kids encyclopedia robot

Belvidere, New Jersey facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Belvidere, New Jersey
Town of Belvidere
Twin mills in Belvidere Historic District
Twin mills in Belvidere Historic District
Map of Belvidere in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Belvidere in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Belvidere, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Belvidere, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey is located in Warren County, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Location in Warren County, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey is located in the United States
Belvidere, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Belvidere, New Jersey is located in North America
Belvidere, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Location in North America
Belvidere, New Jersey is located in Earth
Belvidere, New Jersey
Belvidere, New Jersey
Location in Earth
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Warren
Incorporated April 7, 1845
Named for Italian language "beautiful to see"
 • Type Town
 • Body Town Council
 • Total 1.48 sq mi (3.84 km2)
 • Land 1.45 sq mi (3.75 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)  2.36%
Area rank 452nd of 565 in state
22nd of 22 in county
266 ft (81 m)
 • Total 2,681
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 462nd of 566 in state
16th of 22 in county
 • Density 1,847.0/sq mi (713.1/km2)
 • Density rank 301st of 566 in state
4th of 22 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area codes 908 exchange: 475, 750, 818, 841
FIPS code 3404104990
GNIS feature ID 885156

Belvidere is a town in Warren County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 2,681, reflecting a decline of 90 (-3.2%) from the 2,771 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 102 (+3.8%) from the 2,669 counted in the 1990 Census. It is the county seat of Warren County.

Belvidere was incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1845, from portions of Oxford Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. The town's name means "beautiful to see" in Italian.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 1.490 square miles (3.859 km2), including 1.452 square miles (3.759 km2) of land and 0.038 square miles (0.100 km2) of water (2.58%).

Dildine Island is located in the Delaware River, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Belvidere.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,001
1860 1,530 52.8%
1870 1,882 23.0%
1880 1,773 −5.8%
1890 1,768 −0.3%
1900 1,784 0.9%
1910 1,764 −1.1%
1920 1,793 1.6%
1930 2,073 15.6%
1940 2,060 −0.6%
1950 2,406 16.8%
1960 2,636 9.6%
1970 2,722 3.3%
1980 2,475 −9.1%
1990 2,669 7.8%
2000 2,771 3.8%
2010 2,681 −3.2%
2019 (est.) 2,561 −4.5%
Population sources:
1850-1920 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,681 people, 1,054 households, and 682 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,847.0 per square mile (713.1/km2). There were 1,140 housing units at an average density of 785.4 per square mile (303.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the town was 96.01% (2,574) White, 1.57% (42) Black or African American, 0.11% (3) Native American, 0.78% (21) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.22% (6) from other races, and 1.31% (35) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.62% (97) of the population.

There were 1,054 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 88.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,707 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,476) and the median family income was $74,028 (+/- $13,366). Males had a median income of $53,796 (+/- $11,432) versus $32,000 (+/- $7,359) for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,220 (+/- $2,359). About 0.8% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.


2018-09-08 10 08 10 View north along Warren County Route 620 (Water Street) just north of Greenwich Street and Market Street in Belvidere, Warren County, New Jersey
View north along CR 620 in Belvidere

As of May 2010, the town had a total of 16.39 miles (26.38 km) of roadways, of which 14.38 miles (23.14 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.01 miles (3.23 km) by Warren County.

No Interstate, U.S. or State highways pass through Belvidere. The most prominent highway is County Route 620.

The Riverton–Belvidere Bridge crosses the Delaware River, connecting Belvidere with Riverton, Pennsylvania, operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. There is no toll for crossing on either side, after tolls were abolished by the Joint Commission for the Elimination of Toll Bridges in 1929. The bridge is 653 feet (199 m) long, connecting Warren County Route 620 Spur (Water Street) in Belvidere to former Pennsylvania Route 709 on the Riverton side.

