- see also: Raritan, New Jersey; both Hazlet and Edison, New Jersey were formerly called Raritan Township
Raritan Township is a Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 19,809.
Raritan was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 2, 1838, from portions of the now-defunct Amwell Township. Flemington town was formed within the township on March 14, 1870, and became an independent borough on April 7, 1910. Portions of the township were ceded to East Amwell Township in 1854 and 1897.
"Raritan Township" was also the former name of a community in Middlesex County, now known as Edison Township.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of 37.9 square miles
), of which, 37.8 square miles (98.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.18%) is water.
Raritan Township borders East Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Franklin Township, Clinton Township, Readington Township. Flemington Borough is an independent municipality located entirely within Raritan Township. Raritan Township also borders Somerset County.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 19,809 people, 6,939 households, and 5,391 families residing in the township. The population density
was 523.5 people per square mile (202.1/km²). There were 7,094 housing units at an average density of 187.5/sq mi (72.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.22% White
, 1.23% African American
, 0.09% Native American
, 3.50% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.68% from other races
, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.79% of the population.
There were 6,939 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the township the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $85,996, and the median income for a family was $96,336. Males had a median income of $69,485 versus $41,911 for females. The per capita income for the township was $38,919. About 1.2% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.
Raritan 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.
At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor. The mayor presides at Township Committee meetings and votes as a member of the Committee, but has no other special powers under the township form of government law. All legislative and executive powers, including the power of appointments, are exercised by the committee as a whole.
Members of the Raritan Township Committee are Mayor John W. King, Deputy Mayor Richard O'Malley, Chris Harcar, John Kendzulak and Richard Kuhrt.
Federal, state and county representation
Raritan Township is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District.
Children in public school for grades K through 8 attend the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District
, which also serves children from the neighboring community of Raritan Township
. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics
are four K - 4 elementary schools —
Barley Sheaf School
(562 students) - Flemington; Copper Hill School
(705 students) - Ringoes
Francis A. Desmares School
(492 students) - Flemington; and
Robert Hunter School
(556 students) - Flemington — Reading-Fleming Intermediate School
in Flemington for grades 5 - 6 and J. P. Case Middle School
(1,248 students) - Flemington for grades 7 and 8.
Public school students in grade 9 - 12 attend the Hunterdon Central Regional High School, part of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School District, which serves almost 2,800 students in central Hunterdon County. Students from Delaware Township, East Amwell Township, Flemington Borough, Raritan Township and Readington Township attend Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
Notable current and former residents of Raritan Township include: