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Sandyston Township, New Jersey
|Township of Sandyston|
Map of Sandyston Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Sandyston Township, New Jersey
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|Royal charter||February 26, 1762|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Total||42.06 sq mi (108.94 km2)|
|• Land||41.33 sq mi (107.05 km2)|
|• Water||0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2) 1.74%|
|Area rank||48th of 565 in state
4th of 24 in county
|Elevation||692 ft (211 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||486th of 566 in state
21st of 24 in county
|• Density||47.0/sq mi (18.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||555th of 566 in state
23rd of 24 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
07826 - Branchville
|GNIS feature ID||0882255|
Sandyston Township is a small rural township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, located in the northwestern part of the state near the Pennsylvania border. The township is surrounded by and part of many national and state parks. As of the 2010 United States census, the township's population was 1,998, reflecting an increase of 173 (+9.5%) from the 1,825 counted in the 2000 census, which had in turn increased by 93 (+5.4%) from the 1,732 counted in the 1990 census. Sandyston's growth in recent years has been attributed to the influx of people from more urban parts of the state and even New York City, located less than 75 miles (121 km) away.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Sandyston Township as its 26th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
Sandyston was first formed by royal charter on February 26, 1762, from portions of Walpack Township. Sandyston was incorporated as a township on February 21, 1798, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature as part of the initial group of 104 townships incorporated in the state.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 43.259 square miles (112.040 km2), including 42.519 square miles (110.124 km2) of land and 0.740 square miles (1.917 km2) of water (1.71%).
The township ranges from 300 to 1,600 feet (91 to 488 m) above sea level. A ridge runs along the eastern half of the township called the Kittatinny Mountains. The highest point in the township is Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest. The lowest point is around the Delaware River in the western half of the township.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Abertown, Bevans, Centerville, Dingmans Ferry, Hainesville, Kittatinny Lake, Lake Ashroe, Layton, Namanack Island, Normanock, Peters Valley, Shaytown, Stoney Lake and Tuttles Corner.
1850-1870 1850 1870
1880-1890 1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,998 people, 788 households, and 561 families residing in the township. The population density was 47.0 per square mile (18.1/km2). There were 988 housing units at an average density of 23.2 per square mile (9.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 97.45% (1,947) White, 0.40% (8) Black or African American, 0.10% (2) Native American, 0.55% (11) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.30% (6) from other races, and 1.20% (24) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.40% (68) of the population.
There were 788 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the township, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 36.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.7 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 98.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $73,750 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,449) and the median family income was $96,071 (+/- $15,669). Males had a median income of $62,071 (+/- $9,210) versus $41,875 (+/- $7,589) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,921 (+/- $9,604). About 2.5% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States census there were 1,825 people, 693 households, and 503 families residing in the township. The population density was 42.8 people per square mile (16.5/km2). There were 907 housing units at an average density of 21.3 per square mile (8.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.86% White, 0.38% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.
There were 793 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% 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 3.12.
In the township the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $55,667, and the median income for a family was $65,774. Males had a median income of $46,167 versus $30,660 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,854. About 3.6% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Stokes State Forest cover more than two-thirds of the township
- Brau Kettle
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 52.47 miles (84.44 km) of roadways, of which 28.98 miles (46.64 km) were maintained by the municipality, 16.22 miles (26.10 km) by Sussex County and 7.27 miles (11.70 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
U.S. Route 206 bisects the township. The Dingman's Ferry Bridge, one of the last privately owned toll bridges on the Delaware River and one of the last few in the United States, carries two lanes of PA 739 and NJ County Route 560, connecting to Delaware Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania.
Public school students in kindergarten through sixth grade attend the schools of the Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School District, together with students from Walpack Township. The school is located in the Layton section of Sandyston Township. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 138 students and 16.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.2:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Sandyston-Walpack had the 26th smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 149 students.
Students in seventh through twelfth grade from Sandyston and Walpack Townships for public school attend Kittatinny Regional High School located in Hampton Township, which also serves students who reside in Fredon Township and Stillwater Township. The high school is located on a 96-acre (39 ha) campus in Hampton Township, about seven minutes outside of the county seat of Newton. Kittatinny Regional High School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1997–98. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 941 students and 97.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.7:1.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Sandyston Township include:
- George B. Harper (1918-1988), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1954 to 1964.
- Harry Harper (1895-1963), pitcher who played in the major leagues for four different teams.
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