Maple Shade Township, New Jersey

Maple Shade Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 19,131.[9][10][11][20]

Maple Shade Township, New Jersey
Township of Maple Shade
Chesterfield School
Chesterfield School
Motto(s): 
"Nice Town, Friendly People"[1]
Maple Shade highlighted in Burlington County. Inset: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
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
Census Bureau map of Maple Shade Township, New Jersey
Maple Shade Township is located in Burlington County, New Jersey
Maple Shade Township
Maple Shade Township
Location in Burlington County
Maple Shade Township is located in New Jersey
Maple Shade Township
Maple Shade Township
Location in New Jersey
Maple Shade Township is located in the United States
Maple Shade Township
Maple Shade Township
Location in the United States
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[2][3]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Burlington
EstablishedNovember 6, 1688 as Chester Township
IncorporatedFebruary 21, 1798
RenamedNovember 6, 1945 as Maple Shade Township
Government
 • TypeFaulkner Act (council–manager)
 • BodyTownship Council
 • MayorClaire B. Volpe (D, term ends December 31, 2020)[4][5]
 • AdministratorSusan E. Danson[4]
 • Municipal clerkAndrea T. McVeigh[6]
Area
 • Total3.83 sq mi (9.92 km2)
 • Land3.83 sq mi (9.91 km2)
 • Water<0.01 sq mi (<0.01 km2)  0.03%
Area rank303rd of 565 in state
27th of 40 in county[2]
Elevation46 ft (14 m)
Population
 • Total19,131
 • Estimate 
(2019)[12]
18,476
 • Rank134th of 566 in state
8th of 40 in county[13]
 • Density5,006.1/sq mi (1,932.9/km2)
 • Density rank111th of 566 in state
2nd of 40 in county[13]
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s)856[16]
FIPS code3400543740[2][17][18]
GNIS feature ID0882094[2][19]
Websitewww.mapleshade.com

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.[21]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 3.83 square miles (9.92 km2), including 3.83 square miles (9.91 km2) of land and <0.01 square miles (<0.01 km2) of water (0.03%).[2][3]

The township borders Cinnaminson Township, Moorestown Township and Mount Laurel Township in Burlington County; and Cherry Hill and Pennsauken Township in Camden County.[22][23][24]

ClimateEdit

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.[25]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18001,464
18101,83925.6%
18202,25322.5%
18302,3333.6%
18402,60311.6%
18503,60138.3%
18602,227*−38.2%
18702,58616.1%
18802,85510.4%
18903,76832.0%
19004,42017.3%
19105,06914.7%
19207,27343.5%
19305,117*−29.6%
19405,5358.2%
19506,56018.5%
196012,94797.4%
197016,46427.2%
198020,52524.7%
199019,211−6.4%
200019,079−0.7%
201019,1310.3%
2019 (est.)18,476[12][26][27]−3.4%
Population sources: 1800–2000[28]
1800–1920[29] 1840[30] 1850–1870[31]
1850[32] 1870[33] 1880–1890[34]
1890–1910[35] 1910–1930[36]
1930–1990[37] 2000[38][39] 2010[9][10][11]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[21]

Census 2010Edit

The 2010 United States census counted 19,131 people, 8,525 households, and 4,655 families in the township. The population density was 5,006.1 per square mile (1,932.9/km2). There were 9,186 housing units at an average density of 2,403.7 per square mile (928.1/km2). The racial makeup was 78.62% (15,040) White, 9.54% (1,826) Black or African American, 0.16% (31) Native American, 5.65% (1,080) Asian, 0.03% (5) Pacific Islander, 3.14% (601) from other races, and 2.86% (548) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.32% (1,591) of the population.[9]

Of the 8,525 households, 22.8% had children under the age of 18; 37.9% were married couples living together; 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present and 45.4% were non-families. Of all households, 36.5% were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.94.[9]

18.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.6 years. For every 100 females, the population had 94.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.2 males.[9]

The Census Bureau's 2015–2019 American Community Survey showed that (in 2019 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $61,335 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,606) and the median family income was $825854 (+/- $7,763). Males had a median income of $58,963 (+/- $4,320) versus $49,215 (+/- $2.945) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,774 (+/- $2,053). About 8.1% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 4.6[40]% of those age 65 or over.[40]

Census 2000Edit

As of the 2000 United States Census[17] 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.[38][39]

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.[38][39]

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.[38][39]

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.[38][39]

GovernmentEdit

Local governmentEdit

Maple Shade Township operates within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Council-Manager (Plan E) form of municipal government, implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of January 1, 1975.[41] The township is one of 42 of 565 municipalities statewide that use this form of government.[42] The governing body is comprised of 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, with either two or three seats up for election in even-numbered years as part of the November general election.[7] 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.[43]

