kids encyclopedia robot

Branchville, New Jersey facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Branchville, New Jersey
Borough of Branchville
Branchville, New Jersey.jpg
Map of Branchville in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County in New Jersey.
Map of Branchville in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Branchville, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Branchville, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Sussex
Incorporated March 9, 1898
Named for Branch of Paulins Kill
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Land 0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  1.17%
Area rank 541st of 565 in state
24th of 24 in county
554 ft (169 m)
 • Total 841
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 542nd of 566 in state
22nd of 24 in county
 • Density 1,419.2/sq mi (548.0/km2)
 • Density rank 340th of 566 in state
5th of 24 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
07826, 07827, 07890
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3403707300
GNIS feature ID 885168

Branchville is a borough in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 841, reflecting a decline of 4 (-0.5%) from the 845 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 6 (-0.7%) from the 851 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough is located in the northernmost region of Sussex County.

Branchville was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 9, 1898, from portions of Frankford Township. An additional portion of Frankford Township was annexed as of March 1, 1951. The borough was named for its site at a branch of the Paulins Kill.


Branchville Station of the Sussex Railroad in 1917

Branchville was established by settlers from Connecticut in the 18th century. It grew quickly and in the 1820s the town was divided into building lots. By the year 1844, it was a well-established community with 32 dwellings, mills, blacksmiths, an academy, a church and a variety of other factories and businesses.

The addition of two water-powered mills and a dam in 1855 furthered the town's prosperity. Energy would later be harnessed from this dam and a second one that was built to supply Branchville with electricity and its own power company.

Extension of rail service to Branchville in 1869 brought an even greater boon to the village's economic market growth. From 1869-1871 forty new homes were built. The railroad had made it possible to ship products from the local mills and creameries to larger urban areas to the east. With lake communities nearby the tourism was also spurred by the railroad. Up to six trains a day would bring people from the larger cities to enjoy a country vacation.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.600 square miles (1.553 km2), including 0.593 square miles (1.535 km2) of land and 0.007 square miles (0.018 km2) of water (1.15%).

Branchville is an independent municipality completely surrounded by Frankford Township, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Branchville has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


Branchville is on the Ordovician Martinsburg Formation. This is a shale, slate, and limestone formation created 450 million years ago when a chain of volcanic islands collided with proto North America. The islands went over the North American Plate, creating the Highlands of Sussex County and the Kittatinny Valley. Millions of years of erosion occurred and there was a second event. About 400 million years ago a small continent that was long and thin, collided with proto North America creating folding and faulting. The Silurian Shawangunk conglomerate that was under a shallow sea, lifted due to pressure. The pressure created heat which melted the silica and bonded the quartz and conglomerate together, creating Kittatinny Mountain.

The Wisconsin Glacier covered all of Branchville from 21,000 BC to 13,000 BC, covering the top of Kittatinny Mountain. End moraines exist in Stokes State Forest, another just off Route 565 north of the Skylands Park and one about a mile south of Ross's Corner. An esker was created when the glacier retreated due to climate warming. Many ponds and lakes created. Culver Lake was created at this time, as the drainage became blocked. Branchville is drained by Culver's Lake Creek and Dry brook. Dry Creek starts at the Branchville Reservoir, travels south, enters into Culver's Creek in Branchville and eventually empties into the Paulinskill. There is a chain of hills between Dry Creek and Papakatin Creek. These hills are what separate the Paulinskill River drainage system from that of the Wallkill. The drainage divide is just north of Route 206 and the goes northwest toward Branchville Reservoir. Water near Route 206 or south of Route 206 drains into the Paulinskill. Water north of Route 206 drains into the Wallkill River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 526
1910 663 26.0%
1920 588 −11.3%
1930 665 13.1%
1940 715 7.5%
1950 810 13.3%
1960 963 18.9%
1970 911 −5.4%
1980 870 −4.5%
1990 851 −2.2%
2000 845 −0.7%
2010 841 −0.5%
2019 (est.) 779 −7.4%
Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 841 people, 364 households, and 221 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,419.2 per square mile (548.0/km2). There were 386 housing units at an average density of 651.4 per square mile (251.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 96.43% (811) White, 0.36% (3) Black or African American, 0.36% (3) Native American, 1.07% (9) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.48% (4) from other races, and 1.31% (11) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.92% (33) of the population.

There were 364 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 91.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $56,875 (with a margin of error of +/- $29,887) and the median family income was $84,643 (+/- $16,892). Males had a median income of $61,042 (+/- $20,432) versus $37,955 (+/- $6,402) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,851 (+/- $4,509). About 2.6% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.


2018-07-27 11 20 09 View south along U.S. Route 206 just south of Sussex County Route 519 (Newton Avenue) in Branchville, Sussex County, New Jersey
US 206 southbound in Branchville

As of November 2014, the borough had a total of 6.30 miles (10.14 km) of roadways, of which 2.79 miles (4.49 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.36 miles (3.80 km) by Sussex County and 1.15 miles (1.85 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

U.S. Route 206 is the main highway serving Branchville. County Route 519 also traverses the borough.


Selective Insurance, a regional insurance holding company that provides property and casualty insurance products and insurance services.


Students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Frankford Township School District, located in Branchville, as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 520 students and 58.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.9:1.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students from Branchville attend High Point Regional High School. Also attending the school are students from Frankford Township, Lafayette Township, Montague Township, Sussex Borough and Wantage Township (where the school is located). As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 917 students and 84.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1.

Notable people

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

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

  • David Zabriskie (born 1986), retired amateur wrestler and current wrestling coach.

See also

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

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