Bernardsville, New Jersey
|Bernardsville, New Jersey|
|Borough of Bernardsville|
Map of Bernardsville in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bernardsville, New Jersey.
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 29, 1924|
|Named for||Sir Francis Bernard, 1st Baronet|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Kevin R. Sooy (R, term ends December 31, 2018)|
|• Administrator||Ralph A. Maresca, Jr.|
|• Clerk||Sandra G. Jones|
|• Total||12.980 sq mi (33.619 km2)|
|• Land||12.905 sq mi (33.425 km2)|
|• Water||0.075 sq mi (0.194 km2) 0.58%|
|Area rank||184th of 566 in state
9th of 21 in county
|Elevation||682 ft (208 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||7,756|
|• Rank||296th of 566 in state
13th of 21 in county
|• Density||597.2/sq mi (230.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||428th of 566 in state
17th of 21 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885159|
Bernardsville // is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. In 2000 Bernardsville had the 10th-highest per capita income in the state and ranked 76th nationally among the 100 highest-income places in the United States (with at least 1,000 households). As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,707, reflecting an increase of 362 (+4.9%) from the 7,345 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 748 (+11.3%) from the 6,597 counted in the 1990 Census.
Bernardsville was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 6, 1924, from portions of Bernards Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 29, 1924. The borough was named for Sir Francis Bernard, 1st Baronet, who served as governor of the Province of New Jersey.
Bernardsville is often mispronounced as "Bern-ARDS-ville" as opposed to the correct parochial pronunciation "BERN-ards-ville".
Bernardsville was originally a section of Bernards Township known as Vealtown. In 1840, Vealtown became Bernardsville, named after Sir Francis Bernard, Colonial governor of New Jersey from 1758 to 1760. Located in the northernmost part of Somerset County, just 12 miles (19 km) south of Morristown, the borough includes some of the last vestiges of the Great Eastern Forest.
During the Revolutionary War, General Charles Lee rested his troops in Vealtown around the night of December 12 to 13, 1776. General Lee and some of his guard spent the night about 3 miles (5 km) southeast at White's Inn on the southeast side of Basking Ridge, near the manor house of Continental Army general William Alexander, Lord Stirling. On the morning of December 13, General Lee was captured by the British and removed to New York.
The Gladstone Branch railroad line was built through Bernardsville in 1872 and played an important role in the borough's development. Bernardsville did not become an independent municipality until 1924, when it split from Bernards Township.
Olcott Avenue Historic District, above Olcott Center The New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites recommended the creation of the Olcott Avenue historic district on February 10, 2009. While the Olcott Avenue School is but one historic structure within Bernardsville's first historic district area, the area's appeal and historic significance is part of the story of the rise of the middle class in Bernardsville and how this particular location impacted the entire region, from the downtown, Little Italy, and the Mountain Colony areas.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 12.980 square miles (33.619 km2), including 12.905 square miles (33.425 km2) of land and 0.075 square miles (0.194 km2) of water (0.58%).
The borough borders Bernards Township to the east, Far Hills to the southwest, and Peapack-Gladstone to the west in Somerset County, Harding Township to the northeast and both Mendham Borough and Mendham Township to the northwest in Morris County.
Bernardsville has a Humid continental climate with cold, snowy winters and warm to hot, humid summers on average.
|Climate data for Bernardsville, New Jersey|
|Record high °F (°C)||74
|Average high °F (°C)||38
|Average low °F (°C)||18
|Record low °F (°C)||−16
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.59
|Source: Weather.com (Monthly Averages for Bernardsville, NJ)|
1930-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,707 people, 2,685 households, and 2,086 families residing in the borough. The population density was 597.2 per square mile (230.6/km2). There were 2,871 housing units at an average density of 222.5 per square mile (85.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.38% (7,043) White, 0.88% (68) Black or African American, 0.14% (11) Native American, 3.27% (252) Asian, 0.06% (5) Pacific Islander, 2.18% (168) from other races, and 2.08% (160) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 11.72% (903) of the population.
There were 2,685 households, of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the borough, 28.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $128,333 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,233) and the median family income was $141,510 (+/- $17,179). Males had a median income of $87,500 (+/- $36,816) versus $73,250 (+/- $10,725) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $70,141 (+/- $9,890). About 1.9% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,345 people, 2,723 households, and 2,050 families residing in the borough. The population density was 568.1 people per square mile (219.3/km2). There were 2,807 housing units at an average density of 217.1 per square mile (83.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.94% White, 0.25% African American, 0.15% Native American, 2.64% Asian, 1.55% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.98% of the population.
There were 2,723 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.2% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the borough the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $104,162, and the median income for a family was $126,601. Males had a median income of $91,842 versus $50,732 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $69,854. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
Bernardsville is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. 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. The Borough form of government used by Bernardsville, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2015[update], the Mayor of Bernardsville is Republican Kevin R. Sooy, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Michael dePoortere (R, 2015), Peter Birnbaum (R, 2017), Jeffrey J. DeLeo (R, 2015), Chris Schmidt (R, 2016), Janet Waite (R, 2016) and William P. Youngblood, Jr. (R, 2017).
