Berlin Township, New Jersey

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Berlin Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Berlin
Berlin Township highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Berlin Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°48′26″N 74°55′27″W / 39.807116°N 74.924178°W / 39.807116; -74.924178Coordinates: 39°48′26″N 74°55′27″W / 39.807116°N 74.924178°W / 39.807116; -74.924178[1][2]
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountyCamden
IncorporatedApril 11, 1910
Government[5]
 • TypeFaulkner Act (Small Municipality)
 • MayorPhyllis Magazzu (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • ClerkCathy Underwood[4]
Area[2]
 • Total3.238 sq mi (8.386 km2)
 • Land3.232 sq mi (8.371 km2)
 • Water0.006 sq mi (0.015 km2)  0.18%
Area rank325th of 566 in state
11th of 37 in county[2]
Elevation[6]167 ft (51 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total5,357
 • Estimate (2012[10])5,421
 • Rank366th of 566 in state
21st of 37 in county[11]
 • Density1,657.5/sq mi (640.0/km2)
 • Density rank317th of 566 in state
31st of 37 in county[11]
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code08091[12][13]
Area code(s)856[14]
FIPS code3400705470[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID0882152[17][2]
Websitewww.berlintwp.com
 
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See also: Borough of Berlin, New Jersey
Berlin Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Berlin
Berlin Township highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Berlin Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°48′26″N 74°55′27″W / 39.807116°N 74.924178°W / 39.807116; -74.924178Coordinates: 39°48′26″N 74°55′27″W / 39.807116°N 74.924178°W / 39.807116; -74.924178[1][2]
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountyCamden
IncorporatedApril 11, 1910
Government[5]
 • TypeFaulkner Act (Small Municipality)
 • MayorPhyllis Magazzu (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • ClerkCathy Underwood[4]
Area[2]
 • Total3.238 sq mi (8.386 km2)
 • Land3.232 sq mi (8.371 km2)
 • Water0.006 sq mi (0.015 km2)  0.18%
Area rank325th of 566 in state
11th of 37 in county[2]
Elevation[6]167 ft (51 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total5,357
 • Estimate (2012[10])5,421
 • Rank366th of 566 in state
21st of 37 in county[11]
 • Density1,657.5/sq mi (640.0/km2)
 • Density rank317th of 566 in state
31st of 37 in county[11]
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code08091[12][13]
Area code(s)856[14]
FIPS code3400705470[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID0882152[17][2]
Websitewww.berlintwp.com

Berlin Township is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 5,357,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 67 (+1.3%) from the 5,290 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 176 (-3.2%) from the 5,466 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Berlin was incorporated as a township on April 11, 1910, from portions of Waterford Township. Portions of the township were taken on March 29, 1927, to form Berlin Borough, based on the results of a referendum held on April 26, 1927.[19]

Geography[edit]

Berlin Township is located at 39°48′26″N 74°55′27″W / 39.807116°N 74.924178°W / 39.807116; -74.924178 (39.807116,-74.924178). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 3.238 square miles (8.386 km2), of which, 3.232 square miles (8.371 km2) of it is land and 0.006 square miles (0.015 km2) of it (0.18%) is water.[2][1]

The township borders Berlin Borough, Lindenwold, Voorhees, and Waterford. Berlin Township also borders Evesham Township in Burlington County.

West Berlin is an unincorporated community located within the township.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
19101,611
19202,09329.9%
19301,537*−26.6%
19401,77115.2%
19502,01313.7%
19603,36367.1%
19705,69269.3%
19805,348−6.0%
19905,4662.2%
20005,290−3.2%
20105,3571.3%
Est. 20125,421[10]1.2%
Population sources: 1910-2000[20]
1910-1920[21] 1910[22] 1910-1930[23]
1930-1990[24] 2000[25][26] 2010[7][8][9]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[19]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,357 people, 1,975 households, and 1,363 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,657.5 inhabitants per square mile (640.0 /km2). There were 2,069 housing units at an average density of 640.2 per square mile (247.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 77.19% (4,135) White, 11.57% (620) Black or African American, 0.19% (10) Native American, 5.13% (275) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.79% (203) from other races, and 2.13% (114) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.29% (444) of the population.[7]

There were 1,975 households of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.[7]

