km2). There were 1,938 housing units at an average density of 2,009.5 per square mile (779.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.47% White, 2.71% Black, 0.13% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.96% of the population.[26][27]

There were 1,812 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.15.[26][27]

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.[26][27]

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,570, and the median income for a family was $49,005. Males had a median income of $35,909 versus $27,220 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,747. About 7.4% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.[26][27]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Westville 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 on an at-large 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.[5]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Westville is Russell W. Welsh, Jr. Members of the Westville Borough Council are Council President Michael O. Ledrich, Donna Moan, Charles Murtaugh, William Packer, William Rebel and Fritz Sims.[4]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Westville is located in the 1st Congressional District[29] and is part of New Jersey's 5th state legislative district.[8][30][31]

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.[32] 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)[33][34] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[35][36]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 5th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Donald Norcross (D, Camden) and in the General Assembly by Angel Fuentes (D, Camden) and Gilbert "Whip" Wilson (D, Camden).[37] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[38] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[39]

Gloucester County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis in partisan elections, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. At a reorganization meeting held each January, the Board selects a Freeholder Director and a Deputy Freeholder Director from among its members. As of 2013, Gloucester County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (D, West Deptford Township; term ends 2015),[40] Deputy Freeholder Director Giuseppe "Joe" Chila (D, Woolwich Township; 2015),[41] Lyman J. Barnes (D, Logan Township; 2014),[42] Vincent H. Nestore, Jr. (R, Deptford Township; 2013),[43] Heather Simmons (D, Glassboro; 2014),[44] Adam Taliaferro (D, Woolwich Township; 2014)[45] and Larry Wallace (R, Woolwich Township; 2013).[46][47] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk James N. Hogan,[48] Surrogate Helene M. Reed (Monroe Township)[49] and Sheriff Carmel Morina (Greenwich Township).[50][51]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 2,636 registered voters in Westville, of which 898 (34.1%) were registered as Democrats, 481 (18.2%) were registered as Republicans and 1,256 (47.6%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.[52]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 57.0% of the vote here (1,133 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 38.8% (770 votes) and other candidates with 2.5% (50 votes), among the 1,987 ballots cast by the borough's 2,854 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.6%.[53] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55.5% of the vote here (1,044 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 43.1% (812 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (19 votes), among the 1,882 ballots cast by the borough's 2,623 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 71.7.[54]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 45.0% of the vote here (514 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 41.5% (473 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 10.2% (116 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (10 votes), among the 1,141 ballots cast by the borough's 2,759 registered voters, yielding a 41.4% turnout.[55]

Education[edit]

The Westville School District is a community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through Sixth grade. Parkview Elementary School, home of the Panthers, served an enrollment of 336 students as of the 2010-11 school year.[56]

For seventh through twelfth grade, students attend Gateway Regional High School, a regional public high school serving students from the boroughs of National Park, Wenonah, Westville and Woodbury Heights, as part of the Gateway Regional High School District.[57][58][59]

Transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit bus service to and from Philadelphia is available on the 401, 402, 408, 410 and 412 routes.[60]

Conrai's Penns Grove Secondary freight rail line passes through the town. The planned diesel multiple unit light rail system Glassboro-Camden Line, projected to open in 2019, will use the same right-of-way with a stop in Westville at Crown Point Road.[61]

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Westville include:

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Brooklawn
Camden County
Bordering communities
of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
West Deptford Township