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Runnemede, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Runnemede
Street scene in Runnemede
Street scene in Runnemede
Runnemede highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Runnemede highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Runnemede, New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Runnemede, New Jersey.
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Coordinates: 39°51′12″N 75°04′32″W / 39.853411°N 75.075502°W / 39.853411; -75.075502Coordinates: 39°51′12″N 75°04′32″W / 39.853411°N 75.075502°W / 39.853411; -75.075502
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
European settlement 1626
Incorporated April 24, 1926
Named for Runnymede, England
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.11 sq mi (5.45 km2)
 • Land 2.05 sq mi (5.31 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)  2.56%
Area rank 402nd of 565 in state
17th of 37 in county
Elevation
69 ft (21 m)
Population
 • Total 8,468
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,300
 • Rank 269th of 566 in state
16th of 37 in county
 • Density 4,117.2/sq mi (1,589.7/km2)
 • Density rank 147th of 566 in state
17th of 37 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08078
Area code(s) 856 exchanges: 312, 931, 933, 939
FIPS code 3400765160
GNIS feature ID 0885382

Runnemede is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,468, reflecting a decline of 65 (-0.8%) from the 8,533 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 509 (-5.6%) from the 9,042 counted in the 1990 Census.

Runnemede was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1926, from portions of the now-defunct Centre Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 24, 1926. The boroughs of Bellmawr, Mount Ephraim and Lawnside were simultaneously created during the same two-day period. The derivation of the borough's name is uncertain, though claims that it derives from a Native American term for "running water" have been refuted and connections to General George Meade or to "rum we need" for a nearby tavern are probably apocryphal. Sources have cited the name as coming from Runnymede, England.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.115 square miles (5.477 km2), including 2.057 square miles (5.327 km2) of land and 0.058 square miles (0.150 km2) of water (2.74%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Glendora.

The borough borders Barrington, Bellmawr, Gloucester Township, and Magnolia. Runnemede also borders Deptford in Gloucester County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,436
1940 2,835 16.4%
1950 4,217 48.7%
1960 8,396 99.1%
1970 10,475 24.8%
1980 9,461 −9.7%
1990 9,042 −4.4%
2000 8,533 −5.6%
2010 8,648 1.3%
2019 (est.) 8,300 −4.0%
Population sources:
1930-2000 1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,468 people, 3,370 households, and 2,214 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,117.2 per square mile (1,589.7/km2). There were 3,548 housing units at an average density of 1,725.1 per square mile (666.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 88.52% (7,496) White, 4.72% (400) Black or African American, 0.30% (25) Native American, 2.63% (223) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 2.18% (185) from other races, and 1.64% (139) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.09% (516) of the population.

There were 3,370 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% 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 3.11.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $53,454 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,014) and the median family income was $62,899 (+/- $4,849). Males had a median income of $43,016 (+/- $1,759) versus $38,854 (+/- $5,740) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,260 (+/- $1,884). About 6.9% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,533 people, 3,376 households, and 2,275 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,084.2 people per square mile (1,576.4/km2). There were 3,510 housing units at an average density of 1,680.0 per square mile (648.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.77% White, 3.76% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.55% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.59% of the population.

There were 3,376 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $41,126, and the median income for a family was $50,127. Males had a median income of $37,705 versus $28,062 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,143. About 3.1% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 31.16 miles (50.15 km) of roadways, of which 25.32 miles (40.75 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.34 miles (3.77 km) by Camden County and 1.17 miles (1.88 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 2.33 miles (3.75 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Various state highways pass through Runnemede, including Route 168 and Route 41, which intersect in the borough. The North-South Freeway (Route 42) passes through the northwest briefly, but without any connections between the freeway and the borough. The New Jersey Turnpike passes through the northern part, which houses part of an interchange: Exit 3. The interchange and toll gate are located near the boundary with Bellmawr, with a total of six lanes at the gate.

Major county roads include CR 544 which runs along the southern border.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service between the borough and Philadelphia is available on the 400 route, with local service available on the 455 route.

Economy

Mister Softee, an ice cream truck franchiser with about 350 franchisees operating 600 trucks in 15 states, has been headquartered in Runnemede since 1958.

Education

The Runnemede Public School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 814 students and 68.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.9:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Aline Bingham Elementary School with 174 students in grades K-3, Grace Downing Elementary School with 167 students in grades K-3 and Mary E. Volz Elementary and Middle School with 469 students in grades 4-8.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Triton Regional High School, one of three high schools that are part of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District, which also serves students from Bellmawr Borough and Gloucester Township. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,159 students and 95.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. The two other schools in the district are Highland Regional High School and Timber Creek Regional High School, which serve students from Gloucester Township, based on their address. The district is governed by a nine-member board of education that oversees the operation of the district; seats on the board are allocated to the constituent municipalities based on population, with one seat allocated to Runnemede.

St. Teresa Regional School is a PreK-8 elementary school, that was once attended by Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater Tara Lipinski, and operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.

Notable people

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

  • Brigid Callahan Harrison (born 1965), Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University.
  • Michael Iaconelli (born 1972), 2006 Bassmaster Angler of the Year.
  • Bill Moen (born 1986), politician who has represented the 5th Legislative District in the New Jersey Assembly since January 14, 2020.
  • Jack O'Halloran (born 1943), Heavyweight boxer and actor who appeared in King Kong, Superman and Superman II.
  • Tim Tetrick (born 1981), harness racing driver.
  • Theresa Anne Tull (born 1936), diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Guyana (1987-1990) and Brunei from 1993 until 1996.

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