Places of interest

Warren County Courthouse
  • Belvidere Cemetery - Dating back to 1834, the cemetery is the burial site of several historical figures, many associated with the Civil War, and has been included in tours conducted as part of the town's annual Victorian Days celebration.
  • Foul Rift is a Class II rapids on the Delaware River located south of Belvidere, in which a drop of 22 feet (6.7 m) in elevation in a span of 0.5 miles (0.80 km) creates one of the river's most dangerous stretches.
  • Four Sisters Winery - Established in 1984, the winery was named for the four daughters of the founders.
  • Robert Morris House - Built by Robert Morris, a signer of the Declarataion of Independence, the house is one of the town's oldest homes.
  • Warren County Courthouse - Future New Jersey governor-elect Garret D. Wall (who declined to serve as governor after being elected in 1829) donated the land in 1825 and the courthouse was completed in 1826 at a cost of $10,000. In 1892, the courthouse was the site of the county's most recent public hanging.
  • Warren County Museum - Now the home of the Warren County Historical and Genealogical Society, the museum is located on Garret D. Wall county square in a townhome constructed c. 1848 and purchased in 1980 which now store many items related to the history of Warren County.
  • Wyckoff's Christmas Tree Farm - An ample supply of both cut-your-own and fresh cut Christmas trees available. Wyckoff's starts the season with approximately 5,000 trees available including: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce & Concolor Fir. Opening on or about Nov. 25 through Dec. 24, 8 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Belvidere School District's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education


A large site of DSM Nutritional Products that includes 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of facilities in the town, manufacturing products including arachidonic acid and beta-carotene by fermentation processes, is located on the town's border with White Township.


The Belvidere School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2017-18 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 716 students and 68.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.5:1. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Third Street School with 104 students in grades K-3 (closed as of 2019-20 school year), Oxford Street Elementary School with 149 students in grades 4-8 (now PreK-8) and Belvidere High School with 458 students in grades 9-12. As part of a cost-saving measure, Third Street School was closed after the 2018-19 school year and merged into Oxford Street Elementary School. Students from Harmony Township, Hope Township and White Township attend the district's high school as part of sending/receiving relationships with the respective districts.

Students from the town and from all of Warren County are eligible to attend Ridge and Valley Charter School in Blairstown (for grades K-8) or Warren County Technical School in Washington borough (for 9-12), with special education services provided by local districts supplemented throughout the county by the Warren County Special Services School District in Oxford Township (for PreK-12).

Belvidere was rated our of the Top 5 Schools in each county with the highest rate of violence/bullying incidents. The rate was calculated by the state as the number of incidents per every 100 enrolled students. You can find detailed NJ Performance School Reports for your school at the Department of Education website.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Belvidere, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Belvidere include:

  • Donald J. Albanese (born 1937), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1976 to 1982.
  • C. Ledyard Blair (1867-1949), investment banker and yachtsman.
  • DeWitt Clinton Blair (1833-1915), philanthropist and industrialist.
  • Charles W. Buttz (1837–1913), member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina.
  • Dan Gray (born 1956), former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions in 1978.
  • Henry S. Harris (1850–1902), former U.S. Member of Congress.
  • Don Hume (born 1938), former NASCAR driver who competed in 15 Winston Cup events.
  • Joseph Johnson (1785–1877), former Member of Congress and Governor of Virginia.
  • John Patterson Bryan Maxwell (1804-1845), politician who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives from 1837 to 1839 and again from 1841 to 1843.
  • William McMurtrie (1851-1913), chemist who served as president of the American Chemical Society.
  • Don Reitz (1929-2014), ceramic artist, recognized for inspiring a reemergence of salt glaze pottery in the United States.
  • Ernest Schelling (1876-1939), pianist, composer, conductor and music director who was the conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1935 to 1937.
  • Melville Amasa Scovell (1855-1912), chemist.
  • George W. Scranton (1811–1861), former member of Congress and founder of the city of Scranton.
  • Chris Wylde (born 1976), actor and comedian.

Images for kids

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Belvidere (Nueva Jersey) para niños

kids search engine
Belvidere, New Jersey Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.