Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Infobox U.S. County
county = Hunterdon County
state = New Jersey
map size = 100
founded = 1714
seat = Flemington | largest city = Flemington
area percentage = 1.79%
census yr = 2000
pop = 121989
web = www.co.hunterdon.nj.us
Hunterdon County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof New Jersey. As of the 2000 Census, the population is 121,989. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. Its county seatis FlemingtonGR|6.
Hunterdon County ranks as the 13th among the
highest-income counties in the United Stateswith a per capita income of $36,370. It ranks fourth among U.S. counties for household income according to the most recent U.S. Census. Hunterdon County's median household income was $93,342, behind only Fairfax County and Loudoun County, Virginiaand Howard County, Maryland. As of 2005, Hunterdon had the third-highest median property tax of any county in the nation at $6,988, the highest in New Jersey [ [http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/sns-ap-property-taxes,0,1019265.story?coll=ny-top-headlines Suburbs Near NYC Have Highest Tax Bills] , " Newsday", October 4, 2006Dead link|date=June 2008] [ [http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/1888.html Property Taxes on Owner Occupied Housing by County, 2005] , Tax Foundation, accessed October 4, 2006] . As of the Tax Foundation's rankings based on 2006 data, Hunterdon had taken the top spot for highest median property tax at $7,999. [Woolsey, Matt. [http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/03/taxes-housing-property-forbeslife-cx_mw_1003realestate.html "America's Priciest Property Taxes"] , " Forbes", October 3, 2007. Accessed January 11, 2008. "The hardest hit? Homeowners in western New Jersey's Hunterdon County. Last year, the median yearly property tax bill amounted to a whopping $7,999 here, according to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, D.C, which compiled data based on 2006 figures."] [ [http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/22609.html New York, New Jersey Homeowners Nation's Hardest Hit by Property Taxes] , Tax Foundationpress release dated September 12, 2007. Accessed January 11, 2008.]
Transitioning from rural to suburban, Hunterdon County is an exurb on the western edge of New Jersey and home to
commuters to New York Cityand Philadelphia. The county seat, Flemington, is noted for the Lindbergh kidnappingtrial which convicted Bruno Hauptmannof the murder of aviatorCharles Lindbergh's son. With growing towns and shopping areas, as well as relaxing rural areas, Hunterdon County is a far stretch from the urban areas associated with New Jersey.
Hunterdon County is fiscally conservative and socially moderate. In the 2004 U.S. Presidential election,
George W. Bushcarried the county by a 20.8% margin over John Kerry, with Kerry carrying the state by 6.7% over Bush. [ [http://www.njvoterinfo.org/2004presNJ.htm New Jersey Presidential Election Returns by County 2004] , Eagleton Institute of Politicsat Rutgers University. Accessed August 31, 2008.] Hunterdon County is represented exclusively by Republican Freeholders and the majority of township committee and borough council seats are held by Republicans.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 438
square miles (1,134 km²), of which, 430 square miles (1,114 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it (1.79%) is water.
Much of the county is hilly, the ground rising up slowly from the Delaware River. The highest points are two areas in Lebanon Township, one on the Morris County line, both reaching at least 1,060 feet (323 m) above sea level. The lowest elevation is where the Mercer County line reaches the
Delaware River, approximately 40 feet (12 m) above sea level.
Warren County, New Jersey- north
Morris County, New Jersey- northeast
Somerset County, New Jersey- east
Mercer County, New Jersey- southeast
Bucks County, Pennsylvania- west
estref= [cite web
title=QuickFacts: Hunterdon County, New Jersey
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footnote=* lost territory historical census data source: [cite web
title=New Jersey Resident Population by County: 1880 - 1930] [cite web
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University of VirginiaLibrary
accessdate=2007-03-02] As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 121,989 people, 43,678 households, and 32,845 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 284 people per square mile (110/km²). There were 45,032 housing units at an average density of 105 per square mile (40/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.91% White, 2.25% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.92% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 2.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.7% were of Italian, 17.3% German, 14.5% Irish, 8.4% English, 7.3% Polish and 5.1% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 43,678 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.30% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.80% were non-families. 20.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 10.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
Hunterdon County's median income for a household was $79,888, which makes it the fourth highest county in the country based on median household income. Median income for a family was $91,050. Males had a median income of $61,888 versus $40,852 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $36,370, which ranks as the thirteenth highest county in the country based on per capita income. About 1.60% of families and 2.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.10% of those under age 18 and 4.20% of those age 65 or over. As of October 2007, Hunterdon County now has the highest median property taxes in the United States.
Hunterdon County is governed by a five-member
Board of Chosen Freeholders. The members are elected at large on a staggered basis to serve three-year terms of office, with the three-year term of office starts (and ends) on January 1.
The Freeholder Board is the center of legislative and administrative responsibility and, as such, performs a dual role. As legislators they draw up and adopt a budget, and in the role of administrators they are responsible for spending the funds they have appropriated.
As of 2008, Hunterdon County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/official/ecp.htm Erik Peterson] (Milford), Freeholder Deputy Director [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/official/mennen.htm William Mennen] (Tewksbury Township), [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/official/holt.htm Matt Holt] (Clinton Town), [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/official/gbm.htm George B. Melick] (Tewksbury Township) and [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/official/sworen.htm Ronald Sworen] (Frenchtown). [ [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/frholder/frehldrs.htm Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders] , accessed February 22, 2008.]
The following municipalities are located in Hunterdon County. The municipality type is listed in parentheses after the name, except where the type is included as part of the name.
Census-designated places and other unincorporated communities are listed under their municipalities.
*East Amwell Township
*Glen Gardner (borough)
*High Bridge (borough)
*West Amwell Township
Points of interest
Hunterdon County Arboretum
* Solitude House Museum / Solitude Dam /Taylor's Falls / TISCO Headquarters 1742 in
High Bridge, New Jersey
* The Red Mill (in
Clinton, New Jersey)
Jack Cust, MLB Player for the Oakland Athletics
Troy Glaus, MLB Player for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Merv Griffin, producer of many game and talk shows, owned and lived on a farm in Califon, New Jersey
William Kirkpatrick, (1769-1832), born in Amwell, physician and United States Congressmanfrom New York cite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | location=Chicago | date = 1963]
James W. Marshall, discoverer of goldat Sutter's Millin Californiain 1848.
Gary Vaynerchuk, Host of Wine Library TV
Joe Piscopo, Former Saturday Night Livecast member
* [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/ Hunterdon County Official Website]
* [http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/map.htm Map of Hunterdon County]
* [http://www.hlta.org Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance]
* [http://www.hunterdoncountry.com HunterdonCountry.com]
* [http://www.riverballet.org River Ballet Company]
* [http://www.ourhunterdon.com OurHunterdon.com]
* [http://www.genealogybuff.com/nj/nj-hunterdon-obits.htm Hunterdon County Obituary Collection]
* [http://www.hunterdon-chamber.org/ Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Website]
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