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Commercial Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Commercial
Caesar Hoskins Log Cabin
Caesar Hoskins Log Cabin
Motto: Small Town Charm, Along the Scenic Maurice River
Commercial Township highlighted in Cumberland County. Inset map: Cumberland County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Commercial Township highlighted in Cumberland County. Inset map: Cumberland County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Commercial Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Commercial Township, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cumberland
Incorporated February 27, 1874
Area
 • Total 34.438 sq mi (89.194 km2)
 • Land 32.129 sq mi (83.214 km2)
 • Water 2.309 sq mi (5.980 km2)  6.70%
Area rank 70th of 566 in state
7th of 14 in county
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 5,178
 • Estimate (2015) 5,080
 • Rank 371st of 566 in state
7th of 14 in county
 • Density 161.2/sq mi (62.2/km2)
 • Density rank 520th of 566 in state
7th of 14 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08349 - Port Norris
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3401114710
GNIS feature ID 0882062

Commercial Township is a township in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area for statistical purposes. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 5,178, reflecting a decline of 81 (-1.5%) from the 5,259 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 233 (+4.6%) from the 5,026 counted in the 1990 Census.

Commercial Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 27, 1874, from portions of Downe Township. The township was named for its shellfish industry.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 34.438 square miles (89.194 km2), including 32.129 square miles (83.214 km2) of land and 2.309 square miles (5.980 km2) of water (6.70%).

Laurel Lake (2010 Census population of 2,989) and Port Norris (population of 1,377 as of 2010) are unincorporated communities and census-designated places (CDPs) located within Commercial Township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Baileytown, Bivalve, Buckshutem, Haleyville, Lores Mill, Mauricetown, North Port Norris and Shell Pile.

The township borders Maurice River Township, Millville, Downe Township and Delaware Bay.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,265
1890 2,344 3.5%
1900 2,982 27.2%
1910 2,604 −12.7%
1920 2,292 −12.0%
1930 2,873 25.3%
1940 2,822 −1.8%
1950 3,238 14.7%
1960 3,244 0.2%
1970 3,667 13.0%
1980 4,674 27.5%
1990 5,026 7.5%
2000 5,259 4.6%
2010 5,178 −1.5%
Est. 2015 5,080 −1.9%
Population sources: 1880-2000
1880-1920 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,178 people, 1,880 households, and 1,337 families residing in the township. The population density was 161.2 per square mile (62.2/km2). There were 2,115 housing units at an average density of 65.8 per square mile (25.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 83.72% (4,335) White, 10.24% (530) Black or African American, 0.35% (18) Native American, 0.52% (27) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.53% (79) from other races, and 3.65% (189) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.10% (316) of the population.

There were 1,880 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% 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 3.14.

In the township, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.3 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 98.0 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $45,323 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,873) and the median family income was $46,790 (+/- $10,373). Males had a median income of $42,297 (+/- $6,069) versus $31,391 (+/- $5,851) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,242 (+/- $2,315). About 18.0% of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 21.2% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,259 people, 1,873 households, and 1,367 families residing in the township. The population density was 162.0 people per square mile (62.6/km²). There were 2,171 housing units at an average density of 66.9/sq mi (25.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 82.98% White, 13.42% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.86% of the population.

There were 1,873 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,960, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $35,030 versus $21,610 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,663. About 13.0% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 77.15 miles (124.16 km) of roadways, of which 44.08 miles (70.94 km) were maintained by the municipality and 33.07 miles (53.22 km) by Cumberland County.

Points of interest

  • Caesar Hoskins Log Cabin

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