Wrightstown, New Jersey
|Wrightstown, New Jersey|
|Borough of Wrightstown|
Fort Dix Street (CR 545) in Wrightstown
|Motto: "Gateway to Freedom"|
Wrightstown highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wrightstown, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 26, 1918|
|• Mayor||Thomas E. Harper (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Clerk||Freda Gorman|
|• Total||1.768 sq mi (4.579 km2)|
|• Land||1.768 sq mi (4.579 km2)|
|• Water||0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2) 0.00%|
|Area rank||425th of 566 in state
33rd of 40 in county
|Elevation||151 ft (46 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||798|
|• Rank||545th of 566 in state
38th of 40 in county
|• Density||453.6/sq mi (175.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||449th of 566 in state
29th of 40 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||609 exchanges: 723, 724, 752, 758|
|GNIS feature ID||0885453|
Wrightstown is a borough in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 802 reflecting an increase of 54 (+7.2%) from the 748 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 3,095 (-80.5%) from the 3,843 counted in the 1990 Census.
Wrightstown was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 4, 1918, from portions of New Hanover Township and North Hanover Township, based on the results of a referendum held on March 26, 1918.
The borough is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve. Part of the borough is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.
|Population sources: 1920-2000
1920 1920-1930 1930-1990
1960-2000 2000 2010
Jozsef A. Farago, a former mayor of Wrightstown, criticized the 2000 Census data that showed that the borough's population had dropped 80%, to 748 from 3,843 a decade earlier, noting that the 1990 population had been inflated and that the conversion of Fort Dix to a reserve base had caused a decrease but that the borough's master plan showed a population of 838.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 802 people, 309 households, and 189.1 families residing in the borough. The population density was 453.6 per square mile (175.1 /km2). There were 348 housing units at an average density of 196.8 per square mile (76.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 47.38% (380) White, 21.07% (169) Black or African American, 0.75% (6) Native American, 5.99% (48) Asian, 0.37% (3) Pacific Islander, 18.70% (150) from other races, and 5.74% (46) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 28.05% (225) of the population.
There were 309 households, of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.8% were married couples living together, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the borough, 26.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.9 years. For every 100 females there were 109.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $40,096 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,881) and the median family income was $38,438 (+/- $7,242). Males had a median income of $37,917 (+/- $22,280) versus $34,167 (+/- $13,020) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,231 (+/- $4,722). About 15.2% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 748 people, 312 households, and 181 families residing in the borough. The population density was 425.1 people per square mile (164.1/km2). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 192.7 per square mile (74.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 49.87% White, 30.21% African American, 0.53% Native American, 7.22% Asian, 7.22% from other races, and 4.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.23% of the population.
There were 312 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.2% were married couples living together, 25.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the borough the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $29,375. Males had a median income of $28,889 versus $25,417 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,489. About 22.8% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 22.4% of those age 65 or over.
Wrightstown is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council made up of six council members, with all positions elected at large in partisan elections. 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 in a three-year cycle.
As of 2014[update], the Mayor of Wrightstown is Republican Thomas E. Harper, whose term of office ends December 31, 2016. Members of the Wrightstown Borough Council are Council President Costic Michael "Mike" Borsavage (R, 2013), William Bird (R, 2014; serving an unexpired term), Samuel Grove (2016), Jeanie Knapp (R, 2016), Laurance R. Lownds (D, 2015) and David Scott Timberman (R, 2014).
In July 2012, following the death of Brian Sperling in the previous month, the Borough Council selected William Bird to fill Sperling's vacancy on the council and picked Costic Michael Borsavage to take over his role as council president.
Jennifer Heisler, a councilmember who resigned in October 2010, was sentenced in November 2011 to five years of probation after pleading guilty to the theft of $20,000 from Wrightstown Volunteer Fire Company, of which she had been the treasurer.
Federal, state and county representation
Wrightstown is located in the 3rd Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 12th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Wrightstown had been in the 8th state legislative district.
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township). 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) and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).
For the 2014-2015 Session, the 12th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Samuel D. Thompson (R, Old Bridge Township) and in the General Assembly by Robert D. Clifton (R, Matawan) and Ronald S. Dancer (R, Plumsted Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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. The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January. As of 2014[update], Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio (R, 2014; Florence Township), Deputy Director Joseph Howarth (R, 2014; Evesham Township) Aimee Belgard (D, 2015; Edgewater Park Township), Joseph B. Donnelly (R, 2016; Cinnaminson Township) and Joanne Schwartz (D, 2015; Southampton Township). Gargiano was named in March 2014 to serve the unexpired term of Leah Arter and was chosen to fill her position as Freeholder Director.
Students in public school for grades pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the New Hanover Township School District, which serves students from both New Hanover Township and Wrightstown. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 176 students and 18.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.78:1.
For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students from both New Hanover Township and Wrightstown Borough attend Bordentown Regional High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The high school is part of the Bordentown Regional School District, a regional K–12 school district that serves students from Bordentown City, Bordentown Township and Fieldsboro Borough.
Students from Wrightstown, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.
The borough had a total of 4.35 miles (7.00 km) of roadways, of which 2.70 miles (4.35 km) are maintained by the municipality, 1.18 miles (1.90 km) by Burlington County and 0.47 miles (0.76 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Wrightstown and neighboring Cookstown were put in the national spotlight when six Islamic militants, dubbed "The Fort Dix Six", were arrested while trying to carry out an attack against Fort Dix on May 7, 2007. Heightened security around the bases affected the local economy based heavily in restaurants specializing in delivery to the base.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Wrightstown include:
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- Samuel G. Wright (1781–1845), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in 1845.
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