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Bellmawr, New Jersey
|Borough of Bellmawr|
"Progress Never Stops"
Bellmawr highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bellmawr, New Jersey
|Incorporated||April 21, 1926|
|Named for||Ernest C. Bell|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||3.110 sq mi (8.057 km2)|
|• Land||2.979 sq mi (7.717 km2)|
|• Water||0.131 sq mi (0.340 km2) 4.22%|
|Area rank||330th of 566 in state
12th of 37 in county
|Elevation||66 ft (20 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||211th of 566 in state
11th of 37 in county
|• Density||3,887.7/sq mi (1,501.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||157th of 566 in state
20th of 37 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885154|
Bellmawr is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,583, reflecting an increase of 321 (+2.9%) from the 11,262 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 1,341 (-10.6%) from the 12,603 counted in the 1990 Census.
Bellmawr was incorporated as a borough on March 23, 1926, from portions of the now-defunct Centre Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 21, 1926. The boroughs of Mount Ephraim, Runnemede and Lawnside were also created in the same two-day period. The borough was named for Ernest C. Bell.
Bellmawr is home to the main post office for the area, one of the largest in the state of New Jersey, handling an average of 4.5 million pieces of mail daily. In late October 2001, the office was closed due to possible anthrax contamination in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks. The office was re-opened several days later, in early November, after testing negative for anthrax.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Bellmawr borough had a total area of 3.110 square miles (8.057 km2), including 2.979 square miles (7.717 km2) of land and 0.131 square miles (0.340 km2) of water (4.22%).
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,583 people, 4,670 households, and 3,068 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,887.7 per square mile (1,501.0/km2). There were 4,883 housing units at an average density of 1,638.9 per square mile (632.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 86.44% (10,012) White, 2.46% (285) Black or African American, 0.15% (17) Native American, 5.86% (679) Asian, 0.06% (7) Pacific Islander, 3.38% (392) from other races, and 1.65% (191) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.68% (890) of the population.
There were 4,670 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.3 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $56,182 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,809) and the median family income was $66,947 (+/- $3,353). Males had a median income of $47,251 (+/- $3,082) versus $39,932 (+/- $4,677) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,961 (+/- $1,460). About 7.3% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 11,262 people, 4,446 households, and 3,134 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,715.5 people per square mile (1,435.1/km2). There were 4,561 housing units at an average density of 1,504.7 per square mile (581.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.79% White, 1.18% African American, 0.06% Native American, 3.05% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.50% of the population.
There were 4,446 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $44,653, and the median income for a family was $53,839. Males had a median income of $38,646 versus $27,050 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,863. About 2.6% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 45.98 miles (74.00 km) of roadways, of which 34.87 miles (56.12 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.62 miles (9.04 km) by Camden County, 4.57 miles (7.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.92 miles (1.48 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Major roads that pass through Bellmawr include Route 168, and a very small portion of U.S. Route 130. In terms of major highways, Bellmawr hosts the interchange with the "North-South Freeway" (Route 42 / Interstate 76) and Interstate 295. The New Jersey Turnpike passes through the southern part, hosting part of interchange 3. Both the interchange and the toll gate (which features six lanes at the gate) runs along the border with Runnemede.
The major county road that passes through is CR 551 in the western part.
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