In the township, 22.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $61,029 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,347) and the median family income was $70,777 (+/- $6,678). Males had a median income of $50,286 (+/- $4,262) versus $41,250 (+/- $8,550) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,184 (+/- $2,541). About 4.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 1.3% of those age 65 or over.[27]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 5,290 people, 1,893 households, and 1,368 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,628.9 people per square mile (628.5/km²). There were 2,009 housing units at an average density of 618.6 per square mile (238.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 82.46% White, 11.87% African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.70% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.80% of the population.[25][26]

There were 1,893 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% 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 3.28.[25][26]

In the township the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.[25][26]

The median income for a household in the township was $54,448, and the median income for a family was $61,042. Males had a median income of $37,240 versus $28,703 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,178. About 4.8% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.[25][26]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

In 1973, Berlin Township changed its form of government from the Township form to a Faulkner Act Small Municipality form, and now operates under plan 3 of the Small Municipality form, as implemented on January 1, 1988, by direct petition.[28] Its current structure includes four Council members and a Mayor, all elected at large for three-year terms. The candidates run in partisan elections at regular primary and general election time. Independent candidates, having declared their intentions at primary time, run only in the general election.[5][29]

This type of government is a “strong mayor” form in which the Mayor, as chief executive, is responsible for all administrative functions. The Mayor presides at Council meetings, voting and participating as a member of Council. The Mayor appoints, with Council’s approval, the following: Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, Clerk, Treasurer, Zoning Officer, Construction Official, Court Administrator, Attorney and Engineer. The Mayor is responsible for the budget; enforcing the charter (State law) and all ordinances (local laws), and the preparation of an annual report for the Council and residents.

The Council has legislative and policy-making power. It elects a Council President annually to preside in the Mayor’s absence. The Mayor appoints Council members to serve as liaisons to the Recreation Committee, Finance Committee, Athletic Association, Public Works, Special Events, School Board, Public Safety and Senior Citizens. The Mayor and one council member are members of the Planning and Zoning Board.

As of 2013, the Mayor of Berlin Township is Phyllis A. Magazzu (D, term ends December 31, 2013). Members of the Township Council are Council President Christopher T. Morris (D, 2013), Marion Bodanza (D, 2013), Frank Epifanio (D, 2015) and Jerome McIntosh (D, 2015).[30][31][32][33][34]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Berlin Township is located in the 1st Congressional District[35] and is part of New Jersey's 6th state legislative district.[8][36][37]

New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights).[38] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark)[39] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[40][41]

The 6th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James Beach (D, Voorhees Township) and in the General Assembly by Louis Greenwald (D, Voorhees Township) and Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D, Cherry Hill).[42] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[43] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[44]

Camden County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, its seven members elected at-large to three-year terms office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[45] As of 2013, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2014)[46], Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2013)[47], Michelle Gentek (Gloucester Township, 2015)[48], Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2015)[49], Scot N. McCray (Camden, 2014)[50], Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2015)[51] and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2013).[52][53][54] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk Joseph Ripa,[55] Sheriff Charles H. Billingham[56] and Surrogate Patricia Egan Jones.[57]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,449 registered voters in Berlin Township, of which 1,552 (45.0%) were registered as Democrats, 370 (10.7%) were registered as Republicans and 1,524 (44.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties.[58]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 62.4% of the vote here (1,519 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received around 34.1% (829 votes), with 2,434 ballots cast among the township's 3,478 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.0%.[59] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 56.6% of the vote here (1,305 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush, who received around 38.% (876 votes), with 2,304 ballots cast among the township's 3,123 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 73.8.[60]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 51.0% of the vote here (857 ballots cast), ahead of both Republican Chris Christie with 38.7% (650 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 4.3% (73 votes), with 1,681 ballots cast among the township's 3,428 registered voters, yielding a 49.0% turnout.[61]

Education[edit]

The Berlin Township Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[62]) are John F. Kennedy Elementary School[63] for PreK through 3rd grade (272 students) and wight D. Eisenhower Middle School[64] for grades 4-8 (330).[65][66] The Huster Building, formerly used as a kindergarten and now used for administration, is named after Robert R. Huster, a Berlin Township resident who was killed in action in the Vietnam War.[67]

Public school students from Berlin Township and Clementon attend Overbrook High School in Pine Hill for grades 9-12 as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Pine Hill Schools.[68]

Transportation[edit]

County Route 534 and County Route 561 both pass through the township. Route 73 also passes through Berlin Township.

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Berlin Township include:

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