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Allentown, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Allentown
Downtown Allentown
Downtown Allentown
Map of Allentown in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Allentown in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Allentown, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Allentown, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated January 29, 1889
Named for Nathan Allen or William Allen
Area
 • Total 0.631 sq mi (1.633 km2)
 • Land 0.605 sq mi (1.566 km2)
 • Water 0.026 sq mi (0.067 km2)  4.09%
Area rank 536th of 566 in state
45th of 53 in county
Elevation 75 ft (23 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,828
 • Estimate (2015) 1,825
 • Rank 496th of 566 in state
43rd of 53 in county
 • Density 3,023.9/sq mi (1,167.5/km2)
 • Density rank 214th of 566 in state
25th of 53 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08501
Area code(s) 609 Exchanges: 259, 752, 758
FIPS code 3402500760
GNIS feature ID 0885137
Website allentownboronj.com

Allentown is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,828, reflecting a decline of 54 (-2.9%) from the 1,882 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 54 (+3.0%) from the 1,828 counted in the 1990 Census.

Allentown was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 29, 1889, from portions of Upper Freehold Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. The borough was named for settler Robert Burnet's son-in-law, Nathan Allen or for William Allen, who served as Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Allentown's shopping district has antique and specialty shops, as well as restaurants. Many historic homes and historic buildings are located in the borough. The Horse Park of New Jersey is a park located near the borough but does have an Allentown mailing address.

The borough received the 'Village Center' designation in 2002, which will allow the borough to receive additional state aid aimed at preserving historic and natural resource sites that are at risk.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.631 square miles (1.633 km2) including 0.605 square miles (1.566 km2) of land and 0.026 square miles (0.067 km2) of water (4.09%).

Allentown borders Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County and Robbinsville Township in Mercer County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 695
1910 634 −8.8%
1920 634 0.0%
1930 706 11.4%
1940 766 8.5%
1950 931 21.5%
1960 1,393 49.6%
1970 1,603 15.1%
1980 1,962 22.4%
1990 1,828 −6.8%
2000 1,882 3.0%
2010 1,828 −2.9%
Est. 2015 1,825 −0.2%
Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,828 people, 704 households, and 499.1 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,023.9 per square mile (1,167.5/km2). There were 735 housing units at an average density of 1,215.8 per square mile (469.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 90.97% (1,663) White, 4.43% (81) Black or African American, 0.11% (2) Native American, 1.53% (28) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.88% (16) from other races, and 2.08% (38) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.56% (65) of the population.

There were 704 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 22.7% 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 2.60 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $93,250 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,183) and the median family income was $101,875 (+/- $5,413). Males had a median income of $75,125 (+/- $13,989) versus $55,119 (+/- $7,348) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,970 (+/- $2,599). About 1.8% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,882 people, 708 households, and 526 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,097.1 people per square mile (1,191.2/km2). There were 718 housing units at an average density of 1,181.6 per square mile (454.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.65% White, 6.43% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.91% of the population.

There were 708 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% 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 3.13.

In the borough the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $71,193, and the median income for a family was $79,843. Males had a median income of $55,441 versus $38,667 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,455. About 1.0% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 6.84 miles (11.01 km) of roadways, of which 4.55 miles (7.32 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.29 miles (3.69 km) by Monmouth County.

The only major roads that pass through are CR 524, CR 526 and CR 539.

Limited access roads that are accessible just outside the borough include Interstate 195 and the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95).

Allentown is about one hour southwest of Manhattan via the Turnpike and about 50 minutes northeast of Philadelphia. Both Princeton and Trenton are easily accessible from Allentown via I-195.


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