There were 9,471 households of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the borough, 21.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.7 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $55,541 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,430) and the median family income was $65,494 (+/- $4,924). Males had a median income of $49,002 (+/- $4,353) versus $37,108 (+/- $5,243) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,910 (+/- $1,786). About 10.1% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.
There were 9,528 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 30.1% 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 2.50 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $43,421, and the median income for a family was $51,959. Males had a median income of $38,781 versus $31,253 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,667. About 5.3% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
Lodi operates under the 1923 Municipal Manager Law form of New Jersey municipal government. The voters elect five members to a council who are elected at-large in non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis. A mayor and deputy mayor are selected by the council from among its members. The council functions strictly as a legislative body with responsibility for day-to-day operation of the borough assigned to a manager who acts as the municipal chief executive and executes laws and policies, prepares the budget for council consideration and attends and participates at meetings with a voice, but no vote. The manager recommends improvements and implements those approved, as well as over-sees contracts and franchises and reports violations. It is the responsibility of the manager to appoint and remove department heads and make all additional appointments not made by the council.
As of 2013[update], members of the Lodi Township Council are Mayor Bruce Masopust, Deputy Mayor Marc N. Schrieks, Laura E. Cima, Paula Fiduccia and Patricia Ann Licata, all of whom were elected in 2011 and serve terms that expire on June 30, 2015.
Schrieks was elected by the council as mayor on July 1, 2008 and served until June 30, 2009, making him the youngest person to ever serve as its Mayor. Karen Viscana was the first woman to serve as mayor in the history of Lodi.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 11,177 registered voters in Lodi, of which 4,043 (36.2% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,324 (11.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 5,805 (51.9% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 46.3% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 58.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 5,420 votes here (67.2% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,508 votes (31.1% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 56 votes (0.7% vs. 0.9%), among the 8,070 ballots cast by the borough's 12,305 registered voters, for a turnout of 65.6% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 5,174 votes here (59.7% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 3,358 votes (38.7% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 70 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 8,667 ballots cast by the borough's 11,983 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.3% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 4,696 votes here (57.9% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 3,344 votes (41.2% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 52 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 8,115 ballots cast by the borough's 11,598 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.0% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,651 ballots cast (56.2% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,834 votes (38.9% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 173 votes (3.7% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 33 votes (0.7% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,720 ballots cast by the borough's 11,546 registered voters, yielding a 40.9% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Lodi Public Schools serve students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are five elementary schools — Columbus Elementary School (grades K-5; 262 students), Hilltop Elementary School (PreK-5; 391), Roosevelt Elementary School (PreK-5; 160), Washington Elementary School (PreK-5; 411) and Wilson Elementary School (PreK-5; 338) — Thomas Jefferson Middle School (800) for grades 6-8 and Lodi High School (919) for grades 9-12.
The borough had a total of 40.00 miles (64.37 km) of roadways, of which 32.24 miles (51.89 km) are maintained by the municipality, 4.56 miles (7.34 km) by Bergen County and 3.20 miles (5.15 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
^Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 354. New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Company, 1900. Accessed October 21, 2013. "Lodi was named from a flourishing town of Italy founded by the Bois and colonized by the father of Pompeii the Great."
^Clark, Susan Joy. "Nine looking to fill five seats on Lodi Council", Community News, May 5, 2011. Accessed December 19, 2011. "Schrieks has served three terms on the council. 'First and foremost, I’m humbled every year that the residents think enough of me to re-elect me three times. I think I’m the longest serving consecutive public servant in Lodi. I know I was the youngest serving mayor.'"
^Maglionico, Artie. "One Life in Lodi: Mayor Karen Viscana", Lodi Memorial Library, July 2007. Accessed July 8, 2008. "As a child growing up on Garden Street in Lodi, Karen Viscana remembers a warm, family oriented community where neighbors looked out for one another and the sights and sounds of youngsters at play echoed in every household. Karen, who recently became her Borough's first woman Mayor, has carried this same warmth and caring into adulthood."
^via Associated Press. "Booker is officially a U.S. senator after being sworn in", NJ.com, October 31, 2013. Accessed October 31, 2013. "Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker was sworn in as a Democratic senator from New Jersey today, taking the oath of office, exchanging hugs with Vice President Joe Biden and acknowledging the applause of friends and family members seated in the visitor's gallery that rings the chamber.... Booker, 44, was elected to fill out the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year."
^Ensslin, John C. "North Jersey Assemblywoman Connie Wagner resigns office", The Record (Bergen County), September 30, 2013. Accessed October 1, 2013. "Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, D-Paramus, has resigned her seat effective Tuesday, about two months earlier than expected, to spend time with her family in Florida.... Her earlier-than-expected departure means that Bergen County Democratic Committee members from District 38 must choose someone to fill the seat on an interim basis. Paramus Council President Joseph Lagana, the candidate they chose to run in place of Wagner, said it won’t be him."
^ abEnsslin, John C. "Bergen County Freeholders choose Ganz as chairman; Democrat gives Republicans 2 top slots", The Record (Bergen County), January 3, 2013. Accessed January 10, 2013. "The swearing-in of Freeholders Tracy Silna Zur and Steve Tanelli gave the Democrats a 4-3 majority and control of the board for the first time in two years. The board elected David Ganz as chairman, as expected.... The reorganization meeting drew several top Democrats from across the state, with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez swearing in Tanelli, a former North Arlington councilman, and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark swearing in Zur, an attorney from Franklin Lakes."
^Freeholder Home Page, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2013. As of date accessed, John D. Mitchell is listed as Chairman, John A. Felice is shown as Vice Chairman, and both John Driscoll, Jr. and Robert G. Hermansen are listed as members despite having terms of office that ended in 2012.
^ abcSpiewak, Anna. "Town ideal for first-time buyers", The Record (Bergen County), August 16, 2009. Accessed December 19, 2011. "The borough is home to the transmitter and towers for New York radio station WABC (AM), and to Felician College, The Franciscan College of New Jersey, on South Main Street. Some notable locations in Lodi that were used as locations on The Sopranos include the Party Box supply store, Lodi High School, Lodi Pizza and many private residences."
^ abFusilli, Jim. "Rocking From Brooklyn to Mali", The Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2010. Accessed December 20, 2011. "Gorgeous Frankenstein's leader, guitarist and resident weightlifter, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, was also in the Misfits and hails from Lodi, as does Frankenstein's drummer, Dr. Chud."
^Pieces of Punk, Broward New Times, September 6, 2001. "Singer Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only formed the Misfits in Lodi, New Jersey, back in the late 1970s."
^Sherrill, Susan. "Reviews from elsewhere: 17 Summer in Lodi", NorthJersey.com, March 5, 2013. "Anthony Scillia reviews one of the bi-monthly dinners at 17 Summer, the 'chef’s table' for Joseph Cuccia Catering in Lodi. 'Growing up in Lodi, 17 Summer was for the longest time known as Vagabondo.'"