Gloucester County, New Jersey
|Named for||Gloucester / Gloucestershire, England|
|Largest municipality||Washington Township (population)|
Franklin Township (area)
|• Commissioner director||Robert M. Damminger (D, term ends December 31, 2021)|
|• Total||337.18 sq mi (873.3 km2)|
|• Land||322.00 sq mi (834.0 km2)|
|• Water||15.17 sq mi (39.3 km2) 4.50%|
|• Density||900/sq mi (350/km2)|
|Congressional districts||1st, 2nd|
Gloucester County (//) is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2020 United States Census, the county's population was 302,294, as the state's 14th-most populous county, and representing an increase of 14,006 (4.9%) from the 288,288 enumerated in the 2010 U.S. Census, in turn an increase of 33,615 (+13.2%) from the 254,673 counted in the 2000 U.S. Census.
Gloucester County is located south of Philadelphia and northwest of Atlantic City. It is part of the Camden, New Jersey Metropolitan Division of the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Delaware Valley Combined Statistical Area.
According to the 2010 Census, the county had a total area of 337.18 square miles (873.3 km2), including 322.00 square miles (834.0 km2) of land (95.5%) and 15.17 square miles (39.3 km2) of water (4.5%).
Gloucester County is largely composed of low-lying rivers and coastal plains. The highest elevation in the county is a slight rise along County Route 654 southeast of Cross Keys that reaches approximately 180 feet (55 m) above sea level; the lowest point is at sea level on the Delaware River.
- Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania – north
- Camden County – northeast
- Atlantic County – southeast
- Cumberland County – south
- Salem County – southwest
- New Castle County, Delaware – west
- Delaware County, Pennsylvania – northwest
National protected area
Climate and weather
|Woodbury, New Jersey|
|Climate chart (explanation)|
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Woodbury have ranged from a low of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −11 °F (−24 °C) was recorded in February 1934 and a record high of 106 °F (41 °C) was recorded in August 1918. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.75 inches (70 mm) in February to 4.35 inches (110 mm) in July. The county has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa). Average monthly temperatures in Newfield range from 33.0 °F in January to 76.6 °F in July. 
Swedesboro and Bridgeport were among the earliest European settlements in New Jersey as a part of the 17th century New Sweden colony. Gloucester dates back to May 26, 1686, when courts were established separate from those of Burlington. It was officially formed and its boundaries defined as part of West Jersey on May 17, 1694. Portions of Gloucester County were set off on February 7, 1837, to create Atlantic County, and on March 13, 1844 to create Camden County. The county was named for the city of Gloucester / county of Gloucestershire in England.
Woodbury, founded in 1683 by Henry Wood, is the oldest municipality in the county. The municipality of National Park hosts the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Red Bank where Fort Mercer once stood. It is now the site of Red Bank Battlefield Park and the remains of HMS Augusta laid there until they were moved and subsequently re-sunk in Gloucester City on their way to Philadelphia. During the colonial era, Gloucester County's main economic activity was agriculture. Woodbury was the site of the county courthouse, the county jail, a Quaker meeting house (still in existence), and an inn (on the current location of Woodbury Crossings). Because of the county's many creeks leading to the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean, smuggling was very common.
In 2014, the county heroin death rate was 17.3 deaths per 100,000 people, the fourth-highest rate in New Jersey nearly seven times the national average.
The Gloucester County Historical Society, founded in 1903, maintains a collection of materials and artifacts related to the history of South Jersey. The Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup House Museum in Woodbury, displays many of these artifacts.
|Historical sources: 1790–1990|
1970–2010 2010 2020
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The 2010 United States census counted 288,288 people, 104,271 households, and 75,805 families in the county. The population density was 895.3 per square mile (345.7/km2). There were 109,796 housing units at an average density of 341 per square mile (132/km2). The racial makeup was 83.56% (240,890) White, 10.06% (29,006) Black or African American, 0.17% (501) Native American, 2.64% (7,609) Asian, 0.03% (95) Pacific Islander, 1.41% (4,055) from other races, and 2.13% (6,132) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.76% (13,712) of the population.
