Buena Vista Township, New Jersey

Buena Vista Township, New Jersey
Buena Vista Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Map of Buena Vista Township in Atlantic County. Inset: Location of Atlantic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Buena Vista, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°31′57″N 74°53′34″W / 39.5325°N 74.89278°W / 39.5325; -74.89278
Country United States]
State New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated March 5, 1867
 – Type Township (New Jersey)
 – Mayor Chuck Chiarello
 – Administrator Dawn Gorman[2]
 – Total 41.5 sq mi (107.6 km2)
 – Land 41.4 sq mi (107.1 km2)
 – Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[3] 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2010 Census)[4]
 – Total 7,570
 – Density 182.4/sq mi (70.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08310 - Buena
Area code(s) 609 and 856
FIPS code 34-08710[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0882048[7]
Website http://www.buenavistatownship.org

Buena Vista Township (pronounced "BYOO-nuh Vista"[8][9]) is a township located in Atlantic County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 7,570.[4]

Buena Vista was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 5, 1867, from portions of Hamilton Township. Portions of the township were taken on May 23, 1906, to create Folsom, and on September 1, 1948, to create Buena.[10] The name comes from the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista of the Mexican-American War.[11]

The township is headquarters for Troop A of the New Jersey State Police, which covers over 2,000 square miles (5,200 km2) and more than 1.7 million residents between the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean.[12]


On April 26, 2004, the Buena Vista Township Committee voted to temporarily rename the community of Richland, a section of Buena Vista Township. For the first half of the month of May, Richland became Mojito, New Jersey, named after the Cuban rum drink. Bacardi had offered to give the township $5,000 for recreation projects in exchange for a sign placed on U.S. Route 40 commemorating the new name. Richland was chosen because it is home to the family-run Dalponte Farms, a major east coast supplier of mint, an essential ingredient of the mojito.[13]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 41.5 square miles (107 km2), of which, 41.4 square miles (107 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.39% water. 90% of the area is within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

Buena Vista Township includes the communities of Buena, Buena Acres, East Vineland, Lake Ann, Milmay, New Kuban, Newtonville, and Pine Lake Estates, and Richland. Collings Lakes is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Buena Vista Township.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 4,176
1940 4,067 −2.6%
1950 2,106 −48.2%
1960 3,915 85.9%
1970 4,239 8.3%
1980 6,959 64.2%
1990 7,655 10.0%
2000 7,436 −2.9%
2010 7,570 1.8%
Population 1930 - 1990.[4][14]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there are 7,436 people residing in the township, organized into 2,648 households and 1,972 families. The population density is 179.8 people per square mile (69.4/km²). There are 2,827 housing units at an average density of 68.3 per square mile (26.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township is 77.34% White, 15.69% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.07% from other races, and 2.43% from two or more races. 9.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,648 households out of which 30.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% are married couples living together, 10.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% are non-families. 21.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.77 and the average family size is 3.20.

In the township the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township is $43,770, and the median income for a family is $50,403. Males have a median income of $36,064 versus $26,180 for females. The per capita income for the township is $18,382. 12.1% of the population and 7.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.2% of those under the age of 18 and 13.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Local government

Buena Vista is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year.[1] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Deputy Mayor.

As of 2011, the members of the Buena Vista Township Committee are Mayor Chuck Chiarello, Deputy Mayor Peter Bylone, Sue Barber, Richard Harlan and Teresa Kelly.[15]

Federal, state and county representation

Buena Vista Township is in the 2nd Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 1st state legislative district.[16] The township was relocated to the 2nd 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.[16]

New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

1st legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Jeff Van Drew (D, Dennis Township) and in the Assembly by Nelson Albano (D, Vineland) and Matthew W. Milam (D, Vineland).[17] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[18] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[19]

Atlantic County's County Executive is Dennis Levinson (Linwood), whose term of office ends on December 31, 2011.[20] The Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county's legislature, consists of nine members elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with three seats coming up for election each year of which four members are elected at-large and one member from each of the five districts. As of 2011, Atlantic County's Freeholders are four at-large members Alisa Cooper (Linwood, term expires December 31, 2011)[21], Vice Chairman Frank V. Giordano (Hamilton Township, 2012)[22], Joseph J. McDevitt (Ventnor City, 2013)[23] and Jim Schroeder (Northfield, 2011)[24]; and five members elected from districts District 1 (Atlantic City (part), Egg Harbor Township (part) and Pleasantville) Charles T. Garrett (Atlantic City, 2013)[25], District 2 - (Atlantic City (part), Egg Harbor Township (part), Longport, Margate, Somers Point and Ventnor), Chairman Frank D. Formica (Atlantic City, 2012)[26], District 3 (Egg Harbor Township (part), Hamilton Township (part), Linwood and Northfield) - Frank Sutton (Egg Harbor Township, 2011)[27], District 4 (Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township and Port Republic - Richard Dase (Galloway Township, 2013)[28] and District 5 (Buena Borough Buena Vista Township, Corbin City, Egg Harbor City, Estell Manor, Folsom, Hamilton Township (part), Hammonton, Mullica Township and Weymouth) - Vacant.[29][30]


