Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey facts for kids
- See also: Washington Township, New Jersey (disambiguation)
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Washington Township, New Jersey
|Township of Washington|
Census Bureau map of Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey
|Incorporated||April 2, 1798|
|Named for||George Washington|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Total||44.90 sq mi (116.28 km2)|
|• Land||44.58 sq mi (115.47 km2)|
|• Water||0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2) 0.70%|
|Area rank||42nd of 565 in state
2nd of 39 in county
|Elevation||988 ft (301 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||138th of 566 in state
9th of 39 in county
|• Density||417.5/sq mi (161.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||457th of 566 in state
36th of 39 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
07853 - Long Valley
|GNIS feature ID||0882198|
Washington Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 18,533, reflecting an increase of 941 (+5.3%) from the 17,592 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,000 (+12.8%) from the 15,592 counted in the 1990 Census.
The township is situated in the westernmost part of Morris County bordering both Hunterdon and Warren counties. It is located within the Raritan Valley region and is one of six municipalities (five of which are townships) in the state of New Jersey with the name "Washington Township". Washington Borough, in fact is only 10 miles (16 km) away. Additionally, Washington Borough is surrounded by another municipality that is also called Washington Township in Warren County.
The township has been ranked as one of the state's highest-income communities. Based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2014–2018, Washington Township residents had a median household income of $150,682, nearly 90% above the statewide median of $79,363. In the 2013-2017 ACS, Washington Township had a median household income of $140,445, ranking 45th in the state.
Washington Township was incorporated as a township by the New Jersey Legislature on April 2, 1798, from portions of Roxbury Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Chester Township as of April 1, 1799. The township was named for George Washington, one of more than ten communities statewide named for the first president.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 44.771 square miles (115.957 km2), including 44.387 square miles (114.963 km2) of land and 0.384 square miles (0.994 km2) of water (0.86%).
Long Valley (2010 population of 1,879) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Washington Township. The Long Valley section — the heart of the township — was called German Valley when it was first settled in the 18th century by people from Saxony, in Germany, until its name was changed around 1917 in the wake of anti-German sentiment following World War I.
Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Bartley, Bettystown, Crestmoore, Drakestown, Fairmount, Four Bridges, German Valley, Lake George, Middle Valley, Naughright, Parker, Pleasant Grove, Pottersville, Scrappy Corner, Springtown and Stephensburg.
Schooley's Mountain is an unincorporated community in Washington Township named for the Schooley family, who owned a considerable amount of land there during the 1790s. The natural springs in the area helped attract visitors to the Schooley's Mountain section in the 1800s.
Neighboring municipalities include Morris County communities Chester Township to the east, Mount Olive to the north, Hunterdon County communities Tewksbury Township to the south and Lebanon Township to the southwest as well as Warren County communities Mansfield Township to the west and Hackettstown to the northwest. Also in Somerset County in the extreme southeast corner of the town there is a border with Bedminster Township.
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As of the census of 2010, there were 18,533 people, 6,237 households, and 5,195 families residing in the township. The population density was 417.5 per square mile (161.2/km2). There were 6,488 housing units at an average density of 146.2 per square mile (56.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 93.06% (17,247) White, 1.39% (257) Black or African American, 0.06% (11) Native American, 3.30% (612) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.69% (127) from other races, and 1.49% (277) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.57% (847) of the population.
There were 6,237 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.7% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 13.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the township, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 34.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $112,651 (with a margin of error of ± $7,207) and the median family income was $124,818 (± $8,669). Males had a median income of $92,019 (± $5,016) versus $66,302 (± $11,089) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $49,154 (± $2,492). About 0.1% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.2% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 17,592 people, 5,755 households, and 4,874 families residing in the township. The population density was 392.1 people per square mile (151.4/km2). There were 5,890 housing units at an average density of 131.3 per square mile (50.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 96.16% White, 0.83% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.87% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.21% of the population.
There were 5,755 households, out of which 47.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.1% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.3% were non-families. 12.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the township the population was spread out, with 30.2% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $97,763, and the median income for a family was $104,926. Males had a median income of $76,791 versus $41,759 for females. The per capita income for the township was $37,489. About 1.8% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 149.44 miles (240.50 km) of roadways, of which 129.99 miles (209.20 km) were maintained by the municipality, 18.25 miles (29.37 km) by Morris County and 1.20 miles (1.93 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
U.S. Route 46 passes through in the northwestern area.
The closest limited access roads are at least 20 minutes away in neighboring Tewksbury and Mount Olive: Interstates 78 and 80, respectively.
NJ Transit offered local bus service on the MCM5 route, which was terminated in 2010 as part of budget cuts.
The Washington Township Schools is a public school district that serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of four schools, had an enrollment of 2,082 students and 202.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.3:1. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Benedict A. Cucinella Elementary School with 497 students in grades K-5, Flocktown-Kossmann School with 460 students in grades K-5, Old Farmers Road School with 328 students in grades K-5 and Long Valley Middle School with 776 students in grades 6–8.
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend West Morris Central High School, which is located in the township, but has a Chester mailing address. The school is part of the West Morris Regional High School District, which also serves students from the surrounding Morris County school districts of Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, who attend West Morris Mendham High School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,228 students and 96.50 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.73:1. The district's board of education has nine members who are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis. The nine seats on the board of education are allocated based on the populations of the constituent municipalities, with four seats assigned to Washington Township.
- See also: West_Morris_Central_High_School#Notable_alumni
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Washington Township include:
- Wesley Addy (1913-1996), actor.
- Walt Ader (1913-1982) race car driver who placed 22nd at the 1950 Indianapolis 500.
- Jack Borgenicht (1911-2005), mountain climber, entrepreneur, preservationist and philanthropist.
- Michael Burton (born 1992), football fullback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.
- The Dolan Twins, comedy duo.
- Guy R. Gregg (born 1949), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 2008, where he represented the 24th Legislative District.
- Celeste Holm (1917–2012), actress.
- Jacob W. Miller (1800-1862), politician who represented New Jersey in the United States Senate.
- Henry Muhlenberg (1711-1787), founder of Lutheranism in America, who established a congregation in German Valley, which met at the Old Stone Church.
- Ida C. Nahm (1865-1922), physician and clubwoman.
- Mike Rossi (born 1994), freestyle aerialist.
- Paul Schmidtberger, novelist, whose works include Design Flaws of the Human Condition.
- Carley Shimkus (born 1986), news anchor and reporter who serves as a co-host on Fox Nation and as headlines reporter for Fox & Friends and Fox & Friends First.
- Shannon Sohn (born 1974), television news reporter at WABC-TV Eyewitness News in New York City, where she became the first helicopter reporter to win a national Emmy Award.
- Bill Stepien (born 1978), former Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Chris Christie , former political director for President Donald Trump and former campaign manager for the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign.
- Lisa Unger (born 1970), author of contemporary fiction.
- Diana West (born 1965), lactation consultant and author specializing on the topic of breastfeeding.
- Charles Wuorinen (born 1938), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of contemporary classical music.
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