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Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Medford Lakes
Lower Aetna Lake
Lower Aetna Lake
Motto: Medford Lakes-in-the-pines, the year round summer playground
Medford Lakes highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Medford Lakes highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Burlington
Incorporated May 17, 1939
Named for Medford, Massachusetts
Area
 • Total 1.293 sq mi (3.348 km2)
 • Land 1.162 sq mi (3.008 km2)
 • Water 0.131 sq mi (0.340 km2)  10.15%
Area rank 474th of 566 in state
35th of 40 in county
Elevation 62 ft (19 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 4,146
 • Estimate (2015) 4,085
 • Rank 407th of 566 in state
30th of 40 in county
 • Density 3,569.5/sq mi (1,378.2/km2)
 • Density rank 180th of 566 in state
8th of 40 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08055
Area code 609 exchanges: 654, 714, 953
FIPS code 3400545210
GNIS feature ID 0885295
Website www.medfordlakes.com

Medford Lakes is a borough in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,146, reflecting a decline of 27 (-0.6%) from the 4,173 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 289 (-6.5%) from the 4,462 counted in the 1990 Census.

Medford Lakes was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 17, 1939, from portions of Medford Township. The borough was named for Medford Township, which in turn was named by a developer for Medford, Massachusetts.

The borough's 22 lakes and surrounding lake communities are within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and are all overseen by the Medford Lakes Colony, a homeowner association that administers lake and other recreation facilities. More than 10% of the borough's homes are log cabins.

History

Charles Read's Aetna Furnace contributed to the Continental Army's efforts during the American Revolutionary War, using local bog iron to manufacture cannonballs. A part of the industrial life of what is now Medford Lakes was the saw and grist mill erected by John Haines.

Medford Lakes was originally developed as a resort community in which all construction would be made of logs. Shiploads of cedar logs were imported and craftsmen fashioned them into palatial homes. Inside and out, the walls were of solid log. Some of the logs had their bark scraped off while other logs were used bark and all. As a porous wood, cedar is an excellent insulator so the cabins were cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The resort enjoyed an extended season because the big stone fireplaces could heat the rustic houses even in the chilliest weather. The Medford Lakes Development Company was formed in 1927, and in 1928 the Colony Club Pavilion was constructed on ground donated by the Development Company.

St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, a single-story log cabin structure built in 1931, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Medford Lakes was established as an independent municipality in 1939.

The borough experienced heavy damage on July 12, 2004, during a day which saw 7.26 inches (184 mm) of rain fall over a 14-hour period. The heavy rain caused a series of dam breaks and breaches in the surrounding areas of Southern New Jersey, which have since been replaced. Quogue Dam, as well as both Lower and Upper Aetna Lake Dams failed, with high water levels on portions of Ballinger Run exceeding 500-year flood elevations

Since 1931 a Canoe Carnival has been held during the first week of every August on Lower Aetna Lake. Elaborate floats, built with a maximum of two canoes, are paddled by crowds gathered along the lake. A winner is then named, along with a king, queen, and court.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.293 square miles (3.348 km2), including 1.162 square miles (3.008 km2) of land and 0.131 square miles (0.340 km2) of water (10.15%).

The borough is an independent municipality surrounded entirely by Medford Township, making it part one of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another.

The borough is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve. All of the borough is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.

Climate

Climate data for Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 41
(5)
42
(5.6)
51
(10.6)
62
(16.7)
73
(22.8)
82
(27.8)
86
(30)
84
(28.9)
77
(25)
68
(20)
55
(12.8)
44
(6.7)
63.8
(17.64)
Average low °F (°C) 23
(-5)
23
(-5)
32
(0)
37
(2.8)
48
(8.9)
57
(13.9)
60
(15.6)
60
(15.6)
53
(11.7)
41
(5)
32
(0)
26
(-3.3)
41
(5)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 137
1950 461 236.5%
1960 2,876 523.9%
1970 4,792 66.6%
1980 4,958 3.5%
1990 4,462 −10.0%
2000 4,173 −6.5%
2010 4,146 −0.6%
Est. 2015 4,085 −1.5%
Population sources:
1940–2000 1940–1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,146 people, 1,483 households, and 1,186 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,569.5 per square mile (1,378.2/km2). There were 1,543 housing units at an average density of 1,328.4 per square mile (512.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 97.32% (4,035) White, 0.46% (19) Black or African American, 0.17% (7) Native American, 0.96% (40) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.39% (16) from other races, and 0.70% (29) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% (70) of the population.

There were 1,483 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.3 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006−2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $101,086 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,928) and the median family income was $105,563 (+/- $9,949). Males had a median income of $85,139 (+/- $26,197) versus $66,379 (+/- $13,826) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $48,789 (+/- $6,097). About 5.0% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,173 people, 1,527 households, and 1,238 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,463.1 people per square mile (1,342.7/km2). There were 1,555 housing units at an average density of 1,290.5 per square mile (500.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.32% White, 0.43% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 1,527 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 25.6% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $77,536, and the median income for a family was $83,695. Males had a median income of $58,854 versus $36,831 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,382. About 1.1% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 27.42 miles (44.13 km) of roadways, of which 25.13 miles (40.44 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.29 miles (3.69 km) by Burlington County.


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