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Belvidere, New Jersey
|Town of Belvidere|
Twin mills in Belvidere Historic District
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
|Incorporated||April 7, 1845|
|Named for||Italian language "beautiful to see"|
|• Body||Town Council|
|• Total||1.490 sq mi (3.859 km2)|
|• Land||1.452 sq mi (3.759 km2)|
|• Water||0.038 sq mi (0.100 km2) 2.58%|
|Area rank||452nd of 566 in state
22nd of 22 in county
|Elevation||266 ft (81 m)|
| • 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-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||908 exchange: 475, 750, 818, 841|
|GNIS feature ID||885156|
Belvidere is a town in Warren County, New Jersey, 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 is located in the eastern section of the Lehigh Valley.
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.
1850 1870 1880-1890
1930-1990 2000 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 0.0% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,771 people, 1,088 households, and 716 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,091.7 people per square mile (810.5/km2). There were 1,165 housing units at an average density of 879.4 per square mile (340.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.02% White, 0.51% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.31% of the population.
There were 1,088 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.5% 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 2.54 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $52,792, and the median income for a family was $62,212. Males had a median income of $41,800 versus $31,444 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,231. About 1.3% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of May 2010[update], 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.
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
- 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
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