Of the 104,271 households, 33.4% had children under the age of 18; 55.6% were married couples living together; 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present and 27.3% were non-families. Of all households, 22% 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 2.72 and the average family size was 3.2.
24.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.7 years. For every 100 females, the population had 94.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.1 males.
Based on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gloucester County had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $14.4 billion in 2018, which was ranked 14th in the state and represented an increase of 1.3% from the previous year.
Gloucester County is governed by a board of county commissioners, 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 Director and a Deputy Director from among its members. In 2017, commissioners (then called freeholders) were paid $16,908 and the director was paid an annual salary of $17,908. As of 2021[update], Gloucester County's Commissioners are Director Robert M. Damminger (D, West Deptford Township; 2021), Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco (D, Deptford Township; 2022), Lyman J. Barnes (D, Logan Township; 2023), Daniel Christy (D, Washington Township; 2022), Jim Jefferson (D, Woodbury; 2023), Jim Lavender (D, Woolwich Township; 2021), and Heather Simmons (D, Glassboro; 2023).
Pursuant to Article VII Section II of the New Jersey State Constitution, each county in New Jersey is required to have three elected administrative officials known as "constitutional officers." These officers are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term). Gloucester County's constitutional officers are: County Clerk James N. Hogan (D, Franklinville in Franklin Township; 5-year term ends 2022), Sheriff Carmel Morina (D, Greenwich Township; 3-year term ends 2021) and Surrogate Giuseppe "Joe" Chila (D, Woolwich Township; 5-year term ends 2022).
Gloucester County is a part of Vicinage 15 of the New Jersey Superior Court (along with Cumberland and Salem counties), seated in Woodbury in Gloucester County; the Assignment Judge for the vicinage is Benjamin C. Telsey. The Gloucester County Courthouse is in Woodbury.
Gloucester County is included in the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden). For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Jeff Van Drew (R, Dennis Township).
|3rd||Stephen M. Sweeney (D)||John J. Burzichelli (D)
Adam Taliaferro (D)
|Clayton, East Greenwich Township, Elk Township, Franklin Township, Glassboro, Greenwich Township,|
|4th||Fred H. Madden (D)||Paul Moriarty (D)||Monroe Township, Pitman Borough and Washington Township.
The remainder of this district covers portions of Camden County.
|5th||Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)||William Spearman (D)
Bill Moen (D)
|Deptford Township, Harrison Township, Mantua Township, Wenonah, Westville and Woodbury.
The remainder of this district includes portions of Camden County,
The county is part of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Districts in the New Jersey Legislature
The county leans toward the Democratic Party, though to a slightly lesser degree than the state of New Jersey as a whole. In the 2004 U.S. presidential election, John Kerry carried Gloucester County by a 5.3% margin over George W. Bush, while Kerry carried the state by 6.7% over Bush.
In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama carried Gloucester County by a 12.2% margin over John McCain, while Obama carried the state by 15.5% over McCain. However, in the 2009 Gubernatorial Election, Republican Chris Christie received 47% of the vote, defeating Democrat Jon Corzine, who received around 43%. In 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican to win Gloucester County since 1988 when George H.W. Bush won it; 1988 was the last year a Republican won New Jersey's electoral votes as well. However, a year later, Gloucester County narrowly opted for Democrat Phil Murphy over Republican Kim Guadagno in the gubernatorial election. In the 2020 Presidential Election, Democrat Joe Biden was declared victor in the county.
As of August 1, 2020, there were 219,937 registered voters in Gloucester County, of whom 87,924 (40%) were registered as Democrats, 52,376 (23.8%) were registered as Republicans and 76,930 (35%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2,707 (1.2%) voters registered to other parties.
