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Somerdale, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Somerdale
Somerdale highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in New Jersey.
Somerdale highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Somerdale, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Somerdale, New Jersey
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Coordinates: 39°50′43″N 75°01′18″W / 39.845416°N 75.021701°W / 39.845416; -75.021701Coordinates: 39°50′43″N 75°01′18″W / 39.845416°N 75.021701°W / 39.845416; -75.021701
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated April 23, 1929
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.39 sq mi (3.61 km2)
 • Land 1.39 sq mi (3.61 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.00%
Area rank 461st of 565 in state
26th of 37 in county
Elevation
85 ft (26 m)
Population
 • Total 5,151
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,477
 • Rank 372nd of 566 in state
22nd of 37 in county
 • Density 3,714.0/sq mi (1,434.0/km2)
 • Density rank 169th of 566 in state
22nd of 37 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08083
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3400768340
GNIS feature ID 0885396

Somerdale is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,151, reflecting a decline of 41 (-0.8%) from the 5,192 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 248 (-4.6%) from the 5,440 counted in the 1990 Census.

The Borough of Somerdale was created on April 23, 1929, from portions of Clementon Township, one of seven municipalities created from the now-defunct township, and one of five new municipalities (including Hi-Nella Borough, Lindenwold Borough, Pine Hill Borough and Pine Valley Borough) created on that same date.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.387 square miles (3.592 km2), all of which was land.

Somerdale borders the Camden County municipalities of Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Hi-Nella, Lawnside, Lindenwold, Magnolia, Stratford, Voorhees Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,151
1940 1,170 1.7%
1950 1,417 21.1%
1960 4,839 241.5%
1970 6,510 34.5%
1980 5,900 −9.4%
1990 5,440 −7.8%
2000 5,123 −5.8%
2010 5,151 0.5%
2019 (est.) 5,477 6.3%
Population sources:
1930-2000 1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,151 people, 2,026 households, and 1,345 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,714.0 per square mile (1,434.0/km2). There were 2,158 housing units at an average density of 1,556.0 per square mile (600.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 68.20% (3,513) White, 18.99% (978) Black or African American, 0.08% (4) Native American, 6.00% (309) Asian, 0.02% (1) Pacific Islander, 3.07% (158) from other races, and 3.65% (188) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.19% (422) of the population.

There were 2,026 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% 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 3.11.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 96.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,991 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,116) and the median family income was $71,862 (+/- $7,180). Males had a median income of $46,132 (+/- $3,220) versus $32,287 (+/- $3,698) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,221 (+/- $2,206). About 2.2% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,192 people, 2,068 households, and 1,379 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,778.9 people per square mile (1,463.2/km2). There were 2,168 housing units at an average density of 1,577.9 per square mile (611.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 75.35% White, 17.66% African American, 0.21% Native American, 3.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.89% of the population.

There were 2,068 households, out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% 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 22.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $46,898, and the median income for a family was $54,200. Males had a median income of $37,008 versus $31,237 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,259. About 6.4% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 24.21 miles (38.96 km) of roadways, of which 19.46 miles (31.32 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.52 miles (5.66 km) by Camden County and 1.23 miles (1.98 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

U.S. Route 30 traverses the borough, from the border with Magnolia to the north and to Stratford to the south .

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service between the borough and Philadelphia is available on the 403 route (from Turnersville to Camden), with local service available on the 451.

Education

The Somerdale School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Somerdale Park School. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 483 students and 47.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.2:1.

For ninth grade through twelfth grade, public school students attend Sterling High School, a regional high school district that also serves students from Magnolia and Stratford, along with the sending districts of Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs. The high school is located in Somerdale. As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 963 students and 70.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8:1.

Our Lady of Grace was a K-8 elementary school that operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. As part of the reorganization by the Camden Diocese, Our Lady of Grace School and the associated church were both closed, after a November 2009 announcement from the Camden Diocese that the Somerdale church would be one of three churches that would be closed and combined to create Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Lindenwold.

Notable people

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

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