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Mantua Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Mantua
Thomas Carpenter House
Thomas Carpenter House
Mantua Township highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset map: Gloucester County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Mantua Township highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset map: Gloucester County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Mantua Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Mantua Township, New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey is located in Gloucester County, New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey
Location in Gloucester County, New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey is located in the United States
Mantua Township, New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Gloucester County, New Jersey.png Gloucester
Incorporated February 23, 1853
Named for Mantua, Italy or Lenape sub-tribe
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 16.09 sq mi (41.67 km2)
 • Land 16.01 sq mi (41.45 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)  0.53%
Area rank 169th of 565 in state
10th of 24 in county
Elevation
105 ft (32 m)
Population
 • Total 15,217
 • Estimate 
(2019)
14,840
 • Rank 166th of 566 in state
7th of 24 in county
 • Density 960.1/sq mi (370.7/km2)
 • Density rank 389th of 566 in state
14th of 24 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08051
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3401543440
GNIS feature ID 0882147
Website

Mantua Township (pronounced man-CHEW-uh) is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 15,217, reflecting an increase of 1,000 (+7.0%) from the 14,217 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 4,143 (+41.1%) from the 10,074 counted in the 1990 Census.

Mantua Township was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 23, 1853, from portions of Greenwich Township. Portions of the township were taken to form East Greenwich Township (February 10, 1881) and Pitman (May 24, 1905). The township is named after Mantua, in Italy or for a Mantua sub-tribe of the Lenape Native Americans.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 15.919 square miles (41.228 km2), including 15.849 square miles (41.048 km2) of land and 0.070 square miles (0.180 km2) of water (0.44%).

The township borders West Deptford Township, Deptford Township, Wenonah, Washington Township, Pitman, Harrison Township, and East Greenwich Township.

Richwood is a unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within portions of both Harrison Township and Mantua Township. The CDP had a 2010 population of 3,459, of which 3,400 were in Harrison Township and 59 in Mantua Township. Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Barnsboro, Boodys Mills, Burnsboro, Eastlack Corner, Jessups, Manunkachunk, Sewell and West Landing.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,742
1870 1,897 8.9%
1880 1,718 −9.4%
1890 1,791 4.2%
1900 2,101 17.3%
1910 1,529 −27.2%
1920 2,002 30.9%
1930 2,677 33.7%
1940 2,433 −9.1%
1950 3,548 45.8%
1960 7,991 125.2%
1970 9,643 20.7%
1980 9,193 −4.7%
1990 10,074 9.6%
2000 14,217 41.1%
2010 15,217 7.0%
Est. 2019 14,840 −2.5%
Population sources:
1860-2000 1860-1920
1860-1870 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* Lost territory in previous decade

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,217 people, 5,719 households, and 4,169 families residing in the township. The population density was 960.1 per square mile (370.7/km2). There were 5,980 housing units at an average density of 377.3 per square mile (145.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 94.24% (14,340) White, 2.50% (380) Black or African American, 0.20% (31) Native American, 1.10% (168) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.66% (100) from other races, and 1.29% (197) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.95% (449) of the population.

There were 5,719 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the township, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.3 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 88.8 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $80,743 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,473) and the median family income was $88,586 (+/- $5,058). Males had a median income of $66,993 (+/- $4,279) versus $49,500 (+/- $7,015) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,073 (+/- $2,942). About 2.7% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 14,217 people, 5,265 households, and 3,948 families residing in the township. The population density was 894.3 people per square mile (345.2/km2). There were 5,411 housing units at an average density of 340.4 per square mile (131.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.81% White, 2.07% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 5,265 households, out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 21.1% 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 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the township the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $58,256, and the median income for a family was $63,391. Males had a median income of $46,984 versus $32,495 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,147. About 2.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Tall Pines State Preserve is a 111-acre (45 ha) nature preserve that opened in November 2015 as Gloucester County's first state park and is located along the border of Deptford Township and Mantua Township. Originally a forest that was turned into an asparagus field and then a golf course, the land was preserved through the efforts of the South Jersey Land and Water Trust, the Friends of Tall Pines, Gloucester County Nature Club, and the New Jersey Green Acres Program.

Transportation

2021-08-09 11 58 11 View north along New Jersey State Route 55 (Cape May Expressway) from the overpass for Gloucester County Route 624 (Pitman-Barnsboro Road) in Mantua Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey
Route 55 northbound in Mantua Township

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 91.85 miles (147.82 km) of roadways, of which 53.92 miles (86.78 km) were maintained by the municipality, 31.21 miles (50.23 km) by Gloucester County and 6.72 miles (10.81 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

New Jersey Route 45 and New Jersey Route 55 are the main highways serving Mantua Township. County Route 553 and County Route 553 Alternate also traverse the township.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service is available in the township between Bridgeton and Philadelphia on the 410 route and between Sewell and Philadelphia on the 412 route.

Education

Children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade for public school are served by the Mantua Township School District. As of the 2020–21 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 1,200 students and 121.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.9:1. Schools in the district (with 2020–21 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Sewell School with 282 students in pre-kindergarten through Kindergarten, Centre City School with 441 students in grades 1-3 and J. Mason Tomlin School with 477 students in grades 4-6.

Public school students in seventh through twelfth grades attend the schools of the Clearview Regional High School District, which serves students from Harrison Township and Mantua Township. Schools in the district (with 2020–21 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Clearview Regional Middle School with 788 students (grades 7 and 8) and Clearview Regional High School with 1,485 students (grades 9-12). Seats on the high school district's nine-member board are allocated based on population, with five seats assigned to Mantua Township.

Students from across the county are eligible to apply to attend Gloucester County Institute of Technology, a four-year high school in Deptford Township that provides technical and vocational education. As a public school, students do not pay tuition to attend the school.

As of 2020 Guardian Angels Regional School (Pre-K-Grade 3 campus in Gibbstown CDP and 4-8 campus in Paulsboro) takes students from Mantua Township. It is under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.

Notable people

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

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

  • Thomas Carpenter (1752–1847), early American glassmaker.
  • Mario Cerrito (born 1984), filmmaker, writer and producer known in the horror/thriller genre.
  • Ryan D'Imperio (born 1987), retired NFL fullback who played for the Minnesota Vikings.
  • George W. F. Gaunt (1865–1918), President of the New Jersey State Senate
  • Tara Lipinski (born 1982), figure skater who won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics at the age of 15.
  • Major League, pop punk band.
  • Franke Sisto, Winner of Endurance 4.
  • John E. Wallace Jr. (born 1942), Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
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