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Southampton Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Southampton
Bishop-Irick Farmstead in Vincentown
Bishop-Irick Farmstead in Vincentown
Southampton Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Southampton Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Southampton Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Southampton Township, New Jersey
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Coordinates: 39°54′57″N 74°43′03″W / 39.915935°N 74.717501°W / 39.915935; -74.717501Coordinates: 39°54′57″N 74°43′03″W / 39.915935°N 74.717501°W / 39.915935; -74.717501
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Burlington
Incorporated March 10, 1845 as Coaxen Township
Renamed April 1, 1845 as Southampton Township
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 44.44 sq mi (115.10 km2)
 • Land 43.96 sq mi (113.85 km2)
 • Water 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)  1.08%
Area rank 44th of 565 in state
7th of 40 in county
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 • Total 10,464
 • Estimate 
(2019)
10,095
 • Rank 234th of 566 in state
14th of 40 in county
 • Density 239.6/sq mi (92.5/km2)
 • Density rank 493rd of 566 in state
34th of 40 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08088
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 268, 801, 859
FIPS code 3400568610
GNIS feature ID 0882090

Southampton Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 10,464 reflecting an increase of 76 (+0.7%) from the 10,388 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 186 (+1.8%) from the 10,202 counted in the 1990 Census.

What is now Southampton was originally incorporated as Coaxen Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1845, from portions of Northampton Township (now known as Mount Holly Township). The name lasted for about three weeks when it was renamed Southampton Township on April 1, 1845. As the population increased, portions of the township were taken to form Pemberton Township (March 10, 1846), Shamong Township (February 19, 1852), Lumberton Township (March 14, 1860), Woodland Township (March 7, 1866) and Tabernacle Township (March 22, 1901).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Southampton Township had a total area of 44.224 square miles (114.538 km2), including 43.668 square miles (113.099 km2) of land and 0.556 square miles (1.439 km2) of water (1.26%). The township is located within the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

Leisuretowne (2010 Census population of 3,582) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Southampton Township. Vincentown is an unincorporated area and ZIP code 08088 within portions of the township, while other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Beaverville, Buddtown, Burrs Mill, Chairville, Crescent Heights, Ewansville, Ewingville, Hampton Lakes, Medford Park, Oak Shade, Red Lion, Retreat and Sandtown.

The township borders Eastampton Township, Lumberton Township, Medford Township, Pemberton Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township.

The township is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve. Part of the township is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.

Climate

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 42 F 45 F 54 F 65 F 75 F 83 F 87 F 86 F 79 F 69 F 57 F 46 F
Avg 36 F 36 F 44 F 54 F 60 F 74 F 77 F 72 F 68 F 54 F 44 F 38 F
Low 22 F 24 F 31 F 39 F 49 F 58 F 63 F 61 F 54 F 43 F 35 F 27 F

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,545
1860 2,558 −27.8%
1870 2,374 −7.2%
1880 2,269 −4.4%
1890 1,849 −18.5%
1900 1,904 3.0%
1910 1,778 −6.6%
1920 1,641 −7.7%
1930 1,637 −0.2%
1940 1,813 10.8%
1950 2,341 29.1%
1960 3,166 35.2%
1970 4,982 57.4%
1980 8,808 76.8%
1990 10,202 15.8%
2000 10,388 1.8%
2010 10,464 0.7%
2019 (est.) 10,095 −3.5%
Population sources:1850-2000
1850-1920 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,464 people, 4,746 households, and 3,042 families residing in the township. The population density was 239.6 per square mile (92.5/km2). There were 5,024 housing units at an average density of 115.1 per square mile (44.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 94.50% (9,888) White, 2.21% (231) Black or African American, 0.11% (12) Native American, 1.33% (139) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.49% (51) from other races, and 1.36% (142) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% (225) of the population.

There were 4,746 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the township, the population was spread out with 15.6% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 15.9% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 32.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53.9 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 85.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $51,713 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,072) and the median family income was $73,598 (+/- $11,729). Males had a median income of $57,500 (+/- $8,015) versus $39,472 (+/- $4,560) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,493 (+/- $1,869). About 3.1% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,388 people, 4,574 households, and 3,046 families residing in the township. The population density was 235.9 people per square mile (91.1/km2). There were 4,751 housing units at an average density of 107.9 per square mile (41.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.09% White, 1.20% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.

There were 4,574 households, out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the township the population was spread out, with 17.8% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 31.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $44,419, and the median income for a family was $57,419. Males had a median income of $45,785 versus $30,134 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,977. About 2.6% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 112.19 miles (180.55 km) of roadways, of which 74.37 miles (119.69 km) were maintained by the municipality, 19.38 miles (31.19 km) by Burlington County and 18.44 miles (29.68 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Public transportation

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

Education

The Southampton Township Schools serve public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 734 students and 70.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.4:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are

  • Southampton School #1 with 234 students in grades K-2,
  • Southampton School #2 with 230 students in grades 3-5 and
  • Southampton School #3 with 254 students in grades 6–8.

Public school students from Southampton Township in ninth through twelfth grades attend Seneca High School, which also serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Shamong Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township. The school is part of the Lenape Regional High School District, which also serves students from Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township and Mount Laurel Township. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,137 students and 109.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.4:1.

Students from Southampton Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.

Notable people

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

  • Albert Cooper (1904-1993), soccer goalkeeper who earned two cap with the U.S. national team in 1928.
  • Kyle Criscuolo (born 1992), ice hockey forward who has played in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres.
  • Samuel A. Dobbins (1814–1905), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1873 to 1877.
  • Brad Ecklund (1922–2010), center who played five seasons in the NFL.
  • Job H. Lippincott (1842–1900), United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1893 to 1900.
  • Chauncey Morehouse (1902–1980), jazz drummer.
  • Jim Saxton (born 1943), Congressman from 1984 to 2009.

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