Florence Township, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Florence Township, New Jersey
settlement_type = Township
nickname =
motto =



imagesize =
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mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Florence Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset



mapsize1 = 250x200px
map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Florence Township, New Jersey

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Burlington
government_footnotes =
government_type = Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = William Berry
leader_title1 = Administrator
leader_name1 = Richard A. Brook
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = March 7, 1872

unit_pref = Imperial
area_footnotes =
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 26.3
area_land_km2 = 25.2
area_water_km2 = 1.1
area_total_sq_mi = 10.1
area_land_sq_mi = 9.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.4

population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes =
population_total = 11637
population_density_km2 = 427.2
population_density_sq_mi = 1106.5

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|882107|Township of Florence, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2008.]
elevation_m = 14
elevation_ft = 46
latd = 40 |latm = 6 |lats = 51 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 47 |longs = 37 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 08518
area_code = 609
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-23850GR|2 [ [http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/webrepts/commoncodes/ccc_nj.html A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.]
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0882107GR|3
website = http://www.florence-nj.com/
footnotes =

Florence Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 10,746.

Florence was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 7, 1872, from portions of Mansfield Township.cite book| last=Snyder | first=John P. | authorlink=John P. Snyder | year=1969 | title=The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries, 1606-1968 | publisher=Bureau of Geology and Topography | location=Trenton, New Jersey | pages=96– | oclc=23824]

Florence-Roebling is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Florence Township.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.3 km²), of which, 9.7 square miles (25.1 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (4.14%) is water.

Florence Township borders Burlington Township, Springfield Township, Mansfield Township, Bordentown Township, and the Delaware River.

Demographics

USCensusPop
1930= 7824
1940= 7229
1950= 7455
1960= 8127
1970= 8560
1980= 9084
1990= 10266
2000= 10746
estimate=11637
estyear=2006
estref= [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=06000US3400523850&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US34%7C16000US3423250&_street=&_county=florence&_cityTown=florence&_state=04000US34&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Census data for Florence township] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed November 18, 2007.]
footnote=Population 1930 - 1990. [ [http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi01/poptrd6.htm New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.]
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 10,746 people, 4,149 households, and 2,891 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,106.5 people per square mile (427.3/km²). There were 4,391 housing units at an average density of 452.1/sq mi (174.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 85.52% White, 9.74% African American, 0.18% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

There were 4,149 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $56,843, and the median income for a family was $67,412. Males had a median income of $45,325 versus $31,215 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,529. About 4.8% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Local government

Florence Township is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government. Under this form of government the voters participate in partisan elections to choose a Mayor for a four-year term and two Council members At-Large and one Council members from each of three wards for overlapping terms of four years. The legislative power is vested in the Council and the Executive power is vested in the Mayor. The Mayor appoints a professionally qualified Business Administrator with the advice and consent of Council. ["2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 38.] [ [http://www.florence-nj.com/main_government.html Florence Township Government] , Florence Township. Accessed July 28, 2006.]

The Mayor of Florence Township is William Berry (term ends December 21, 2011). Members of the Florence Township Council are: [http://www.florence-nj.com/mayor_council.html Florence Township Mayor and Township Council] , Florence Township. Accessed June 24, 2008.]
*Council President and Ward #1 Council Member Frank K. Baldorossi, Jr. (2009)
*Council Vice-President and Council Member-at-Large Dennis O'Hara (2011)
*Council Member-at-Large Sean Ryan (2011)
*Ward #2 Council Member Bruce D. Garganio (2009)
*Ward #3 Council Member Jerry Sandusky (2009)

Federal, state and county representation

Florence Township is in the Fourth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 7th Legislative District. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New jersey League of Women Voters, p. 66. Accessed August 30, 2006.]

Education

The Florence Township School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3405220 Data for the Florence Township School District] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 24, 2008.] ) are [http://www.florence.k12.nj.us/Roebling/res.htm Roebling Elementary School] (K–3; 470 students), [http://www.florence.k12.nj.us/Duffy/mld.htm Marcella Duffy School] (4&5; 245), [http://www.florence.k12.nj.us/middleschool/ Florence Middle School] (6–8; 387) and
Florence Township Memorial High School (9–12; 436).

Life Center Academy, established in 1975, serves a private, non-denominational, Christian school for over 300 students in grades K-12. [ [http://www.lcanj.org/aboutus.html About Us] , Life Center Academy. Accessed June 24, 2008.]

Transportation

The River Line offers service to Camden and Trenton Rail Station, with stations in Roebling at Hornberger Avenue and Florence at U.S. Route 130.

New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia on the 409 route. [ [http://www.njtransit.com/sf_tp_rc_burlington.shtml Burlington County Bus/Rail Connections] , New Jersey Transit. Accessed July 15, 2007.]

Florence hosts New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 6A on the Pennsylvania Extension. 6A had been connected with Cedar Lane at an odd roadway setup (where Cedar Lane overpasses itself) the locals term the "whirlybird" until 1999, when the Authority constructed a double-trumpet interchange at US 130. The 6 toll gate is just east of Exit 6A on the Pennsylvania Extension. Interchange 6 (itself) is located in Mansfield Township.

Media

WIFI, 1460 AM, is a radio station broadcasting out of Florence Township. It has a Christian Contemporary format.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Florence Township include:
*Richard J. Hughes (1909-1992), politician, who served as the 45th Governor of New Jersey, from 1962 to 1970 and as Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1973-1979. [Sullivan, Joseph F. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE1D8153CF93BA35751C1A964958260 "Richard J. Hughes, Governor and Judge, Dies at 83"] , "The New York Times", December 8, 1992. Accessed December 23, 2007. "Mr. Hughes was born Aug. 10, 1909, in Florence, a town on the Delaware River a few miles south of Trenton."]
*Rich Dennison, former member of President Clinton's Speechwriting Team and Democratic nominee for New Jersey State Senate in 2007. [ [http://www.njsenatedems.org/news.php?id=483 New Jersey Senate Democrats ] ]
*Wali Lundy (1983-), attended Florence Township Memorial High School for two years before transferring to Holy Cross High School. He played for the AFC South Division Houston Texans until being released from his contract on August 31, 2007. [ [http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player?categoryId=401413 Wali Lundy profile] , Fox Sports (USA). Accessed September 4, 2006.]
*Gene Olaff (1920-), former U.S. Soccer goalkeeper and former Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
*Brian Opre, QB for Florence Flashes and then Cornell, who set NJ state passing records with the Flashes. Credited for scoring the game winning and first ever Touchdown in a college football OT game in 1996 versus Princeton. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D03E5DA133DF931A1575AC0A960958260 "Putting In for Overtime: Cornell Stuns Princeton"] , "The New York Times", September 22, 1996. Accessed November 18, 2007.]

References

External links

* [http://www.florence-nj.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.florence.k12.nj.us/ Florence Township School District]
*NJReportCard|05|1520|0|Florence Township School District
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3405220 Data for the Florence Township School District] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://www.flashesfootball.com Flashes Football]


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