Bound Brook, New Jersey
|Bound Brook, New Jersey|
|Borough of Bound Brook|
Map showing location of Bound Brook in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bound Brook, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||February 11, 1891|
|• Mayor||Robert Fazen (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Randy W. Bahr|
|• Clerk||Donna Marie Godleski|
|• Total||1.695 sq mi (4.389 km2)|
|• Land||1.659 sq mi (4.297 km2)|
|• Water||0.036 sq mi (0.092 km2) 2.10%|
|Area rank||433rd of 566 in state
18th of 21 in county
|Elevation||43 ft (13 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||11,116|
|• Rank||236th of 566 in state
10th of 21 in county
|• Density||6,269.6/sq mi (2,420.7/km2)|
|• Density rank||79th of 566 in state
3rd of 21 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||885166|
Bound Brook is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 10,402, reflecting an increase of 247 (+2.4%) from the 10,155 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 668 (+7.0%) from the 9,487 counted in the 1990 Census.
Bound Brook was originally incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 24, 1869, within portions of Bridgewater Township. On February 11, 1891, it was reincorporated as a borough, based on the results of a referendum held on the previous day.
The area was first settled in 1681 and a community was established near the Bound Brook stream of the same name, which flows into the Raritan River via the Green Brook on the eastern side of the borough.
A wooden bridge over the Raritan River was erected as early as 1761 and named Queen's Bridge in 1767. Later, it became a covered bridge. During the American Revolutionary War the bridge was used repeatedly by both sides including during the Battle of Bound Brook in 1777. In 1875, the wooden bridge was replaced by a steel pipe truss bridge. More than 100 years later, that bridge was itself replaced by a steel girder bridge in 1984, still using the old pillars. The bridge was renovated and paved in 2007.
The Battle of Bound Brook, one of the battles in the New York and New Jersey campaign during the American Revolutionary War, occurred on April 13, 1777, and resulted in a defeat for the Continental Army, who were routed by about 4,000 troops under British command.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.695 square miles (4.389 km2), including 1.659 square miles (4.297 km2) of land and 0.036 square miles (0.092 km2) of water (2.10%).
As the southern portion of the borough (including the downtown area) is a low-lying natural flood plain of the Raritan River, Bound Brook suffers occasional flooding after heavy rain. Flood control protection is now in place on the western and eastern sides of Bound Brook; however, the main flood levee that will protect the borough from damaging flood waters from the Raritan River is not expected to be completed until at least 2012. The flood levee is expected to provide protection from 150-year floods.
|Population sources: 1870-1920
1930-1990 2000 2010
Bound Brook has become a Hispanic enclave, with many businesses in the downtown area, including restaurants and small markets, owned by Latinos. It had the highest Costa Rican population (more than 500) of any municipality in the United States, with 14.7% of residents in the 2000 Census reporting that they were of Costa Rican ancestry.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,402 people, 3,586 households, and 2,435 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,269.6 per square mile (2,420.7/km2). There were 3,816 housing units at an average density of 2,300.0 per square mile (888.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 69.73% (7,253) White, 5.74% (597) Black or African American, 0.54% (56) Native American, 2.57% (267) Asian, 0.05% (5) Pacific Islander, 17.48% (1,818) from other races, and 3.90% (406) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 48.66% (5,062) of the population.
There were 3,586 households, of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the borough, 22.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.1 years. For every 100 females there were 109.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $67,056 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,450) and the median family income was $68,315 (+/- $7,489). Males had a median income of $33,462 (+/- $4,681) versus $35,261 (+/- $7,245) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,015 (+/- $2,011). About 3.4% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
At the 2000 United States Census there were 10,155 people, 3,615 households and 2,461 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,953.7 per square mile (2,292.9/km2). There were 3,802 housing units at an average density of 2,229.0 per square mile (858.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.57% White, 2.52% African American, 0.31% Native American, 2.88% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.67% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.87% of the population.
There were 3,615 households of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.21.
21.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 107.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males.
The median household income was $46,858 and the median family income was $51,346. Males had a median income of $32,226 versus $28,192 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,395. About 6.9% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
Bound Brook 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 Bound Brook, 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 Bound Brook is Republican Robert P. Fazen, who was elected in November 2014 to fill seat that had been vacated by Carey Pilato with a term ending December 31, 2015; Pilato left office in December 2013 and Mark Hasting filled the seat on an interim basis until the November 2014 general election. Members of the Borough Council are Lisa Bogart (D, 2015), Peter Lazarro (D, 2016), Philip Fiadino (D, 2017), Abel Gomez (D, 2017), Vinnie Petti (D, 2015) and Beverly Pranzatelli (D, 2016).
