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Stratford, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Stratford
North Branch, Big Timber Creek
Stratford highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Stratford highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Stratford, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Stratford, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated February 13, 1925
Named for Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Land 1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.00%
Area rank 445th of 565 in state
22nd of 37 in county
Elevation
79 ft (24 m)
Population
 • Total 7,040
 • Estimate 
(2019)
6,955
 • Rank 318th of 566 in state
19th of 37 in county
 • Density 4,547.0/sq mi (1,755.6/km2)
 • Density rank 124th of 566 in state
12th of 37 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08084
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3400771220
GNIS feature ID 0885411

Stratford is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,040, reflecting a decline of 231 (-3.2%) from the 7,271 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 343 (-4.5%) from the 7,614 counted in the 1990 Census. The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Stratford.

The Borough of Stratford was created on February 13, 1925, from portions of Clementon Township, one of seven municipalities created from the now-defunct township. The borough was named for Stratford-upon-Avon, England, by the owners of the Rural Land Improvement Company that developed the area in the 1880s.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.548 square miles (4.010 km2), all of which was land.

The borough borders Gloucester Township (north and east), Hi-Nella (north), Laurel Springs (south), Lindenwold (south and west), and Somerdale (west).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 958
1940 980 2.3%
1950 1,356 38.4%
1960 4,308 217.7%
1970 9,801 127.5%
1980 8,005 −18.3%
1990 7,614 −4.9%
2000 7,271 −4.5%
2010 7,040 −3.2%
2019 (est.) 6,955 −1.2%
Population sources:
1930-2000 1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,040 people, 2,641 households, and 1,822 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,547.0 per square mile (1,755.6/km2). There were 2,761 housing units at an average density of 1,783.3 per square mile (688.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 82.37% (5,799) White, 8.24% (580) Black or African American, 0.18% (13) Native American, 4.22% (297) Asian, 0.07% (5) Pacific Islander, 2.77% (195) from other races, and 2.14% (151) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.49% (457) of the population.

There were 2,641 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.1 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 92.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $64,297 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,575) and the median family income was $86,375 (+/- $11,140). Males had a median income of $63,879 (+/- $4,823) versus $40,243 (+/- $1,924) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,383 (+/- $3,556). About 4.3% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,271 people, 2,736 households, and 1,906 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,603.8 people per square mile (1,776.8/km2). There were 2,849 housing units at an average density of 1,803.9 per square mile (696.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 88.56% White, 6.60% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.81% of the population.

There were 2,736 households, out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $50,977, and the median income for a family was $57,500. Males had a median income of $42,246 versus $29,153 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,748. About 2.5% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 26.09 miles (41.99 km) of roadways, of which 21.77 miles (35.04 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.21 miles (5.17 km) by Camden County and 1.11 miles (1.79 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

U.S. Route 30 (White Horse Pike) runs from Laurel Springs in the borough's southeast corner and heads towards the northern tip of the borough along the border between Stratford to the southwest and Somerdale to the northeast before heading into Somerdale.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service between Turnersville and Camden is available on the 403 route, with local service available on the 459 route operatining between Voorhees Town Center and the Avandale Park and Ride in Winslow Township.

Education

The Stratford School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Students from Hi-Nella attend the district for PreK-8 as part of a sending/receiving relationship, under a five-year transition that started in 2012-13, bringing in an additional 100 students to the district. Students from Laurel Springs also attend the district's schools for grades 7 and 8 as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 862 students and 69.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.5:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Parkview Elementary School with 367 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade and Samuel S. Yellin Elementary School with 487 students in grades 4 - 8.

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 Somerdale, along with the sending districts of Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs. The high school is located in Somerdale. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 958 students and 69.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.7:1.

Stratford Classical Christian Academy serves students in Kindergarten through tenth grade. John Paul II Regional School is an elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, having opened for the 2008–09 school year as the result of the consolidation of area schools by the Camden diocese.

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine has its campus on Laurel Road in Stratford Borough. It is made up of four buildings including the University Doctors' Pavilion and a Science Center.

Rutgers University's Biomedical and Health Sciences school has a campus in Stratford.

Notable people

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

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