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Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Lafayette
Lafayette Village Historic District
Lafayette Village Historic District
Map of Lafayette Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Lafayette Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey is located in Sussex County, New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Location in Sussex County, New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey is located in the United States
Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Lafayette Township, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County [[Image:|23x23px|border |]] Sussex
Incorporated April 14, 1845
Named for Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 17.97 sq mi (46.54 km2)
 • Land 17.88 sq mi (46.32 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)  0.48%
Area rank 159th of 565 in state
13th of 24 in county
Elevation
535 ft (163 m)
Population
 • Total 2,538
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,363
 • Rank 470th of 566 in state
18th of 24 in county
 • Density 141.3/sq mi (54.6/km2)
 • Density rank 528th of 566 in state
21st of 24 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07848
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3403737440
GNIS feature ID 0882260

Lafayette Township is a township located in the Skylands Region of Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 2,538, reflecting an increase of 238 (+10.3%) from the 2,300 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 398 (+20.9%) from the 1,902 counted in the 1990 Census. The township is crossed by Route 15 and Route 94.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 18.049 square miles (46.748 km2), including 17.962 square miles (46.522 km2) of land and 0.087 square miles (0.226 km2) of water (0.48%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Branchville Junction, Harmonyvale, Hopkins Corner, Warbasse and Warbasse Junction.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 928
1860 919 −1.0%
1870 884 −3.8%
1880 781 −11.7%
1890 742 −5.0%
1900 717 −3.4%
1910 683 −4.7%
1920 634 −7.2%
1930 735 15.9%
1940 803 9.3%
1950 836 4.1%
1960 1,100 31.6%
1970 1,202 9.3%
1980 1,614 34.3%
1990 1,902 17.8%
2000 2,300 20.9%
2010 2,538 10.3%
2019 (est.) 2,363 −6.9%
Population sources:
1850-1920 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,538 people, 875 households, and 721 families residing in the township. The population density was 141.3 per square mile (54.6/km2). There were 919 housing units at an average density of 51.2 per square mile (19.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 95.43% (2,422) White, 1.58% (40) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.75% (19) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.63% (16) from other races, and 1.62% (41) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.08% (129) of the population.

There were 875 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.6% were non-families. 13.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the township, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.7 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 97.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $96,369 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,553) and the median family income was $98,750 (+/- $11,241). Males had a median income of $71,607 (+/- $22,034) versus $56,964 (+/- $13,270) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,364 (+/- $3,922). About 6.4% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,300 people, 771 households, and 647 families residing in the township. The population density was 127.6 people per square mile (49.3/km2). There were 799 housing units at an average density of 44.3 per square mile (17.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.04% White, 1.04% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

There were 771 households, out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.4% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 12.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $82,805, and the median income for a family was $87,650. Males had a median income of $61,307 versus $38,816 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,491. About 1.2% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

2018-07-26 16 55 04 View south along New Jersey State Route 15 and north along New Jersey State Route 94 (Lafayette Road) at Morris Farm Road in Lafayette Township, Sussex County, New Jersey
Route 15 southbound and Route 94 northbound in Lafayette Township

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 46.27 miles (74.46 km) of roadways, of which 29.91 miles (48.14 km) were maintained by the municipality, 10.24 miles (16.48 km) by Sussex County and 6.12 miles (9.85 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The main highways serving Lafayette Township are New Jersey Route 15 and New Jersey Route 94. The two routes run concurrently in opposite directions for a short stretch in Lafayette Township.

Education

Public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Lafayette Township School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 204 students and 22.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.0:1.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend High Point Regional High School, which also serves students from Branchville, Frankford Township, Montague Township, Sussex Borough and Wantage Township (where the school is located). As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 893 students and 81.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1. The district is governed by a nine-member board of education; seats on the board are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with one seat assigned to Lafayette Township.

Notable people

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

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

  • Andy Albeck (1921-2010), movie executive who served as president and chief executive of United Artists and operated the award-winning Albeck Family Christmas Tree farm in Lafayette Township.
  • Cleve Backster (1924-2013), interrogation specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency, best known for his 1960s experiments with plants using a polygraph which led to his theory of "primary perception" where he claimed that plants "feel pain" and have extrasensory perception.
  • Bhikkhu Bodhi (born 1944), Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in Sri Lanka, who was appointed the second president of the Buddhist Publication Society.
  • Andrew J. Rogers (1828-1900), lawyer, teacher, clerk, police commissioner and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1863 to 1867.
  • Jay Nelson Tuck (1916-1985), journalist, television critic who served as president of The Newspaper Guild from 1950 to 1952.

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