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Clinton, New Jersey
Town
Town of Clinton
Clinton NJ Photo Collage.jpg
Map of Clinton in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Clinton in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
A Census Bureau map of Clinton, New Jersey. Spruce Run State Park is in the Northwest corner of the map.
A Census Bureau map of Clinton, New Jersey. Spruce Run State Park is in the Northwest corner of the map.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Incorporated April 5, 1865
Named for DeWitt Clinton
Area
 • Total 1.417 sq mi (3.670 km2)
 • Land 1.338 sq mi (3.465 km2)
 • Water 0.079 sq mi (0.205 km2)  5.59%
Area rank 459th of 566 in state
18th of 26 in county
Elevation 194 ft (59 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,719
 • Estimate (2015) 2,657
 • Rank 459th of 566 in state
18th of 26 in county
 • Density 2,032.6/sq mi (784.8/km2)
 • Density rank 290th of 566 in state
3rd of 26 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08809
Area code(s) 908 exchanges: 238, 328, 713, 730, 735
FIPS code 3401913720
GNIS feature ID 0885189
Website www.clintonnj.gov

Clinton is a town in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States, located on the South Branch of the Raritan River. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 2,719, reflecting an increase of 87 (+3.3%) from the 2,632 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 578 (+28.1%) from the 2,054 counted in the 1990 Census.

History

When the Clinton post office was established in 1829, it was named for DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York and the primary impetus behind the then-newly completed Erie Canal.

Clinton was incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 5, 1865, within portions of Clinton, Franklin and Union Townships. Clinton gained full independence from its three parent townships in 1895.

The town is perhaps best known for its two mills which sit on opposite banks of the South Branch Raritan River. The Red Mill, with its historic village, dates back to 1810 with the development of a mill for wool processing. Across the river sits the Stone Mill, home of the Hunterdon Art Museum for Contemporary Craft and Design, located in a former gristmill that had been reconstructed in 1836 and operated continuously until 1936. In 1952, a group of local residents conceived of a plan to convert the historic building into an art museum, which is still in operation today.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 1.417 square miles (3.670 km2), including 1.338 square miles (3.465 km2) of land and 0.079 square miles (0.205 km2) of water (5.59%).

The town borders Clinton Township, Franklin Township, and Union Township.

Clinton is considered an exurb of New York City, as Hunterdon County lies on the western fringe of the New York City Metropolitan Area, which is mainly rural with scattered housing developments and old farm homes. Clinton is part of the Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area of Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. It serves as a "bedroom community" for many commuters working in and around Northern New Jersey and New York City, often younger residents who have supplanted long-time residents of Clinton.

Climate

Climate data for Clinton, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 74.0
(23.33)
77.0
(25)
88.0
(31.11)
94.0
(34.44)
99.0
(37.22)
102.0
(38.89)
106.0
(41.11)
104.0
(40)
105.0
(40.56)
97.0
(36.11)
84.0
(28.89)
75.0
(23.89)
106
(-17.78)
Average high °F (°C) 36.8
(2.67)
39.9
(4.39)
49.8
(9.89)
61.3
(16.28)
72.0
(22.22)
80.2
(26.78)
85.1
(29.5)
83.1
(28.39)
75.6
(24.22)
64.4
(18)
52.8
(11.56)
41.6
(5.33)
61.9
(16.61)
Average low °F (°C) 18.4
(-7.56)
20.0
(-6.67)
28.1
(-2.17)
37.0
(2.78)
46.9
(8.28)
56.0
(13.33)
61.7
(16.5)
59.9
(15.5)
52.0
(11.11)
40.0
(4.44)
32.2
(0.11)
24.0
(-4.44)
39.7
(4.28)
Record low °F (°C) -18.0
(-27.78)
-16.0
(-26.67)
-6.0
(-21.11)
14.0
(-10)
25.0
(-3.89)
34.0
(1.11)
41.0
(5)
37.0
(2.78)
27.0
(-2.78)
18.0
(-7.78)
2.0
(-16.67)
-14.0
(-25.56)
-18
(-17.78)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.78
(96)
3.16
(80.3)
4.27
(108.5)
4.30
(109.2)
4.62
(117.3)
4.64
(117.9)
5.16
(131.1)
3.67
(93.2)
4.31
(109.5)
4.48
(113.8)
3.82
(97)
4.29
(109)
50.5
(1,283)
Source: <Flemington 5 NNW Weather Station= >FLEMINGTON 5 NNW Weather station (2009). "Clinton, NJ Weather". Clinton, NJ Weather Data. Open Publishing. http://www.idcide.com/weather/nj/clinton.htm. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
Clinton NJ Easter 2014
Easter 2014 Photo by John Bohnel

Clinton falls under the 'Northern New Jersey' climate zone. According to the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University, the Northern climate zone covers about one-quarter of New Jersey and consists mainly of elevated highlands and valleys which are part of the Appalachian Uplands. Surrounded by land, this region can be characterized as having a continental climate with minimal influence from the Atlantic Ocean, except when the winds contain an easterly component. Prevailing winds are from the southwest in summer and from the northwest in winter. Being in the northernmost portion of the state, and with small mountains up to 1,800 feet (550 m) in elevation, the Northern Zone normally exhibits a colder temperature regime than other climate regions of the State of New Jersey. This difference is most dramatic in winter when average temperatures in the Northern Zone can be more than ten degrees Fahrenheit cooler than in the Coastal Zone. Annual snowfall averages 40 to 50 inches (1,300 mm) in the northern zone as compared with an average of 10-15 inches in the extreme south.

