Jamesburg, New Jersey

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Jamesburg is a Borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 6,025.

Jamesburg was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 19, 1887, when it was created from portions of Monroe Township, based on the results of a referendum held on March 15, 1887. Jamesburg's incorporation was confirmed April 15, 1915.

Geography

Jamesburg is located at (40.350107, -74.439095).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.

Jamesburg is a borough that is entirely surrounded by Monroe Township. Jamesburg is the older and more urban area located in the center of Monroe Township.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,025 people, 2,176 households, and 1,551 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,148.2 people per square mile (2,769.4/km²). There were 2,240 housing units at an average density of 2,657.6/sq mi (1,029.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.82% White, 8.83% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.22% Asian, 3.80% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.06% of the population.

There were 2,176 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $59,461, and the median income for a family was $67,887. Males had a median income of $45,019 versus $33,333 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,325. About 3.0% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Local government

Jamesburg is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey Government. The mayor is directly elected by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough council consists of six members elected on a partisan basis to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.

The Mayor of the Borough of Jamesburg is Anthony LaMantia, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2007. Members of the Jamesburg Borough Council are Council President John Longo Jr. (term ends 2007), Barbara Carpenter (2007), Otto Kostbar (2008), Joseph Jennings (2009), Brian Grimes (2009) and Carlos Morales (2008).

Federal, state and county representation

Jamesburg is in the Twelfth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 14th Legislative District.

Education

The Jamesburg Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district are John F. Kennedy School for grades K-5 and Grace M. Breckwedel Middle School, which serves students in grades 6-8.

Jamesburg High School, founded in 1905, graduated its last class in June 1979. Jamesburg's high school students now attend Monroe Township High School in Monroe Township, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Monroe Township School District.

Transportation

Jamesburg hosts CR 522, which then passes through Monroe at both ends. Jamesburg's busiest roads are Pergola Avenue (County Route 612), Buckelew Avenue (CR 522), Perrineville Road (County Route 625), Half Acre Road (County Route 615), and Forsgate Drive (County Route 612). Motorists can use 612 as a route to connect to Route 32 or the New Jersey Turnpike to CR 520.

Jamesburg is accessible from Turnpike Exit 8A via Forsgate Drive (County Route 612).

Notable residents

Parks and Recreation

Thompson Park is located on the south western edge of Jamesburg. The park is also partially in the neighboring town of Monroe. Thompson Park takes up at total of 675 acres. The beautiful thirty acre Manalapan Lake is located on the eastern edge of the park. The park in total has 4 tennis courts, 4 basketball courts, 2 handball courts, 3 baseball fields, 1 softball field, 1 soccer field, multiple picnic groves equipped with grills, 3 hiking/biking trails, fishing, animal haven, and a lovely gazebo.

The park has three entrances. Two are located on Perrineville Road, and one is located on Forsgate Drive.

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