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Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey

Not be confused with the Borough of Hopewell, New Jersey, Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey, or Hopewell, Sussex County, New Jersey.
Hopewell Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Hopewell
The Delaware and Raritan Canal in Hopewell Township
The Delaware and Raritan Canal in Hopewell Township
Location of Hopewell Township in Mercer County. Inset: Location of Mercer County highlighted in the state of New Jersey
Location of Hopewell Township in Mercer County. Inset: Location of Mercer County highlighted in the state of New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey
Coordinates: [1][2]
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Mercer
Founded February 20, 1700
Royal charter March 1, 1755
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Government[3]
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
 • Mayor Harvey Lester (term ends December 31, 2015)[4][5]
 • Administrator Paul Pogorzelski[6]
 • clerk Laurie E. Gompf[7]
Area[1]
 • Total 58.911 sq mi (152.580 km2)
 • Land 58.031 sq mi (150.300 km2)
 • Water 0.880 sq mi (2.279 km2)  1.49%
Area rank 22nd of 565 in state
1st of 12 in county[1]
Elevation[8] 217 ft (66 m)
Population (2010 Census)[9][10][11]
 • Total 17,304
 • Estimate (2014)[12] 18,400
 • Rank 147th of 565 in state
7th of 12 in county[13]
 • Density 298.2/sq mi (115.1/km2)
 • Density rank 478th of 565 in state
12th of 12 in county[13]
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08560 - Titusville[14][15]
Area code(s) 609 exchanges: 730, 737, 18[16]
FIPS code 3402133180[1][17][18]
GNIS feature ID 0882129[1][19]
Website .org.hopewelltwpwww

Hopewell Township is a township in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. The township is within the New York metropolitan area as defined by the United States Census Bureau,[20] but directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is part of the Federal Communications Commission's Philadelphia Designated Market Area.[21] As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 17,304,[9][10][11] reflecting an increase of 1,199 (+7.4%) from the 16,105 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 4,515 (+39.0%) from the 11,590 counted in the 1990 Census.[22]

The township dates back to February 20, 1700, when the area was still part of Burlington County. It was formerly the name for one of two portions of 800 acres (3.2 km2) of land purchased in 1714 by William Trent, and was formally set off to Hunterdon County, when that county was created on March 11, 1714. Trenton Township was formed out of this estate on June 3, 1719, later to become the City of Trenton. Hopewell Township was incorporated by Royal charter on March 1, 1755, and was re-incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as one of the state's initial group of 104 townships. Hopewell Township became part of Mercer County at its creation on February 22, 1838. Portions of the township were taken to form Marion Township (February 22, 1838, reverted to Hopewell Township on February 14, 1839), the Borough of Pennington (January 31, 1890) and Hopewell Borough (April 14, 1891), with additional portions of the township transferred to both Pennington and Hopewell Borough in 1915.[23]

Hopewell Township includes the location (now known as Continental Army crossed from Pennsylvania. Once in Hopewell Township, the army marched to Trenton on December 26, 1776. The Battle of Trenton followed. Today, Washington Crossing State Park commemorates this important milestone in American history.

Hopewell Township was also the location where, two months after being abducted from his home in neighboring East Amwell, the body of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. was discovered on May 12, 1932.[24]

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
    • Census 2010 2.1
    • Census 2000 2.2
  • Parks and recreation 3
  • Government 4
    • Local government 4.1
    • Federal, state and county representation 4.2
    • Politics 4.3
  • Neighboring municipalities 5
  • Education 6
  • Transportation 7
    • Roads and highways 7.1
    • Public transportation 7.2
  • The Hopewell Project 8
  • Media 9
  • Winery 10
  • Notable people 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 58.911 square miles (152.580 km2), including 58.031 square miles (150.300 km2) of it is land and 0.880 square miles (2.279 km2) of water (1.49%) is water.[1][2]

Akers Corner, Baldwins Corner, Bear Tavern, Centerville, Coopers Corner, Federal City, Glenmoore, Harbourton, Harts Corner, Marshalls Corner, Moore, Mount Rose, Pleasant Valley, Stoutsburg, Titusville, Washington Crossing and Woodsville are unincorporated communities, localities and place names located within Hopewell Township.[25]

Washington Crossing State Park is located in the western part of the township.

Some neighborhoods in the township include Hopewell Hunt, Brandon Farms and Elm Ridge.[26]

Demographics

Census 2010

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,304 people, 6,282 households, and 4,925 families residing in the township. The population density was 298.2 per square mile (115.1/km2). There were 6,551 housing units at an average density of 112.9 per square mile (43.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 86.74% (15,010) White, 2.10% (364) Black or African American, 0.07% (12) Native American, 8.89% (1,539) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.52% (90) from other races, and 1.66% (288) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.31% (573) of the population.[9]

There were 6,282 households, of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.14.[9]

In the township, 26.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 34.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.[9]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $132,813 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,634) and the median family income was $151,394 (+/- $9,062). Males had a median income of $106,431 (+/- $9,830) versus $66,285 (+/- $11,820) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $55,219 (+/- $3,466). About 0.6% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 1.3% of those age 65 or over.[39]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[17] there were 16,105 people, 5,498 households, and 4,431 families residing in the township. The population density was 277.1 people per square mile (107.0/km²). There were 5,629 housing units at an average density of 96.9 per square mile (37.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 77.30% White, 15.83% African American, 0.12% Native American, 3.97% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.45% of the population.[37][38]

There were 5,498 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.11.[37][38]

In the township the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.[37][38]

The median income for a household in the township was $93,640, and the median income for a family was $101,579. Males had a median income of $66,849 versus $47,701 for females. The per capita income for the township was $43,947. About 0.9% of families and 1.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.[37][38]