Daniel Wright was sworn into office in December 2013 to fill the vacant seat of John Miller, who had resigned during the previous month.
Federal, state and county representation
Bound Brook is located in the 12th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Bound Brook had been in the 16th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Bound Brook had been part of the 7th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Ewing 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 23rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Michael J. Doherty (R, Washington Township, Warren County) and in the General Assembly by John DiMaio (R, Hackettstown) and Erik Peterson (R, Franklin Township, Hunterdon County). 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 4,162 registered voters in Bound Brook, of which 1,149 (27.6% vs. 26.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 955 (22.9% vs. 25.7%) were registered as Republicans and 2,050 (49.3% vs. 48.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 40.0% (vs. 60.4% in Somerset County) were registered to vote, including 51.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.4% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 57.9% of the vote (1,598 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 40.6% (1,120 votes), and other candidates with 1.6% (44 votes), among the 2,785 ballots cast by the borough's 4,399 registered voters (23 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 63.3%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 1,593 votes (53.5% vs. 52.1% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,312 votes (44.0% vs. 46.1%) and other candidates with 45 votes (1.5% vs. 1.1%), among the 2,979 ballots cast by the borough's 3,990 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.7% (vs. 78.7% in Somerset County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 1,474 votes (49.6% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,440 votes (48.5% vs. 51.5%) and other candidates with 25 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 2,970 ballots cast by the borough's 3,882 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.5% (vs. 81.7% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 64.5% of the vote (1,092 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 33.7% (570 votes), and other candidates with 1.8% (30 votes), among the 1,723 ballots cast by the borough's 4,485 registered voters (31 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 38.4%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,074 votes (52.2% vs. 55.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 749 votes (36.4% vs. 34.1%), Independent Chris Daggett with 172 votes (8.4% vs. 8.7%) and other candidates with 32 votes (1.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 2,056 ballots cast by the borough's 4,138 registered voters, yielding a 49.7% turnout (vs. 52.5% in the county).
The Bound Brook School District serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's two schools had an enrollment of 1,541 students and 111.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.85:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Bound Brook Elementary School (grades PreK-8; 1,064 students) and Bound Brook High School (9-12; 477).
Students from South Bound Brook, New Jersey, attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the South Bound Brook School District. At the beginning of the 2011-12, the school joined the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, which allows students from other area communities to attend the Bound Brook schools. In the 2011-12 school year, the high school started a biomedical program from Project Lead the Way in addition to the existing engineering academy program.
There was also an Interparochial Catholic School in the borough, Holy Family Academy (for pre-K to grade 8) serving the local and surrounding communities with an estimated enrollment of 150 prior to closure. The school was one of three in the area closed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen at the end of the 2010-11 school year, with plans to feed remaining students to a school facility in South Plainfield.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 25.37 miles (40.83 km) of roadways, of which 20.56 miles (33.09 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.73 miles (4.39 km) by Somerset County and 2.08 miles (3.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The borough is served by the Bound Brook train station, which offers New Jersey Transit service on the Raritan Valley Line to Newark Penn Station. The station is located at 350 E. Main Street and was constructed in 1913. The station building on the north side of the tracks is now a restaurant; the other station building on the south side is now privately owned. A tunnel connects the south and north sides of the tracks. There are also Conrail tracks going through this station, used for freight trains going to Newark.
