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Clementon, New Jersey
|Borough of Clementon|
Clementon Borough highlighted in Camden County
Census Bureau map showing location of Clementon within Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in New Jersey.
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|Incorporated||March 17, 1925|
|Named for||Samuel Clement|
|• Type||Borough (New Jersey)|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||1.95 sq mi (5.05 km2)|
|• Land||1.89 sq mi (4.90 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2) 2.97%|
|Area rank||416th of 565 in state
18th of 37 in county
|Elevation||72 ft (22 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||378th of 566 in state
23rd of 37 in county
|• Density||2,612.0/sq mi (1,008.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||238th of 566 in state
27th of 37 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885186|
Clementon is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,000, reflecting an increase of 14 (+0.3%) from the 4,986 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 615 (-11.0%) from the 5,601 counted in the 1990 Census.
Around 1800, Jonathon Haines built a glass factory in what is now present day Clementon, situated on a large hill across the street from the modern day Clementon Park. Large amounts of dirt, gravel and marl from the large hill the glass works were situated on were removed for use at a planned new Post office in 1961. Sometime around 1811, Samuel Clement of Haddonfield purchased the glass works and named them the Gloucester Glass works, and named the small settlement around the plant as Clementon village. Haines remained as a superintendent and at some point repurchased the works from Clement.
The Borough of Clementon was created on February 13, 1925, from Clementon Township, one of nine municipalities created from the now-defunct township, based on the results of a referendum held on March 17, 1925.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.972 square miles (5.108 km2), including 1.914 square miles (4.958 km2) of land and 0.058 square miles (0.151 km2) of water (2.95%).
The borough is located on Clementon Lake, which is the site of the Clementon Amusement Park. The amusement park was home to the Jack Rabbit, a wooden roller coaster constructed in 1919 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Though quite tame in comparison to modern steel coasters, it remained popular with park visitors. It was one of the oldest remaining coasters in the country when it was taken out of service in 2002 and ultimately demolished in 2007.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Brownsville and Gordon Lake.
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,000 people, 2,064 households, and 1,226 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,612.0 per square mile (1,008.5/km2). There were 2,235 housing units at an average density of 1,167.6 per square mile (450.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 71.28% (3,564) White, 19.12% (956) Black or African American, 0.56% (28) Native American, 2.10% (105) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.90% (195) from other races, and 3.04% (152) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.30% (515) of the population.
There were 2,064 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $40,185 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,676) and the median family income was $57,184 (+/- $7,155). Males had a median income of $40,987 (+/- $7,918) versus $34,063 (+/- $3,762) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,597 (+/- $2,393). About 7.8% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,986 people, 1,978 households, and 1,246 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,636.3 people per square mile (1,018.6/km2). There were 2,206 housing units at an average density of 1,166.4 per square mile (450.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.23% White, 11.57% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 2.35% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races. 4.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,978 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $42,207, and the median income for a family was $50,963. Males had a median income of $33,879 versus $29,777 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,510. 11.4% of the population and 9.3% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.6% of those under the age of 18 and 14.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 23.91 miles (38.48 km) of roadways, of which 15.10 miles (24.30 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.82 miles (12.59 km) by Camden County and 0.99 miles (1.59 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Clementon is home to Giambri's Quality Sweets, a long-established candy and chocolate maker that was founded in South Philadelphia in 1942 and moved to New Jersey in the early 1970s.
The Clementon School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Clementon Elementary School. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 438 students and 49.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.9:1.
Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Overbrook High School in Pine Hill as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Pine Hill Schools. The high school also serves the community of Berlin Township as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 652 students and 64.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.2:1.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Clementon include:
- Arthur Rose Eldred (1895-1951), agricultural and railroad industry executive, civic leader, and the first Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
- Arnie Fisher (born 1938), professional bridge player, bridge author, university instructor and businessman.
- Walter E. Pedersen (1911-1998), politician and businessman who served as mayor of Clementon and in the New Jersey General Assembly.
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