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Delanco Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Delanco
Zurbrugg Mansion
Zurbrugg Mansion
Motto(s): 
"A Timeless Treasure"
Delanco Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Delanco Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Delanco Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Delanco Township, New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey is located in Burlington County, New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey
Location in Burlington County, New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey is located in the United States
Delanco Township, New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Burlington County, New Jersey.gif Burlington
Incorporated March 1, 1859 as Beverly Township
Renamed December 20, 1926 as Delanco Township
Named for DELaware River and RANCOcas Creek
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 3.33 sq mi (8.62 km2)
 • Land 2.36 sq mi (6.11 km2)
 • Water 0.97 sq mi (2.52 km2)  29.19%
Area rank 322nd of 565 in state
29th of 40 in county
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 • Total 4,283
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,430
 • Rank 401st of 566 in state
29th of 40 in county
 • Density 1,817.9/sq mi (701.9/km2)
 • Density rank 304th of 566 in state
17th of 40 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08075
Area code(s) 856 exchanges: 461, 764, 824
FIPS code 3400517080
GNIS feature ID 0882100
Website

Delanco Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 4,283, reflecting an increase of 1,046 (+32.3%) from the 3,237 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 79 (-2.4%) from the 3,316 counted in the 1990 Census.

Delanco was named for the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek, which border the community. It was originally called Del-Ranco or Delaranco, a syllabic abbreviation later shortened to Delanco.

It is a dry township where alcohol cannot be sold.

History

What is now Delanco Township was originally incorporated as Beverly Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 1, 1859, within Willingboro Township. Delanco was a geographical place name by 1868, and probably earlier. At its creation, Beverly Township included Beverly city, which separated as an independent municipality c. 1877. Portions of the township were taken to create Edgewater Park on February 26, 1924. The township's name was changed to Delanco Township as of December 20, 1926, based on the results of a referendum held on November 2, 1926.

In April 1861, the Sixth Massachusetts Militia passed through Delanco, on their way to Washington to defend the federal capitol. According to the report of Colonel Edward F. Jones during their travel, James Brady was "taken insane" and left in Delanco Township, with J. C. Buck. When the regiment arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, it was attacked during the Baltimore riot of 1861.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 3.350 square miles (8.677 km2), including 2.356 square miles (6.102 km2) of land and 0.994 square miles (2.575 km2) of water (29.67%).

The township borders Beverly, Edgewater Park Township, Willingboro Township, Delran Township, and Riverside Township in Burlington County and also borders the Delaware River, and across it, Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 906
1870 1,020 12.6%
1880 1,369 34.2%
1890 1,451 6.0%
1900 1,801 24.1%
1910 2,337 29.8%
1920 2,794 19.6%
1930 2,349 −15.9%
1940 2,383 1.4%
1950 2,805 17.7%
1960 4,011 43.0%
1970 4,157 3.6%
1980 3,730 −10.3%
1990 3,316 −11.1%
2000 3,237 −2.4%
2010 4,283 32.3%
Est. 2019 4,430 3.4%
Population sources:
1860-2000 1860-1920
1860-1870 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,283 people, 1,755 households, and 1,241 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,817.9 per square mile (701.9/km2). There were 1,853 housing units at an average density of 786.5 per square mile (303.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 82.79% (3,546) White, 10.97% (470) Black or African American, 0.47% (20) Native American, 1.87% (80) Asian, 0.12% (5) Pacific Islander, 0.93% (40) from other races, and 2.85% (122) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.55% (152) of the population.

There were 1,755 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the township, the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 91.3 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,357 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,985) and the median family income was $82,368 (+/- $9,070). Males had a median income of $56,333 (+/- $12,752) versus $46,625 (+/- $9,993) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,943 (+/- $4,082). About 1.5% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,237 people, 1,227 households, and 892 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,301.1 people per square mile (501.9/km2). There were 1,285 housing units at an average density of 516.5 per square mile (199.3/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.89% White, 1.92% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.

There were 1,227 households, out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the township the population was spread out, with 24.9% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,106, and the median income for a family was $56,985. Males had a median income of $40,727 versus $28,144 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,096. About 6.8% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

2018-05-23 16 13 11 View north along U.S. Route 130 (Burlington Pike) just north of the Rancocas Creek on the border of Delanco Township and Willingboro Township in Burlington County, New Jersey
US 130 on the southeast edge of Delanco

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 18.88 miles (30.38 km) of roadways, of which 14.01 miles (22.55 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.61 miles (7.42 km) by Burlington County and 0.26 miles (0.42 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

U.S. Route 130 is the main highway directly serving Delanco, forming the township's southeastern border with Willingboro Township. County Route 543 also crosses the township close to the Delaware River. Both roads are oriented southwest to northeast parallel to the Delaware River, but are signed north–south.

Public transportation

The Delanco station is located on Rhawn Avenue providing access to the River Line light rail system, offering southbound service to Camden's Walter Rand Transportation Center (with transfers available to the PATCO Speedline to Philadelphia) and the Pennsauken Transit Center (with transfers available to NJ Transit trains to Philadelphia and Atlantic City) and northbound service to the Trenton Rail Station with connections to NJ Transit trains to New York City, SEPTA trains to Philadelphia, and Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor.

NJ Transit provides bus service in Delanco Township on the 419 route that runs between Camden and Burlington.

Education

The Delanco Township School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 424 students and 29.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.6:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the New Jersey Department of Education) are Joan Pearson Elementary School with 268 students in grades K-5 and Walnut Street Middle School with 137 students in grades 6–8.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Riverside High School in Riverside Township as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Riverside School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 391 students and 36.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.7:1.

Students from Delanco Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township. All costs associated with attending the school are paid by the home school district, which is also responsible for student transportation to and from the school.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Delanco Township, New Jersey

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

  • Helen Corinne Bergen (1868–?), author, journalist and critic.
  • Al Bunge (born 1937), former National Basketball Association first round pick (seventh pick overall) of the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1960 NBA draft.
  • Joe Burk (1914–2008), competitive oarsman and coach.
  • Herb Conaway (born 1963), physician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1998.
  • Kenneth William Faulkner (born 1947), former member of the New Jersey General Assembly, who was a teacher, school administrator and basketball coach at Burlington Township High School.
  • Thomas Fletcher (1787-1866), silversmith.
  • Samuel C. Forker (1821–1900), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1871 to 1873.
  • Albert McCay (1901-1969), served in the New Jersey Senate from 1952 to 1960.
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