The lower downtown area of the city has been infamous for flooding of the Raritan River. A major flood in 1896 caused major fires. In September 1999, many structures in Bound Brook near the commercial zone were damaged or destroyed by floods from the Raritan River resulting from Hurricane Floyd. The flooding from this hurricane reinvigorated a long-planned effort called the Green Brook Flood Control Project that would protect Bound Brook from up to a 150 year flooding event from the Raritan River and its tributaries the Middle Brook and Green Brook that comprise the western and eastern boundaries of the town. The highest flooding level since 1800 in Bound Brook was reached during Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 (42.13 feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey). The second highest recorded level was after the April 2007 nor'easter, when the Raritan River crested above 38 feet, at two inches above the level set during Tropical Storm Doria in 1971. Main Street was also flooded in March 2010 and October 1996. Bound Brook's downtown flooding has led to several out-of-control fires over its history, including the fires of 1881 and 1887 which led to the formation of the Bound Brook Fire Department. During Hurricane Floyd in 1999, a fire began in Otto Williams Harley Davidson on Main Street. With the building cut off by flood water, the fire spread quickly to two other structures before being stopped by the efforts of the Bound Brook Fire Department, then under the command of Chief Richard S. Colombaroni. Using fire boats from the New York City Fire Department as well as extensive help from mutual aid companies, the fire was stopped before two other buildings on Main St. and others nearby on Mountain Avenue, could be affected. During the April 2007 Nor'easter, the BBFD stopped another fire from spreading through an area of close residential construction. Under the command of Chief James Knight, and again with the assistance of mutual aid companies including the Finderne Fire Department, fire loss was restricted to three residential buildings.
Around 2010, Bound Brook built a suspendable wall to protect Main Street and the rest of Bound Brook from future floods.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Bound Brook include:
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- Robert Florczak (born 1950), artist/illustrator.
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- Sylvester Graham (1794–1851), Presbyterian Minister and inventor of the Graham cracker.
- William Griffith (1766–1826), judge who served on the United States circuit court.
- William H. Johnson (stage name, Zip the Pinhead; 1857–1926), freak show and circus performer.
- George M. La Monte (1863–1927), businessman, politician, and philanthropist.
- James Augustine McFaul (1850–1917), Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton from 1894-1917.
- Ronald Naldi, singer at the Metropolitan Opera.
- William E. Ozzard (1915–2002), President of the New Jersey Senate and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
- George Pfister (1918–1997), Major League Baseball executive.
- Upton Sinclair (1878–1968), author.
- Samuel Swan (1771–1844), doctor and U.S. Congressman.
- Henry Trefflich (1908–1978), wild animal importer and dealer.
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- McGann, Mary Ann. "Train Spotting; At Bound Brook’s historic station, railroad fans show up like clockwork.", New Jersey Monthly, March 13, 2012. Accessed August 5, 2014. "The easily accessible station, at 350 East Main Street, was built in 1913 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places."
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- Haydon, Tom. "Bound Brook officials hope new levees hold back flooding from rainstorm",The Star-Ledger, March 10, 2011. Accessed January 14, 2015. "After more than 30 years of planning in Bound Brook and $120 million worth of construction, now comes the test.... Improvements, including levees along the Raritan River and a 500-foot stretch of concrete wall, held back most of the water after Sunday's storm."
- Isaac Blackford, "Sketches of Prominent Citizens". Accessed June 21, 2007. "Judge Blackford was a native of New Jersey, born the village of Bound Brook, Somerset county, on the 6th day of November, 1786.
- Margaret Bourke-White, Photography at Temple University. Accessed June 21, 2007. "She grew up in Bound Brook, NJ, and graduated from Plainfield High School."
- Staff. "Bridgewater Q&A", Courier News (New Jersey), November 5, 2003. Accessed June 7, 2011. "Artist Robert Florczak, who grew up in Bound Brook, will be signing copies of his new book featuring his works of art at 1 p.m. Nov 8. at Barnes & Noble..."
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- Staff. "IS NOW BISHOP OF TRENTON; JAMES A. McFAUL CONSECRATED BY ARCHBISHOP CORRIGAN. High Dignitaries of the Church from All Parts of the Country Witness the Imposing Ceremonies at St. Mary's Church -- A Choir of Fifty Voices Furnish Music -- Sketch of the Life Work of the Successor of Bishop O'Farrell.", The New York Times, October 19, 1894. Accessed March 8, 2011.
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- Official Bound Brook Website
- Somerset County directory for Bound Brook
- Bound Brook School District
- Bound Brook School District's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Bound Brook School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Unofficial Bound Brook Message Board
- Bound Brook portal
- Raritan River Gauge, Bound Brook, New Jersey - Observation gauge approximately 1.2 miles southwest (upstream) of Bound Brook, NJ, just below Calco Dam. Main Street in Bound Brook floods when the river reaches a 30 foot stage.
- Unofficial Bound Brook News site
- Bound Brook Office of Emergency Management website
- Bound Brook High School Alumni Association and Hall of Fame