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Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Town
Town of Phillipsburg
View of Phillipsburg, New Jersey and "Free Bridge" taken from a park across the Delaware River on Rt. 611 in Easton, PA.
View of Phillipsburg, New Jersey and "Free Bridge" taken from a park across the Delaware River on Rt. 611 in Easton, PA.
Map of Phillipsburg in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in New Jersey.
Map of Phillipsburg in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Philipsburg, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Philipsburg, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Warren
Incorporated March 8, 1861
Named for William Phillips
Area
 • Total 3.311 sq mi (8.575 km2)
 • Land 3.193 sq mi (8.270 km2)
 • Water 0.118 sq mi (0.305 km2)  3.56%
Area rank 322nd of 566 in state
19th of 22 in county
Elevation 299 ft (91 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 14,950
 • Estimate (2015) 14,515
 • Rank 168th of 566 in state
1st of 22 in county
 • Density 4,682.1/sq mi (1,807.8/km2)
 • Density rank 118th of 566 in state
1st of 22 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08865
Area code(s) 908 exchanges: 213, 387, 454, 859, 995
FIPS code 3404158350
GNIS feature ID 0885350
Website phillipsburgnj.org

Phillipsburg is a town in Warren County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 14,950, reflecting a decline of 216 (-1.4%) from the 15,166 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 591 (-3.8%) from the 15,757 counted in the 1990 Census.

Phillipsburg was incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 8, 1861, from portions of Phillipsburg Township (now Lopatcong Township). The town was named for William Phillips, an early settler of the area.

The town is located in western New Jersey, on the border of Pennsylvania, and is considered the eastern border of the region's Lehigh Valley.

The Norfolk Southern Railway's Lehigh Line (formerly the main line of the Lehigh Valley Railroad with Central Railroad of New Jersey main line trackage), runs through Phillipsburg on its way cross river to Easton, Pennsylvania.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 3.311 square miles (8.575 km2), including 3.193 square miles (8.270 km2) of land and 0.118 square miles (0.305 km2) of water (3.56%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the town include Andover Furnace, Delaware Park, Lopatcong Heights, Shirmers and Warren Heights.

Pohatcong Mountain is a ridge, approximately 6 mi (9.7 km) long, in the Appalachian Mountains that extends from Phillipsburg northeast approximately to Washington.

Climate

Climate data for Phillipsburg, NJ
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 37
(2.8)
41
(5)
50
(10)
61
(16.1)
72
(22.2)
80
(26.7)
85
(29.4)
83
(28.3)
76
(24.4)
65
(18.3)
54
(12.2)
42
(5.6)
62.166
(16.7589)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(-7.2)
21
(-6.1)
28
(-2.2)
37
(2.8)
47
(8.3)
57
(13.9)
62
(16.7)
60
(15.6)
52
(11.1)
41
(5)
32
(0)
24
(-4.4)
40
(4.4)
Source: <Weather.com >"Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". Phillipsburg, NJ (08865). Weather.com. 2016. https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/08865:4:US. Retrieved 15 September 2016.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 5,932
1880 7,181 21.1%
1890 8,644 20.4%
1900 10,052 16.3%
1910 13,903 38.3%
1920 16,923 21.7%
1930 19,255 13.8%
1940 18,314 −4.9%
1950 18,919 3.3%
1960 18,502 −2.2%
1970 17,849 −3.5%
1980 16,647 −6.7%
1990 15,757 −5.3%
2000 15,166 −3.8%
2010 14,950 −1.4%
Est. 2015 14,515 −2.9%
Population sources:
1870-1920 1870
1880-1890 1890-1910
1910-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

The Town'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 14,950 people, 5,925 households, and 3,786 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,682.1 per square mile (1,807.8/km2). There were 6,607 housing units at an average density of 2,069.2 per square mile (798.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the town was 83.44% (12,475) White, 7.49% (1,120) Black or African American, 0.17% (26) Native American, 1.53% (228) Asian, 0.05% (8) Pacific Islander, 3.92% (586) from other races, and 3.39% (507) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.82% (1,767) of the population.

There were 5,925 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 87.0 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $42,825 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,386) and the median family income was $51,334 (+/- $3,243). Males had a median income of $44,311 (+/- $2,090) versus $37,673 (+/- $6,847) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,291 (+/- $1,061). About 16.5% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 15,166 people, 6,044 households, and 3,946 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,703.6 people per square mile (1,818.5/km2). There were 6,651 housing units at an average density of 2,062.8 per square mile (797.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.84% White, 3.47% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.38% of the population.

There were 6,044 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,368, and the median income for a family was $46,925. Males had a median income of $37,446 versus $25,228 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,452. About 9.9% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

History

PhillipsburgUnionStation1914
Phillipsburg Union Station

Situated at the confluence of the Delaware River and the Lehigh River, Phillipsburg has historically been a major transportation hub. From the 1820s to 1920s, was the western terminus of the Morris Canal, which connected it by water eastward to the Port of New York and New Jersey and westward via the Lehigh Canal across the Delaware River. Five major railroads converged in Phillipsburg, the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ), the DL&W's Morris and Essex Railroad, the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad (L&HR), Lehigh Valley Railroad (LVRR), and the Pennsylvania Railroad's (PRR) Belvidere Delaware Railroad. The CNJ first ran in 1852. Phillipsburg Union Station served CNJ and DL&W.

The CNJ tracks and bridge in Phillipsburg which was part of the CNJ main line became part of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad main line, the Lehigh Line now owned by Norfolk Southern Railway, while the PRR line in Phillipsburg is now the Belvidere and Delaware River Railway.

Roads and highways

Easton-pburg-toll-bridge
The Easton–Phillipsburg Toll Bridge connects Phillipsburg with Easton, Pennsylvania.

As of May 2010, the town had a total of 59.21 miles (95.29 km) of roadways, of which 54.51 miles (87.73 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.98 miles (4.80 km) by Warren County, 1.18 miles (1.90 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.54 miles (0.87 km) by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Major highways that enter Phillipsburg include U.S. Route 22 and Route 122. Interstate 78 passes through for less than a quarter-of-a-mile without any exits, but the closest interchange is in neighboring Pohatcong.

The town is connected to Pennsylvania across the Delaware River by the Easton–Phillipsburg Toll Bridge - (toll bridge carrying U.S. Route 22), Northampton Street Bridge (the "Free Bridge") and the Interstate 78 Toll Bridge (carrying Interstate 78), all of which are operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service is provided on the 890 and 891 routes. It is also served by a bus line down Route 57 to Washington Township.

By air, Phillipsburg is served by Lehigh Valley International Airport.


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