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Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Bloomsbury
House in Bloomsbury
House in Bloomsbury
Map of Bloomsbury in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Bloomsbury in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Bloomsbury, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Incorporated March 30, 1905
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.49 km2)
 • Land 0.93 sq mi (2.41 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)  3.23%
Area rank 509th of 565 in state
24th of 26 in county
Elevation
335 ft (102 m)
Population
 • Total 870
 • Estimate 
(2019)
839
 • Rank 539th of 566 in state
25th of 26 in county
 • Density 991.9/sq mi (383.0/km2)
 • Density rank 383rd of 566 in state
11th of 26 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08804
Area code(s) 908 exchange: 479
FIPS code 3401906370
GNIS feature ID 0885162
Website Borough website

Bloomsbury is a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 870, reflecting a decline of 16 (-1.8%) from the 886 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 4 (-0.4%) from the 890 counted in the 1990 Census.

Bloomsbury was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 30, 1905, from portions of Bethlehem Township.

The Borough of Bloomsbury was once known as "Johnson's Iron Works", owned by Robert Johnson, on the north bank of the river. The current name is derived either from the Bloom family, influential in the early history of the town, or from the iron ore processed into masses of wrought iron that are known as "blooms".

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.910 square miles (2.358 km2), including 0.877 square miles (2.272 km2) of land and 0.033 square miles (0.086 km2) of water (3.64%).

The borough borders Bethlehem Township in Hunterdon County, as well as the townships of Franklin, Greenwich and Pohatcong all within Warren County. Bloomsbury is located on the south side of the Musconetcong River in the northwest corner of Hunterdon County and is the third-smallest municipality in Hunterdon County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 585
1910 600
1920 650 8.3%
1930 639 −1.7%
1940 704 10.2%
1950 722 2.6%
1960 838 16.1%
1970 879 4.9%
1980 864 −1.7%
1990 890 3.0%
2000 886 −0.4%
2010 870 −1.8%
2019 (est.) 839 −3.6%
Population sources: 1910-1920
1910 1910-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 870 people, 337 households, and 237 families residing in the borough. The population density was 991.9 per square mile (383.0/km2). There were 358 housing units at an average density of 408.1 per square mile (157.6/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 95.40% (830) White, 1.03% (9) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 1.84% (16) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.34% (3) from other races, and 1.38% (12) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.02% (35) of the population.

There were 337 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% 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 3.09.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. For every 100 females there were 105.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 101.6 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $98,571 (with a margin of error of +/- $19,026) and the median family income was $106,324 (+/- $11,687). Males had a median income of $71,000 (+/- $9,149) versus $50,417 (+/- $7,595) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $42,141 (+/- $6,038). About 2.6% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 886 people, 322 households, and 252 families residing in the borough. The population density was 975.5 people per square mile (375.9/km2). There were 342 housing units at an average density of 376.6 per square mile (145.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.19% White, 0.34% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 322 households, out of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 29.8% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $64,375, and the median income for a family was $67,500. Males had a median income of $51,053 versus $33,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,392. About 4.8% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 6.77 miles (10.90 km) of roadways, of which 4.99 miles (8.03 km) were maintained by the municipality, 0.49 miles (0.79 km) by Hunterdon County and 1.29 miles (2.08 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Several major roads run through the borough. Interstate 78 / U.S. Route 22 pass through the north and connects Bloomsbury at Exit 7 with Route 173.

The major county road that passes through is CR 579.

Norfolk Southern Railway's Lehigh Line (formerly the mainline of the Lehigh Valley Railroad), runs through the southwest part of Bloomsbury along the border with Bethlehem Township on its way to Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Education

The Bloomsbury School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Bloomsbury Public School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 94 students and 11.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.4:1. In the 2016–17 school year, the district had the 11th-smallest enrollment of any school district in the state. The district participates in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, having been approved on November 2, 1999, as one of the first ten districts statewide to participate in the program. Seats in the program for non-resident students are specified by the district and are allocated by lottery, with tuition paid for participating students by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Public school students from Bloomsbury in ninth through twelfth grades attend Phillipsburg High School in Phillipsburg in Warren County, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Phillipsburg School District. The high school also serves students from four other sending communities: Alpha, Greenwich Township, Lopatcong Township and Pohatcong Township. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,650 students and 126.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1.

Eighth grade students from all of Hunterdon County are eligible to apply to attend the high school programs offered by the Hunterdon County Vocational School District, a county-wide vocational school district that offers career and technical education at its campuses in Raritan Township and at programs sited at local high schools, with no tuition charged to students for attendance.

Notable people

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

  • John T. Bird (1829–1911), represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 1869 to 1873.
  • Jen Ponton (born 1984), actress, screenwriter and producer, best known for portraying Rubi in the AMC series Dietland.

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