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Rumson, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Rumson
Lauriston
Lauriston
Official seal of Rumson, New Jersey
Seal
Map of Rumson in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Rumson in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Rumson, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Rumson, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Incorporated June 18, 1907
Area
 • Total 7.117 sq mi (18.432 km2)
 • Land 5.058 sq mi (13.101 km2)
 • Water 2.059 sq mi (5.332 km2)  28.93%
Area rank 243rd of 566 in state
16th of 53 in county
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 7,122
 • Estimate (2015) 6,926
 • Rank 316th of 566 in state
24th of 53 in county
 • Density 1,408.0/sq mi (543.6/km2)
 • Density rank 344th of 566 in state
41st of 53 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07760
Area code(s) 732
FIPS code 3402565130
GNIS feature ID 0885381
Website www.rumsonnj.gov

Rumson is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States and is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the borough's population was 7,122, reflecting a decline of 15 (-0.2%) from 7,137 in 2000, which had in turn increased by 436 (+6.5%) from 6,701 in 1990.

Rumson was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 15, 1907, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, based on results of a referendum held on June 18, 1907.

History

Legend has it that the borough's name is derived from early settlers who bought the land from the Native Americans in exchange for some rum. But as far back as 1663, long before the area was officially named Rumson, Native Americans called it "Navarumsunk". Over the years it has been shortened to "Rumson", though sources also talk of a Chief Alumson as a source of the name. Other names Rumson has been known by include Black Point, Port Washington, and Oceanic.

Rumson was purchased by English settlers in pieces. The first purchase is dated January 25, 1665, and it included parts of Middletown. The rest of the area was purchased later that year.

Rumson is known for its many sprawling turn-of-the-century estates located along the shores of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers and along historic Rumson Road, which serves as one of Rumson's main thoroughfares. Rumson's many old estates were built as summer homes for wealthy New York bankers and industrialists. The oldest of Rumson's homes was the Tredwell House, named after a family that summered here for almost 100 years. The oldest part of the house being from 1670 once occupied 700 acres (2.8 km2); it was the second oldest building in Monmouth County as of June 2006, when it was destroyed by fire.

In the 19th century Rumson's summer residents enjoyed many activities, such as swimming and boating in the adjacent Navesink River and the Atlantic Ocean, or taking a wagon ride. In winter, residents used the river for ice boating.

Originally a summer colony for wealthy New Yorkers, Rumson has become an upscale suburb.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 7.117 square miles (18.432 km2), including 5.058 square miles (13.101 km2) of land and 2.059 square miles (5.332 km2) of water (28.93%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include East Oceanic, Elsemere, Oceanic, Rumson Bluffs, Rumson Hills and Waterloo.

The borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown Township, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,449
1920 1,658 14.4%
1930 2,073 25.0%
1940 2,926 41.1%
1950 4,044 38.2%
1960 6,405 58.4%
1970 7,421 15.9%
1980 7,623 2.7%
1990 6,701 −12.1%
2000 7,137 6.5%
2010 7,122 −0.2%
Est. 2015 6,926 −2.8%
Population sources: 1910-1920
1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

Cows on a farm in Rumson NJ
Cows on a property in Rumson.

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,122 people, 2,344 households, and 1,957 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,408.0 per square mile (543.6/km2). There were 2,585 housing units at an average density of 511.0 per square mile (197.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 97.22% (6,924) White, 0.25% (18) Black or African American, 0.07% (5) Native American, 1.26% (90) Asian, 0.03% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.15% (11) from other races, and 1.01% (72) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% (173) of the population.

There were 2,344 households out of which 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $134,281 (with a margin of error of +/- $18,300) and the median family income was $157,188 (+/- $28,308). Males had a median income of $140,885 (+/- $25,278) versus $56,071 (+/- $16,014) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $79,388 (+/- $10,219). About 3.8% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% 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 7,137 people, 2,452 households, and 1,988 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,366.0 people per square mile (527.9/km2). There were 2,610 housing units at an average density of 499.5 per square mile (193.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.77% White, 0.24% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 2,452 households out of which 44.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the borough the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median resident age is 39.2 years old. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $120,865, and the median income for a family was $140,668. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $47,260 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $73,692. About 3.4% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 0.7% of those age 65 or over.

The most common ancestries of Rumson residents were Irish (33.4%), German (17.9%), Italian (16.4%), English (13.8%), Polish (6.2%) and United States (5.3%).

Parks and recreation

Public parks include Meadowridge Park, Piping Rock Park, Riverside Park, Rogers Park, "Teddy's Playground" at Victory Park, and West Park. The Rumson Country Club is a consolidation of the Rumson Polo Club and the Meadow Yacht Club and the Sea Bright Yacht Club. Bingham Hall serves as a center for social gatherings, recreational activities, and fundraisers.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 49.56 miles (79.76 km) of roadways, of which 40.15 miles (64.62 km) were maintained by the municipality and 9.41 miles (15.14 km) by Monmouth County.

Public transportation

Transportation to New York is available via NJ Transit's train service from either the Little Silver or Red Bank stations on the North Jersey Coast Line.

Many of Rumson's residents work in the financial services industry and commute to Wall Street on the high-speed SeaStreak ferry that leaves from nearby Atlantic Highlands. The ferry ride is 40 minutes to the foot of Wall Street or an hour to Midtown Manhattan.

NJ Transit offers local bus service on the 835 route.

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