Parks and recreation

Woosamonsa Road in Hopewell during autumn

Government

Local government

Hopewell Township is governed under the

External links

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References

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Hopewell Township include:

Notable people

Winery

  • Hopewell Valley News
  • Pennington Post
  • Town Topics
  • The Hopewell Sun

Media

Hopewell is home to an experimental renewable energy project called The Hopewell Project, which uses solar power to generate hydrogen that is used to provide 100% of a home's heating, cooling and electrical needs. The Hopewell Solar-Hydrogen Residence was dedicated on October 20, 2006.[103]

The Hopewell Project

New Jersey Transit provides bus service between the township and Trenton on the 602, 606 and 608 routes.[102]

Public transportation

Hopewell Township was supposed to be where the Somerset Freeway would have started in the south, ending in the north in either Piscataway or Franklin. This would have completed I-95 in New Jersey. But the cancellation of this project led to having the New Jersey Turnpike carry the interstate numbering instead. Originally, I-295 had extended into Hopewell and ended where the supposed Somerset Freeway interchange was to be built. Ultimately, the Somerset Freeway was canceled in 1982. I-295 was redesignated I-95 from the canceled interchange to the exit at U.S. Route 1 in 1993.

View north along Interstate 95 from Route 31 in Hopewell Township. The interchange with the cancelled Somerset Freeway would have been located in the distance where the median between the northbound and southbound roadways widens and becomes wooded

Route 29 passes through the southwestern part of Hopewell alongside the Delaware and Raritan Canal. Route 31 is the main north-south road that goes through the township. Interstate 95 also passes through in the southern part with two interchanges: Exits 3 (Scotch Road) and 4 (Route 31).[101] Interstate 295 is outside the municipality in neighboring Lawrence Township. A few major county roads that go through are County Route 518, County Route 546, County Route 569 and County Route 579.

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 189.67 miles (305.24 km) of roadways, of which 136.96 miles (220.42 km) are maintained by the municipality, 36.68 miles (59.03 km) by Mercer County and 16.03 miles (25.80 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[100]

Roads and highways

Transportation

Public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, a comprehensive regional public school district serving students from Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township and Pennington Borough.[89] As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's six schools had an enrollment of 3,797 students and 329.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.51:1.[90] Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[91]) include four elementary schools — Bear Tavern Elementary School[92] (grades PreK-5; 429 students), Hopewell Elementary School[93] (PreK-5; 474), Stony Brook Elementary School[94] (K-5; 418) and Toll Gate Grammar School[95] (K-5; 300) — Timberlane Middle School[96] with 951 students in grades 6-8 and Hopewell Valley Central High School[97] with an enrollment of 1,225 students in grades 9 - 12.[98][99]

Education

View south along NJ Route 29 in Hopewell Township

Hopewell Township surrounds both Pennington and Hopewell Borough.

Neighboring municipalities

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.8% of the vote (3,826 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.5% (2,257 votes), and other candidates with 1.7% (107 votes), among the 6,322 ballots cast by the township's 12,818 registered voters (132 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 49.3%.[86][87] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 48.9% of the vote here (3,503 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 42.9% (3,074 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.9% (497 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (36 votes), among the 7,158 ballots cast by the township's 12,441 registered voters, yielding a 57.5% turnout.[88]

[85] In the

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 12,218 registered voters in Hopewell Township, of which 3,949 (32.3%) were registered as Democrats, 3,088 (25.3%) were registered as Republicans and 5,178 (42.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties.[81]

Politics

Mercer County is governed by a County Executive who oversees the day-to-day operations of the county and by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders that acts in a legislative capacity, setting policy. All officials are chosen at-large in partisan elections, with the executive serving a four-year term of office while the freeholders serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats up for election each year.[67] As of 2014, the County Executive is Brian M. Hughes (D, term ends December 31, 2015; Princeton).[68] Mercer County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chair Andrew Koontz (D, 2016; Princeton),[69] Freeholder Vice Chair Samuel T. Frisby, Sr. (2015; Trenton),[70] Ann M. Cannon (2015; East Windsor Township),[71] Anthony P. Carabelli (2016; Trenton),[72] John A. Cimino (2014, Hamilton Township),[73] Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. (2015; Lawrence Township)[74] and Lucylle R. S. Walter (2014; Ewing Township)[75][76][77] Mercer County's constitutional officers are County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello (D, 2015),[78] Sheriff John A. Kemler (D, 2014)[79] and Surrogate Diane Gerofsky (D, 2016).[80][50]

For the 2014–2015 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 15th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Shirley Turner (D, Lawrence Township, Mercer County) and in the General Assembly by Reed Gusciora (D, Trenton) and Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D, Pennington).[63][64] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[65] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[66]

New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Ewing Township).[59] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021)[60] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).[61][62]

Hopewell Township is located in the 12th Congressional District[56] and is part of New Jersey's 15th state legislative district.[10][57][58]

Federal, state and county representation

Hopewell Township is served by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station & Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, located in Trenton.[55]

In the November 5, 2013, general election, John Hart and Todd Brant were elected to the Township Committee.[53] In January 2014 the Committee unanimously chose Vanessa Sandom as Mayor for a seventh one-year term.[54]

Citing differences with local party leadership, Mayor Harvey Lester changed his party affiliation in March 2015 from Democrat to Republican.[52]

As of 2015, the members of the Hopewell Township Committee are Mayor Harvey Lester (R, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2015),[44] Deputy mayor Todd Brant (R, term on committee ends 2016; term as deputy mayor ends 2015),[45] John R. Hart (R, 2016),[46] Kevin Kuchinski (D, 2017)[47] and Vanessa Sandom (D, 2017).[4][48][49][50][51]

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