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Kingwood Township, New Jersey
|Township of Kingwood|
Thatcher House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Map of Kingwood Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Kingwood Township, New Jersey
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Total||35.62 sq mi (92.24 km2)|
|• Land||35.01 sq mi (90.66 km2)|
|• Water||0.61 sq mi (1.58 km2) b1.71%|
|Area rank||67th of 565 in state
4th of 26 in county
|Elevation||469 ft (143 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||419th of 566 in state
14th of 26 in county
|• Density||109.4/sq mi (42.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||538th of 566 in state
26th of 26 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
08803 - Baptistown
|GNIS feature ID||0882183|
Kingwood Township is a township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Hunterdon Plateau. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 3,845, reflecting an increase of 63 (+1.7%) from the 3,782 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 457 (+13.7%) from the 3,325 counted in the 1990 Census.
Kingwood Township is one of the westernmost townships of Hunterdon County. Kingwood was originally established around 1746 when it was created from Bethlehem Township, though the exact details are uncertain. Kingwood was incorporated by Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships. Portions of the township were taken to form Franklin Township on April 7, 1845. Frenchtown borough acquired portions of the township in 1876.
Kingwood Township was the home of Daniel Bray, the local captain who rounded up the boats for George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War. The portion of Route 29 that runs through the township along its western edge is named for him.
In late 1981, Dick Siano became the first Libertarian Party candidate to win a partisan election outside of Alaska by winning a committee seat in the township. In the November election, he and the Democratic tied in the general election placing the incumbent Republican mayor in third place. Siano won the runoff election held on December 22.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 35.774 square miles (92.655 km2), including 35.158 square miles (91.060 km2) of land and 0.616 square mile (1.594 km2) of water (1.72%).
The township borders Alexandria Township, Delaware Township, Franklin Township and Frenchtown in Hunterdon County and the communities of Plumstead Township and Tinicum Township in Bucks County, across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. Most of the township lies on the Hunterdon Plateau, a geologic plateau averaging 300–500 feet (90–150 m) in elevation though approaching the Delaware River, the elevation drops sharply to about 100 feet (30 m) at the banks of the river. Exposed rock can be seen on portions of Route 29 in the township between the River and the plateau.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Baptistown, Barbertown, Byram, Idell, Milltown, Point Breeze, Treasure Island, Tumble and Tumble Falls.
Frenchtown Solar is a group of three photovoltaic arrays owned by Consolidated Edison that forms one of the largest solar farms in the state, covering 110 acres (44.5 ha) with a total of 68,500 solar panels and a 20.1 megawatt generating capacity. Two arrays are located just outside Baptistown on Route 12. The third and largest is to the south off County Route 519.
1850-1870 1850 1870
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,845 people, 1,446 households, and 1,103 families residing in the township. The population density was 109.4 per square mile (42.2/km2). There were 1,569 housing units at an average density of 44.6 per square mile (17.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 96.51% (3,711) White, 0.65% (25) Black or African American, 0.03% (1) Native American, 1.09% (42) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.52% (20) from other races, and 1.20% (46) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.39% (92) of the population.
There were 1,446 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the township, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 37.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.1 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 99.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $94,951 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,656) and the median family income was $101,722 (+/- $3,508). Males had a median income of $62,636 (+/- $11,644) versus $39,704 (+/- $5,890) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,977 (+/- $4,174). About 2.7% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,782 people, 1,340 households, and 1,042 families residing in the township. The population density was 107.4 people per square mile (41.4/km2). There were 1,422 housing units at an average density of 40.4 per square mile (15.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.62% White, 0.61% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.85% of the population.
There were 1,340 households, out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 17.6% 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 2.82 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the township the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $71,551, and the median income for a family was $81,642. Males had a median income of $54,107 versus $31,326 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,219. About 2.3% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 80.44 miles (129.46 km) of roadways, of which 55.02 miles (88.55 km) were maintained by the municipality, 12.54 miles (20.18 km) by Hunterdon County and 12.88 miles (20.73 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The two state routes that pass through are Route 12 and Route 29. The only major county road that goes through is CR 519.
No limited access roads traverse Kingwood; the closest one is Interstate 78 in neighboring Franklin Township.
|Frenchtown||Alexandria Township||Franklin Township|
|Tinicum Township, PA||East Amwell Township|
|Plumstead Towmship, PA||Delaware Township|
The Kingwood Township School District serves public school students ranging from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Kingwood Township School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 328 students and 33.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.9:1.
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Delaware Valley Regional High School, together with students from Alexandria Township, Frenchtown, Holland Township and Milford borough. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 721 students and 68.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.5:1. Seats on the high school district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with two seats assigned to Kingwood Township.
Eighth grade students from all of Hunterdon County are eligible to apply to attend the high school programs offered by the Hunterdon County Vocational School District, a county-wide vocational school district that offers career and technical education at its campuses in Raritan Township and at programs sited at local high schools, with no tuition charged to students for attendance.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Kingwood Township include:
- George Opdyke (1805-1880), Mayor of New York City.
- John Runk (1791–1872), represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1845–1847.
- Kurt Wiese (1887-1974), author and children's book illustrator, including The Five Chinese Brothers and the English translation of Bambi, A Life in the Woods, the novel upon which the film Bambi was based.