Roads and highways
As of 2010[update], the county had 1,698.59 miles (2,733.62 km) of roadways, of which 1,126.99 miles (1,813.71 km) were maintained by the local municipality, 406.47 miles (654.15 km) by Gloucester County and 145.11 miles (233.53 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, 2.22 miles (3.57 km) by the Delaware River Port Authority, 1.09 miles (1.75 km) by the South Jersey Transportation Authority and 16.71 miles (26.89 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Various county, state, U.S. routes and interstates pass through the county. Major county highways include County Road 534, County Road 536, County Road 538, County Road 544, County Road 551, County Road 553, County Road 555 and County Road 557.
State Routes include Route 41, Route 42 (part of the North-South Freeway), Route 45, Route 47, Route 55, Route 77, Route 168 and Route 324 (only in Logan). The three U.S. routes that traverse include U.S. Route 130 in the northwest, U.S. Route 322 near the center, and U.S. Route 40 in the southern tip.
Interstate 295 is the only Interstate in the county which also runs through the northwest for about 14 miles (23 km). The New Jersey Turnpike also passes through in the northwest. Only one turnpike interchange is located within Gloucester: Exit 2 in Woolwich.
NJ Transit bus service between the county and the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal is available on the 313 and 315 routes; to Philadelphia on the 400, 401 (from Salem), 402 (from Pennsville Township), 403, 408, 410 (from Bridgeton) and 412 (from Sewell) routes, with local service offered on the 455 (Cherry Hill to Paulsboro) and 463 (between Woodbury and the Avandale Park/Ride in Winslow Township) routes.
The Glassboro–Camden Line is a proposed 18-mile (28.97 km) diesel multiple unit (DMU) light rail system that is planned to connect with the River LINE and PATCO Speedline in Camden and was previously anticipated to be in operation in 2019. The lack of both an official project sponsor and identified funding source(s), have delayed the start of construction, making the 2019 timeframe unrealistic.
Located within the Conrail South Jersey/Philadelphia Shared Assets Area. freight rail in the county travels along Penns Grove Secondary, the Salem Branch, and the Vineland Secondary. SMS Rail Lines handles interchanges with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.
The Port of Paulsboro is located on the Delaware River and Mantua Creek in and around Paulsboro. Traditionally one of the nation's busiest for marine transfer operations of petroleum products, the port is being redeveloped as an adaptable omniport able to handle bulk, break bulk cargo and shipping containers. Studies completed in 2012 concluded that the port is well suited to become a center for the manufacture, assembly, and transport of wind turbines and platforms the development of wind power in New Jersey.
The following municipalities in Gloucester County (with 2010 Census data for population, housing units and area) are:
(with map key)
Oak Valley CDP (3,483)
East Greenwich (PK-6)
|Elk Township||24||township||4,216||1,576||19.69||0.19||19.49||216.3||80.8||Delsea (7-12)
Elk Township (PK-6)
Franklin Township (K-6)
|13||township||4,899||2,048||12.03||3.06||8.97||546.2||228.3||Paulsboro (9-12) (S/R)
Greenwich Township (K-8)
Gibbstown CDP (3,739)
Harrison Township (PK-6)
|Mullica Hill CDP (3,982)|
Richwood CDP (3,400, part)
|Logan Township||12||township||6,042||2,172||26.93||5.00||21.93||275.6||99.1||Kingsway (7-12) (S/R)
|Beckett CDP (4,847)|
Mantua Township (PK-6)
|Richwood CDP (59, part)|
|22||township||36,129||13,387||46.93||0.53||46.39||778.8||288.6||Monroe Township||Cross Keys|
Victory Lakes CDP (2,111)
Williamstown CDP (15,567)
|National Park||9||borough||3,036||1,153||1.45||0.45||1.00||3,023.2||1,148.1||Gateway (7-12)
National Park (PK-6)
Franklin Township (K-6) (S/R)
South Harrison (K-6)
Turnersville CDP (3,742)
|14||township||21,677||9,441||17.87||2.45||15.41||1,406.6||612.6||West Deptford||Colonial Manor|
|Woodbury Heights||6||borough||3,055||1,125||1.23||0.01||1.22||2,499.4||920.4||Gateway (7-12)
Woodbury Heights (PK-6)
