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Jamesburg, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Jamesburg
Jamesburg as seen across Lake Manalapan from Thompson County Park
Jamesburg as seen across Lake Manalapan from Thompson County Park
Jamesburg highlighted in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County in New Jersey.
Jamesburg highlighted in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County in New Jersey.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Middlesex
Incorporated March 19, 1887
Named for James Buckelew
Area
 • Total 0.883 sq mi (2.289 km2)
 • Land 0.877 sq mi (2.272 km2)
 • Water 0.006 sq mi (0.016 km2)  0.71%
Area rank 518th of 566 in state
25th of 25 in county
Elevation 85 ft (26 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 5,915
 • Estimate (2015) 6,029
 • Rank 348th of 566 in state
23rd of 25 in county
 • Density 6,741.8/sq mi (2,603.0/km2)
 • Density rank 68th of 566 in state
5th of 25 in county"
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08831
Area code(s) 609 and 732
FIPS code 3402334890
GNIS feature ID 0885263
Website www.jamesburgborough.org

Jamesburg is a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,915, reflecting a decline of 110 (-1.8%) from the 6,025 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 731 (+13.8%) from the 5,294 counted in the 1990 Census.

History

Jamesburg was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 19, 1887, when it was created from portions of Monroe Township, based on the results of a referendum held on March 15, 1887. Jamesburg's incorporation was confirmed on April 15, 1915. The borough was named for James Buckelew, who established a mill that became the nucleus of what became Jamesburg.

On July 17, 2005, approximately 7 to 8 inches (18 to 20 cm) of rain fell in Jamesburg, flooding areas on West Railroad Avenue, East Church Street, Pergola Avenue, Willow Street, Forsgate Drive, and Gatzmer Avenue. Roughly 75 to 100 families were evacuated from their homes and housed at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.883 square miles (2.289 km2), including 0.877 square miles (2.272 km2) of land and 0.006 square miles (0.016 km2) of water (0.71%).

The borough is the older and more urban core area located in the center of and completely surrounded by Monroe Township, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 681
1890 887 30.2%
1900 1,063 19.8%
1910 2,075 95.2%
1920 2,053 −1.1%
1930 2,048 −0.2%
1940 2,128 3.9%
1950 2,307 8.4%
1960 2,853 23.7%
1970 4,584 60.7%
1980 4,114 −10.3%
1990 5,294 28.7%
2000 6,025 13.8%
2010 5,915 −1.8%
Est. 2015 6,029 1.9%
Population sources:
1880-1890 1890-1920
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,915 people, 2,172 households, and 1,492 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,741.8 per square mile (2,603.0/km2). There were 2,267 housing units at an average density of 2,583.9 per square mile (997.6/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 73.90% (4,371) White, 8.84% (523) Black or African American, 0.85% (50) Native American, 4.53% (268) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 9.42% (557) from other races, and 2.47% (146) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.38% (1,324) of the population.

There were 2,172 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 25.8% 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 2.72 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 100.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $52,169 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,781) and the median family income was $69,531 (+/- $13,862). Males had a median income of $49,615 (+/- $9,412) versus $50,164 (+/- $5,717) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,668 (+/- $3,584). About 4.9% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 6,025 people, 2,176 households, and 1,551 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,148.2 people per square mile (2,769.4/km2). There were 2,240 housing units at an average density of 2,657.6 per square mile (1,029.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.82% White, 8.83% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.22% Asian, 3.80% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.06% of the population.

There were 2,176 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $59,461, and the median income for a family was $67,887. Males had a median income of $45,019 versus $33,333 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,325. About 3.0% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Buckelew Mansion
Historic Buckelew Mansion, overlooks Lake Manalapan

Thompson Park is located on the south western edge of Jamesburg and is also partially in the neighboring town of Monroe. Thompson Park takes up at total of 675 acres (2.73 km2). The 30-acre (120,000 m2) Manalapan Lake is located on the eastern edge of the park. The park in total has four tennis courts, four basketball courts, two handball courts, three baseball fields, a softball field, many soccer fields, multiple picnic groves equipped with grills, three hiking/biking trails, fishing, animal haven, and a gazebo.

The park has three entrances. Two are located on Perrineville Road, and one is located on Forsgate Drive.

Monroe Township Soccer Club hosts a tournament every year on the soccer fields that are located in the park.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 16.53 miles (26.60 km) of roadways, of which 11.67 miles (18.78 km) were maintained by the municipality and 4.86 miles (7.82 km) by Middlesex County.

The only major roads that pass through are solely county routes. They include County Route 522, County Route 612, County Route 615, and County Route 625 (Perrineville Road).

The closest limited access road is the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) at Exit 8A in surrounding Monroe Township. Route 612 provides a connection between the Turnpike/Route 32 and CR 520.

Public transportation

Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) shuttles provide service to and from Jamesburg on several routes across the county.


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