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Knowlton Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Knowlton
An old barn in Knowlton Township
An old barn in Knowlton Township
Map of Knowlton Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County in New Jersey.
Map of Knowlton Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Knowlton Township, New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Knowlton Township, New Jersey.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Warren
Royal charter February 23, 1763
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Named for Thomas Knowlton or "knoll town"
Area
 • Total 25.329 sq mi (65.602 km2)
 • Land 24.749 sq mi (64.100 km2)
 • Water 0.580 sq mi (1.503 km2)  2.29%
Area rank 105th of 566 in state
5th of 22 in county
Elevation 528 ft (161 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 3,055
 • Estimate (2015) 2,984
 • Rank 449th of 566 in state
14th of 22 in county
 • Density 123.4/sq mi (47.6/km2)
 • Density rank 533rd of 566 in state
18th of 22 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 07825 - Blairstown
07832 - Columbia
07833 - Delaware
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3404137320
GNIS feature ID 0882241
Website www.knowlton-nj.com

Knowlton Township is a township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 3,055, reflecting an increase of 78 (+2.6%) from the 2,977 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 434 (+17.1%) from the 2,543 counted in the 1990 Census.

History

Knowlton Township was created by Royal charter on February 23, 1763, from portions of Oxford Township, while the area was still part of Sussex County, and was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, and then became part of the newly created Warren County on November 20, 1824. Portions of the township were taken to form Hope Township (April 8, 1839) and Blairstown Township (April 14, 1845).

Knowlton's name is variously attributed to Thomas Knowlton, a Colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War who was killed in action at the Battle of Harlem Heights, or to the knolls that characterize the area. The township is served by postal ZIP codes in Columbia (07832) and Delaware (07833), although a small number of Knowlton residents receive postal deliveries via the Blairstown (07825) post office. Within the township are several small hamlets, including Browning, Deckers Ferry, Mount Pleasant, Polkville, Ramseyburg, Warrington and Knowlton itself.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 25.329 square miles (65.602 km2), including 24.749 square miles (64.100 km2) of land and 0.580 square miles (1.503 km2) of water (2.29%). The township is located in the Kittatinny Valley which is a section of the Great Appalachian Valley that stretches 700 miles (1,100 km) from Canada to Alabama.

Columbia (with a 2010 Census population of 229), Delaware (150) and Hainesburg (91) are unincorporated communities and census-designated places (CDPs) located within the township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Browning, Deckers Ferry, Mount Pleasant, Polkville, Ramseyburg and Warrington.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 2,064
1820 2,701 30.9%
1830 2,827 4.7%
1840 2,310 * −18.3%
1850 1,356 * −41.3%
1860 1,557 14.8%
1870 1,691 8.6%
1880 1,476 −12.7%
1890 1,411 −4.4%
1900 1,210 −14.2%
1910 1,556 28.6%
1920 1,073 −31.0%
1930 1,049 −2.2%
1940 1,084 3.3%
1950 1,260 16.2%
1960 1,442 14.4%
1970 1,738 20.5%
1980 2,074 19.3%
1990 2,543 22.6%
2000 2,977 17.1%
2010 3,055 2.6%
Est. 2015 2,984 0.2%
Population sources:
1810-1920 1840 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade

The Township's economic data (as is all of Warren County) is calculated by the US Census Bureau as part of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Census 2010

Columbia-Portland Pedestrian Bridge
The Portland-Columbia Pedestrian Bridge replaced the last of the covered bridges spanning the Delaware River in this photo facing towards New Jersey. The original covered bridge was destroyed by the remnants of Hurricane Diane on August 19, 1955, a storm that caused record flooding throughout the region, but particularly within the watershed of the Delaware.

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,055 people, 1,097 households, and 864.4 families residing in the township. The population density was 123.4 per square mile (47.6/km2). There were 1,212 housing units at an average density of 49.0 per square mile (18.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 96.07% (2,935) White, 0.92% (28) Black or African American, 0.29% (9) Native American, 0.92% (28) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.75% (23) from other races, and 1.05% (32) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.63% (111) of the population.

