- Camden County, New Jersey
Infobox U.S. County
county = Camden County
state = New Jersey
map size = 100
March 13, 1844
seat = Camden | largest city = Camden
area_total_km2 = 589 | area_total_sq_mi = 228
area_land_km2 = 576
area_land_sq_mi = 222
area_water_km2 = 14
area_water_sq_mi = 5
area percentage = 2.32%
census yr = 2000
pop = 508932
web = www.camdencounty.com
Camden County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof New Jersey. As of the 2000 Census, the population was 508,932. Its county seatis CamdenGR|6. It was formed on March 13, 1844, from portions of Gloucester County."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 103.]
This county is part of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 228 square miles (589 km²), of which, 222 square miles (576 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) of it (2.32%) is water.
Located in a coastal/
alluvial plainarea, the county is uniformly flat and low-lying. The highest points are a survey benchmark near the Burlington County line at 219 feet (66.7 m) above sea level, and another nearby area at least convert|210|ft|m. The low point is sea level, along the Delaware River.
Burlington County, New Jersey- northeast
Atlantic County, New Jersey- southeast
Gloucester County, New Jersey- southwest
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania- northwest
Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River(part)
estref= [cite web
title=QuickFacts: Camden County, New Jersey
U.S. Census Bureau
footnote=historical census data source: [cite web
title=New Jersey Resident Population by County: 1880 - 1930] [cite web
title=Geostat Center: Historical Census Browser
University of VirginiaLibrary
accessdate=2007-03-02] As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 508,932 people, 185,744 households, and 129,835 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 2,289 people per square mile (884/km²). There were 199,679 housing units at an average density of 898 per square mile (347/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.88% White American, 18.09% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 3.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.09% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. 9.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.9% were of Italian, 15.4% Irish, 10.5% German and 5.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 185,744 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $48,097, and the median income for a family was $57,429. Males had a median income of $41,609 versus $30,470 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $22,354. About 8.1% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
While most of its boroughs are working class, Camden County has many contrasts in its demographics. All of Camden and parts of Lindenwold are considered highly impoverished, while Cherry Hill Township, Voorhees Township, Haddon Heights, and Haddonfield have a number of upper-class enclaves.
The county is governed by a
Board of Chosen Freeholdersconsisting of seven members elected at-large for three-year terms on a staggered basis by the residents of the county. [ [http://www.camdencounty.com/about/freeholder.html What is a Freeholder?] , Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 30, 2008.] As of 2008, Camden County's Freeholders are: [http://www.co.camden.nj.us/government/freeholders/index.html Board of Freeholders] , Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed April 14, 2008.]
*Freeholder Director [http://www.camdencounty.com/government/elected/el_cappelli.html Louis Cappelli, Jr.] (Collingswood, term ends
December 31, 2008)
*Freeholder Deputy Director [http://www.camdencounty.com/government/elected/el_mcdon.html Edward McDonnell] (Pennsauken Township, 2010)
* [http://www.camdencounty.com/government/elected/el_cream.html Riletta L. Cream] (Camden, 2008)
* [http://www.camdencounty.com/government/elected/el_greco.html Rodney A. Greco] (Gloucester Township, 2009)
* [http://www.camdencounty.com/government/elected/el_nash.html Jeffrey L. Nash] (Cherry Hill Township, 2009)
* [http://www.camdencounty.com/government/elected/el_ripa.html Joseph Ripa] (Voorhees Township, 2009)
* [http://www.camdencounty.com/government/elected/el_rodriquez.html Carmen Rodriguez] (Merchantville, 2010)
In addition, the voters also elect a
sheriff(Charles H. Billingham), a county clerk(James Beach), and a surrogate(Patricia Egan Jones). The Camden County Prosecutoris appointed by the Governor of New Jerseywith the advice and consent of the New Jersey Senate(the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature).
As with most counties in the state, the court system consists of municipal courts for each township, borough and city, as well as a
New Jersey Superior Courtfor the county. The latter handles the more serious criminal and civil cases, while the municipal courts handle traffic and other minor items.
In the 2004 U.S. Presidential election,
John Kerrycarried the county by a 25.5% margin over George W. Bush, 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.]
*Audubon Park Borough
*Cherry Hill Township
**Cherry Hill Mall
*Haddon Heights Borough
*Laurel Springs Borough
*Mount Ephraim Borough
*Pine Hill Borough
*Pine Valley Borough
Rutgers University-Camdenis located in the downtown/waterfront district of Camden. School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ)is located in Stratford.
* [http://www.camdencounty.com Official County Website]
* [http://www.cchsnj.com/ Camden County Historical Society]
* [http://www.ccdems.org/main.htm Camden County Democratic Party]
* [http://www.camcogop.org/ Camden County Republican Party]
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