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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(s): 
Oldest Municipality in Sussex County Update:As of 2021 The census Reported A population Of 7 People.
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
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Coordinates: 41°07′15″N 74°53′25″W / 41.120816°N 74.890305°W / 41.120816; -74.890305Coordinates: 41°07′15″N 74°53′25″W / 41.120816°N 74.890305°W / 41.120816; -74.890305
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Sussex
Earliest mention October 26, 1731
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 24.88 sq mi (64.45 km2)
 • Land 24.24 sq mi (62.77 km2)
 • Water 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)  2.60%
Area rank 109th of 565 in state
10th of 24 in county
Elevation
436 ft (133 m)
Population
 • Total 16
 • Estimate 
(2019)
11
 • 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 UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07881 - Walpack Center
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3403776640
GNIS feature ID 0882259

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.

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%
2019 (est.) 11 −31.2%
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 none of families and none of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and none 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.

Education

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade attend the schools of the Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School District, together with students from Sandyston Township. The school is located in the Layton section of Sandyston Township. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 138 students and 16.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.2:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Sandyston-Walpack had the 26th smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 149 students.

Students in seventh through twelfth grade from Sandyston and Walpack Townships for public school attend Kittatinny Regional High School located in Hampton Township, which also serves students who reside in Fredon Township and Stillwater Township. The high school is located on a 96-acre (39 ha) campus in Hampton Township, about seven minutes outside of the county seat of Newton. Kittatinny Regional High School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1997–98. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 941 students and 97.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.7:1.

Notable people

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

  • Frank Chapot (1932–2016), Olympic silver medalist equestrian.

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