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Eastampton Township, New Jersey
Township of Eastampton
Old schoolhouse within the Smithville Historic District in Eastampton Township
Old schoolhouse within the Smithville Historic District in Eastampton Township
Eastampton Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Eastampton Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Eastampton Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Eastampton Township, New Jersey
Eastampton Township is located in Burlington County, New Jersey
Eastampton Township
Eastampton Township
Location in Burlington County
Eastampton Township is located in New Jersey
Eastampton Township
Eastampton Township
Location in New Jersey
Eastampton Township is located in the United States
Eastampton Township
Eastampton Township
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°00′01″N 74°45′24″W / 40.000279°N 74.756547°W / 40.000279; -74.756547Coordinates: 40°00′01″N 74°45′24″W / 40.000279°N 74.756547°W / 40.000279; -74.756547[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyBurlington
IncorporatedMarch 9, 1880[3]
Government
 • TypeFaulkner Act (council–manager)
 • BodyTownship Council
 • MayorDominic Santillo (Democratic Party, term ends December 31, 2021)[4][5]
 • Deputy MayorAnthony Zeno (Democratic Party, term ends December 31, 2021) [4][6]
 • ManagerKim-Marie White[7]
 • Municipal clerkKim-Marie White[8]
Area
 • Total5.82 sq mi (15.06 km2)
 • Land5.73 sq mi (14.84 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)  1.48%
Area rank261st of 565 in state
26th of 40 in county[1]
Elevation46 ft (14 m)
Population
 • Total6,069
 • Estimate 
(2019)[14]
6,144
 • Rank343rd of 566 in state
28th of 40 in county[15]
 • Density1,055.6/sq mi (407.6/km2)
 • Density rank375th of 566 in state
23rd of 40 in county[15]
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s)609[17]
FIPS code3400518790[1][18][19]
GNIS feature ID0882105[1][20]
Websitewww.eastampton.com

Eastampton Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 6,069,[11][12][13] reflecting a decline of 133 (-2.1%) from the 6,202 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,240 (+25.0%) from the 4,962 counted in the 1990 Census.[21]

History[edit]

Eastampton Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 11, 1880, from portions of Westampton Township. Portions of both Lumberton Township and Southampton Township were annexed in 1882.[3]

Eastampton is the location of Smithville, an industrial community created by Hezekiah Bradley Smith for his machine company, which produced the American Star Bicycle. It is now a county park.[22][23]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 5.82 square miles (15.06 km2), including 5.73 square miles (14.84 km2) of land and 0.09 square miles (0.22 km2) of water (1.48%).[1][2]

The township borders the Burlington County municipalities of Lumberton Township, Mount Holly Township, Pemberton Township, Southampton Township, Springfield Township and Westampton Township.[24][25][26]

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Smithville and Turpentine.[27]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880566
189065415.5%
1900584−10.7%
1910508−13.0%
19205396.1%
1930503−6.7%
1940498−1.0%
195069239.0%
19601,402102.6%
19702,28462.9%
19803,81467.0%
19904,96230.1%
20006,20225.0%
20106,069−2.1%
2019 (est.)6,144[14][28][29]1.2%
Population sources: 1880-2000[30]
1880-1920[31] 1880-1890[32]
1890-1910[33] 1850-1930[34]
1930-1990[35] 2000[36][37] 2010[11][12][13]

Census 2010[edit]

The 2010 United States census counted 6,069 people, 2,281 households, and 1,640 families in the township. The population density was 1,055.6 per square mile (407.6/km2). There were 2,380 housing units at an average density of 414.0 per square mile (159.8/km2). The racial makeup was 73.11% (4,437) White, 16.97% (1,030) Black or African American, 0.35% (21) Native American, 4.48% (272) Asian, 0.07% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.65% (100) from other races, and 3.38% (205) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.29% (503) of the population.[11]

Of the 2,281 households, 33.5% had children under the age of 18; 54.8% were married couples living together; 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present and 28.1% were non-families. Of all households, 22.9% were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.[11]

24.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.0 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.6 males.[11]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $73,393 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,010) and the median family income was $91,375 (+/- $8,669). Males had a median income of $60,405 (+/- $4,400) versus $44,028 (+/- $8,940) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,065 (+/- $2,298). About 3.0% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.[38]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[18] there were 6,202 people, 2,226 households, and 1,638 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,077.9 people per square mile (416.5/km2). There were 2,312 housing units at an average density of 401.8 per square mile (155.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 78.25% White, 11.77% African American, 0.23% Native American, 5.42% Asian, 1.44% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.72% of the population.[36][37]

There were 2,226 households, out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.29.[36][37]

In the township the population was spread out, with 29.5% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.[36][37]

