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West Deptford Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of West Deptford
Ladd's Castle
Ladd's Castle
West Deptford Township highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset map: Gloucester County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
West Deptford Township highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset map: Gloucester County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of West Deptford Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of West Deptford Township, New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey is located in Gloucester County, New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey
Location in Gloucester County, New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey is located in the United States
West Deptford Township, New Jersey
West Deptford Township, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Gloucester County, New Jersey.png Gloucester
Incorporated March 1, 1871
Government
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
Area
 • Total 17.81 sq mi (46.12 km2)
 • Land 15.36 sq mi (39.77 km2)
 • Water 2.45 sq mi (6.35 km2)  13.77%
Area rank 161st of 565 in state
8th of 24 in county
Elevation
7 ft (2 m)
Population
 • Total 22,197
 • Estimate 
(2020)
22,197
 • Rank 118th of 566 in state
4th of 24 in county
 • Density 1,406.6/sq mi (543.1/km2)
 • Density rank 345th of 566 in state
12th of 24 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08051, 08063, 08066, 08086, 08093, 08096
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3401578800
GNIS feature ID 0882148

West Deptford Township (pronounced West DEP-ford) is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2020 United States Census, the township's population was 22,197 reflecting an increase of 530 (+2.4%) from the 21,667 counted in the 2010 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,309 (+11.9%) from the 19,368 counted in the 2000 Census.

West Deptford Township was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 1, 1871, from portions of Deptford Township. Portions of the township were taken to form the boroughs of National Park (April 15, 1902) and Westville (April 7, 1914). Woodbury annexed portions of the township in May 1907. The township was named for Deptford, which in turn was named after the English port of Deptford.

History

Ladd's Castle (also known as Candor Hall) is a historic building located in the Colonial Manor section that is Gloucester County's oldest brick home. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, it was constructed around 1688 by William Ladd, a surveyor who is said to have helped William Penn to lay out a master design for the city of Philadelphia.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 17.865 square miles (46.271 km2), including 15.411 square miles (39.915 km2) of land and 2.454 square miles (6.356 km2) of water (13.74%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Colonial Manor, Hoffman Wharf, League Island, Leonards, North Woodbury, Ogens, Paradise, Parkville, Pierces Corner, Red Bank, Tatens, Thorofare, Verga, Washington Park and West End.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,399
1890 1,588 13.5%
1900 1,951 22.9%
1910 2,057 5.4%
1920 1,781 −13.4%
1930 3,956 122.1%
1940 4,336 9.6%
1950 5,446 25.6%
1960 11,152 104.8%
1970 13,928 24.9%
1980 18,002 29.3%
1990 19,380 7.7%
2000 19,368 −0.1%
2010 21,677 11.9%
2020 22,197 2.4%
2020 (est.) 22,197 2.4%
Population sources: 1880-2000
1880-1920 1880-1890
1890-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory on previous decade.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 21,677 people, 8,829 households, and 5,757 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,406.6 per square mile (543.1/km2). There were 9,441 housing units at an average density of 612.6 per square mile (236.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 88.96% (19,283) White, 6.52% (1,414) Black or African American, 0.12% (25) Native American, 1.91% (415) Asian, 0.01% (3) Pacific Islander, 0.86% (187) from other races, and 1.61% (350) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.37% (731) of the population.

There were 8,829 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the township, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.7 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $69,316 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,689) and the median family income was $84,900 (+/- $5,549). Males had a median income of $61,346 (+/- $4,244) versus $47,155 (+/- $4,421) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,874 (+/- $1,513). About 4.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 19,368 people, 7,719 households, and 5,125 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,218.4 people per square mile (470.3/km2). There were 7,999 housing units at an average density of 503.2 per square mile (194.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 92.29% White, 5.08% Black, 0.23% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.

