is the northern-most township
in Morris County
, New Jersey
, United States
. As of the United States 2000 Census
, the township population was 19,717.
Jefferson Township was formed as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 11, 1804, from portions of Pequannock Township and Roxbury Township. The township was named after Thomas Jefferson, the President of the United States at the time the Township was created.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of 43.0 square miles
), of which, 40.6 square miles (105.2 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (5.60%) is water.
Lake Swannanoa is an unincorporated area located within Jefferson Township.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 19,717 people, 7,131 households, and 5,448 families residing in the township. The population density
was 485.3 people per square mile (187.4/km²). There were 7,527 housing units at an average density of 185.2/sq mi (71.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.14% White
, 0.83% African American
, 0.16% Native American
, 1.07% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 0.62% from other races
, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.41% of the population. 23.5% were of Italian
, 16.0% Irish
, 14.5% German
, 8.1% Polish
and 8.0% English
ancestry according to Census 2000
There were 7,131 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the township the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $68,837, and the median income for a family was $76,974. Males had a median income of $51,359 versus $37,849 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,950. About 1.0% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Jefferson Township is governed under a Mayor-Council
system of municipal government under the Faulkner Act
The Mayor of Jefferson Township is Russell Felter, whose term of office runs to December 31, 2010.
Members of the Jefferson Township Council are Council President Richard Yocum (term ends December 31, 2008), Council Vice-President Michael Sanchelli (2010), Debi Merz (2010), Brooke Hardy (2008) and Robert Birmingham (2008).
Federal, state and county representation
Jefferson Township is in the Eleventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 25th Legislative District.
The Jefferson Township Public Schools
serve students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics
) are Milton School
(PreK, 178 students), Robert F. Drummond
(K, 115 students), Cozy Lake School
(1&2, 308 students), Ellen T. Briggs School
(1&2, 255 students), Arthur T. Stanlick school
(3-5, 367 students), White Rock Elementary School
(3-5, 454 students), Jefferson Township Middle School
(6-8, 902 students) and Jefferson Township High School
(9-12, 1,045 students), home of the Falcons.
Jefferson Township Day
Every year, the weekend following Independence Day
, The Jefferson Arts Committee
hosts a day of celebration known as Jefferson Township Day (it is colloquially referred to as "Jefferson Day"). Throughout the entire day, entertainment and festivities at the Jefferson Township High School are provided. In the morning, a parade featuring the town’s fire trucks, high school marching band and other local groups march down Weldon Road. After the parade, there are a variety of activities set up on the JTHS grounds for participants of Jefferson Day, including children's games, food and craft vendors, and performances at two stages. At night, the Jefferson Township Community Band
, directed by Peter Tummillo Jr., performs before the display of fireworks.
The 21st annual Jefferson Township Day was held on July 14, 2007.
The 22nd annual Jefferson Township Day was held on July 12, 2008.
The official website for the Jefferson Arts Committee is http://jeffersonarts.org where you can find information about events they host year-round, including Jefferson Township Day.