Woodbury Heights, New Jersey

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Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Woodbury Heights
Map of Woodbury Heights highlighted within Gloucester County. Inset: Location of Gloucester County in New Jersey.
Map of Woodbury Heights highlighted within Gloucester County. Inset: Location of Gloucester County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°48′48″N 75°09′02″W / 39.813376°N 75.150617°W / 39.813376; -75.150617Coordinates: 39°48′48″N 75°09′02″W / 39.813376°N 75.150617°W / 39.813376; -75.150617[1][2]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Gloucester
Incorporated April 27, 1915
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Harry W. Elton, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2014)[3]
 • Administrator / Clerk Janet Pizzi[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.228 sq mi (3.182 km2)
 • Land 1.222 sq mi (3.166 km2)
 • Water 0.006 sq mi (0.016 km2)  0.50%
Area rank 482nd of 566 in state
22nd of 24 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 46 ft (14 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 3,055
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 3,029
 • Rank 449th of 566 in state
20th of 24 in county[11]
 • Density 2,499.4/sq mi (965.0/km2)
 • Density rank 251st of 566 in state
7th of 24 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08097[12][13]
Area code(s) 856[14]
FIPS code 3401582180[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885448[17][2]
Website http://www.bwhnj.com

Woodbury Heights is a borough located in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,055,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 67 (+2.2%) from the 2,988 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 404 (-11.9%) from the 3,392 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Woodbury Heights was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 6, 1915, from portions of Deptford Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 27, 1915. Portions were exchanged with Woodbury in 1925, and portions of the city were annexed on March 22, 1938. Portions were exchanged with Deptford Township in 1956 and other portions were annexed from the township in 1965.[19]

Geography[edit]

Woodbury Heights is located at 39°48′48″N 75°09′02″W / 39.813376°N 75.150617°W / 39.813376; -75.150617 (39.813376,-75.150617). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.228 square miles (3.182 km2), of which, 1.222 square miles (3.166 km2) of it is land and 0.006 square miles (0.016 km2) of it (0.50%) is water.[1][2]

Glen Lake, although no longer open for swimming, is available for fishing and non-motorized boating.[20]

The borough borders Deptford Township, West Deptford Township, and Woodbury.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 481
1930 997 107.3%
1940 1,137 14.0%
1950 1,373 20.8%
1960 1,723 25.5%
1970 3,621 110.2%
1980 3,460 −4.4%
1990 3,392 −2.0%
2000 2,988 −11.9%
2010 3,055 2.2%
Est. 2012 3,029 [10] −0.9%
Population sources:
1920-2000[21] 1920[22]
1920-1930[23] 1930-1990[24]
2000[25][26] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,055 people, 1,081 households, and 832.4 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,499.4 per square mile (965.0 /km2). There were 1,125 housing units at an average density of 920.4 per square mile (355.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.96% (2,840) White, 3.40% (104) Black or African American, 0.16% (5) Native American, 1.64% (50) Asian, 0.03% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.36% (11) from other races, and 1.44% (44) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.42% (74) of the population.[7]

There were 1,081 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.22.[7]

In the borough, 22.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $82,411 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,735) and the median family income was $91,667 (+/- $14,100). Males had a median income of $68,478 (+/- $6,757) versus $49,327 (+/- $4,589) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,099 (+/- $2,495). About 0.7% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.[27]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there are 2,988 people, 1,027 households, and 825 families residing in the borough. The population density is 2,437.2 people per square mile (937.9/km2). There are 1,045 housing units at an average density of 852.4 per square mile (328.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough is 96.35% White, 1.54% African American or Black, 0.27% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.[25][26]

There are 1,027 households out of which 38.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% are married couples living together, 9.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% are non-families. 16.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.89 and the average family size is 3.24.[25][26]

In the borough the population is spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.8 males.[25][26]

The median income for a household in the borough is $63,266, and the median income for a family is $70,167. Males have a median income of $51,342 versus $33,220 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $24,001. 4.1% of the population and 2.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.7% are under the age of 18 and 2.8% are 65 or older.[25][26]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Woodbury Heights 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. 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][28]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Woodbury Heights is Harry W. Elton, Jr. Borough Council members are Eshia “Jake” Jacob, William C. Packer, Duane Pheasant, Harold “Hap” Pye, Debra A. Truhan and Cara Witasick.[29]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Woodbury Heights is located in the 1st Congressional District[30] and is part of New Jersey's 3rd state legislative district.[8][31][32] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Woodbury Heights had been in the 5th state legislative district.[33]

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.[34] 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)[35][36] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[37][38]

The 3rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Stephen M. Sweeney (D, West Deptford Township) and in the General Assembly by John J. Burzichelli (D, Paulsboro) and Celeste Riley (D, Bridgeton).[39] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[40] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[41]

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 2014, Gloucester County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (D, West Deptford Township; term ends December 31, 2015),[42] Deputy Freeholder Director Giuseppe "Joe" Chila (D, Woolwich Township; 2015),[43] Lyman J. Barnes (D, Logan Township; 2014),[44] Daniel Christy (D, Washington Township; 2016),[45] Frank J. DiMarco (D, Deptford Township; 2016),[46] Heather Simmons (D, Glassboro; 2014)[47] and Adam Taliaferro (D, Woolwich Township; 2014).[48][49][50][51] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk James N. Hogan,[52] Surrogate Helene M. Reed (Monroe Township)[53] and Sheriff Carmel Morina (Greenwich Township).[54][55][50]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 2,255 registered voters in Woodbury Heights, of which 843 (37.4%) were registered as Democrats, 397 (17.6%) were registered as Republicans and 1,011 (44.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 4 voters registered to other parties.[56]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 54.7% of the vote here (990 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 42.4% (768 votes) and other candidates with 1.8% (33 votes), among the 1,811 ballots cast by the borough's 2,304 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.6%.[57] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 51.5% of the vote here (906 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 47.2% (830 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (17 votes), among the 1,760 ballots cast by the borough's 2,239 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.6.[58]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 44.6% of the vote here (532 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 41.4% (494 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 11.4% (136 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (9 votes), among the 1,193 ballots cast by the borough's 2,274 registered voters, yielding a 52.5% turnout.[59]

Education[edit]

The Woodbury Heights School District serves public school students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Woodbury Heights Elementary School served an enrollment of 218 students as of the 2010-11 school year.[60]

For seventh through twelfth grade, public school 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.[61][62]

St. Margaret Regional School, a K-8 Catholic school, is operated under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.[63]

Transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit bus service to Philadelphia is available on the 410 and 412 routes.[64]

The community is a planned stop on the Glassboro–Camden Line, an 18-mile (28.97 km) diesel multiple unit (DMU) light rail system projected for completion in 2019.[65]

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Woodbury Heights include:

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