Magnolia, New Jersey

Magnolia, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Motto: "One Square Mile of Friendliness"[1]
Magnolia highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Magnolia, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°51′20″N 75°02′09″W / 39.85556°N 75.03583°W / 39.85556; -75.03583Coordinates: 39°51′20″N 75°02′09″W / 39.85556°N 75.03583°W / 39.85556; -75.03583
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated May 12, 1915
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor BettyAnn Cowling-Carson (2011)[2]
 - Total 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 - Land 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[3] 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 - Total 4,341
 - Density 4,341/sq mi (1,736.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08049
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 34-42630[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0885288[7]

Magnolia is a Borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the borough population was 4,341.[4]

Magnolia was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 14, 1915, from portions of the now-defunct Centre Township, and parts of Clementon, based on the results of a referendum held on May 12, 1915.[8]



Magnolia is located at 39°51′18″N 75°02′08″W / 39.854880°N 75.035546°W / 39.854880; -75.035546 (39.854880, -75.035546).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.

Magnolia borders Barrington, Gloucester Township, Lawnside, Runnemede, and Somerdale.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 1,522
1940 1,552 2.0%
1950 1,883 21.3%
1960 4,199 123.0%
1970 5,893 40.3%
1980 4,881 −17.2%
1990 4,861 −0.4%
2000 4,409 −9.3%
2010 4,341 −1.5%
Population resources:
1930-1990[10] 2000[11] 2010[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,409 people, 1,710 households, and 1,162 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,543.3 people per square mile (1,755.0/km2). There were 1,836 housing units at an average density of 1,891.9 per square mile (730.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.00% White, 17.80% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.06% of the population.[11]

There were 1,710 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12.[11]

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.[11]

The median income for a household in the borough was $43,728, and the median income for a family was $50,791. Males had a median income of $38,480 versus $27,172 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,032. About 5.9% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.[11]


Local government

Magnolia 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 and only votes to break a tie. 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.[12]

As of 2011, the Mayor of the Borough of Magnolia is BettyAnn Cowling-Carson.[13] Members of the Magnolia Borough Council (with their committee assignments in parentheses) are Council President Steve Whalen (Finance and Administration), Paula Bonamassa (Public Works and Technology), Robert Brandt (Public Events and Compliance), Anthony DePrince, III (Public Safety), Mary Martz (Planning, Codes, Licensing & Street Lighting) and Donald Wilson (Facilities, Recreation and Community Development).[14]

Federal, state and county representation

Magnolia is in the 1st Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 5th state legislative district.[15] The legislative district was kept unchanged by the New Jersey Apportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 Census.[4]

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).

5th district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Donald Norcross (D, Camden) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Angel Fuentes (D, Camden) and Gilbert "Whip" Wilson (D, Camden).[16] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[17] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[18]

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.[19] As of 2011, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2011)[20], Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2013)[21], Riletta L. Cream (Camden, 2011)[22], Rodney A. Greco (Gloucester Township, 2012)[23], Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2012)[24], Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2012)[25] and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2013).[26][27][28][29]


The Magnolia School District serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. The Magnolia School had an enrollment of 459 students in the 2009-10 school year.[30]

For grades 9 - 12, public school students attend Sterling High School, a regional high school serving students from Magnolia, Somerdale, Stratford, along with students from Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs who attend as part of sending/receiving relationships.[31] The high school is located in Somerdale.


New Jersey Transit offers bus service to Philadelphia on the 403 route, with local service available on the 451 route.[32]


  1. ^ McCoy, Shawna. "Magnolia Celebrates The Fourth - And Its 80th - All Week Long The Square-mile Borough Turned A Park Into A Hub Of Fun. It's On Land Donated By A Town Founder's Family.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 1995. Accessed August 6, 2011. "History aside, Mayor BettyAnn Cowling-Carson and council members agreed the borough needed change and, in fact, welcomed it, especially along the White Horse Pike. 'Magnolia, as it enters into the next decade is looking ahead. We are anxiously looking forward to new business on the White Horse Pike,' said Cowling-Carson. 'But at the same time, continue to be 'One Square Mile of Friendliness.'"
  2. ^ 2011 New Jersey Mayors Directory, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Accessed August 6, 2011.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of Magnolia, 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. 6. Accessed August 6, 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. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 107.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ 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 August 6, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c d e Census 2000 Demographic Profile Highlights: Magnolia borough, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 6, 2011.
  12. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 28.
  13. ^ Honorable Mayor BettyAnn Cowling-Carson, Borough of Magnolia. Accessed August 6, 2011.
  14. ^ 2008 Borough Council, Borough of Magnolia. Accessed March 8, 2007.
  15. ^ 2011 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 60. Accessed August 6, 2011.
  16. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  17. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  18. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  19. ^ What is a Freeholder?, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  20. ^ Louis Cappelli, Jr., Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  21. ^ Edward McDonnell, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  22. ^ Riletta L. Cream, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  23. ^ Rodney A. Greco, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  24. ^ Ian K. Leonard, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  25. ^ Jeffrey L. Nash, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  26. ^ Carmen Rodriguez, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  27. ^ Board of Freeholders, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  28. ^ "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.
  29. ^ Osborne, James. "Democrats retain hold on Camden County freeholder board", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 3, 2010. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  30. ^ Data for Magnolia School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 6, 2011.
  31. ^ Sterling High School 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 6, 2007. "Sterling High School District is a regional district serving Hi Nella, Laurel Springs, Magnolia, Somerdale and Stratford."
  32. ^ Camden County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed August 6, 2011.

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