There were 7,719 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,583, and the median income for a family was $64,477. Males had a median income of $42,711 versus $30,621 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,219. About 3.0% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

2021-06-24 13 53 23 View north along Interstate 295 and U.S. Route 130 from the overpass for Mid Atlantic Parkway in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey
Northbound I-295/US 130 in West Deptford Township

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 98.00 miles (157.72 km) of roadways, of which 64.28 miles (103.45 km) were maintained by the municipality, 20.79 miles (33.46 km) by Gloucester County and 11.07 miles (17.82 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.86 miles (2.99 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Major roadways in and around West Deptford Township include Interstate 295, which enters the township's southwest from Paulsboro and continues for 5.5 miles (8.9 km) towards the northeast to Deptford Township and includes exits 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. U.S. Route 130 follows a concurrency with Interstate 295, splitting off near interchange 23 towards the township's northeast as Crown Point Road and continuing into Westville. Route 44 (Crown Point Road) enters from Paulsboro, closely paralleling Interstate 295 for 4.0 miles (6.4 km) to its northern terminus in the township. Route 45 (Mantua Avenue) enters from Mantua Township in the extreme southeast corner of the township and runs along the eastern border with Deptford Township and then Woodbury Heights, enters Woodbury and then re-enters West Deptford Township as its border with Deptford Township before continuing to the north towards its terminus in Westville.

County Route 551 (Kings Highway) enters on the south from East Greenwich Township and continues for 2.4 miles (3.9 km) heading northeast into Woodbury. The New Jersey Turnpike passes through the township's southeastern corner, heading northeast from East Greenwich Township to Woodbury Heights, but the nearest exits are Interchanges 3 and 2.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service between the township and Philadelphia is available on the 401 (Salem to Philadelphia), 402 (Pennsville Township to Philadelphia), 410 (Bridgeton to Philadelphia) and 412 (Glassboro to Philadelphia) routes, with local service offered on the 455 route between Cherry Hill Township and Paulsboro.

Port of Paulsboro

The Port of Paulsboro is located on the Delaware River and Mantua Creek in Paulsboro and West Deptford. Traditionally one of the nation's busiest for marine transfer operations of petroleum products, the port is being redeveloped as an adaptable omniport able to handle a diversity of bulk, break bulk cargo and shipping containers. Studies completed in 2012. concluded that the port is well suited to become a center for the manufacture, assembly, and transport of wind turbines and platforms the development of Atlantic Wind Connection

Community

West Deptford is host of the annual Senior Little League Baseball Eastern Regional Tournament. The winner of this tournament advances to the Senior League World Series held annually in Bangor, Maine since 2002.

Education

The West Deptford Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 2,947 students and 220.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.4:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Oakview Elementary School with 374 students in grades PreK-1, Red Bank Elementary School with 252 students in grade K and 2, Green-Fields Elementary School with 488 students in grades 3–4, West Deptford Middle School with 900 students in grades 5-8 and West Deptford High School with 879 students in grades 9-12.

Students from across the county are eligible to apply to attend Gloucester County Institute of Technology, a four-year high school in Deptford Township that provides technical and vocational education. As a public school, students do not pay tuition to attend the school.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden operated St. Matthews School, which had campuses in Verga and National Park. In 2007 it was consolidated into Holy Trinity Regional School, in Deptford. In 2017 was moved to the former St. Patrick's Building in Woodbury due to the superior condition of that building, according to the archdiocese. It opened as Holy Angels Catholic School which still operates. Additionally As of 2020 Guardian Angels Regional School (Pre-K-Grade 3 campus in Gibbstown CDP and 4-8 campus in Paulsboro) takes students from West Deptford Township.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from West Deptford Township, New Jersey

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

  • Dan Baker (born 1946), sports announcer for the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Martin A. Herman (born 1939), politician who represented the 3rd Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1974 to 1986, and was a judge in New Jersey Superior Court in Gloucester County.
  • Jeremy Maclin (born 1988), wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Anthony Scirrotto (born 1986), former American football safety.
  • Stephen M. Sweeney (born 1959), current President of the New Jersey Senate.
  • Dajuan Wagner, (born 1983), former National Basketball Association player.
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