Colonia, New Jersey
|Colonia, New Jersey|
Map of Colonia CDP in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County in New Jersey.
|• Total||3.914 sq mi (10.137 km2)|
|• Land||3.910 sq mi (10.126 km2)|
|• Water||0.004 sq mi (0.011 km2) 0.11%|
|Elevation||69 ft (21 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Density||4,551.4/sq mi (1,757.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||02389346|
Colonia is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Woodbridge Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 17,795.
In 1919, the New Jersey State Highway Commission built a new road that became part of the Lincoln Highway, an early plan to create a transcontinental highway. The stretch was constructed on the west side of the Pennsylvania Railroad (now the Northeast Corridor) from near the northeast of Dow Avenue between Colonia and Iselin to Cedar Street in Menlo Park, to avoid two railroad crossings. The old road is now Middlesex-Essex Turnpike and Thornall Street, on the east side of the tracks.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 3.914 square miles (10.137 km2), including 3.910 square miles (10.126 km2) of land and 0.004 square miles (0.011 km2) of water (0.11%).
1990-2010 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,795 people, 6,160 households, and 4,977 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,551.4 per square mile (1,757.3/km2). There were 6,321 housing units at an average density of 1,616.7 per square mile (624.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.37% (14,302) White, 5.26% (936) Black or African American, 0.12% (21) Native American, 10.70% (1,904) Asian, 0.04% (8) Pacific Islander, 1.54% (274) from other races, and 1.97% (350) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 9.27% (1,649) of the population.
There were 6,160 households, of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% 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 3.25.
In the CDP, 22.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.3 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 17,811 people, 6,184 households, and 5,077 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,772.4/km2 (4,594.1/mi2). There were 6,254 housing units at an average density of 622.3/km2 (1,613.1/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.00% White, 4.76% African American, 0.10% Native American, 6.31% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.97% of the population.
There were 6,184 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.9% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $67,372, and the median income for a family was $76,090. Males had a median income of $50,260 versus $36,657 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,732. About 1.5% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
Merrill Park is a Middlesex County park located on the south branch of the Rahway River. The park was created as a "Progressive Playground" and spans 179 acres (72 ha). The park's maintenance is handled by funding from the municipality, local schools, community groups and local businesses. The park includes an animal haven with pigs, goats, peacocks, horses and other animals and birds. Merrill park includes 4 tennis courts, 3 baseball fields, a soccer field, 7 picnic groves that can be reserved in advance, the progressive playground, an animal haven, a football field, 2 basketball courts, 2 softball fields, 2 open picnic groves, and 3 other playgrounds. The football field and soccer field are surrounded by a walkway for joggers as well. The animal haven is free and there is no charge to view the animals. There are numerous small trails around the park.
- Public schools
Schools in Colonia operated as part of the Woodbridge Township School District are:
Elementary schools (K-5)
- Claremont Avenue Elementary School #20 - Claremont Avenue, Colonia
- Lynn Crest Elementary School #22 - New Dover Road, Colonia
- Oak Ridge Heights Elementary School #21 - Inman Avenue
- Pennsylvania Avenue Elementary School #27 - Pennsylvania Avenue
Middle school (6th-8th)
- Colonia Middle School - Delaware Avenue
High school (9th-12th)
- Colonia High School - East Street
- Private/religious school (K-8th)
- St. John Vianney Grammar School - 420 Inman Avenue
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Colonia include:
- John Carlson (born 1990), defenseman for the Washington Capitals.
- John Gorka (born 1958), contemporary folk singer/songwriter.
- Kelsey Grammer (born 1955), actor who appeared in Frasier and Cheers.
- Tom Higgins (born 1954), former American and Canadian football player.
- Stewart Krentzman (born 1951), CEO of Oki Data Americas, Inc..
- Eric LeGrand (born 1990), defensive tackle the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team who was paralyzed during a game.
- Glen Mason (born 1950), NCAA football coach.
- Laura McCullough (born 1960), poet.
- Zack Rosen (born 1989), All-American basketball player at Penn; plays for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.
- Bret Schundler (born 1959), New Jersey Republican politician.
- Tico Torres (born 1953), drummer for Bon Jovi.
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- St. John Vianney School, Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Accessed May 13, 2013.
- Hageny, John Christian. "Hockey: Where are they now? St. Joseph's John Carlson a Capital Investment", The Star-Ledger, February 10, 2013. Accessed May 4, 2015. "Playing alongside defensive partner, Karl Alzner, Carlson, whose family made their home in Colonia while living in New Jersey, appeared in his 198th-career NHL game last night when Washington hosted the Florida Panthers."
- Gluck, Robert. "Home AgainFolksinger John Gorka has never stopped being a Jersey boy.", New Jersey Monthly, March 15, 2010. Accessed November 20, 2012. "Jennie Esposito remembers her first encounter with John Gorka. He was a shy eighth-grader in Colonia who had been invited to join her church folk group."
- Martel, Jay. weekly_new/925B-000-015.html "TEARS OF A CLOWN; After years of grappling with his demons Kelsey Grammer says he's finally putting his past behind him. Can Frasier's gifted alter ego TV's most popular funnyman live happily ever after?"[permanent dead link], US Weekly, May 1997. Accessed January 12, 2014. "When Grammer was 18 months old, his parents separated and his mother, Sally, was flat broke and had nowhere to go but back home. Grammer and his younger sister, Karen, were brought up by Sally and her parents in a middle-class household in Colonia, N.J."
- Ralph, Dan. "Accolades await Esks' Higgins", The Hamilton Spectator, February 26, 2004. Accessed November 30, 2012. "The native of Colonia, N.J., has made Alberta his home, retiring as a player in 1981 to become a high school coach in Calgary."
- "Oki Data Americas Promotes Stewart Krentzman to President and Chief Executive Officer.", Business Wire, October 2, 2003. Accessed June 24, 2007.
- Stanmyre, Matthew. "Colonia honors paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand as 'town hero'", The Star-Ledger, October 23, 2010. Accessed November 30, 2010.
- Glen Mason, University of Minnesota. Accessed April 22, 2007. "Mason is a 33-year coaching veteran who coached more games (102) than anyone in Kansas' school history. Succeeding with programs that had previously suffered through hard times is nothing new for the Colonia, N.J. native."
- Cannella, Wendy. "Wendy Cannella: This Fierce Life: An Interview with Laura McCullough", Painted Bride Quarterly, Issue 94. Accessed November 4, 2016. "LM: I was born in Jersey City, in the Margaret Hague, the women’s hospital that the infamous Irish Mayor Hague built, grew up in suburbia, a little town called Colonia, not too far from Perth Amboy, and my family would drive to the wooded parts north many weekends when I was a child."
- "Zack Rosen athletic biography". University of Pennsylvania athletics. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- Sullivan, Joseph F. "Jersey City Mayor Warns of Possible Bankruptcy", The New York Times, November 10, 1992. Accessed November 30, 2012. "Mr. Schundler, who was born in Colonia, graduated from Harvard University with honors in 1981 and then worked as a Congressional aide and a campaign coordinator for Gary Hart's 1984 presidential run."
- Jordan, Chris. "Ten Wild Nights", Asbury Park Press, November 9, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2012. "But there they are, Sayreville's Jon Bon Jovi, now of Middletown, and his bandmates - including Richie Sambora, guitar, from Woodbridge; David Bryan, keyboards, from Edison and Tico Torres, drums, from the Colonia section of Woodbridge - giving the sound of Newark a new, and decidedly loud, wrinkle."