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Buena Vista Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Buena Vista
Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church
Motto: "44 miles of opportunity"
Map of Buena Vista Township in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Buena Vista Township in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Buena Vista, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Buena Vista, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated March 5, 1867
Named for Battle of Buena Vista
Area
 • Total 41.529 sq mi (107.558 km2)
 • Land 41.054 sq mi (106.329 km2)
 • Water 0.475 sq mi (1.229 km2)  1.14%
Area rank 49th of 566 in state
6th of 23 in county
Elevation 82 ft (25 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 7,570
 • Estimate (2015) 7,506
 • Rank 303rd of 566 in state
12th of 23 in county
 • Density 184.4/sq mi (71.2/km2)
 • Density rank 514th of 566 in state
19th of 23 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08310 - Buena
Area code(s) 609 exchange: 704
856 exchanges: 563, 697
FIPS code 3400108710
GNIS feature ID 0882048
Website www.buenavistanj.com

Buena Vista Township (pronounced "BYOO-nuh VISS-tuh") is a township located in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 7,570, reflecting an increase of 134 (+1.8%) from the 7,436 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 219 (-2.9%) from the 7,655 counted in the 1990 Census.

Buena Vista was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 5, 1867, from portions of Hamilton Township. Portions of the township were taken on May 23, 1906, to create Folsom, and on September 1, 1948, to create Buena Borough. The name comes from the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista of the Mexican-American War.

The township is headquarters for Troop A of the New Jersey State Police, which covers more than 2,000 square miles (5,200 km2) and 1.7 million residents.

Peppermint and Corsican mint plant
Mint

On April 26, 2004, the Buena Vista Township Committee voted to temporarily rename the community of Richland, a section of Buena Vista Township. For the first half of the month of May, Richland became Mojito, New Jersey, named after the Cuban rum drink. Bacardi had offered to give the township $5,000 for recreation projects in exchange for a sign placed on U.S. Route 40 commemorating the new name. Richland was chosen because it is home to the family-run Dalponte Farms, a major east coast supplier of mint, an essential ingredient of the mojito.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 41.529 square miles (107.558 km2), including 41.054 square miles (106.329 km2) of land and 0.475 square miles (1.229 km2) of water (1.14%).

Collings Lakes (with a 2010 population of 1,706) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Buena Vista Township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Buena Acres, East Vineland, Lake Ann, Milmay, New Kuban, Newtonville, Pine Lake Estates and Richland.

The township 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 township is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Atlantic County, along with areas in Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties. 90% of the township's area is within the boundaries of the Pine Barrens.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 948
1880 885 −6.6%
1890 1,299 46.8%
1900 1,646 26.7%
1910 2,723 * 65.4%
1920 3,647 33.9%
1930 4,176 14.5%
1940 4,067 −2.6%
1950 2,106 * −48.2%
1960 3,915 85.9%
1970 4,239 8.3%
1980 6,959 64.2%
1990 7,655 10.0%
2000 7,436 −2.9%
2010 7,570 1.8%
Est. 2015 7,506 −0.8%
Population sources: 1870-2000
1870-1920 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,570 people, 2,786 households, and 2,020 families residing in the township. The population density was 184.4 per square mile (71.2/km2). There were 3,008 housing units at an average density of 73.3 per square mile (28.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 78.18% (5,918) White, 13.45% (1,018) Black or African American, 0.46% (35) Native American, 1.06% (80) Asian, 0.04% (3) Pacific Islander, 4.12% (312) from other races, and 2.69% (204) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.48% (869) of the population.

There were 2,786 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the township, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.1 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 91.8 males.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there are 7,436 people residing in the township, organized into 2,648 households and 1,972 families. The population density is 179.8 people per square mile (69.4/km²). There are 2,827 housing units at an average density of 68.3 per square mile (26.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township is 77.34% White, 15.69% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.07% from other races, and 2.43% from two or more races. 9.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,648 households out of which 30.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% are married couples living together, 10.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% are non-families. 21.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.77 and the average family size is 3.20.

In the township the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township is $43,770, and the median income for a family is $50,403. Males have a median income of $36,064 versus $26,180 for females. The per capita income for the township is $18,382. 12.1% of the population and 7.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.2% of those under the age of 18 and 13.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 121.52 miles (195.57 km) of roadways, of which 90.65 miles (145.89 km) were maintained by the municipality, 21.27 miles (34.23 km) by Atlantic County and 9.60 miles (15.45 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides service between the Atlantic City Bus Terminal in Atlantic City and Upper Deerfield Township on the 553 route.


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