Chesilhurst, New Jersey

Chesilhurst, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Chesilhurst highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Chesilhurst, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°43′56″N 74°52′46″W / 39.73222°N 74.87944°W / 39.73222; -74.87944Coordinates: 39°43′56″N 74°52′46″W / 39.73222°N 74.87944°W / 39.73222; -74.87944
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated November 26, 1887
 – Type Borough (New Jersey)
 – Mayor Michael Blunt (2012)[2]
 – Total 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
 – Land 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[3] 161 ft (49 m)
Population (2010 Census)[4]
 – Total 1,634
 – Density 961.2/sq mi (371.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08089
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 34-12550[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0885183[7]
Website Borough website

Chesilhurst is a Borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 1,634.[4] New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Chesilhurst last among the towns rated in its 2008 rankings of "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey (placing at # 566).[8]

Chesilhurst was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 26, 1887, from portions of Waterford Township and Winslow Township, based on the results of a referendum held on October 18, 1887.[9]



Chesilhurst is located at 39°43′54″N 74°52′34″W / 39.731549°N 74.876067°W / 39.731549; -74.876067 (39.731549, -74.876067).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all of it land.

Chesilhurst borders both Waterford Township and Winslow Township.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 298
1940 308 3.4%
1950 314 1.9%
1960 384 22.3%
1970 801 108.6%
1980 1,590 98.5%
1990 1,526 −4.0%
2000 1,520 −0.4%
2010 1,634 7.5%
Population sources:
1930 - 1990[11] 2000[12] 2010[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,520 people, 493 households, and 345 families residing in the borough. The population density was 885.8 people per square mile (341.2/km2). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 311.8 per square mile (120.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 37.37% White, 55.99% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 2.89% from other races, and 3.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.08% of the population.[12]

There were 493 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.2% 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 2.81 and the average family size was 3.32.[12]

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.[12]

The median income for a household in the borough was $41,786, and the median income for a family was $50,263. Males had a median income of $33,333 versus $28,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,252. About 8.0% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.[12]


Local government

Chesilhurst is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[1]

As of 2011, the Mayor of Chesilhurst is Michael Blunt. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Herbert Littles, Karen Chew, Russell Hirn, Margo Ocasio, Bill Ross and Waltha Webb.[13]

Federal, state and county representation

Chesilhurst is in the 1st Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 6th state legislative district.[14] The city was relocated to the 4th state legislative district by the New Jersey Apportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 Census.[4] The new district is in effect for the June 2011 primary and the November 2011 general election, with the state senator and assembly members elected taking office in the new district as of January 2012.[14]

New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

6th District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by James Beach (D, Voorhees Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Louis Greenwald (D, Voorhees Township) and Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D, Cherry Hill).[15] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[16] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[17]

Camden County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, its seven members elected at-large to three-year terms office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[18] As of 2011, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2011)[19], Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2013)[20], Riletta L. Cream (Camden, 2011)[21], Rodney A. Greco (Gloucester Township, 2012)[22], Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2012)[23], Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2012)[24] and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2013).[25][26][27][28]


The Chesilhurst Borough School District had served public school students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Shirley B. Foster Elementary School. After the completion of the 2008-09 school year, the district was no longer operating any schools and is sending all of its students to the Winslow Township School District as part of a sending/receiving relationship that commenced in the 2009-10 school year.[29][30]


New Jersey Transit local bus service is provided on the 554 route.[31]


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 33.
  2. ^ 2011 New Jersey Mayors Directory, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Accessed July 17, 2011.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of Chesilhurst, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed January 4, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d 2011 Apportionment Redistricting: Municipalities sorted alphabetically, New Jersey Department of State, p. 2. Accessed July 15, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Best Places To Live - The Complete Top Towns List 501-566", New Jersey Monthly, posted February 25, 2008. Accessed February 26, 2008.
  9. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 104.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 2, 2009. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d e Census 2000 Demographic Profile Highlights: Chesilhurst borough, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 17, 2011.
  13. ^ Mayor & Council Members, Borough of Chesilhurst. Accessed July 17, 2011.
  14. ^ a b 2011 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 56. Accessed July 17, 2011.
  15. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  16. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  17. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  18. ^ What is a Freeholder?, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  19. ^ Louis Cappelli, Jr., Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  20. ^ Edward McDonnell, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  21. ^ Riletta L. Cream, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  22. ^ Rodney A. Greco, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  23. ^ Ian K. Leonard, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  24. ^ Jeffrey L. Nash, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  25. ^ Carmen Rodriguez, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  26. ^ Board of Freeholders, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  27. ^ "Louis Cappelli Jr. and Edward McDonnell re-elected to leadership posts on Camden County Freeholder Board at Today’s Reorganization Meeting", Camden County, New Jersey press release dated January 5, 2011. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  28. ^ Osborne, James. "Democrats retain hold on Camden County freeholder board", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 3, 2010. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  29. ^ Osborne, James. "N.J. to investigate Chesilhurst school district", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 12, 2010. Accessed July 17, 2011. "Up until last year, Chesilhurst functioned as a traditional school district and maintained a single elementary school. In the spring of 2009, the school board voted to close that school and bus its students to Winslow, leaving Chesilhurst to operate in an administrative capacity with a skeleton staff. Chesilhurst, a small district on the edge of the Pinelands, subsequently was declared a non-operating district by the state and set for closure at the end of June 2010."
  30. ^ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2010, Chesilhurst Board of Education. Accessed July 17, 2011. "Up through the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the District provided a full range of educational services appropriate to grade levels Pre-K through 6.... Beginning in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the District entered into a sending/receiving tuition arrangement with Winslow Township Board of Education which included all students."
  31. ^ Camden County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed July 17, 2011.

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