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Waterford Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Waterford
2018-10-01 09 33 48 View west along U.S. Route 30 (White Horse Pike) just west of Camden County Route 710 (Atco Avenue) in Waterford Township, Camden County, New Jersey.jpg
Motto(s): 
"Proud Past, Promising Future"
Waterford highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Waterford highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Waterford Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Waterford Township, New Jersey
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Coordinates: 39°44′36″N 74°49′15″W / 39.743214°N 74.820861°W / 39.743214; -74.820861Coordinates: 39°44′36″N 74°49′15″W / 39.743214°N 74.820861°W / 39.743214; -74.820861
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Camden
Royal charter June 1, 1695
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Named for Waterford, Ireland
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 36.22 sq mi (93.81 km2)
 • Land 36.00 sq mi (93.25 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.56 km2)  0.60%
Area rank 66th of 565 in state
2nd of 37 in county
Elevation
89 ft (27 m)
Population
 • Total 10,649
 • Estimate 
(2019)
10,684
 • Rank 229th of 566 in state
13th of 37 in county
 • Density 295.5/sq mi (114.1/km2)
 • Density rank 480th of 566 in state
35th of 37 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08089 - Waterford Works
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3400777630
GNIS feature ID 0882151

Waterford Township is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 10,649, reflecting an increase of 155 (+1.5%) from the 10,494 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 446 (-4.1%) from the 10,940 counted in the 1990 Census.

Waterford Township was originally created by Royal charter on June 1, 1695, while the area was still part of Gloucester County. The township was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. On March 13, 1844, Waterford Township became one of the original townships in the newly created Camden County. The settlement of Long-a-Coming (today's Berlin borough) along the White Horse Pike (US 30) in Waterford was the new county's first seat, but lost that designation in 1848 when the seat moved to the city of Camden. Portions of the township were taken over the years to form Delaware Township (on February 28, 1844, now Cherry Hill Township), Chesilhurst (November 26, 1887), Voorhees Township (March 1, 1899) and Berlin Township (March 11, 1910). The township was named for Waterford, Ireland.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Waterford Township had a total area of 36.267 square miles (93.932 km2), including 36.041 square miles (93.345 km2) of land and 0.226 square miles (0.586 km2) of water (0.62%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Atco, Atco Lake, Bishops, Dunbarton, Fisher, Jackson, Louden and Pestletown.

The township borders the municipalities of Berlin, Berlin Township and Winslow Township in Camden County; Hammonton in Atlantic County; and Evesham Township, Medford Township and Shamong Township in Burlington County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 1,629
1810 2,105 29.2%
1820 2,447 16.2%
1830 3,088 26.2%
1840 3,467 12.3%
1850 1,638 −52.8%
1860 1,955 19.4%
1870 2,071 5.9%
1880 2,149 3.8%
1890 2,421 12.7%
1900 2,161 −10.7%
1910 1,484 −31.3%
1920 1,917 29.2%
1930 2,421 26.3%
1940 2,750 13.6%
1950 2,997 9.0%
1960 3,809 27.1%
1970 4,073 6.9%
1980 8,126 99.5%
1990 10,940 34.6%
2000 10,494 −4.1%
2010 10,649 1.5%
2019 (est.) 10,684 0.3%
Population sources:
1800-1840 1850-2000
1800-1920 1840 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,649 people, 3,692 households, and 2,824 families residing in the township. The population density was 295.5 per square mile (114.1/km2). There were 3,839 housing units at an average density of 106.5 per square mile (41.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 90.59% (9,647) White, 4.83% (514) Black or African American, 0.10% (11) Native American, 1.16% (124) Asian, 0.03% (3) Pacific Islander, 1.56% (166) from other races, and 1.73% (184) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.39% (467) of the population.

There were 3,692 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.7 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 98.0 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $76,786 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,237) and the median family income was $87,774 (+/- $9,978). Males had a median income of $54,714 (+/- $3,576) versus $42,896 (+/- $4,994) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,193 (+/- $2,094). About 2.6% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

Great Times Day Camp is a summer camp for young children and teenagers. It was founded in 1976 and is situated on Hobb Lake, one of Camden County's major reservoirs.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 87.48 miles (140.79 km) of roadways, of which 61.64 miles (99.20 km) were maintained by the municipality, 21.86 miles (35.18 km) by Camden County and 3.98 miles (6.41 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

U.S. Route 30 (White Horse Pike) enters from Berlin borough and continues for 3.3 miles (5.3 km) into Chesilhurst. while Route 73 runs for a short distance along the township's western border, entering from Winslow Township and exiting into Berlin borough. U.S. 30 and NJ 73 intersect on the west side of the township.

County Route 534 (Jackson Road) enters from Berlin Township on the west near the Atco station and continues for almost 8 miles (13 km) across the township's northern border, into Shamong Township in Burlington County. County Route 536 (New Brooklyn / Cedarbrook Road / Pump Branch Road / Pennington Avenue) runs for 5.6 miles (9.0 km) from Monroe Township in Gloucester County into Waterford Township.

The closest limited access road is the Atlantic City Expressway in neighboring Winslow Township. Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike are two towns away.

Public transportation

The Atco station provides NJ Transit train service to the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and the Atlantic City Rail Terminal in Atlantic City on the Atlantic City Line.

NJ Transit local bus service is available on the 554 route from Lindenwold to Atlantic City and on the 459 route.

Education

The Waterford Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 819 students and 78.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.4:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Thomas Richards Early Childhood Center with 221 students in grades 2-3 (now PreK-K), Atco Elementary School with 193 students in grades K-1 (now grades 1-2) and Waterford Elementary School with 400 students in grades 4–6.

For seventh through twelfth grades, public school students attend the Hammonton Public Schools in Hammonton as part of a sending/receiving relationship, alongside students from Folsom, who attend for grades 9-12 as part of an agreement with the Folsom Borough School District. In the wake of the dissolution of the Lower Camden County Regional School District, the Hammonton board of education voted in 1999 to begin accepting an estimated 800 students from Waterford Township for grades 7-12 starting as soon as 2002, with the tuition paid by students from Waterford helping to lower overall costs to Hammonton taxpayers and the New Jersey Department of Education approved the agreement. Schools in the Hammonton district attended by Waterford Township students (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Hammonton Middle School with 879 students in grades 6-8 and Hammonton High School with 1,393 students in grade 9-12.

Assumption School, located in Atco, was an elementary school that operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, which closed the school at the end of the 2012–13 school year in the wake of declining enrollment, though parents and contributors argued that they had raised the funds and met the attendance criteria needed to keep the school operating.

Notable people

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

  • Kellyanne Conway (born 1967), strategist and pollster who was campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
  • Rey Ramsey, social justice entrepreneur.
  • Sally Starr (1923-2013), 1950s celebrity television personality.
  • John Wesley Wescott (1849-1927), lawyer and jurist who served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1914 to 1919.

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