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Wrightstown, New Jersey
|Borough of Wrightstown|
Center of the borough along East Main Street (CR 616)
"Gateway to Freedom"
Wrightstown highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wrightstown, New Jersey
|Incorporated||March 26, 1918|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||1.85 sq mi (4.79 km2)|
|• Land||1.85 sq mi (4.79 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2) 0.00%|
|Area rank||423rd of 565 in state
33rd of 40 in county
|Elevation||151 ft (46 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||545th of 566 in state
38th of 40 in county
|• Density||453.6/sq mi (175.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||449th of 566 in state
29th of 40 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||609 exchanges: 723, 724, 752, 758|
|GNIS feature ID||0885453|
Wrightstown is a borough in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 802 reflecting an increase of 54 (+7.2%) from the 748 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 3,095 (-80.5%) from the 3,843 counted in the 1990 Census.
Wrightstown was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 4, 1918, from portions of New Hanover Township and North Hanover Township, based on the results of a referendum held on March 26, 1918. The borough was named for John Wright, an early settler who contributed the land that became the settlement of Wrightstown.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Wrightstown had a total area of 1.768 square miles (4.579 km2), all of which was land.
The borough is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve. Part of the borough is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.
|Population sources: 1920-2000
1920 1920-1930 1930-1990
1960-2000 2000 2010
Jozsef A. Farago, a former mayor of Wrightstown, criticized the 2000 Census data that showed that the borough's population had dropped 80%, to 748 from 3,843 a decade earlier, noting that the 1990 population had been inflated and that the conversion of Fort Dix to a reserve base had caused a decrease but that the borough's master plan showed a population of 838.
As of the census of 2010, there were 802 people, 309 households, and 189 families residing in the borough. The population density was 453.6 per square mile (175.1/km2). There were 348 housing units at an average density of 196.8 per square mile (76.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 47.38% (380) White, 21.07% (169) Black or African American, 0.75% (6) Native American, 5.99% (48) Asian, 0.37% (3) Pacific Islander, 18.70% (150) from other races, and 5.74% (46) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.05% (225) of the population.
There were 309 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.8% were married couples living together, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.9 years. For every 100 females there were 109.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 110.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $40,096 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,881) and the median family income was $38,438 (+/- $7,242). Males had a median income of $37,917 (+/- $22,280) versus $34,167 (+/- $13,020) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,231 (+/- $4,722). About 15.2% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 748 people, 312 households, and 181 families residing in the borough. The population density was 425.1 people per square mile (164.1/km2). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 192.7 per square mile (74.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 49.87% White, 30.21% African American, 0.53% Native American, 7.22% Asian, 7.22% from other races, and 4.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.23% of the population.
There were 312 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.2% were married couples living together, 25.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 29.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $29,375. Males had a median income of $28,889 versus $25,417 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,489. About 22.8% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 22.4% of those age 65 or over.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 4.35 miles (7.00 km) of roadways, of which 2.70 miles (4.35 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.18 miles (1.90 km) by Burlington County and 0.47 miles (0.76 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The most significant highway serving Wrightstown is New Jersey Route 68. County Route 545 also passes through the borough.
Economy and environmental protection
Students in public school for grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the New Hanover Township School District, a consolidated public school district that serves students from both New Hanover Township and Wrightstown. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 177 students and 23.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.5:1. In the 2016–17 school year, the district had the 40th-smallest enrollment of any school district in the state.
For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students from both New Hanover Township and Wrightstown Borough attend Bordentown Regional High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The high school is part of the Bordentown Regional School District, a regional K–12 school district that serves students from Bordentown City, Bordentown Township and Fieldsboro Borough. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 770 students and 53.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.3:1. Students from Wrightstown, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford Township and Westampton Township.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Wrightstown include:
- Daniel V. Asay (1847–1930), iceboat racer.
- Samuel G. Wright (1781–1845), represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in 1845.
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