The median income for a household in the township was $66,406, and the median income for a family was $71,765. Males had a median income of $46,486 versus $31,208 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,534. About 2.0% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.[36][37]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Eastampton Township is governed the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Council-Manager system of municipal government (Plan E), implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of January 1, 1983.[39] The residents of Eastampton adopted the Council-Manager form of New Jersey municipal government based on a referendum passed in 1982.[40] The township is one of 42 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government.[41] The Eastampton Township Council is comprised of five members elected at-large in partisan elections to staggered four-year terms of office, with either two or three seats coming up for election in even-numbered years as part of the November general election. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are selected by the Council from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each year during the first week of January. The Mayor coordinates the work of the Council, chairs Council meetings and is the township's public representative. The Mayor also signs all contracts and obligations of the Township and is empowered to perform marriages.[9][42][43]

As of 2021, members of the Eastampton Township Council are Mayor Dominic F. Santillo (D, term on council ends December 31, 2022; term as mayor ends December 31, 2021), Deputy Mayor Anthony Zeno (D, term on council ends 2024; term as deputy mayor ends 2021), Eddie Besko (I, 2022), Gerald "Jay" Springer (D, 2024) and Robert Apgar (D, 2024).[4][44][45][46][47]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Eastampton Township is located in the 3rd Congressional District[48] and is part of New Jersey's 8th state legislative district.[12][49][50]

For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Andy Kim (D, Bordentown).[51] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027)[52] and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025).[53][54]

For the 2020–2021 session, the 8th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Dawn Addiego (D, Evesham Township) and in the General Assembly by Ryan Peters (R, Hainesport Township) and Jean Stanfield (R, Westampton).[55][56]

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; at an annual reorganization meeting, the board selects a director and deputy director from among its members.[57] As of 2018, Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders are Director Kate Gibbs (R, Lumberton Township, term as freeholder and as director ends December 31, 2018),[58] Deputy Director Linda Hughes (R, Evesham Township, term as freeholder and as deputy director ends 2018)[59] Tom Pullion (D, Edgewater Park, 2020),[60] Balvir Singh (D, Burlington Township, 2020),[61] and Latham Tiver (R, Southampton Township, 2019).[62][57][63][64] Burlington County's Constitutional Officers are County Clerk Tim Tyler (R, Fieldsboro, 2018),[65][66] Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield (R, Westampton, 2019)[67][68] and Surrogate Mary Ann O'Brien (R, Medford, 2021).[69][70][64]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,610 registered voters in Eastampton Township, of which 1,160 (32.1% vs. 33.3% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 772 (21.4% vs. 23.9%) were registered as Republicans and 1,678 (46.5% vs. 42.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[71] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 59.5% (vs. 61.7% in Burlington County) were registered to vote, including 78.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.3% countywide).[71][72]

n the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 1,651 votes (59.7% vs. 58.1% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,069 votes (38.6% vs. 40.2%) and other candidates with 29 votes (1.0% vs. 1.0%), among the 2,766 ballots cast by the township's 3,802 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.8% (vs. 74.5% in Burlington County).[73][74] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 1,754 votes (58.8% vs. 58.4% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,172 votes (39.3% vs. 39.9%) and other candidates with 36 votes (1.2% vs. 1.0%), among the 2,981 ballots cast by the township's 3,786 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.7% (vs. 80.0% in Burlington County).[75] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 1,442 votes (52.6% vs. 52.9% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,269 votes (46.3% vs. 46.0%) and other candidates with 15 votes (0.5% vs. 0.8%), among the 2,741 ballots cast by the township's 3,458 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.3% (vs. 78.8% in the whole county).[76]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 945 votes (58.4% vs. 61.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 637 votes (39.4% vs. 35.8%) and other candidates with 16 votes (1.0% vs. 1.2%), among the 1,617 ballots cast by the township's 3,796 registered voters, yielding a 42.6% turnout (vs. 44.5% in the county).[77][78] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 886 votes (48.2% vs. 47.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 818 votes (44.5% vs. 44.5%), Independent Chris Daggett with 99 votes (5.4% vs. 4.8%) and other candidates with 29 votes (1.6% vs. 1.2%), among the 1,840 ballots cast by the township's 3,760 registered voters, yielding a 48.9% turnout (vs. 44.9% in the county).[79]

Education[edit]

For kindergarten through eighth grade, public school students are served by the Eastampton Township School District at Eastampton Community School.[80] As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised one school, had an enrollment of 578 students and 52.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1.[81]

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Rancocas Valley Regional High School, a regional public high school serving students from five communities encompassing approximately 40 square miles (100 km2) comprising the communities of Eastampton Township, Hainesport Township, Lumberton Township, Mount Holly Township and Westampton Township.[82][83][84] As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 2,052 students and 141.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.5:1.[85] The school is located in Mount Holly Township. The district's board of education has nine members who are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. Seats on the board are allocated based on the population of the five constituent municipalities, with one seat assigned to Eastampton.[86][87]

Students from Eastampton Township, 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.[88]

Transportation[edit]

US 206 on the east edge of Eastampton

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 30.46 miles (49.02 km) of roadways, of which 19.95 miles (32.11 km) were maintained by the municipality, 9.43 miles (15.18 km) by Burlington County and 1.08 miles (1.74 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[89]

U.S. Route 206 is the most prominent highway serving Eastampton, running north–south along the township's border with Pemberton Township. County Route 537 also crosses the township with an east–west orientation.

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Eastampton Township include:

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