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Lopatcong Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Lopatcong
Map of Lopatcong Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Lopatcong Township in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Lopatcong Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Lopatcong Township, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Warren
Incorporated March 7, 1851
Area
 • Total 7.159 sq mi (18.541 km2)
 • Land 7.098 sq mi (18.384 km2)
 • Water 0.061 sq mi (0.157 km2)  0.85%
Area rank 242nd of 566 in state
16th of 22 in county
Elevation 384 ft (117 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 8,014
 • Estimate (2015) 8,245
 • Rank 287th of 566 in state
3rd of 22 in county
 • Density 1,129.0/sq mi (435.9/km2)
 • Density rank 365th of 566 in state
6th of 22 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08865
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3404141490
GNIS feature ID 0882252
Website www.lopatcongtwp.com
Lopatcong from Marble Mountain
View of Lopatocng from the base of Marble Mountain.

Lopatcong Township /lˈpætkɒŋ/ is a township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 8,014, reflecting an increase of 2,249 (+39.0%) from the 5,765 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 713 (+14.1%) from the 5,052 counted in the 1990 Census. The township is part of the eastern region of the Lehigh Valley.

Lopatcong Township was featured in a 2003 article in The New York Times which discussed problems of public school financing in suburban communities and various strategies that Lopatcong and other such communities have adopted to deal with the problem.

History

What is now Lopatcong Township was created as Phillipsburg Township on March 7, 1851, by an act approved by the New Jersey Legislature from portions of Greenwich Township and Harmony Township. After Phillipsburg was incorporated as an independent municipality on March 8, 1861, the township changed its name to Lopatcong as of March 18, 1863, after a creek in the area.

The name of the creek and township — Lopatcong — came from four words of the Lenni Lenape Native AmericansLowan peek achtu onk, which meant "winter watering place for deer".

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 7.159 square miles (18.541 km2), including 7.098 square miles (18.384 km2) of land and 0.061 square miles (0.157 km2) of water (0.85%).

Delaware Park (2010 Census population of 700) and Lopatcong Overlook (population 734 as of 2010) 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 Ingersol Heights and Union Town.

Lopatcong is made up of several neighborhoods, including Morris Park, Delaware Park, Rosehill Heights, Brakeley Park, Lows Hollow, Country Hills, Meadow View, Scott's Mountain and Overlook.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,741
1870 1,150 * −69.3%
1880 1,591 38.3%
1890 1,738 9.2%
1900 1,982 14.0%
1910 766 −61.4%
1920 1,050 37.1%
1930 1,269 20.9%
1940 1,450 14.3%
1950 1,737 19.8%
1960 2,703 55.6%
1970 3,144 16.3%
1980 4,998 59.0%
1990 5,052 1.1%
2000 5,765 14.1%
2010 8,014 39.0%
Est. 2015 8,245 43.0%
Population sources: 1860-1920
1860-1870 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

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,014 people, 3,136 households, and 2,089 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,129.0 per square mile (435.9/km2). There were 3,420 housing units at an average density of 481.8 per square mile (186.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 87.22% (6,990) White, 6.03% (483) Black or African American, 0.14% (11) Native American, 4.18% (335) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.81% (65) from other races, and 1.61% (129) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.99% (480) of the population.

There were 3,136 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the township, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.3 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 82.6 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,320 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,889) and the median family income was $89,317 (+/- $6,056). Males had a median income of $61,771 (+/- $6,980) versus $49,338 (+/- $4,584) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,633 (+/- $2,586). About 0.7% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,765 people, 2,143 households, and 1,523 families residing in the township. The population density was 814.6 people per square mile (314.4/km²). There were 2,429 housing units at an average density of 343.2 per square mile (132.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.27% White, 1.13% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.63% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.99% of the population.

There were 2,143 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,918, and the median income for a family was $65,545. Males had a median income of $52,540 versus $30,967 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,333. About 4.7% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 45.59 miles (73.37 km) of roadways, of which 35.19 miles (56.63 km) were maintained by the municipality, 6.56 miles (10.56 km) by Warren County and 3.84 miles (6.18 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The main county road that passes through is County Route 519 which passes through in the eastern part. Route 57 traverses towards the center and has its western end at US 22 which also passes through in the southern section of the township.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service is provided on the 890 and 891 routes.

Film community

Lopatcong Township was the primary location for the independent film Several Ways to Die Trying. The film's writer/director, Glen Tickle, as well as members of the cast and crew are residents of the township.


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