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Mount Olive Township, New Jersey
Township
Mount Olive Township
Near Budd Lake
Near Budd Lake
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Mount Olive Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Mount Olive Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°51′56″N 74°44′31″W / 40.865597°N 74.74193°W / 40.865597; -74.74193Coordinates: 40°51′56″N 74°44′31″W / 40.865597°N 74.74193°W / 40.865597; -74.74193
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated March 22, 1871
Named for Benjamin Olive
Government
 • Type Faulkner Act (mayor–council)
 • Body Township Council
Area
 • Total 31.24 sq mi (80.92 km2)
 • Land 29.62 sq mi (76.71 km2)
 • Water 1.63 sq mi (4.21 km2)  5.21%
Area rank 83rd of 565 in state
4th of 39 in county
Elevation
948 ft (289 m)
Population
 • Total 28,117
 • Estimate 
(2019)
28,926
 • Rank 80th of 566 in state
2nd of 39 in county
 • Density 956.1/sq mi (369.2/km2)
 • Density rank 390th of 566 in state
29th of 39 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07828 - Budd Lake
Area code(s) 908 and 973
FIPS code 3402749080
GNIS feature ID 0882197

Mount Olive Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 28,117, reflecting an increase of 3,924 (+16.2%) from the 24,193 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,911 (+13.7%) from the 21,282 counted in the 1990 Census.

Mount Olive is situated in western Morris County bordering both Sussex and Warren counties. It is located within the Raritan Valley region.

The Township of Mount Olive was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 22, 1871, from portions of Roxbury Township. Netcong was formed from portions of the township on October 23, 1894. The township was named for Benjamin Olive, a colonial-era Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey who donated land for the site of churches constructed in the area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 31.079 square miles (80.495 km2), including 29.407 square miles (76.165 km2) of land and 1.672 square miles (4.331 km2) of water (5.38%).

Budd Lake (with a 2010 Census population of 8,968) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Mount Olive Township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Bartley, Flanders, Saxton Falls and Waterloo.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,982
1890 1,848 −6.8%
1900 1,221 −33.9%
1910 1,160 −5.0%
1920 1,008 −13.1%
1930 1,235 22.5%
1940 1,526 23.6%
1950 2,597 70.2%
1960 3,807 46.6%
1970 10,394 173.0%
1980 18,748 80.4%
1990 21,282 13.5%
2000 24,193 13.7%
2010 28,117 16.2%
2019 (est.) 28,926 2.9%
Population sources:
1880-1920 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 28,117 people, 10,690 households, and 7,323 families residing in the township. The population density was 956.1 per square mile (369.2/km2). There were 11,244 housing units at an average density of 382.4 per square mile (147.6/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 80.66% (22,679) White, 5.74% (1,614) Black or African American, 0.20% (55) Native American, 8.23% (2,315) Asian, 0.04% (12) Pacific Islander, 2.86% (805) from other races, and 2.27% (637) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.51% (3,237) of the population.

There were 10,690 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.8 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 94.6 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,243 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,287) and the median family income was $102,448 (+/- $8,454). Males had a median income of $70,532 (+/- $5,545) versus $52,205 (+/- $4,050) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,758 (+/- $1,723). About 3.8% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 24,193 people, 9,068 households, and 6,374 families residing in the township. The population density was 797.0 people per square mile (307.8/km2). There were 9,311 housing units at an average density of 306.7 per square mile (118.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 86.69% White, 3.79% African American, 0.17% Native American, 6.00% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.53% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.97% of the population.

There were 9,068 households, out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% 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 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out, with 27.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 37.6% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $64,515, and the median income for a family was $75,189. Males had a median income of $50,653 versus $35,882 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28,691. About 1.7% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 140.17 miles (225.58 km) of roadways, of which 115.11 miles (185.25 km) were maintained by the municipality, 10.03 miles (16.14 km) by Morris County and 15.03 miles (24.19 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The major roads that pass through include U.S. Route 46 through the center, U.S. Route 206 in the east and northeast part (called the "Netcong Bypass") and Interstate 80 (Bergen Passaic Expressway) in the north (which is also briefly multiplexed with US 206).

Public transportation

Commuter rail service is offered by NJ Transit at the Mount Olive station along its Morristown Line and Montclair-Boonton Line, offering service to Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, Newark Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction and Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan.

NJ Transit local bus service had been offered on the MCM5 route until 2010, when subsidies offered to the local service provider were eliminated as part of budget cuts.

Bus service is provided along Route 46 between Netcong and Dover on the Morris On the Move (M.O.M.) route.

Education

The Mount Olive Township School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of six schools, had an enrollment of 4,643 students and 357.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Mountain View Elementary School with 501 students in grades PreK-5, Sandshore Elementary School with 449 students in grades K-5, Chester M. Stephens Elementary School with 657 students in grades K-5, Tinc Road Elementary School with 459 students in grades K-5, Mount Olive Middle School with 1,064 students in grades 6-8 and Mount Olive High School with 1,503 students in grades 9-12.

Notable people

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

  • Kenny Agostino (born 1992), ice hockey forward who played for the New Jersey Devils.
  • Noah Brown (born 1996), wide receiver who played college football at Ohio State.
  • Jonathan Nicholas (1757/59–1839), early settler of Flanders who served as a sergeant in the American Revolutionary War.
  • Keturah Orji (born 1996), track and field athlete specializing in the triple jump who was selected as part of the U.S. team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • David W. K. Peacock Jr. (1924–2005), government official and businessman who served as a Deputy Undersecretary at the Department of Commerce during the Nixon Administration.
  • PES (born 1973 as Adam Pesapane), Oscar and Emmy-nominated director and stop-motion animator, whose short film Fresh Guacamole was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2013.
  • Jen Ponton (born 1984), actress, screenwriter and producer, best known for portraying Rubi in the AMC series Dietland.
  • Lee Rouson (born 1962), former NFL running back for the New York Giants.
  • Daniel Elmer Salmon (1850–1914), veterinarian educated at Cornell University and graduated with the first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in the United States.
  • Joshua S. Salmon (1846–1902), represented the 4th congressional district from March 4, 1899 – May 6, 1902.
  • Steve Slattery (born 1980), track and field athlete who is a steeplechase specialist.

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