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Liberty Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Liberty
Free Union Church from Marble Hill Road
Free Union Church from Marble Hill Road
Map of Liberty Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Liberty Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Liberty Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Liberty Township, New Jersey
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Coordinates: 40°52′11″N 74°56′17″W / 40.86974°N 74.938072°W / 40.86974; -74.938072Coordinates: 40°52′11″N 74°56′17″W / 40.86974°N 74.938072°W / 40.86974; -74.938072
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Warren
Incorporated April 30, 1926
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 11.93 sq mi (30.89 km2)
 • Land 11.67 sq mi (30.22 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.68 km2)  2.20%
Area rank 194th of 565 in state
14th of 22 in county
Elevation
748 ft (228 m)
Population
 • Total 2,942
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,802
 • Rank 456th of 566 in state
15th of 22 in county
 • Density 253.6/sq mi (97.9/km2)
 • Density rank 490th of 566 in state
12th of 22 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
07823 - Belvidere 07838 - Great Meadows
07863 - Oxford
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3404140110
GNIS feature ID 0882245

Liberty Township is a township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 2,942, reflecting an increase of 177 (+6.4%) from the 2,765 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 272 (+10.9%) from the 2,493 counted in the 1990 Census. It is part of the eastern region of the Lehigh Valley.

Liberty Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 26, 1926, from portions of Hope Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 30, 1926.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 11.866 square miles (30.733 km2), including 11.603 square miles (30.051 km2) of land and 0.263 square miles (0.682 km2) of water (2.22%).

Mountain Lake (with a 2010 Census population of 575) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within the township. Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Denville, Great Meadows and Townsbury.

Mountain Lake is over 12,000 years old and is Warren County's largest, natural, glacial lake. Mountain Lake also has an area of 122 acres (0.49 km2), maximum depth of 38 feet (12 m) and an average depth of 17 feet (5.2 m). The Mountain Lake Community Association (MLCA) oversees the Mountain Lake Watershed and helps to maintain Mountain Lake's natural habitat. South of Mountain Lake is High Rock where many visitors enjoy to go hiking and can view the lake and surrounding areas, including the Delaware Water Gap.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 419
1940 441 5.3%
1950 529 20.0%
1960 760 43.7%
1970 1,229 61.7%
1980 1,730 40.8%
1990 2,493 44.1%
2000 2,765 10.9%
2010 2,942 6.4%
2019 (est.) 2,802 −4.8%
Population sources:
1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

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

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,942 people, 1,047 households, and 789 families residing in the township. The population density was 253.6 per square mile (97.9/km2). There were 1,151 housing units at an average density of 99.2 per square mile (38.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 95.65% (2,814) White, 1.02% (30) Black or African American, 0.20% (6) Native American, 1.50% (44) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.44% (13) from other races, and 1.19% (35) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.15% (122) of the population.

There were 1,047 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 18.4% 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 2.78 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the township, the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 34.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 98.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $73,750 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,599) and the median family income was $87,059 (+/- $12,952). Males had a median income of $55,625 (+/- $10,748) versus $49,511 (+/- $6,823) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,946 (+/- $3,591). About none of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,765 people, 980 households, and 750 families residing in the township. The population density was 234.3 people per square mile (90.5/km2). There were 1,088 housing units at an average density of 92.2 per square mile (35.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.40% White, 0.36% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population.

There were 980 households, out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the township the population was spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $62,535, and the median income for a family was $68,529. Males had a median income of $48,446 versus $33,529 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,743. About 2.0% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 33.83 miles (54.44 km) of roadways, of which 24.74 miles (39.82 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.91 miles (9.51 km) by Warren County and 3.18 miles (5.12 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The only major road to pass through is U.S. Route 46, which runs for 3.18 miles (5.12 km) in the township's southeastern area.

The closest limited access road is Interstate 80 (the Bergen-Passaic Expressway) in neighboring Hope Township.

  • Great Meadows Regional School District's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education

Education

Public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Great Meadows Regional School District, together with students from Independence Township. The New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division blocked a 2007 effort by Liberty Township to leave the Great Meadows district based on Liberty's greater share of district costs, with the court citing the inability of the two communities to provide an efficient education separately. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 662 students and 73.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.1:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 school year enrollment from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Central Elementary School with 221 students in grades PreK-2, Liberty Elementary School with 204 students in grades 3-5 and Great Meadows Middle School with 239 students in grades 6–8. Seats on the regional district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with three seats allocated to Liberty Township; one seat from Liberty Township and two from Independence Township up for election each year.

Students attending public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Hackettstown High School which serves students from Hackettstown, along with students from the townships of Allamuchy and Liberty, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Hackettstown School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 828 students and 68.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1.

Students from the township and from all of Warren County are eligible to attend Ridge and Valley Charter School in Frelinghuysen Township (for grades K-8) or Warren County Technical School in Washington borough (for 9-12), with special education services provided by local districts supplemented throughout the county by the Warren County Special Services School District in Oxford Township (for PreK-12).

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