Federal, state and county representation
Bernardsville is located in the 7th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 25th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Bernardsville had been in the 16th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2014-2015 Session, the 25th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Anthony Bucco (R, Boonton Town) and in the General Assembly by Tony Bucco (R, Boonton Township) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R, Morris Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with 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 Director and Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2014[update], Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione (R, Bridgewater Township, 2015), Freeholder Deputy Director Mark Caliguire (R, Skillman in Montgomery Township, 2015), Peter S. Palmer (R, Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2014), Patricia L. Walsh (R, Green Brook Township, 2016) and Robert Zaborowski (R, Somerset in Franklin Township, 2014), Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Brett A. Radi (R, Somerville, 2017), Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano (R, Raritan, 2016) and Surrogate Frank Bruno (R, Branchburg, 2015).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,341 registered voters in Bernardsville, of which 955 (17.9% vs. 26.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,472 (46.3% vs. 25.7%) were registered as Republicans and 1,913 (35.8% vs. 48.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 69.3% (vs. 60.4% in Somerset County) were registered to vote, including 97.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.4% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 61.5% of the vote (2,318 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 37.3% (1,408 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (44 votes), among the 3,788 ballots cast by the borough's 5,673 registered voters (18 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 66.8%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 2,295 votes (55.8% vs. 46.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,753 votes (42.6% vs. 52.1%) and other candidates with 41 votes (1.0% vs. 1.1%), among the 4,113 ballots cast by the borough's 5,208 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.0% (vs. 78.7% in Somerset County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,495 votes (61.0% vs. 51.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,543 votes (37.7% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 37 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,093 ballots cast by the borough's 4,909 registered voters, for a turnout of 83.4% (vs. 81.7% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 77.9% of the vote (2,118 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 20.7% (564 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (37 votes), among the 2,762 ballots cast by the borough's 5,728 registered voters (43 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 48.2%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,867 votes (60.2% vs. 55.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 747 votes (24.1% vs. 34.1%), Independent Chris Daggett with 463 votes (14.9% vs. 8.7%) and other candidates with 13 votes (0.4% vs. 0.7%), among the 3,099 ballots cast by the borough's 5,304 registered voters, yielding a 58.4% turnout (vs. 52.5% in the county).
Public school students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the schools of the Somerset Hills Regional School District, a regional school district serving students from Bernardsville, Far Hills and Peapack-Gladstone, along with students from Bedminster who are sent to the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 2,028 students and 155.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.05:1. The three schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Bedwell Elementary School (PreK–4, 689 students), Bernardsville Middle School (5–8, 570) and Bernards High School (9–12, 769), all of which are located in Bernardsville.
The School of Saint Elizabeth, established in 1916, is a parochial school serving students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 67.80 miles (109.11 km) of roadways, of which 53.28 miles (85.75 km) were maintained by the municipality, 10.50 miles (16.90 km) by Somerset County and 4.02 miles (6.47 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
New Jersey Transit train service is offered at the Bernardsville station on the Gladstone Branch and Morristown Line of the Morris & Essex Lines, with service to Hoboken Terminal, Newark Broad Street station Secaucus Junction and toPenn Station in Midtown Manhattan.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Bernardsville include:
- Brooke Astor (1902–2007), lived here during her marriage to John Dryden Kuser (1897–1964).
- Roger Bart (born 1962), actor.
- Philip Capice (1931-2009), Emmy-award winning television producer.
- Forrest F. Dryden (1864–1932), President of Prudential Insurance Company.
- John Fairfield Dryden (1839–1911), founder of Prudential Insurance Company and U.S. Senator.
- Ernest Duncan (1916–1990), mathematician.
- Marc Ecko (born 1972), fashion designer and entrepreneur.
- Millicent Fenwick (1910–1992), U.S. Congresswoman, United States representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
- Zach Feuer (born 1978), Art dealer, founder of New Art Dealers Alliance and owner of Zach Feuer Gallery 
- Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (1847–1918), architect.
- Andrew McCarthy (born 1962), actor.
- Bill Moyers (born 1934), journalist and commentator.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994), former first lady, who livedin Bernardsville with her husband Aristotle Onassis (1906–1975).
- Donald Roebling (1908–1959), inventor of the amphtrack.
- John A. Roebling II, financier.
- Meryl Streep (born 1949), actress.
- Mike Tyson (born 1966) and Robin Givens (born 1964).
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- Staff. "FORREST F. DRYDEN, FINANCIER, IS DEAD; Former Head of the Prudential Insurance Company, Which Was Founded by His Father. ACTIVE IN JERSEY UTILITIES Also Served on Board of Newark Public Library - Was Long Active in National Guard.", The New York Times, July 20, 1932. Accessed March 21, 2011. ""BERNARDSVILLE, N. J., July 19 - Forrest Fairchild Dryden, president of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, of Newark, N. J., from 1912 to 1922, and a figure in the investigation of insurance and banking conditions in New York by the Lockwood committee in 1921, died today of heart disease at his home here in his sixty-eighth year."
