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Berlin, New Jersey
|Borough of Berlin|
Historic Wescott House
Berlin Borough highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Berlin, New Jersey
|Royal charter||June 1, 1695 (as part of Waterford Township)|
|Incorporated||April 26, 1927|
|Named for||Berlin, Germany|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||3.61 sq mi (9.34 km2)|
|• Land||3.59 sq mi (9.31 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2) 0.39%|
|Area rank||311th of 565 in state
10th of 37 in county
|Elevation||141 ft (43 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||302nd of 566 in state
17th of 37 in county
|• Density||2,114.9/sq mi (816.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||284th of 566 in state
29th of 37 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885158|
Berlin is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,588, reflecting an increase of 1,439 (+23.4%) from the 6,149 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 477 (+8.4%) from the 5,672 counted in the 1990 Census.
Berlin was incorporated as a borough on March 29, 1927, from portions of Berlin Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 26, 1927.
What is now Berlin was known in earlier times as "Longacoming." Local Native Americans used Lonaconing Trail to describe the travel route that ran through the area, connecting the Jersey Shore to the Delaware River. Another tradition cites early European visitors who found a stream at the head of the Great Egg Harbor River and appreciated the respite as being "long a coming".
Long-A-Coming became a stopping point for stagecoaches located at the halfway point between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Upon the creation of Camden County in 1844, it was briefly named the county seat (while the area was still a part of Waterford Township), until 1848 when the seat moved to the city of Camden. A rail line was laid in 1853. Three years later, the Long-A-Coming railroad station was built. In February 1867, the station was renamed "Magnolia". This caused confusion because there was a community called Magnolia nearby. Three months later, the station's name changed to Berlin. The name "Berlin" may have been chosen as a reference to the city of Berlin in Germany, though the derivation is uncertain.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Berlin borough had a total area of 3.601 square miles (9.326 km2), including 3.588 square miles (9.293 km2) of land and 0.013 square miles (0.034 km2) of water (0.36%).
The borough is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve. Part of the borough is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Camden County, along with areas in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,588 people, 2,806 households, and 1,967 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,114.9 per square mile (816.6/km2). There were 2,949 housing units at an average density of 821.9 per square mile (317.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 90.47% (6,865) White, 4.19% (318) Black or African American, 0.09% (7) Native American, 2.78% (211) Asian, 0.04% (3) Pacific Islander, 0.88% (67) from other races, and 1.54% (117) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.12% (237) of the population.
There were 2,806 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 86.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $65,771 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,475) and the median family income was $79,347 (+/- $13,820). Males had a median income of $53,102 (+/- $7,153) versus $47,292 (+/- $13,458) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,672 (+/- $5,917). About 4.4% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 6,149 people, 2,205 households, and 1,660 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,718.6 people per square mile (663.2/km2). There were 2,275 housing units at an average density of 635.8 per square mile (245.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.06% White, 2.18% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.69% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.11% of the population.
There were 2,205 households, out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $60,286, and the median income for a family was $68,704. Males had a median income of $44,211 versus $31,980 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,675. About 1.9% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 41.51 miles (66.80 km) of roadways, of which 27.66 miles (44.51 km) were maintained by the municipality, 9.52 miles (15.32 km) by Camden County and 4.33 miles (6.97 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ Transit bus service is available in the borough on the 554 route, which operates between the Lindenwold train station and Atlantic City.
Camden County Airport is located one mile southwest of the central business district.
Berlin was formerly served by the Berlin Railroad Station.
The Berlin Borough School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Berlin Community School. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 832 students and 67.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1. Many Community Education and Recreation (CER) programs are held at Berlin Community School, including preschool and after school programs.
Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend the Eastern Camden County Regional High School District, a limited-purpose, public regional school district that serves students at Eastern Regional High School from the constituent communities of Berlin Borough, Gibbsboro and Voorhees Township. As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,957 students and 145.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.5:1. Seats on the nine-member board of education are allocated based on population, with Berlin Borough assigned two seats on the board.
Students from Berlin Borough, and from all of Camden County, are eligible to attend the Camden County Technical Schools, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at the Gloucester Township Campus in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township or the Pennsauken Camps in Pennsauken Township. Students are accepted based on district admission standards and costs of attendance and transportation are covered by the home district of each student.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School, founded in 1956, is an elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Berlin include:
- Rachel Dawson (born 1985), field hockey midfielder.
- Sarah Dawson (born 1982), field hockey forward / midfielder.
- Kyle Maack (born 1992), R&B and soul singer.
- Walter E. Pedersen (1911-1998), union leader and politician who served as Mayor of Clementon and a two-year term in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Kelly Ripa (born 1970), host of Live with Kelly and soap opera actress.
- Logan Ryan (born 1991), cornerback who plays in the NFL for the New York Giants .
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