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Linwood, New Jersey
City
City of Linwood
Linwood Borough School
Linwood Borough School
Map of Linwood in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Linwood in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Linwood, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Linwood, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated February 20, 1889 (as borough)
Reincorporated April 27, 1931 (as city)
Area
 • Total 4.242 sq mi (10.987 km2)
 • Land 3.865 sq mi (10.010 km2)
 • Water 0.377 sq mi (0.977 km2)  8.89%
Area rank 290th of 566 in state
19th of 23 in county
Elevation 30 ft (9 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 7,092
 • Estimate (2015) 6,973
 • Rank 317th of 566 in state
13th of 23 in county
 • Density 1,834.9/sq mi (708.5/km2)
 • Density rank 302nd of 566 in state
8th of 23 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08221
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3400140530
GNIS feature ID 0885280
Website www.linwoodcity.org

Linwood is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 7,092, reflecting a decline of 80 (-1.1%) from the 7,172 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 306 (+4.5%) from the 6,866 counted in the 1990 Census.

Linwood was originally incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 20, 1889, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. Linwood was reincorporated as a city on April 27, 1931. The area had been called Leedsville until 1880, when a post office was being established. The United States Postal Service insisted that the name had to be changed as it conflicted with an existing post office elsewhere in the state. Among the names proposed and considered by local residents were "Brinola", "Geneva", "Pearville" and "Viola", with "Linwood" ultimately chosen.

The community encompassing the area traces its existence to colonial times.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 4.242 square miles (10.987 km2), including 3.865 square miles (10.010 km2) of land and 0.377 square miles (0.977 km2) of water (8.89%).

The city is located about 9 miles (14 km) west of Atlantic City. It borders the municipalities of Northfield, Egg Harbor Township and Somers Point. Linwood is known for its large, expensive homes, particularly in communities such as The Gold Coast, Fischer Woods, and Fischer Greene.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the city include Bellhaven and Seaview.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 536
1900 495 −7.6%
1910 602 21.6%
1920 638 6.0%
1930 1,514 137.3%
1940 1,479 −2.3%
1950 1,925 30.2%
1960 3,847 99.8%
1970 6,159 60.1%
1980 6,144 −0.2%
1990 6,866 11.8%
2000 7,172 4.5%
2010 7,092 −1.1%
Est. 2015 6,973 −1.7%
Population sources:
1890-2000 1890-1920
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

The median house value (as of 2005) was $300,200.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,092 people, 2,653 households, and 1,958 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,834.9 per square mile (708.5/km2). There were 2,798 housing units at an average density of 723.9 per square mile (279.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the city was 93.18% (6,608) White, 0.97% (69) Black or African American, 0.07% (5) Native American, 3.79% (269) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.54% (38) from other races, and 1.45% (103) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.96% (210) of the population.

There were 2,653 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 33.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.7 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 85.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $80,518 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,965) and the median family income was $103,529 (+/- $11,162). Males had a median income of $90,125 (+/- $16,766) versus $50,125 (+/- $5,378) for females. The per capita income for the city was $47,501 (+/- $5,093). About 2.1% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,172 people, 2,647 households, and 1,966 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,873.5 people per square mile (723.0/km2). There were 2,751 housing units at an average density of 718.6 per square mile (277.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.20% White, 1.06% African American, 0.11% Native American, 2.41% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.81% of the population.

There were 2,647 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $60,000, and the median income for a family was $71,415. Males had a median income of $51,614 versus $31,627 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,159. About 3.8% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the city had a total of 42.57 miles (68.51 km) of roadways, of which 36.93 miles (59.43 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.15 miles (5.07 km) by Atlantic County and 2.49 miles (4.01 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The city is accessible by land via the Garden State Parkway, a major north-south artery which is adjacent to the city and provides access to New York City, and via the Atlantic City Expressway, which is 5 miles (8.0 km) away and leads directly to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Parkway going south connects with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry service, crossing the Delaware Bay to points south. U.S. Route 9 is also available.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers bus transportation to and from Ocean City and Atlantic City on the 507 and 509 routes.

Atlantic City International Airport, approximately 20 miles (32 km) away, provides both commuter and regular air travel to major eastern cities and beyond.

Community services

  • There are only three traffic lights in the city: Central and Oak, Central and New Road, and Poplar and New Road. An additional traffic light lies on the border with Somers Point, at Ocean Heights and New Road.
  • There are at least three points of access to the waters surrounding Linwood. The west end of Hamilton Avenue abuts Patcong Creek, allowing the launching of canoes or kayaks (and possibly trailered boats). An unnamed dirt road (Poplar Docks) just to the east of the Linwood Country Club ends several hundred yards into the marshes, and it may allow launching of trailered boats at low tide (the end of the road tends to submerge at high tide). The eastern end of Seaview Avenue is a better-constructed dirt road that ends at a dock (known as "Seaview Docks" to locals) on Sod Thorofare, and is suitable for trailered boats. A parking permit is required at the Hamilton Avenue and Seaview Avenue sites. Permits are valid for the entire calendar year, though their purchase price varies with time of acquisition:
    • January 1 through March 31: $20 per permit, except for senior citizens 65 years or older, where the fee will be $5 per permit.
    • Permits purchased subsequent to March 31 and prior to Labor Day will be available at a cost of $50 per permit.
    • Permits purchased from Labor Day through December 31 will be available at a cost of $20 per permit.
Up to 450 permits per year are issued, and they can be purchased at the office of the City Clerk.
  • On May 14, 2003, the City Council approved the auction of up to two licenses, citywide, for restaurant service of alcoholic beverages. Package-good sales are not permitted anywhere in the city. This was the first revision to the alcohol-sales-related section of the city code since 1969; it is unclear if sales were permitted prior to that year.

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