There were 1,097 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the township, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 36.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.8 years. For every 100 females there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 98.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $81,346 (with a margin of error of +/- $11,792) and the median family income was $86,708 (+/- $13,339). Males had a median income of $76,733 (+/- $8,158) versus $51,757 (+/- $3,961) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,440 (+/- $4,605). About 1.4% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

RAMSAYBURG HOMESTEAD, WARREN COUNTY
Ramsayburg Homestead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,977 people, 1,028 households, and 816 families residing in the township. The population density was 120.1 people per square mile (46.4/km²). There were 1,135 housing units at an average density of 45.8 per square mile (17.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.45% White, 0.40% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.85% of the population.

There were 1,028 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 15.0% 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 2.87 and the average family size was 3.21.

Delaware Water Gap from I 80
Knowlton Township's rural character is evident in this view of the Delaware Water Gap from Linaberry Road.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $63,409, and the median income for a family was $72,130. Males had a median income of $46,250 versus $35,326 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,631. About 1.5% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 1.3% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

Tunnel Field is the primary recreational site in the township with several baseball and softball diamonds and soccer fields. Tunnel also has a play area (including swings and play area), a basketball court and concession stand. The field is located by Route 94 and is divided by the Lackawanna Cut-Off and is connected through an old tunnel (hence the name).

Transportation

Brugler Road Bridge in Knowlton
The Brugler Road bridge crosses the bucolic Paulins Kill.
Paulins Kill Viaduct in Hainesburg, NJ
In the woods near Hainesburg is the Paulinskill Viaduct along the Lackawanna Cut-Off, the former main line of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The viaduct, 115 feet (35 m) tall and 1,100 feet (335 m) long, was the largest reinforced concrete structure in the world when it was completed in 1910.

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 67.96 miles (109.37 km) of roadways, of which 37.33 miles (60.08 km) were maintained by the municipality, 13.67 miles (22.00 km) by Warren County and 16.83 miles (27.09 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.13 miles (0.21 km) by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Route 94 passes through the northern portion of the township for 3.92 miles (6.31 km). U.S. Route 46 runs for 5.50 miles (8.85 km) through the township's southern portion. The Portland–Columbia Toll Bridge (part of Route 94), which is owned and operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, crosses the Delaware River and connects with Pennsylvania Route 611 in Portland, Pennsylvania.

Interstate 80 (Bergen-Passaic Expressway) is the main east-west limited access road, passing through the township for 7.24 miles (11.65 km) with a junction at Routes 94 and 46.

Rail history

Much of Knowlton's development after 1850 can be traced to the presence of the five railroad lines that criss-crossed the township: the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Old Road and, later, the Lackawanna Cut-Off; the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway; the Lehigh & New England Railroad; and the Blairstown Railway. In subsequent years, all of these rail lines have been abandoned. In their heyday, however, two rail lines and three railroads served the town of Delaware: the New York, Susquehanna and Western (formerly Blairstown) Railway; and the Old Road of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (which also had granted trackage rights to the Pennsylvania Railroad, technically a sixth railroad). The community of Columbia was also served by the NYS&W (Hainesburg also had a station), with the Lehigh and New England Railroad also passing through town.

In more recent years, development within Knowlton has been tied to the presence of U.S. Route 46 and, since the early 1970s, Interstate 80. Many Knowlton residents use Route 80 to commute to their jobs either further east in New Jersey or further west in Pennsylvania. Route 94 crosses through the township. Two bridges cross the Delaware River, connecting the township to Pennsylvania; the Portland–Columbia Toll Bridge, opened in 1953, connects Route 94 to Pennsylvania Route 611 in Portland, Pennsylvania. The two places are also connected by the Portland–Columbia Pedestrian Bridge, which dates back to a structure constructed in 1869 and was dedicated for pedestrian use when the vehicular toll bridge was completed in 1953.

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