Clinton falls under the USDA 6b Plant Hardiness zone.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 785
1880 842 7.3%
1890 913 8.4%
1900 816 −10.6%
1910 836 2.5%
1920 950 13.6%
1930 932 −1.9%
1940 1,066 14.4%
1950 1,118 4.9%
1960 1,158 3.6%
1970 1,742 50.4%
1980 1,910 9.6%
1990 2,054 7.5%
2000 2,632 28.1%
2010 2,719 3.3%
Est. 2015 2,657 −2.3%
Population sources: 1870-1920
1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,719 people, 1,057 households, and 727.2 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,032.6 per square mile (784.8/km2). There were 1,098 housing units at an average density of 820.8 per square mile (316.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the town was 89.52% (2,434) White, 1.32% (36) Black or African American, 0.22% (6) Native American, 6.66% (181) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.63% (17) from other races, and 1.66% (45) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.22% (169) of the population.

There were 1,057 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 92.8 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $83,850 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,019) and the median family income was $109,375 (+/- $19,698). Males had a median income of $62,697 (+/- $9,258) versus $67,014 (+/- $13,316) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $43,354 (+/- $4,395). About 2.6% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,632 people, 1,068 households, and 724 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,916.0 people per square mile (741.8/km2). There were 1,095 housing units at an average density of 797.1 per square mile (308.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.06% White, 1.33% African American, 0.46% Native American, 3.72% Asian, 1.37% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.10% of the population.

There were 1,068 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $78,121, and the median income for a family was $88,671. Males had a median income of $61,442 versus $46,397 for females. The per capita income for the town was $37,463. About 0.4% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

  • The Red Mill Museum Village is located on the South Branch of the Raritan River in the town center of Clinton. Built in 1810, the Red Mill originally served as a woolen mill. Over the next 100 years, the Mill was used at different times to process grains, plaster, talc and graphite. The Mill was also used to produce peach baskets, as well as to generate electricity and pump water for the town. Every October, The mill is transformed into a haunted house given the title, the Red Mill Haunted Village. The Haunted Village tends to attract visitors from all over the east coast to the small town. The Red Mill Museum Village was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters in 2008.
  • The Hunterdon Art Museum (7 Lower Center Street) is located in a mill established in 1836, and offers exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design, docent tours and over 200 education programs for adults and children.

Parks and recreation

  • Landsdown Trail, a spur line constructed for the Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1881 that is now a graded rail trail starting about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Clinton on Landsdown Road that enters Clinton town center near the lumber yard.
  • Spruce Run Recreation Area (Van Syckel's Road, Clinton, NJ): 1,961 acres (7.94 km2), picnicking, boating, fishing and seasonal camping. Open year-round.
  • Round Valley Recreation Area (Lebanon-Stanton Road, Lebanon, NJ) offers wilderness camping, beaches, trails, fishing and boating.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of July 2015, the town had a total of 12.21 miles (19.65 km) of roadways, of which 8.72 miles (14.03 km) were maintained by the municipality and 3.49 miles (5.62 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The Town of Clinton is situated off Route 31, which is in turn off of Interstate 78/U.S. Route 22 via Exits 16 and 17. Route 173 and County Road 513 run through the center of town. Convenient access to Interstate 78 provides Clinton with a convenient route to and from New York City and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia can also be easily accessed from Clinton via New Jersey Route 31 to Interstate 95 South.

Public transportation

Trans-Bridge Lines offers buses on a route that provides service from Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and New York City-area airports at a stop at the park-and-ride on Route 31 in Clinton. Limited NJ Transit Rail is also accessible at the Annandale station on the Raritan Valley Line.

Public transportation is very limited. The LINK, which serves Hunterdon County is the only traditional, publicly funded mode of transportation. Fares range from about $2.00 to $10.00. Funding for operation of the Hunterdon County LINK System is provided by Hunterdon County, NJ Transit and the Federal Transit Administration.

In film

In television

  • The town was featured on The Daily Show, which interviewed a local resident who was campaigning to have the town's name changed to Reagan after the Republican President of the United States Ronald Reagan, during the Clinton Administration.
  • The CBS-TV daytime drama As the World Turns taped scenes at businesses along Main Street in 2008 and 2009.

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