Gloucester County is home to the first county-based EMS agency in New Jersey providing services to the municipalities of Logan Township, Woolwich Township, Swedesboro, East Greenwich Township, Greenwich Township, Paulsboro, West Deptford Township, National Park, Mantua Township, Pitman, Glassboro, Clayton, Woodbury, South Harrison Township, Wenonah, Harrison Township, Franklin Township, Newfield, Woodbury Heights, Westville, Elk Township, and Deptford Township. GCEMS was started in September 2007; its goal is to provide emergency medical services to the residents of the county within nine minutes from the time of dispatch 90% of the time (considered to be the gold standard in EMS). Currently GCEMS has twelve ambulances in service around the clock and three "power shift" ambulances on duty from the hours of 8AM to 8PM seven days a week. Further, GCEMS operates three QRV (Quick Response Vehicle) units which are located in West Deptford, Newfield, and South Harrison. The department operates out of sixteen stations spread strategically throughout the county. The Gloucester County EMS administrative offices are located at the county's Emergency Response Center at 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton, New Jersey 08312. It was the winner of the 2010 Outstanding Public EMS Agency by the State of New Jersey.
Gloucester County SWAT is a multi-jurisdictional team, composed of police officers from departments within the county. Officers are on-call 24/7 for emergency situations such as barricaded subjects, suicidal subjects and hostage rescue. They also provide high-risk warrant service, dignitary protection and counter-terrorism response.
Unified school districts
School districts in the county include the Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District, with its one school being the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, which operates as a four-year vocational-technical high school that serves students from across the county.
Colleges and universities
Rowan University in Glassboro, is a public university that was founded in 1923 as Glassboro Normal School on a 25-acre (10 ha) site donated by the borough. After a series of alternative titles over the years, in 1992 the school was renamed Rowan College of New Jersey after Henry Rowan and his wife Betty gave the school $100 million, at the time the largest gift to a public college. It became Rowan University on March 21, 1997, when it won approval for university status from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. The Cold War Glassboro Summit Conference between U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin took place from June 23–25, 1967, in Hollybush Mansion. The site was chosen because of its location equidistant between New York City, where Kosygin would be making a speech at the United Nations, and Washington, D.C.
- Corey Clement (born 1994), running back for the Philadelphia Eagles and Super Bowl Champion his rookie year in the NFL (Glassboro).
- Danielson is an American rock band from Clarksboro, that plays indie pop gospel music.
- Linda Fiorentino, actress (Mantua Township).
- Grace Helbig, comedian, actress, author, talk show host, and YouTube personality (Woodbury/Woodbury Heights).
- Michael Johns, health care executive, former White House speechwriter, conservative policy analyst and writer (Deptford).
- Tara Lipinski, Olympic gold medal winner, figure skating (Mantua Township).
- Bryant McKinnie, professional football player, Minnesota Vikings (Woodbury).
- J. Hampton Moore, former Mayor of Philadelphia (Woodbury).
- Milt Plum, former professional football player, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants (Westville).
- Jimmy Rollins (born 1978), professional baseball player, Philadelphia Phillies (Woolwich Township).
- Patti Smith, punk rock musician (Woodbury).
- Steven Squyres, scientist, Squyres is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) (Wenonah).
- Charles C. Stratton, served as Governor of New Jersey, former Member of Congress (Swedesboro).
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- Gloucester County Historic Photos, Part I (Clayton, New Jersey to Harrison Township, New Jersey)
- Gloucester County Historic Photos, Part II (Logan Township, New Jersey to South Harrison, New Jersey)
- Gloucester County Historic Photos, Part III (Swedesboro, New Jersey to Woolwich Township, New Jersey)