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Maple Shade, New Jersey

Maple Shade Township, New Jersey
Township of Maple Shade
Motto: "Nice Town, Friendly People"

Maple Shade highlighted in Burlington County. Inset: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Census Bureau map of Maple Shade Township, New Jersey

Coordinates: 39°57′09″N 74°59′42″W / 39.952381°N 74.994896°W / 39.952381; -74.994896Coordinates: 39°57′09″N 74°59′42″W / 39.952381°N 74.994896°W / 39.952381; -74.994896[1][2]

Country United States
State New Jersey
County Burlington
Established November 6, 1688 as Chester Township
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Renamed November 6, 1945 as Maple Shade Township
 • Type Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 • Mayor Rob Wells (term ends December 31, 2013)[3]
 • Manager Gary LaVenia[4]
 • Clerk Andrea T. DeGolia[5]
 • Total 3.823 sq mi (9.901 km2)
 • Land 3.822 sq mi (9.898 km2)
 • Water 0.001 sq mi (0.003 km2)  0.03%
Area rank 303rd of 566 in state
27th of 40 in county[2]
Elevation[8] 46 ft (14 m)
Population (2010 Census)[9][10][11]
 • Total 19,131
 • Estimate (2012[12]) 19,256
 • Rank 134th of 566 in state
8th of 40 in county[13]
 • Density 5,006.1/sq mi (1,932.9/km2)
 • Density rank 111th of 566 in state
2nd of 40 in county[13]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08052[14]
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 3400543740[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0882094[17][2]

Maple Shade Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 19,131,[9][10][11] reflecting an increase of 52 (+0.3%) from the 19,079 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 132 (-0.7%) from the 19,211 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

What is now Maple Shade was originally formed as Chester Township on November 6, 1688, and was known as Cropwell Township from June 5, 1690, through February 22, 1699. Chester was incorporated as one of New Jersey's initial 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Cinnaminson Township (March 15, 1860) and Moorestown Township (March 11, 1922). The municipality's name was changed to Maple Shade Township as of November 6, 1945, based on the results of a referendum passed that same day.[19]


Maple Shade Township is located at 39°57′09″N 74°59′42″W / 39.952381°N 74.994896°W / 39.952381; -74.994896 (39.952381,-74.994896). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 3.823 square miles (9.901 km2), of which, 3.822 square miles (9.898 km2) of it is land and 0.001 square miles (0.003 km2) of it (0.03%) is water.[1][2]

The township borders Cinnaminson Township, Moorestown Township, Mount Laurel Township, and the Camden County municipalities of Cherry Hill Township and Pennsauken Township.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Maple Shade Township has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[20]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201219,256[12]0.7%
Population sources:
1800-1920[21] 1840[22]
1850-1870[23] 1850[24] 1870[25]
1880-1890[26] 1890-1910[27] 1910-1930[28]
1930-1990[29] 2000[30][31] 2010[9][10][11]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[19]

Census 2010


The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $50,730 (with a margin of error of +/- $2,897) and the median family income was $69,014 (+/- $5,613). Males had a median income of $47,357 (+/- $2,987) versus $38,628 (+/- $4,085) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,290 (+/- $1,093). About 6.9% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.[32]

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 19,079 people, 8,462 households, and 4,721 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,959.4 people per square mile (1,913.4/km²). There were 9,009 housing units at an average density of 2,341.8 per square mile (903.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 83.17% White, 7.21% African American, 0.16% Native American, 6.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.46% of the population.[30][31]

There were 8,462 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.95.[30][31]

In the township the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.[30][31]

The median income for a household in the township was $45,426, and the median income for a family was $53,912. Males had a median income of $40,290 versus $30,858 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,812. About 3.8% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.[30][31]


Local government

Maple Shade Township operates under the Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) form of municipal government. The township is governed by a five-member Township Council, whose members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis.[6] At a reorganization meeting held during the first week of January after each election, the Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

As of 2013, members of the Maple Shade Township Council are Mayor Rob Wells, Deputy Mayor Anthony Saporito, Louis Manchello, Nelson Wiest and Claire Volpe.[7][33]

Federal, state and county representation

Maple Shade Township is located in the 1st Congressional District[34] and is part of New Jersey's 6th state legislative district.[10][35][36] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Maple Shade Township had been in the 7th state legislative district.[37]

New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights).[38] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark)[39] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[40][41]

The 6th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James Beach (D, Voorhees Township) and in the General Assembly by Louis Greenwald (D, Voorhees Township) and Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D, Cherry Hill).[42] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[43] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[44]

Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year.[45] The board choose a director and deputy director from among its seven members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January.[45] As of 2013, Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Joseph B. Donnelly (R; Cinnaminson Township, 2013),[46], Deputy Director Leah Arter (R; Moorestown Township, 2014),[47], Aimee Belgard (D; Edgewater Park Township, 2015)[48], Joseph Howarth (R; Evesham Township, 2014)[49] and Joanne Schwartz (D; Southampton Township, 2015).[48][45]


The Maple Shade School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[50]) are Howard Yocum Elementary (Grades K to 2; 563 students), Maude Wilkins Elementary (Grades 3 to 4; 334), R.J. Steinhauer Elementary (Grades 5 to 6; 321) and Maple Shade High School (Grades 7 to 12; 908).


New Jersey Transit provides bus service to and from Philadelphia on the 317, 407 and 413 bus routes.[51]


External links

  • Maple Shade Township website
  • Maple Shade School District
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Maple Shade Business Association
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