Beverly was originally incorporated as a borough on March 5, 1850, within Willingboro Township. Beverly was incorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 13, 1857, replacing Beverly borough, based on the results of a referendum held that day. Beverly Township, formed in 1859, co-existed alongside Beverly City and was renamed as Delanco Township in 1926.
There were 1,002 households, of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 23.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city, 23.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.5 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $51,964 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,191) and the median family income was $61,058 (+/- $8,725). Males had a median income of $47,738 (+/- $9,129) versus $40,833 (+/- $13,858) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,364 (+/- $4,953). About 14.1% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.
There were 960 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 22.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,054, and the median income for a family was $49,519. Males had a median income of $35,954 versus $23,836 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,760. About 8.5% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.
The city is governed under the City form of New Jersey municipal government, and consists of an elected mayor and a five-member elected city council who are chosen at-large on a partisan basis to serve four-year terms of office as part of the November general election, with either two or three seats coming up for election in even years. Responsibilities of the governing body include all executive and legislative functions. The Mayor and members of the City Council serve five year terms of office.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of the City of Beverly is Randy Miller, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Beverly Common Council are Council President Robert Bancroft (D, 2017), Lawrence Carlbon (D, 2017), Luis M. Crespo (D, 2013), Robert Lowden, Jr. (D, 2017) and Robert D. Thibault (Republican Party, 2015).
Luis Crespo was appointed by the council in December 2012 to fill the vacant seat of Scott Perkins.
Federal, state and county representation
Beverly is located in the 3rd Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 7th state legislative district.
^Constantino, Mario. "BEVERLY: New mayor, Democrats tapped", Burlington County Times, November 9, 2011. Accessed November 20, 2013. "Democrat Miller outdistanced Republican Dale Thompson in a battle of newcomers for the city’s top job, a four-year position.Two seats on the City Council also went to the Democrats: incumbents Brian Perkins and Martin V. Bass III. Republican Don Arter edged running mate Robert Thibault, a member of the school board, by a single vote for the other council seat, according to the unofficial results."
^O'Sullivan, Jeannie. "Beverly officials promise a bipartisan effort", Burlington County Times, January 10, 2013. Accessed March 22, 2013. "Beverly City Council welcomed the new year at its reorganization on Tuesday. Pictured, left to right, are Democratic Councilmen Robert Lowden, Lawrence Carlbon and Robert Bancroft, and Republican Councilman Robert Thibault. Not pictured is Democratic Councilman Luis Crespo, who did not attend the reorganization.... Democratic Councilmen Robert Bancroft, Lawrence Carlbon and Robert Lowden were sworn in."
^O'Sullivan, Jeannie. "City Council appointment draws controversy in Beverly", Burlington County Times, December 27, 2012. Accessed March 22, 2013. "A City Council member who lost his next term in the contested Democratic primary election in June will still be on dais in January. Council President Luis Crespo was appointed Thursday night to fill the seat vacated by Brian Perkins, who has resigned with three years left on his term."
^Hefler, Jan. "Garganio again to head Burlco Freeholder Board", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 29, 2014. Accessed July 27, 2014. "The new director of the Burlington County Freeholder Board is Bruce Garganio, a Republican who led the five-member board for three years before he was defeated in his bid for reelection in November 2011.... Two weeks ago, the county Republican Committee tapped Garganio to fill the one-year vacancy that was created after Leah Arter resigned as freeholder director."
^Hefler, Jan. "Crowd Opposes Closing Palmyra High", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 1989. Accessed November 20, 2013. "Palmyra High School students, their parents and their teachers made it abundantly clear at a public meeting last week that they don't want the Board of Education to shut the high school, the first high school built in Burlington County.... Glenn Gray, superintendent of the Beverly School District, which sends about 80 students to Palmyra High School, said the Beverly board was 'reserving opinion' until a decision was announced.... Since 1967, Beverly students have traveled eight miles - 30 minutes by bus - passing through the Riverside and Delran School Districts, to reach Palmyra High. The reason is that Palmyra was the nearest school that could accept the Beverly students when the Burlington City school district ran out of space for them, Gray said."