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West Amwell Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of West Amwell
West Amwell Township Municipal Building
West Amwell Township Municipal Building
Map of West Amwell Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of West Amwell Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of West Amwell Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of West Amwell Township, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Incorporated April 6, 1846
Named for Amwell Township / Amwell, Hertfordshire
Area
 • Total 21.776 sq mi (56.398 km2)
 • Land 21.581 sq mi (55.894 km2)
 • Water 0.195 sq mi (0.505 km2)  0.89%
Area rank 129th of 566 in state
12th of 26 in county
Elevation 315 ft (96 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 3,840
 • Estimate (2015) 2,780
 • Rank 420th of 566 in state
15th of 26 in county
 • Density 177.9/sq mi (68.7/km2)
 • Density rank 517th of 566 in state
22nd of 26 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08530 - Lambertville
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 3401978230
GNIS feature ID 0882181
Website www.westamwelltwp.org

West Amwell Township is a township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 3,840, reflecting an increase of 1,457 (+61.1%) from the 2,383 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 132 (+5.9%) from the 2,251 counted in the 1990 Census.

West Amwell was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 6, 1846, when Amwell Township was split, also creating East Amwell Township at the same time. Portions of the township were taken to form Lambertville town on March 1, 1849. In 1896, the township annexed portions of Delaware Township, East Amwell Township and Raritan Township. The township was named for Amwell Township, which in turn was named for Amwell, Hertfordshire in England.

The Delaware Native Americans had a path through the woods from Lambertville through Mount Airy, Ringoes and Reaville to Newark upon which the Old York Road was subsequently laid.

Geography

The northern areas of West Amwell are in Amwell Valley, while the southern sections are in The Sourlands region. The Delaware River separates West Amwell from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 21.776 square miles (56.398 km2), including 21.581 square miles (55.894 km2) of land and 0.195 square miles (0.505 km2) of water (0.89%).

The township borders Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, Clinton, Clinton Township, Franklin Township and Lebanon Township.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Alexauken, Bowlryville, Bowne, Linvale, Mount Airy, Oakdale and Rocktown.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,175 *
1860 1,089 −7.3%
1870 1,030 −5.4%
1880 1,039 0.9%
1890 866 −16.7%
1900 839 −3.1%
1910 866 3.2%
1920 735 −15.1%
1930 788 7.2%
1940 975 23.7%
1950 1,213 24.4%
1960 1,683 38.7%
1970 2,142 27.3%
1980 2,299 7.3%
1990 2,251 −2.1%
2000 2,383 5.9%
2010 3,840 61.1%
Est. 2015 2,780 −27.6%
Population sources:
1850-1920 1850-1870
1850 1870 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,840 people, 1,102 households, and 838.6 families residing in the township. The population density was 177.9 per square mile (68.7/km2). There were 1,157 housing units at an average density of 53.6 per square mile (20.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 82.58% (3,171) White, 13.39% (514) Black or African American, 0.05% (2) Native American, 1.46% (56) Asian, 0.05% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.12% (43) from other races, and 1.35% (52) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.84% (186) of the population.

There were 1,102 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.9% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the township, the population was spread out with 16.5% under the age of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.8 years. For every 100 females there were 155.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 165.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $101,094 (with a margin of error of +/- $16,403) and the median family income was $115,595 (+/- $19,328). Males had a median income of $86,875 (+/- $26,080) versus $53,438 (+/- $17,350) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $54,485 (+/- $9,741). About 4.2% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,383 people, 949 households, and 696 families residing in the township. The population density was 109.7 people per square mile (42.4/km²). There were 984 housing units at an average density of 45.3 per square mile (17.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.07% White, 0.63% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 949 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $73,380, and the median income for a family was $79,605. Males had a median income of $49,539 versus $33,333 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,877. About 0.6% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.

Surrounding communities

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 56.52 miles (90.96 km) of roadways, of which 37.75 miles (60.75 km) were maintained by the municipality, 8.43 miles (13.57 km) by Hunterdon County and 10.34 miles (16.64 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 29 passes through the southwestern part of the municipality, but without any roads that connect to the heart of the township. Route 31 passes along the eastern border with East Amwell. Route 179 and U.S. Route 202 pass though around the northwestern part of the municipality. Two major county roads that go through are CR 518 and CR 579. The closest limited access road is Interstate 95 which is outside the township in neighboring Hopewell.

Public transportation

NJ Transit offers bus service to Trenton on the 608 route.


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