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Merchantville, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Merchantville
Cattell Tract Historic District
Cattell Tract Historic District
Merchantville highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in the State of New Jersey
Merchantville highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in the State of New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Merchantville, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Merchantville, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated March 3, 1874
Area
 • Total 0.600 sq mi (1.553 km2)
 • Land 0.600 sq mi (1.553 km2)
 • Water 0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)  0.00%
Area rank 542nd of 566 in state
31st of 37 in county
Elevation 82 ft (25 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 3,821
 • Estimate (2015) 3,778
 • Rank 422nd of 566 in state
27th of 37 in county
 • Density 6,371.3/sq mi (2,460.0/km2)
 • Density rank 75th of 566 in state
6th of 37 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)
ZIP code 08109
Area code 856
FIPS code 3400745510
GNIS feature ID 0885297
Website merchantvillenj.gov

Merchantville is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,821, reflecting an increase of 20 (+0.5%) from the 3,801 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 294 (−7.2%) from the 4,095 counted in the 1990 Census.

Merchantville was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 3, 1874, from portions of Delaware Township (now Cherry Hill Township) and Stockton Township.

While one source attributes the borough's name to a family named Merchant, Francis F. Eastlack, in his History of Merchantville, tells the story of the four developers of Merchantville—Matthias Homer, John Louty, Samuel McFadden and Frederick Gerker—meeting and discussing names, when it was suggested "Gentlemen, as you are all merchants, why not call it Merchantville?"

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.600 square miles (1.553 km2), all of which was land.

The borough borders the Camden County municipalities of Cherry Hill Township and Pennsauken Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 245
1880 439 79.2%
1890 1,225 179.0%
1900 1,608 31.3%
1910 1,996 24.1%
1920 2,749 37.7%
1930 3,592 30.7%
1940 3,679 2.4%
1950 4,183 13.7%
1960 4,075 −2.6%
1970 4,425 8.6%
1980 3,972 −10.2%
1990 4,095 3.1%
2000 3,801 −7.2%
2010 3,821 0.5%
Est. 2015 3,778 −1.1%
Population sources:1870
1880–2000 1880–1920
1880–1890 1890–1910
1910–1930 1930–1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,821 people, 1,574 households, and 966.4 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,371.3 per square mile (2,460.0/km2). There were 1,688 housing units at an average density of 2,814.6 per square mile (1,086.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 76.58% (2,926) White, 13.01% (497) Black or African American, 0.37% (14) Native American, 2.28% (87) Asian, 0.05% (2) Pacific Islander, 4.42% (169) from other races, and 3.30% (126) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.62% (444) of the population.

There were 1,574 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 88.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $62,358 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,850) and the median family income was $85,909 (+/- $16,985). Males had a median income of $49,926 (+/- $36,924) versus $41,369 (+/- $15,495) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,308 (+/- $4,408). About 11.7% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,801 people, 1,524 households, and 946 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,317.2 people per square mile (2,446.0/km²). There were 1,607 housing units at an average density of 2,670.8 per square mile (1,034.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.90% White, 7.42% African American, 0.29% Native American, 2.10% Asian, 2.84% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.47% of the population.

There were 1,524 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $49,392, and the median income for a family was $60,652. Males had a median income of $43,375 versus $30,771 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,589. About 5.8% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 12.84 miles (20.66 km) of roadways, of which 8.32 miles (13.39 km) were maintained by the municipality and 4.52 miles (7.27 km) by Camden County.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers bus service in the borough on the 404, and 405 and 407 routes to Camden with connecting bus and rail services into Philadelphia.


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