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Tavistock, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Tavistock
Gill Homestead in 1936
Gill Homestead in 1936
Tavistock highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Tavistock highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Tavistock, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Tavistock, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated February 16, 1921
Government
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Body Board of Commissioners
Area
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.71 km2)
 • Land 0.27 sq mi (0.71 km2)
 • Water <0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)  1.07%
Area rank 555th of 565 in state
34th of 37 in county
Elevation
46 ft (14 m)
Population
 • Total 5
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5
 • Rank 565th of 565 in state
37th of 37 in county
 • Density 19.7/sq mi (7.6/km2)
 • Density rank 560th of 565 in state
36th of 37 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08033 - Haddonfield
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3400772240
GNIS feature ID 0885416

Tavistock is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5, reflecting a decline of 19 (-79.2%) from the 24 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 11 (-31.4%) from the 35 counted in the 1990 Census. As of the 2010 Census it was the smallest municipality by population in New Jersey, with seven fewer residents than nearby Pine Valley, which had 12.

Tavistock was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 16, 1921, from portions of the now-defunct Centre Township. The name of the borough came from the estate in England of a family of early settlers.

The borough was formed in order to allow the members of Tavistock Country Club to play golf on Sundays by members of the Victor Talking Machine Company. This was prohibited at the Haddon Country Club which was governed by a local blue law prohibiting sporting activities on Sundays. Tavistock's secession from Haddonfield, New Jersey, the original site of the club, is said to have been driven by the fact that Haddonfield was (and remains) a dry borough, though Tavistock was formed in 1921 during Prohibition when liquor would have been banned. Members of the club included State Senator Joseph Wallworth and Assembly Speaker T. Harry Rowland, who helped push the bill that created the new municipality to unanimous approval in the New Jersey Legislature.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Tavistock borough had a total area of 0.257 square miles (0.664 km2), including 0.254 square miles (0.658 km2) of land and 0.003 square miles (0.007 km2) of water (0.99%).

The borough borders Barrington, Haddonfield, and Lawnside.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 20
1940 13 −35.0%
1950 15 15.4%
1960 10 −33.3%
1970 12 20.0%
1980 9 −25.0%
1990 35 288.9%
2000 24 −31.4%
2010 5 −79.2%
2019 (est.) 5 0.0%
Population sources:
1930-2000 1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

The 2010 United States Census counted 5 people in 3 households. Two households consisted of married couples and the third was a male over 65 years of age living alone. The population density was 19.7 per square mile (7.6/km2). The borough contained 3 housing units at an average density of 11.8 per square mile (4.6/km2). All residents were white. Two residents were aged 25 to 44 and three were older than 65. The median age was 66.3 years.

Due to the borough's population, the Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey did not include information about income and poverty for residents.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 24 people, 7 households, and 7 families residing in the borough. The population density was 94.3 people per square mile (37.1/km2). There were 7 housing units at an average density of 27.5 per square mile (10.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.67% White and 8.33% African American.

There were 7 households, out of which 57.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 0.0% were non-families. No households were made up of individuals, and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.43 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 37.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $58,750, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $76,250 versus $46,250 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,600. There are 20.0% of families living below the poverty line and 21.7% of the population, including 25.0% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 0.17 miles (0.27 km) of roadways, all of which is maintained by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Interstate 295 passes through but the nearest interchange is immediately over the border in neighboring Haddonfield. The New Jersey Turnpike runs briefly through Tavistock, although the nearest exit is for Bellmawr and Runnemede.

Public transportation

NJ Transit local bus service is available on the 451 route between Camden and the Lindenwold station.

Education

Tavistock is a non-operating school district. Public school students in Tavistock are served by the Haddonfield Public Schools in the adjoining community of Haddonfield as part of a sending/receiving relationship, together with students from Pine Valley. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 2,749 students and 215.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Central Elementary School with 419 students in grades K-5, Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School with 367 students in grades K-5, J. Fithian Tatem Elementary School with 422 students in grades PreK-5, Haddonfield Middle School with 659 students in grades 6-8 and Haddonfield Memorial High School with 869 students in grades 9-12.

Notable people

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

  • John Aglialoro (born 1943), businessman and film producer.
  • Joan Carter (born 1943), businesswoman and philanthropist.

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