Students in public school for grades K - 12 in Buena Vista Township attend the Buena Regional School District, together with children from Buena Borough and Newfield, a non-operating school district.[31][32] Students are sent to the district's high school for grades 9 - 12 from both Estell Manor City and Weymouth Township as part of sending/receiving relationships with the respective school districts.[33] Newfield, however, has recently decided to sever its ties with the Buena Regional School District, and, instead, begin a relationship with Delsea Regional School District, a plan approved in 2009 by the New Jersey Department of Education under which students attending grades 10-12 at Buena Regional High School as of the 2010-11 school year would finish their education there.[34]

Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[35]) are four elementary schools — Collings Lakes (230 students; grades K-5) William B. Donini (194; K-3), Edgarton Memorial (189; K-5) and John C. Milanesi (494; PreK-5) — Buena Regional Middle School (536; 6-8) and Buena Regional High School (928; 9-12).

St. Augustine College Preparatory School is an all-male Catholic high school, operated under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.[36]


New Jersey Transit provides service to and from the Atlantic City Bus Terminal in Atlantic City on the 553 route.[37]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Buena Vista Township include:

  • Renald Iacovelli, author whose novels are remarkable for their eccentric characters (many of them artists deriving from lower middle class, suburban America) and a general disdain of urbanism.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 8.
  2. ^ Administration, Buena Vista Township. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Buena Vista, 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 1, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. 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. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Answer Guy", The Press of Atlantic City, November 30, 2008. Accessed July 1, 2011. "My husband and I moved to New Jersey from North Carolina a few years ago. I assumed that Buena was pronounced 'bwayna,' but we learned that people here pronounce it 'byoona.' Why is that?"
  9. ^ Buena, the Name, Buena Vista Township. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 68.
  11. ^ Chiarello, Chuck. A Brief History and Overview of Buena Vista Township, Buena Vista Township, last updated November 2009. Accessed July 1, 2011. "The name Buena Vista, which means 'good vision', was originally introduced to this area after the Mexican War by George B. Cake, a hotel owner, in 1848."
  12. ^ Troop A, New Jersey State Police. Accessed July 1, 2011. "Troop A serves the southern geographical portion of the state from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean, covering 2,104 square miles, with a population of over 1.7 million people. Troop A, with its headquarters located in Beuna Vista Township, consists of eight stations."
  13. ^ "Mix Town, Rum, Mint, $5K And Stir", CBS News, May 5, 2004. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  14. ^ 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 1, 2011.
  15. ^ Township Committee, Buena Vista Township. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  16. ^ a b 2011 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 55. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  17. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/roster.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  18. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/about/. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  19. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/lt/. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  20. ^ County Executive Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  21. ^ Alisa Cooper, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  22. ^ Frank V. Giordano, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  23. ^ Joseph C. McDevitt, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  24. ^ Jim Schroder, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  25. ^ Charles T. Garrett, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  26. ^ Frank D. Formica, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  27. ^ Frank Sutton, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  28. ^ Richard Dase, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  29. ^ Board of Chosen Freeholders, Atlantic County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  30. ^ Marino, Suzanne. "Formica chosen freeholder board chairman", Shore News Today, January 5, 2011. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  31. ^ 13 Non-Operating School Districts Eliminated, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated July 1, 2009. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  32. ^ Romalino, Carly Q. "Newfield school district dealing with budget cuts", Gloucester County Times, March 28, 2010. Accessed July 1, 2011. "Newfield is a non-operating school district with a budget composed primarily of tuition for its students to attend Buena Regional, Delsea Regional and Franklin Township Public Schools districts."
  33. ^ Buena Regional School District 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 1, 2011. "January 2010 marked the opening of the new Buena Regional Middle School addressing the 6th through 8th grade element of our educational program with a modern, state of the art facility. We continue to occupy four elementary facilities serving PK through grade 5 and of course the Buena Regional High School which serves the high school population of Estelle Manor and Weymouth as well. "
  34. ^ Romalino, Carly. "State OKs Newfield's break with Buena district", Gloucester County Times, June 17, 2009. Accessed July 1, 2011. "The Board of Education here can sever its three-decade tie with Buena Regional School District, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lucille Davy has ruled. The move will begin in the 2010-11 school year. In a phase-in process, according to Delsea Regional School District Superintendent Frank Borelli, Delsea schools will first accept Newfield students entering grades seven and nine in September 2010. Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 as of September 2010 would continue to be educated at Buena High School."
  35. ^ Data for the Buena Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  36. ^ Atlantic County Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed July 1, 2011.
  37. ^ Atlantic County public transportation, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed July 1, 2011.

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