Delanco Township, New Jersey

Delanco Township, New Jersey
Delanco Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Delanco Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Delanco Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°3′3″N 74°57′5″W / 40.05083°N 74.95139°W / 40.05083; -74.95139Coordinates: 40°3′3″N 74°57′5″W / 40.05083°N 74.95139°W / 40.05083; -74.95139
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Burlington
Incorporated March 1, 1859 as Beverly Township
Renamed December 20, 1926 as Delanco Township
 – Type Township (New Jersey)
 – Mayor Kate Fitzpatrick
 – Administrator Richard Schwab[1]
 – Total 3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 – Land 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 – Water 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
Elevation[2] 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2006)[3]
 – Total 4,224
 – Density 1,301.1/sq mi (502.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08075
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 34-17080[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0882100[6]

Delanco Township is a Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2000 United States Census, the township population was 3,237.

What is now Delanco Township was originally incorporated as Beverly Township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 1, 1859, within Willingboro Township. At its creation, Beverly Township included Beverly city, which separated as an independent municipality c. 1877. Portions of the township were taken to create Edgewater Park on February 26, 1924. The township's name was changed to Delanco Township as of December 20, 1926, based on the results of a referendum held on November 2, 1926.[7]

Delanco is named after the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek, which border the community. It was originally called Del-Ranco or Delaranco, an syllabic abbreviation later shortened to Delanco.[8]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (26.55%) is water.

Delanco Township borders Beverly, Edgewater Park Township, Willingboro Township, Delran Township, and Riverside Township. Delanco also borders the Delaware River, and across it, Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 2,349
1940 2,383 1.4%
1950 2,805 17.7%
1960 4,011 43.0%
1970 4,157 3.6%
1980 3,730 −10.3%
1990 3,316 −11.1%
2000 3,237 −2.4%
Est. 2006 4,224 [3] 30.5%
Population 1930 - 1990[9]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,237 people, 1,227 households, and 892 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,301.1 people per square mile (501.9/km²). There were 1,285 housing units at an average density of 516.5 per square mile (199.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.89% White, 1.92% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.

There were 1,227 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $50,106, and the median income for a family was $56,985. Males had a median income of $40,727 versus $28,144 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,096. About 6.8% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Delanco Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is the township's governing body and is responsible for formulating policies, approving the annual budget and enacting ordinances and resolutions to provide a legislative framework. Voters approved a measure in 2000 that expanded the Township Committee from three to five members starting in 2002.[10] The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year.[11] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

As of 2011, Township Committee members are Mayor Kate Fitzpatrick, Deputy Mayor Marlene Jass, Joan Hinkle, Thom Lord and Mike Templeton.[10]

The Chief of Police for Delanco is George Sacalis. Sacalis was promoted to Chief in 2009 upon the retirement of long time Chief Edmund Parsons, who became Chief in 1989.[12]

Federal, state and county representation

Delanco Township is in the 3rd Congressional district. New Jersey's Third Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Delanco Township is in the 7th district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Diane Allen (R, Edgewater Park Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Herb Conaway (D, Delanco Township) and Jack Conners (D, Pennsauken Township).[13]

Burlington County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce D. Garganio (Florence Township, 2012), Deputy Director Christopher J. Brown (Evesham Township, 2011), Joseph B. Donnelly (Cinnaminson Township, 2013), Mary Ann O'Brien (Medford Township, 2012) and Mary Anne Reinhart (Shamong Township, 2011).[14][15]


The Delanco Township School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2007-08 enrollment data from the New Jersey Department of Education[16]) are M. Joan Pearson Elementary School for grades K-5 (257 students) and Walnut Street Middle School for grades 6-8 (131 students).

For grades 9-12, public school students attend Riverside High School in Riverside Township as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Riverside School District.[17]


The Delanco station on the River Line light rail system, is located on Rhawn Avenue in offering southbound service to Camden, New Jersey and the Walter Rand Transportation Center (with transfers available to the PATCO Speedline) and northbound service to the Trenton Rail Station with connections to New Jersey Transit trains to New York City, SEPTA trains to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Amtrak trains.

New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia on the 419 route.[18]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Delanco Township include:


  1. ^ Township Administrator, Delanco Township. Accessed June 22, 2011.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Delanco, Geographic Names Information System, accessed January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Delanco township, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 15, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 95.
  8. ^ Delanco Township History, Delanco Township. Accessed June 28, 2006.
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ a b Meet Your Township Committee, Delanco Township. Accessed June 22, 2011.
  11. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 38.
  12. ^ Delanco Township Police Department, Delanco Township. Accessed Jan 18, 2010.
  13. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  14. ^ Meet the Freeholders, Burlington County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  15. ^ Staff. BRUCE GARGANIO CHOSEN FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR FOR SECOND YEAR; CHRIS BROWN OF EVESHAM CHOSEN DEPUTY DIRECTOR, Burlington County, New Jersey press release dated January 1, 2011. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  16. ^ Data for the Delanco Township School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 26, 2008.
  17. ^ Riverside High School 2007 School Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 1, 2008. "To achieve this goal, Riverside High School, which draws students from both Delanco and Riverside Townships, offers a comprehensive program of study in grades nine through twelve."
  18. ^ Burlington County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit. Accessed July 15, 2007.
  19. ^ Samuel Carr Forker, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 15, 2007.

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