is a small semi-rural Township
located in the north-western part of the state in Sussex County
, New Jersey
, near the Pennsylvania
border. The township is surrounded by and part of many National and State Parks.
As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 1,825, rising to 1,924 as of the 2006 Census estimate. Recently, the township has been ranked by New Jersey Monthly magazine as the sixth most desirable municipality in the State of New Jersey to live. Sandyston's growth in recent years has been attributed to the influx of people from more urban parts of the state and even New York City, located less than 75 miles away.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Sandyston Township as its 26th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
Sandyston was first formed by Royal Charter on February 26, 1762, from portions of Walpack Township. Sandyston was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of 43.3 square miles
), of which, 42.6 square miles (110.4 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (1.62%) is water.
Sandyston Township sits anywhere between 300 and 1,600 feet above sea-level. A ridge runs along the eastern half of the township called the Kittatinny Mountains. The highest point in the township is Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest. The lowest point is around the Delaware River in the western half of the township.
Hainesville is an unincorporated community located within the township. Layton is an unincorporated community within Sandyston, served as ZIP code 07851.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,825 people, 693 households, and 503 families residing in the township. The population density
was 42.8 people per square mile (16.5/km²). There were 907 housing units at an average density of 21.3/sq mi (8.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.86% White
, 0.38% African American
, 0.16% Native American
, 0.44% Asian
, 0.11% Pacific Islander
, 0.05% from other races
, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.32% of the population.
There were 793 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the township the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $55,667, and the median income for a family was $65,774. Males had a median income of $46,167 versus $30,660 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,854. About 3.6% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Sandyston Township has been considered one of the most consistently Republican
municipalities in New Jersey. In the past two Presidential elections of 2000
, the township has voted overwhelmingly Republican. Currently all three councilmen are Republican.
Sandyston Township is governed under the Township
form of government with a three-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 seat coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.
Members of the Sandyston Township Committee are Mayor George Harper, Deputy Mayor William Leppert and Fred MacDonald.
Federal, state and county representation
Sandyston Township is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 24th Legislative District.
Public school students in Kindergarten through sixth grade attend the schools of the Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School District
, together with students from Walpack Township
. The school is located in Layton. As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 177 students and 17.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE
basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 10.1.
Public school students of middle and high school age attend Kittatinny Regional High School located in Hampton Township, which serves 1,300 students who reside in Fredon Township, Hampton Township, Sandyston Township, Stillwater Township and Walpack Township. The high school is located in Hampton, about 7 minutes outside of the County seat of Newton.
U.S. Route 206
bisects the township. The Dingman's Ferry Bridge
, one of the last privately owned toll bridge
on the Delaware River
and one of the last few in the United States, carries two lanes of PA 739
and NJ County Route 560
, connecting to Delaware Township, Pike County