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Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Woodbury Heights
Map of Woodbury Heights highlighted within Gloucester County. Inset: Location of Gloucester County in New Jersey.
Map of Woodbury Heights highlighted within Gloucester County. Inset: Location of Gloucester County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey is located in Gloucester County, New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Location in Gloucester County, New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey is located in the United States
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Gloucester County, New Jersey.png Gloucester
Incorporated April 27, 1915
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.25 sq mi (3.23 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.48%
Area rank 480th of 565 in state
22nd of 24 in county
Elevation
46 ft (14 m)
Population
 • Total 3,055
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,964
 • Rank 449th of 566 in state
20th of 24 in county
 • Density 2,499.4/sq mi (965.0/km2)
 • Density rank 251st of 566 in state
7th of 24 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08097
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3401582180
GNIS feature ID 0885448

Woodbury Heights is a borough located in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,055, reflecting an increase of 67 (+2.2%) from the 2,988 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 404 (-11.9%) from the 3,392 counted in the 1990 Census.

Woodbury Heights was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 6, 1915, from portions of Deptford Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 27, 1915. Portions were exchanged with Woodbury in 1925, and portions of the city were annexed on March 22, 1938. Portions were exchanged with Deptford Township in 1956 and other portions were annexed from the township in 1965. The borough was named for the city of Woodbury, which in turn was named for its founder Henry Wood, who settled in the area in 1683 after arriving from Bury, England, at the age of 80 to escape religious persecution.

The borough had the 19th-highest property tax rate in New Jersey, with an equalized rate of 4.442% in 2020, compared to 3.212% in the county as a whole and a statewide average of 2.279%.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.228 square miles (3.182 km2), including 1.222 square miles (3.166 km2) of land and 0.006 square miles (0.016 km2) of water (0.50%).

Glen Lake, although no longer open for swimming, is available for fishing and non-motorized boating.

The borough borders Deptford Township, West Deptford Township, and Woodbury.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 481
1930 997 107.3%
1940 1,137 14.0%
1950 1,373 20.8%
1960 1,723 25.5%
1970 3,621 110.2%
1980 3,460 −4.4%
1990 3,392 −2.0%
2000 2,988 −11.9%
2010 3,055 2.2%
2019 (est.) 2,964 −3.0%
Population sources:
1920-2000 1920
1920-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,055 people, 1,081 households, and 832 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,499.4 per square mile (965.0/km2). There were 1,125 housing units at an average density of 920.4 per square mile (355.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 92.96% (2,840) White, 3.40% (104) Black or African American, 0.16% (5) Native American, 1.64% (50) Asian, 0.03% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.36% (11) from other races, and 1.44% (44) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.42% (74) of the population.

There were 1,081 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 92.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $82,411 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,735) and the median family income was $91,667 (+/- $14,100). Males had a median income of $68,478 (+/- $6,757) versus $49,327 (+/- $4,589) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,099 (+/- $2,495). About 0.7% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,988 people, 1,027 households, and 825 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,437.2 people per square mile (937.9/km2). There were 1,045 housing units at an average density of 852.4 per square mile (328.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.35% White, 1.54% African American or Black, 0.27% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,027 households, out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $63,266, and the median income for a family was $70,167. Males had a median income of $51,342 versus $33,220 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,001. 4.1% of the population and 2.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.7% were under the age of 18 and 2.8% were 65 or older.

Transportation

2021-05-21 13 48 23 View north along New Jersey State Route 700 (New Jersey Turnpike) from the overpass for New Jersey State Route 45 (Mantua Pike) in Woodbury Heights, Gloucester County, New Jersey
The northbound New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbury Heights

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 18.83 miles (30.30 km) of roadways, of which 14.89 miles (23.96 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.43 miles (3.91 km) by Gloucester County, 0.53 miles (0.85 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.98 miles (1.58 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

CR 553 passes through the heart of the borough, while Route 45 runs along the borough's western border. The New Jersey Turnpike passes through, but the closest interchange is 15–20 minutes away at Exit 3 in Camden County.

Interstate 295 and Route 55 are accessible in neighboring communities.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service is available on the 410 route between Glassboro and Philadelphia and on the 412 route between Sewell and Philadelphia.

The borough is the site of a planned stop on the Glassboro–Camden Line, an 18-mile (28.97 km) diesel multiple unit light rail system that had been projected for completion in 2019. However, as of 2019, completion is not expected until 2025.Completion is expected for 2025.

Education

The Woodbury Heights School District serves public school students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Woodbury Heights Elementary School. As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 253 students and 23.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.6:1.

For seventh through twelfth grade, public school students attend Gateway Regional High School, a regional public high school established in 1964 that serves 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.

St. Margaret Regional School is a PreK-8 elementary school founded in 1963 that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Woodbury Heights, New Jersey

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

  • Daniel Webster Cluff (1916-1989), United States Coast Guard officer who led the February 1952 effort that resulted in the rescue of 32 survivors from the SS Pendleton.
  • Grace Helbig (born 1985), comedian, actress and YouTube personality.
  • Helen Sommers (born 1932), politician who served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1972 to 2009.
  • Stephen Starr, CEO of Starr Restaurants.
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