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Walpack Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Walpack
The downtown of Wallpack Center, New Jersey facing towards the east, away from National Park Service Route 615.
The downtown of Wallpack Center, New Jersey facing towards the east, away from National Park Service Route 615.
Motto: Oldest Municipality in Sussex County
Map of Walpack Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Walpack Township in Sussex County. Inset: Location of Sussex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Walpack Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Walpack Township, New Jersey
Country  United States
state  New Jersey
County Sussex
Earliest mention October 26, 1731
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Area
 • Total 24.702 sq mi (63.979 km2)
 • Land 24.050 sq mi (62.289 km2)
 • Water 0.652 sq mi (1.689 km2)  2.64%
Area rank 109th of 566 in state
10th of 24 in county
Elevation 436 ft (133 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 16
 • Estimate (2015) 15
 • Rank 564th of 566 in state
24th of 24 in county
 • Density 0.7/sq mi (0.3/km2)
 • Density rank 566th of 566 in state
24th of 24 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07881 - Walpack Center
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3403776640
GNIS feature ID 0882259
Website www.twp.walpack.nj.us

Walpack Township is a township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a population of 16, reflecting a decline of 25 (-61.0%) from the 41 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 26 (-38.8%) from the 67 counted in the 1990 Census. Walpack Township was one of only four municipalities in New Jersey with a double-digit population as of the 2010 Census, and it placed third behind Tavistock (population 5) and Pine Valley (population 12), both in Camden County.

Walpack Township dates back to October 26, 1731, when it was first mentioned as Walpake in Hunterdon County. The area covered by the present-day township was set off to Morris County upon that county's creation in 1739, and became part of the newly formed Sussex County in 1753. As of April 15, 1754, Walpack's boundaries were defined as a "precinct". Walpack was formally incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Montague Township (March 26, 1759), Sandyston Township (February 26, 1762) and the now-defunct Pahaquarry Township in Warren County (December 27, 1824). Territory was gained from Stillwater Township in 1935.

The current Walpack Township is named from a corruption of the Lenape Native American content word "wahlpeck," which means "turn-hole," or an eddy or whirlpool, a compound of two Native American words, "woa-lac" (a hole), and "tuppeck" (a pool), though other sources attribute the name to mean "very deep water" or "sudden bend of a stream around the base of a rock".

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Walpack Township as its 18th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.

History

The Andrew Snable House was built in 1801 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 23, 1979.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 24.702 square miles (63.979 km2), including 24.050 square miles (62.289 km2) of land and 0.652 square miles (1.689 km2) of water (2.64%). The township is located in the Minisink Valley that extends from the Delaware Water Gap north to Port Jervis, New York.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Dry Pond, Flat Brook, Flatbrookville, Haneys Mill, Harding Lake, Long Pond and Walpack Center.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 591
1820 822 39.1%
1830 660 * −19.7%
1840 728 10.3%
1850 783 7.6%
1860 851 8.7%
1870 647 −24.0%
1880 575 −11.1%
1890 436 −24.2%
1900 371 −14.9%
1910 286 −22.9%
1920 258 −9.8%
1930 178 −31.0%
1940 207 * 16.3%
1950 204 −1.4%
1960 248 21.6%
1970 384 54.8%
1980 150 −60.9%
1990 67 −55.3%
2000 41 −38.8%
2010 16 −61.0%
Est. 2015 15 −6.3%
Population sources:
1810-1920 1840 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Territorial change in previous decade.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 16 people, 8 households, and 4 families residing in the township. The population density was 0.7 per square mile (0.27/km2). There were 15 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.23/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 93.75% (15) White, 0.00% (0) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.00% (0) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.00% (0) from other races, and 6.25% (1) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.00% (0) of the population.

There were 8 households out of which 12.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 0.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.0% were non-families. 50.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the township, the population was spread out with 12.5% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56.5 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 100.0 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $108,333 (with a margin of error of +/- $155,555) and the median family income was $127,500 (+/- $88,897). Males had a median income of $ (+/- $) versus $57,813 (+/- $26,023) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,663 (+/- $14,435). About 0.0% of families and 0.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 41 people, 20 households, and 12 families residing in the township. The population density was 1.7 people per square mile (0.7/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 1.4 per square mile (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 100.00% White.

There were 20 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the township the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 2.4% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $22,250, and the median income for a family was $22,250. Males had a median income of $46,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,624. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

Transportation

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 20.01 miles (32.20 km) of roadways, all of which were maintained by the municipality.


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