- Staff. "JOHN F. DRYDEN DIES WORTH $50,000,000; Ex-Senator from New Jersey Succumbs to Pneumonia, Following an Operation.", The New York Times, November 25, 1911. Accessed March 21, 2011. "At the time of his death Mr. Dryden had about completed the building of his property at High Point, N. J., which is the largest private estate in New Jersey and said to be one of the largest of its kind in the United States. This is apart from his large estate at Bernardsville, N. J."
- "Dr. Ernest Duncan, 74, Mathematics Professor", The New York Times, November 28, 1990. Accessed January 25, 2012. "Dr. Ernest R. Duncan, professor emeritus of mathematics at Rutgers University and the author of several mathematics textbooks, died on Sunday at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. He was 74 years old and lived in Bernardsville, N.J. He died of leukemia, his family said."
- Rockland, Kate. "BY THE WAY; A Monument to Sagging", The New York Times, June 12, 2006. Accessed March 21, 2011. "Mr. Ecko, a Rutgers dropout who was born and raised in Lakewood, recently bought a scandal-tainted villa in Bernardsville that completes the New Jersey spin to his Cinderella story."
- Lambert, Bruce. "Millicent Fenwick, 82, Dies; Gave Character to Congress", The New York Times, September 17, 1992. Accessed January 25, 2012. "Millicent H. Fenwick, a retired Republican Congresswoman renowned for her political independence and championing of liberal causes, died yesterday at her home in Bernardsville, N.J. She was 82 years old. She died of heart failure, her family said."
- Millicent Hammond Fenwick, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed March 21, 2011. "was a resident of Bernardsville, N.J., until her death there on September 16, 1992."
- Douglas, Sarah. "The Bumpy Adolescence of Zach Feuer: A Story of the Art Market", December 20, 2010 "By now, the broad outlines of his meteoric rise are well-known: the modest Bernardsville, New Jersey"
- Gray, Christopher. "Streetscapes/Henry Janeway Hardenbergh; An Architect Who Left an Indelible Imprint", The New York Times, May 7, 2000. Accessed January 25, 2012. "He alternated living in New York and New Jersey, at first at 121 West 73rd Street, in Jersey City and Bernardsville, and in a big town house of his own design at 12 East 56th Street."
- Andrew McCarthy bio, TV.com. Accessed March 21, 2011. "At 16, he moved to Bernardsville, where he attended a prep school called the Pingry School."
- Staff. "DWI FOR MOYERS", St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 3, 2002. Accessed March 21, 2011. "Moyers, 68, of Bernardsville, N.J., who served as special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson and publisher of Newsday before turning to public TV in the '70s, was stopped by state police last Saturday in Arlington, Vt."
- Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Peapack and Gladstone; Fox-Hunting and High-Priced Homes", The New York Times, August 7, 1994. Accessed January 25, 2012. "She does have a story about Aristotle Onassis, who rented a home in neighboring Bernardsville with his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis."
- Roan, Richard W. "Roebling's Amphibian: The Origin Of The Assault Amphibian". Accessed March 21, 2011. "By the end of World War I, John A. Roebling II had concentrated his efforts on banking and the management of the Roebling family fortune, leaving the leadership of the John A. Roebling's Sons plants to other family members. John and his wife, Margaret, built a sprawling estate called the Boulderwood Mansion in Bernardsville, New Jersey, only thirty miles west of John's office complex in New York City.... Donald Roebling was born in New York City on 15 November 1908. Young Roebling, strong-willed, temperamental, and overweight, spent his childhood in the luxury of his parents' Bernardsville, New Jersey, mansion."
- Schneider, Wolf. AFI Award: Meryl Streep, The Hollywood Reporter, June 10, 2004. "A New Jersey girl made good, Streep grew up middle-class and mousy-haired in Summit and Bernardsville, suburbs in which those around her would remember Streep as a bossy child."
- Gross, Ken. "As Wife Robin Givens Splits for the Coast, Mike Tyson Rearranges the Furniture", People (magazine), October 17, 1998. Accessed March 21, 2011. "The food lies untouched. The only sounds across the breakfast table in the Bernardsville, N.J., mansion are the loud silences of words being swallowed.Finally, Robin Givens, 24, star of the ABC-TV sitcom Head of the Class, pushes herself away from the table and announces, 'I have to pack.' 'Me, too,' says her husband, Mike Tyson, 22, the world heavyweight boxing champion. Suddenly the Sunday morning atmosphere is tense and full of menace."
- via Associated Press. Mike Tyson Chronology, USA Today, June 12, 2005. Accessed March 21, 2011. "Oct. 2, 1988 — Police go to Tyson's Bernardsville, N.J., home after he hurls furniture out the window and forces Givens and her mother to flee the house."
- Bernardsville official web site
- Somerset Hills School District
- Somerset Hills School District's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Somerset Hills School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
- Brief History of Bernardsville
- Bernardsville's First Historic District - Olcott Avenue Historic District
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