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Plumsted Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Plumsted
New Egypt, the township's central business district
New Egypt, the township's central business district
Motto(s): 
Pride in Plumsted, the State's Center
Map of Plumsted Township in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Plumsted Township in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Plumsted Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Plumsted Township, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Ocean County, New Jersey.gif Ocean
Incorporated March 11, 1845
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 39.53 sq mi (102.37 km2)
 • Land 39.14 sq mi (101.36 km2)
 • Water 0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)  0.99%
Area rank 57th of 565 in state
9th of 33 in county
Elevation
105 ft (32 m)
Population
 • Total 8,421
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,571
 • Rank 270th of 566 in state
13th of 33 in county
 • Density 212.1/sq mi (81.9/km2)
 • Density rank 501st of 566 in state
32nd of 33 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08533 - New Egypt
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 752, 758
FIPS code 3402959790
GNIS feature ID 0882078

Plumsted Township is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 8,421, reflecting an increase of 1,146 (+15.8%) from the 7,275 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,270 (+21.1%) from the 6,005 counted in the 1990 Census. The 2010 population was the highest recorded in any decennial census.

Plumsted Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 11, 1845, from portions of Jackson Township, while the area was still part of Monmouth County. Plumsted Township became part of the newly created Ocean County on February 15, 1850. The township was named for Clement Plumstead, an English Quaker who bought a large parcel of land, but never set foot in the area.

At one time, Plumsted included five separate Superfund sites, four of which have been removed from the National Priorities List, the most of any township in New Jersey.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 40.146 square miles (103.976 km2), including 39.709 square miles (102.845 km2) of land and 0.437 square miles (1.131 km2) of water (1.09%).

New Egypt (with a 2010 Census population of 2,512) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Plumsted Township.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Archertown, Brindle Park, Head of Woods, Hockamik, Pinehurst Estates and Woodruff.

Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area is a 12,906.63-acre (5,223.13 ha) wildlife management area located within portions of both Plumsted Township and Jackson Township, operated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The township borders Jackson Township and Manchester Township in Ocean County; New Hanover Township, North Hanover Township and Pemberton Township in Burlington County; and Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County.

Community

The community has a volunteer fire station, a first aid station, and a police department. New Egypt has a supermarket, a funeral home (www.tilghmanfh.com) the New Egypt Market Place (formerly the IGA), a bike store (Mid Atlantic X-treme Sports), two barber shops, an auto body (New Egypt Auto Body), two diners, a general store and a few other small stores downtown. It is also home to seven churches: Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Bible Baptist Church, Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, New Egypt United Methodist Church, Plumsted Presbyterian Church, and The Christian Fellowship Church of New Egypt. Oakford Lake is located in the middle of the town. In the early 1900s the location thrived as a tourist and vacation attraction.

New Egypt has a recreation field which includes four baseball fields, a football field, two softball fields, and a basketball court and three small fields used for tee ball.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,613
1860 2,003 24.2%
1870 1,566 −21.8%
1880 1,561 −0.3%
1890 1,327 −15.0%
1900 1,204 −9.3%
1910 1,123 −6.7%
1920 1,276 13.6%
1930 1,215 −4.8%
1940 1,580 30.0%
1950 2,093 32.5%
1960 3,281 56.8%
1970 4,113 25.4%
1980 4,674 13.6%
1990 6,005 28.5%
2000 7,275 21.1%
2010 8,421 15.8%
2019 (est.) 8,571 1.8%
Population sources: 1850-2000
1850-1920 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,421 people, 2,936 households, and 2,311 families residing in the township. The population density was 212.1 per square mile (81.9/km2). There were 3,067 housing units at an average density of 77.2 per square mile (29.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 94.19% (7,932) White, 1.81% (152) Black or African American, 0.32% (27) Native American, 0.87% (73) Asian, 0.02% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.24% (104) from other races, and 1.56% (131) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.91% (498) of the population.

There were 2,936 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 16.8% 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 2.87 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 96.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $73,790 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,323) and the median family income was $89,279 (+/- $12,381). Males had a median income of $54,614 (+/- $8,958) versus $46,886 (+/- $3,261) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,719 (+/- $2,499). About 4.4% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,275 people, 2,510 households, and 2,002 families residing in the township. The population density was 181.8 people per square mile (70.2/km2). There were 2,628 housing units at an average density of 65.7 per square mile (25.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.90% White, 2.30% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.85% of the population.

There were 2,510 households, out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out, with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $61,357, and the median income for a family was $62,255. Males had a median income of $42,610 versus $34,355 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,433. About 4.3% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

2018-09-17 12 54 32 View east along Ocean County Route 528 (Lakewood Road) just east of Ocean County Route 10 (Main Street) in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, New Jersey
County Route 528 eastbound in Plumsted Township

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 73.76 miles (118.71 km) of roadways, of which 35.89 miles (57.76 km) were maintained by the municipality and 37.87 miles (60.95 km) by Ocean County.

The only major roads that pass through are county routes, such as County Route 528, County Route 537 along the northern border with Upper Freehold Township and County Route 539, which traverses more than 8 miles (13 km) north / south across the township in its eastern section.

The closest limited access road is Interstate 195, which is accessible in neighboring Upper Freehold Township and Jackson Township.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service between the township and Philadelphia on the 317 bus route.

Ocean Ride local service is provided on the Shoppers Loop route.

Education

The Plumsted Township School District educates students in public school for kindergarten though twelfth grade, including special education students in pre-kindergarten. As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 1,216 students and 126.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.6:1. Schools in the district (with 2019–20 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School with 538 students in grades PreK-5, New Egypt Middle School with 294 students in grades 6-8 and New Egypt High School with 375 students in grades 9-12.

Notable people

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

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

  • Deena Nicole Cortese (born 1987), reality television personality who appeared on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore.
  • Ronald S. Dancer (born 1949), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who served as mayor of Plumsted Township from 1990 to 2011.
  • Stanley Dancer (1927-2005), harness racing driver and trainer.
  • George Franklin Fort (1809-1872), physician, judge and politician who served as the 16th Governor of New Jersey from 1851 to 1854.
  • Keith Jones, news anchor and reporter for WCAU in Philadelphia.
  • Duke Lacroix (born 1993), professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League.
  • Edgar O. Murphy (1878-1959), politician who served as Mayor of Farmingdale, New Jersey and as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
  • Stephen Panasuk (born 1989), quarterback for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League.
  • Travis Ward (born 1996), soccer player who plays as a forward for Michigan Stars FC in the National Independent Soccer Association.
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