As of 2020, members of the Maple Shade Township Council are Mayor Claire B. Volpe (D, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2020), Deputy Mayor J. Nelson Wiest (D, term on committee and as deputy mayor ends 2020), Charles Kauffman (D, 2022), Louis A. Manchello (D, 2020), Sandra Nunes (D, 2022).[4][44][45][46]

Federal, state and county representationEdit

Maple Shade Township is located in the 1st Congressional District[47] and is part of New Jersey's 6th state legislative district.[10][48][49] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Maple Shade Township had been in the 7th state legislative district.[50]

For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden).[51][52] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027)[53] and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025).[54][55]

For the 2020–2021 session, the 6th Legislative 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).[56][57]

Burlington County is governed by a board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year; at an annual reorganization meeting, the board selects a director and deputy director from among its members.[58] As of 2018, Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders are Director Kate Gibbs (R, Lumberton Township, term as freeholder and as director ends December 31, 2018),[59] Deputy Director Linda Hughes (R, Evesham Township, term as freeholder and as deputy director ends 2018)[60] Tom Pullion (D, Edgewater Park, 2020),[61]Balvir Singh (D, Burlington Township, 2020),[62] and Latham Tiver (R, Southampton Township, 2019).[63][58][64][65] Burlington County's Constitutional Officers are County Clerk Tim Tyler (R, Fieldsboro, 2018),[66][67] Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield (R, Westampton, 2019)[68][69] and Surrogate Mary Ann O'Brien (R, Medford, 2021).[70][71][65]

PoliticsEdit

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 10,638 registered voters in Maple Shade Township, of which 4,172 (39.2% vs. 33.3% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,593 (15.0% vs. 23.9%) were registered as Republicans and 4,863 (45.7% vs. 42.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 10 voters registered to other parties.[72] Among the township's 2010 Census population, 55.6% (vs. 61.7% in Burlington County) were registered to vote, including 68.2% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.3% countywide).[72][73]

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 5,003 votes here (65.1% vs. 58.1% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,546 votes (33.2% vs. 40.2%) and other candidates with 92 votes (1.2% vs. 1.0%), among the 7,680 ballots cast by the township's 11,433 registered voters, for a turnout of 67.2% (vs. 74.5% in Burlington County).[74][75] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 4,904 votes here (61.7% vs. 58.4% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 2,844 votes (35.8% vs. 39.9%) and other candidates with 120 votes (1.5% vs. 1.0%), among the 7,942 ballots cast by the township's 10,653 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.6% (vs. 80.0% in Burlington County).[76] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 4,628 votes here (59.0% vs. 52.9% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 3,060 votes (39.0% vs. 46.0%) and other candidates with 76 votes (1.0% vs. 0.8%), among the 7,848 ballots cast by the township's 10,658 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.6% (vs. 78.8% in the whole county).[77]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,333 votes here (60.5% vs. 61.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 1,419 votes (36.8% vs. 35.8%) and other candidates with 53 votes (1.4% vs. 1.2%), among the 3,857 ballots cast by the township's 11,283 registered voters, yielding a 34.2% turnout (vs. 44.5% in the county).[78][79] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,059 ballots cast (48.2% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,904 votes (44.5% vs. 47.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 230 votes (5.4% vs. 4.8%) and other candidates with 57 votes (1.3% vs. 1.2%), among the 4,275 ballots cast by the township's 10,780 registered voters, yielding a 39.7% turnout (vs. 44.9% in the county).[80]

EducationEdit

The Maple Shade School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.[81][82] As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of four schools, had an enrollment of 2,224 students and 183.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1.[83] Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[84]) are Howard R. Yocum Elementary School[85] with 556 students in grades K to 2, Maude M. Wilkins Elementary School[86] with 406 students in grades 3–4, Ralph J. Steinhauer Elementary School[87] with 369 students in grades 5-6 and Maple Shade High School[88] with 861 students in grades 7-12.[89]

Students from Maple Shade Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.[90]

There are students from Maple Shade Township who attend Resurrection Regional Catholic Schools in Cherry Hill.[91] It is under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.

TransportationEdit

 
Route 73 at Route 38 in Maple Shade

Roads and highwaysEdit

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 51.98 miles (83.65 km) of roadways, of which 42.65 miles (68.64 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.38 miles (5.44 km) by Burlington County and 5.95 miles (9.58 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[92]

Passing through the township are Route 38, Route 41 and Route 73. The New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 295 are both accessible just outside the township by way of Route 73.

Public transportationEdit

NJ Transit provides bus service to and from Philadelphia on route 317 (from Asbury Park), and 407 (from Moorestown Mall) to Camden, and on the 413 route between Camden, and Burlington.[93][94]

Notable peopleEdit

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Maple Shade Township include:

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