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Voorhees Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Voorhees
Glendale Methodist Episcopal Church
Glendale Methodist Episcopal Church
Official seal of Voorhees Township, New Jersey
Seal
Voorhees highlighted in Camden County
Voorhees highlighted in Camden County
Census Bureau map of Voorhees Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Voorhees Township, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated March 1, 1899
Named for Foster McGowan Voorhees
Area
 • Total 11.644 sq mi (30.157 km2)
 • Land 11.492 sq mi (29.764 km2)
 • Water 0.152 sq mi (0.392 km2)  1.30%
Area rank 195th of 566 in state
6th of 37 in county
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 29,131
 • Estimate (2015) 29,370
 • Rank 77th of 566 in state
6th of 37 in county
 • Density 2,534.9/sq mi (978.7/km2)
 • Density rank 246th of 566 in state
28th of 37 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08043
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3400776220
GNIS feature ID 0882153
Website voorheesnj.com

Voorhees Township is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 29,131, reflecting an increase of 1,005 (+3.6%) from the 28,126 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,567 (+14.5%) from the 24,559 counted in the 1990 Census. Voorhees is a New Jersey suburb in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.

Voorhees Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 1, 1899, from portions of Waterford Township. Portions of the township were taken on March 8, 1924, to form Gibbsboro.

The township is named for Foster McGowan Voorhees, the Governor of New Jersey who authorized its creation.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 11.644 square miles (30.157 km2), including 11.492 square miles (29.764 km2) of land and 0.152 square miles (0.392 km2) of water (1.30%).

Echelon (with a 2010 population of 10,743) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the western part of the township between Cherry Hill and Gibbsboro.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Ashland, Brighton Heights, Glendale, Kirkwood, Kresson and Osage.

Voorhees borders the Camden County communities of Berlin Township, Cherry Hill Township, Gibbsboro, Lindenwold, and Somerdale. To the east is Evesham Township in Burlington County.

Voorhees also has many neighborhoods, such as Alluvium Woods, Sturbridge and Sturbridge Lakes, The Beagle Club, The Club at Main Street, and many more.

Climate

Voorhees has a humid subtropical climate, with mild to very cold winters and hot, humid summers. Temperatures have ranged from 104 °F to -7 °F.

Climate data for Voorhees
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 72
(22.2)
76
(24.4)
87
(30.6)
95
(35)
96
(35.6)
101
(38.3)
104
(40)
103
(39.4)
102
(38.9)
92
(33.3)
81
(27.2)
74
(23.3)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 39
(3.9)
42
(5.6)
51
(10.6)
63
(17.2)
74
(23.3)
82
(27.8)
87
(30.6)
85
(29.4)
78
(25.6)
67
(19.4)
55
(12.8)
43
(6.1)
63.8
(17.67)
Daily mean °F (°C) 31.5
(-0.28)
34
(1.1)
42
(5.6)
52.5
(11.39)
63
(17.2)
71
(21.7)
77
(25)
75
(23.9)
68
(20)
56.5
(13.61)
46.5
(8.06)
36
(2.2)
54.4
(12.44)
Average low °F (°C) 24
(-4.4)
26
(-3.3)
33
(0.6)
42
(5.6)
52
(11.1)
61
(16.1)
67
(19.4)
65
(18.3)
58
(14.4)
46
(7.8)
38
(3.3)
29
(-1.7)
45.1
(7.28)
Record low °F (°C) -7
(-21.7)
-4
(-20)
2
(-16.7)
19
(-7.2)
31
(-0.6)
38
(3.3)
47
(8.3)
45
(7.2)
35
(1.7)
26
(-3.3)
15
(-9.4)
1
(-17.2)
-7
(-21.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.20
(81.3)
2.80
(71.1)
3.70
(94)
3.50
(88.9)
3.70
(94)
3.60
(91.4)
4.10
(104.1)
4.00
(101.6)
3.30
(83.8)
2.70
(68.6)
3.40
(86.4)
3.30
(83.8)
41.30
(1,049)
Snowfall inches (cm) 7.01
(17.81)
7.01
(17.81)
4.02
(10.21)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.77
(1.96)
4.02
(10.21)
22.93
(58.24)
Avg. precipitation days 11 10 11 11 11 10 9 9 8 7 10 10 117
Avg. snowy days 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 13
Sunshine hours 155.7 154.7 202.8 217.0 245.1 271.2 275.6 260.1 219.3 204.5 154.7 137.7 2,498.4

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 969
1910 1,174 21.2%
1920 1,305 11.2%
1930 1,405 7.7%
1940 1,450 3.2%
1950 1,823 25.7%
1960 3,784 107.6%
1970 6,214 64.2%
1980 12,919 107.9%
1990 24,559 90.1%
2000 28,126 14.5%
2010 29,131 3.6%
Est. 2015 29,370 0.8%
Population sources:
1900-2000 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,131 people, 11,470 households, and 7,433 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,534.9 per square mile (978.7/km2). There were 12,260 housing units at an average density of 1,066.8 per square mile (411.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 71.77% (20,908) White, 8.70% (2,534) Black or African American, 0.15% (44) Native American, 16.13% (4,700) Asian, 0.04% (11) Pacific Islander, 0.84% (246) from other races, and 2.36% (688) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.43% (998) of the population.

There were 11,470 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the township, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 86.8 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $82,146 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,405) and the median family income was $107,000 (+/- $4,910). Males had a median income of $72,430 (+/- $6,605) versus $51,322 (+/- $2,170) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $44,169 (+/- $2,717). About 4.0% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 28,126 people, 10,489 households, and 7,069 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,424.0 people per square mile (936.2/km²). There were 11,084 housing units at an average density of 955.2 per square mile (368.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 78.26% White, 8.00% African American, 0.14% Native American, 11.44% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.47% of the population.

There were 10,489 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $68,402, and the median income for a family was $86,873. Males had a median income of $58,484 versus $38,897 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,635. About 3.7% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 119.81 miles (192.82 km) of roadways, of which 96.90 miles (155.95 km) were maintained by the municipality, 20.50 miles (32.99 km) by Camden County and 2.41 miles (3.88 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The only major highway that passes through Voorhees is Route 73 (Berlin-Kresson Road), which travels from the southern border with Berlin Township towards Evesham Township in Burlington County. Interstate 295 and Route 70 provide access to nearby Philadelphia via Cherry Hill Township. Exit 32 of Interstate 295 is partially signed for Voorhees, though motorists can also use exits 29A (U.S. Route 30/Berlin), 31 (Woodcrest Station) or 36 (Route 73) to access parts of the township.

County Route 544 (Evesham Road) runs along the border with Cherry Hill on the north side of the township and County Route 561 (Haddonfield-Berlin Road) clips the southwest corner of the township, from Berlin Township in the south, passes through Gibbsboro, reenters the township's northwest corner before heading into Cherry Hill.

Public transportation

One station on the PATCO Speedline rail system, Ashland, is located within township limits. The Woodcrest and Lindenwold stations are also easily accessible to many residents.

NJ Transit bus service is offered between the township and Philadelphia on the 403 route, with local service provided by the 451 and 459 routes.


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