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Bernards Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Bernards
Lyons Train Station in Bernards Township
Lyons Train Station in Bernards Township
Map of Bernards Township in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Bernards Township in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bernards Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Bernards Township, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Somerset
Royal charter May 24, 1760
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Named for Sir Francis Bernard, 1st Baronet
Area
 • Total 24.061 sq mi (62.317 km2)
 • Land 23.934 sq mi (61.988 km2)
 • Water 0.127 sq mi (0.330 km2)  0.53%
Area rank 116th of 566 in state
6th of 21 in county
Elevation 249 ft (76 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 26,652
 • Estimate (2015) 27,010
 • Rank 90th of 566 in state
4th of 21 in county
 • Density 1,113.6/sq mi (430.0/km2)
 • Density rank 369th of 566 in state
10th of 21 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07920, 07939 - Basking Ridge
07938 - Liberty Corner
07939 - Lyons
07931 - Far Hills
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3403505560
GNIS feature ID 0882174
Website www.bernards.org
SomersetHills-aerial
Aerial view of western portion of Bernards Township

Bernards Township /ˈbɜːrnərdz/ is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 26,652, reflecting an increase of 2,077 (+8.5%) from the 24,575 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,376 (+42.9%) from the 17,199 counted in the 1990 Census.

History

Bernards Township was originally formed by Royal charter on May 24, 1760, as Bernardston Township from remaining portions of Northern precinct. It was incorporated as Bernards Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships. Portions of the township were taken to form Warren Township (March 5, 1806), Far Hills (April 7, 1921) and Bernardsville (March 6, 1924). Bernards Township celebrated its 250th charter anniversary on May 24, 2010. The township was named for Sir Francis Bernard, 1st Baronet, who served as governor of the Province of New Jersey.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 24.061 square miles (62.317 km2), including 23.934 square miles (61.988 km2) of land and 0.127 square miles (0.330 km2) of water (0.53%).

The township is roughly bounded by the Second Watchung Mountain in the southwest, the Dead River swamp on the south, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Passaic River, and Millington Gorge in the East.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Basking Ridge, Green Knoll, Hardscrabble, Liberty Corner, Lyons, Madisonville, Mount Horeb, Somerset Mills, State Park, Stone House and White Bridge. Martinsville is an unincorporated area in Bridgewater Township, whose 08836 ZIP code also covers portions of Bernards Township.

The township borders Bedminster Township and Far Hills to the west, Bernardsville to the northwest, Bridgewater Township to the southwest, and Warren Township to the southeast in Somerset County and Harding Township to the northeast and Long Hill to the east in Morris County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 2,377
1810 1,876
1820 2,063 10.0%
1830 2,062 0.0%
1840 3,986 93.3%
1850 2,267 −43.1%
1860 2,471 9.0%
1870 2,369 −4.1%
1880 2,622 10.7%
1890 2,558 −2.4%
1900 3,066 19.9%
1910 4,608 50.3%
1920 4,243 −7.9%
1930 2,293 * −46.0%
1940 4,512 96.8%
1950 7,487 65.9%
1960 9,018 20.4%
1970 13,305 47.5%
1980 12,920 −2.9%
1990 17,199 33.1%
2000 24,575 42.9%
2010 26,652 8.5%
Est. 2015 27,010 1.3%
Population sources:
1790-1920 1840 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 26,652 people, 9,783 households, and 6,897 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,113.6 per square mile (430.0/km2). There were 10,103 housing units at an average density of 422.1 per square mile (163.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 81.83% (21,809) White, 1.89% (504) Black or African American, 0.08% (20) Native American, 13.80% (3,679) Asian, 0.03% (7) Pacific Islander, 0.55% (147) from other races, and 1.82% (486) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.95% (1,054) of the population.

There were 9,783 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% 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 3.27.

In the township, the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 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 $123,285 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,030) and the median family income was $153,906 (+/- $14,565). Males had a median income of $123,390 (+/- $9,621) versus $86,272 (+/- $9,195) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $67,809 (+/- $4,972). About 2.1% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

At the 2000 United States Census there were 24,575 people, 9,242 households and 6,487 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,023.8 per square mile (395.4/km²). There were 9,485 housing units at an average density of 395.1 per square mile (152.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 89.20% White, 1.44% African American, 0.05% Native American, 7.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.63% of the population.

There were 9,242 households of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.17.

Age distribution was 27.7% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $107,204, and the median income for a family was $135,806. Males had a median income of $95,758 versus $60,865 for females. The per capita income for the township was $56,521. About 0.6% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Relationship with Terrebonne Parish

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, which had a devastating effect on the area, locals from the Bernards Township sent truckloads of much-needed supplies to assist residents of Houma, Louisiana. In 2007, the Parish returned the favor by sending The Terrebonne High School Marching band on a 26-hour bus ride to the Bernards Township to march in their Christmas parade, and perform a Christmas concert for the public at a local church.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 138.86 miles (223.47 km) of roadways, of which 109.20 miles (175.74 km) were maintained by the municipality, 21.13 miles (34.01 km) by Somerset County and 8.53 miles (13.73 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Public transportation

NJ Transit train service is available at the Basking Ridge station and Lyons station on the Gladstone Branch, providing service between Gladstone and Hoboken Terminal.

NJ Transit provides local bus service on the MCM8 route.

Lakeland Bus Lines provides Route 78 rush-hour service from Bedminster to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

Points of interest

  • The Devil's Tree - A solitary oak tree in a field off Mountain Road in the southern corner of the township that has been subject of several stories in Weird NJ magazine.
  • The Brick Academy - A restoration of what was known as the Basking Ridge Classical School, a prep school for those hoping to attend Princeton University. The Brick Academy is the current home of the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

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