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Westville, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Westville
Thomas West House, built ca. 1746
Thomas West House, built ca. 1746
Motto(s): 
"The Gateway to South Jersey"
Map of Westville highlighted within Gloucester County. Inset: Location of Gloucester County in New Jersey.
Map of Westville highlighted within Gloucester County. Inset: Location of Gloucester County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Westville, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Westville, New Jersey
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Coordinates: 39°52′14″N 75°07′48″W / 39.87069°N 75.129888°W / 39.87069; -75.129888Coordinates: 39°52′14″N 75°07′48″W / 39.87069°N 75.129888°W / 39.87069; -75.129888
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Gloucester
Incorporated April 28, 1914
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.38 sq mi (3.58 km2)
 • Land 1.02 sq mi (2.65 km2)
 • Water 0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)  25.94%
Area rank 463th of 565 in state
21st of 24 in county
Elevation
23 ft (7 m)
Population
 • Total 4,288
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,144
 • Rank 400th of 566 in state
17th of 24 in county
 • Density 4,187.0/sq mi (1,616.6/km2)
 • Density rank 143rd of 566 in state
2nd of 24 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08093
Area code 856
FIPS code 3401580120
GNIS feature ID 0885440

Westville is a borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,288, reflecting a decline of 212 (-4.7%) from the 4,500 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 73 (-1.6%) from the 4,573 counted in the 1990 Census. The Borough of Westville is known as "The Gateway to South Jersey!"

Westville was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1914, from portions of Deptford Township and West Deptford Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 28, 1914. The borough was reincorporated on March 8, 1924. Legislation had been passed in 1900 to create Westville, but it had to have a majority vote in favor of the new municipality in both Deptford and West Deptford. The borough was named for Thomas West, who built a home in the area in 1775 that still stands.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.378 square miles (3.568 km2), including 1.024 square miles (2.652 km2) of land and 0.354 square miles (0.916 km2) of water (25.66%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Newbold, South Westville, Business District, Victoria, and Gardner Tract. .

The borough borders Deptford Township, West Deptford Township, and Camden County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,380
1930 3,462 45.5%
1940 3,585 3.6%
1950 4,731 32.0%
1960 4,951 4.7%
1970 5,170 4.4%
1980 4,786 −7.4%
1990 4,573 −4.5%
2000 4,500 −1.6%
2010 4,288 −4.7%
2019 (est.) 4,144 −3.4%
Population sources: 1920–2000
1920 1920–1930 1930–1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,288 people, 1,755 households, and 1,095 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,187.0 per square mile (1,616.6/km2). There were 1,912 housing units at an average density of 1,867.0 per square mile (720.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 89.53% (3,839) White, 4.90% (210) Black or African American, 0.16% (7) Native American, 1.49% (64) Asian, 0.05% (2) Pacific Islander, 2.31% (99) from other races, and 1.56% (67) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.02% (258) of the population.

There were 1,755 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% 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 3.06.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.8 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 94.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $49,854 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,131) and the median family income was $65,089 (+/- $13,208). Males had a median income of $45,294 (+/- $5,957) versus $39,732 (+/- $7,921) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,908 (+/- $3,575). About 13.7% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,500 people, 1,812 households, and 1,125 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,666.1 people per square mile (1,809.9/km2). There were 1,938 housing units at an average density of 2,009.5 per square mile (779.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.47% White, 2.71% Black, 0.13% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.96% of the population.

There were 1,812 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $39,570, and the median income for a family was $49,005. Males had a median income of $35,909 versus $27,220 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,747. About 7.4% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 18.05 miles (29.05 km) of roadways, of which 12.72 miles (20.47 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.66 miles (2.67 km) by Gloucester County and 3.67 miles (5.91 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Major roads that pass through include CR 551, Route 45, Route 47, U.S. Route 130, and I-295.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service on the 401 route between Salem and Philadelphia, the 402 between Pennsville Township and Philadelphia, the 408 between Millville and Philadelphia, the 410 between Bridgeton and Philadelphia, the 412 route between Sewell and Philadelphia, the 455 between Cherry Hill Mall and Paulsboro, and the 463 route between Woodbury and the Avandale Park-and-Ride in Sicklerville.

Conrai's Penns Grove Secondary freight rail line passes through the town. The planned diesel multiple unit light rail system Glassboro-Camden Line, projected to open in 2019, will use the same right-of-way with a stop in Westville at Crown Point Road.

Education

The Westville School District is a community public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade at Parkview Elementary School. As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 361 students and 31.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1.

For seventh through twelfth grade, students attend Gateway Regional High School, a regional public high school serving students from the boroughs of National Park, Wenonah, Westville and Woodbury Heights, as part of the Gateway Regional High School District. As of the 2019–20 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 900 students and 79.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1.

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.

Notable people

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

  • George Anastasia (born 1947), author and journalist who has been a long-time writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Stephen Decatur (1779–1820), naval officer notable for his heroism in the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War and in the War of 1812.
  • Malcolm Fox (born 1906), racecar driver.
  • Harold W. Hannold (1911-1995), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1945 to 1959, serving as Senate President in 1952.
  • James Hunter III (1916–1989), judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Maria Pallante (born 1964), United States Register of Copyrights.
  • Milt Plum (born 1935), NFL quarterback with the Cleveland Browns (1957–1961), Detroit Lions (1962–1967), Los Angeles Rams (1968) and the New York Giants (1969).
  • Antwine Perez (born 1988), college football player.

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