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West Deptford, New Jersey

West Deptford Township, New Jersey
Township of West Deptford

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

Coordinates: 39°50′31″N 75°11′07″W / 39.842012°N 75.185397°W / 39.842012; -75.185397Coordinates: 39°50′31″N 75°11′07″W / 39.842012°N 75.185397°W / 39.842012; -75.185397[1][2]

Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Gloucester
Incorporated March 1, 1871
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Raymond Chintall (R, term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Clerk Amy Leso (acting)[4]
 • Total 17.865 sq mi (46.271 km2)
 • Land 15.411 sq mi (39.915 km2)
 • Water 2.454 sq mi (6.356 km2)  13.74%
Area rank 159th of 566 in state
8th of 24 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 21,677
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 21,513
 • Rank 118th of 566 in state
4th of 24 in county[11]
 • Density 1,406.6/sq mi (543.1/km2)
 • Density rank 345th of 566 in state
12th of 24 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08051, 08063, 08066, 08086, 08093, 08096[12]
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3401578800[13][2][14]
GNIS feature ID 0882148[15][2]

West Deptford Township is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 21,677,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 2,309 (+11.9%) from the 19,368 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 12 (-0.1%) from the 19,380 counted in the 1990 Census.[16]

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 National Park (April 15, 1902) and Westville (April 7, 1914).[17]


West Deptford Township is located at 39°50′31″N 75°11′07″W / 39.842012°N 75.185397°W / 39.842012; -75.185397 (39.842012,-75.185397). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 17.865 square miles (46.271 km2), of which, 15.411 square miles (39.915 km2) of it is land and 2.454 square miles (6.356 km2) of it (13.74%) is water.[1][2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201221,513[10]−0.8%
Population sources:
1880-2000[18] 1890-1910[19]
1910-1930[20] 1930-1990[21]
2000[22][23] 2010[7][8][9]
* = Lost territory on previous decade.[17]

Census 2010


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.[24]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[13] 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.[22][23]

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.[22][23]

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.[22][23]

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.[22][23]


Local government

West Deptford Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year.[5] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor. The Township Committee is the legislative branch of the Township government, developing and adopting ordinances that become the laws of the township.

As of 2013, the Mayor of West Deptford is Raymod Chintall (R, term of office ends December 31, 2013).[25] The other members of the West Deptford Township Committee (with committee chairmanships listed in parentheses) are Deputy Mayor Sean Kilpatrick (Buildings & Grounds), Samuel Cianfarini (Finance & Administration), Denice DiCarlo (Public Works) and Donna Szymborski (Utilities).[26]

Federal, state and county representation

West Deptford Township is located in the 1st Congressional District[27] and is part of New Jersey's 3rd state legislative district.[8][28][29]

New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights).[30] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark)[31] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[32][33]

The 3rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Stephen M. Sweeney (D, West Deptford Township) and in the General Assembly by John J. Burzichelli (D, Paulsboro) and Celeste Riley (D, Bridgeton).[34] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[35] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[36]

Gloucester County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis in partisan elections, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. At a reorganization meeting held each January, the Board selects a Freeholder Director and a Deputy Freeholder Director from among its members. As of 2013, Gloucester County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (D, West Deptford Township; term ends 2015),[37] Deputy Freeholder Director Giuseppe "Joe" Chila (D, Woolwich Township; 2015),[38] Lyman J. Barnes (D, Logan Township; 2014),[39] Vincent H. Nestore, Jr. (R, Deptford Township; 2013),[40] Heather Simmons (D, Glassboro; 2014),[41] Adam Taliaferro (D, Woolwich Township; 2014)[42] and Larry Wallace (R, Woolwich Township; 2013).[43][44] Constitutional officers elected countywide are County Clerk James N. Hogan,[45] Surrogate Helene M. Reed (Monroe Township[46] and Sheriff Carmel Morina (Greenwich Township.[47][48]


As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 14,703 registered voters in West Deptford, of which 5,661 (38.5%) were registered as Democrats, 2,312 (15.7%) were registered as Republicans and 6,724 (45.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties.[49]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 57.1% of the vote here (6,351 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 40.2% (4,468 votes) and other candidates with 1.4% (158 votes), among the 11,119 ballots cast by the township's 15,030 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.0%.[50] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55.3% of the vote here (5,566 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 43.5% (4,375 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (71 votes), among the 10,065 ballots cast by the township's 13,400 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 75.1.[51]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 45.4% of the vote here (3,212 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 43.5% (3,077 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.9% (629 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (39 votes), among the 7,072 ballots cast by the township's 14,879 registered voters, yielding a 47.5% turnout.[52]


The West Deptford Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[53]) are Oakview Elementary School[54] (grades K-1; 303 students), Red Bank Elementary School[55] (grade 2; 300), Green-Fields Elementary School[56] (3-4; 505), West Deptford Middle School[57] (5-8; 1,029) and West Deptford High School[58] (9-12; 907).


Major roadways in and around West Deptford Township include Interstate 295, U.S. Route 130, Route 44, Route 45 and County Route 551. The New Jersey Turnpike passes through the township, but the nearest exits are Interchanges 3 and 2.

New Jersey Transit bus service to Philadelphia is available on the 401, 402 and 410 routes, with local service offered on the 455 route.[59]

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[60][61] 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[62][63][64][65][66][67]


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.[68]

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of West Deptford Township include:


External links

  • West Deptford Township website
  • West Deptford Public Schools
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
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