Maple Shade Township, New Jersey

Maple Shade Township, New Jersey
Maple Shade Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Motto: "Nice Town, Friendly People"
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
Coordinates: 39°57′8″N 74°59′41″W / 39.95222°N 74.99472°W / 39.95222; -74.99472Coordinates: 39°57′8″N 74°59′41″W / 39.95222°N 74.99472°W / 39.95222; -74.99472
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Burlington
Established November 6, 1688 as Chester Township
Incorporated February 21, 1798
Renamed November 6, 1945 as Maple Shade Township
 – Type Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 – Mayor Lou Manchello
 – Manager George D. Haeuber
 – Total 3.8 sq mi (10.0 km2)
 – Land 3.8 sq mi (10.0 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[3] 59 ft (18 m)
Population (2007)[4]
 – Total 19,195
 – Density 4,959.4/sq mi (1,914.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08052
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 34-43740[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0882094[7]

Maple Shade Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 19,079.

What is now Maple Shade was originally formed as Chester Township on November 6, 1688, and was also 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 name was changed to Maple Shade township as of November 6, 1945, based on the results of a referendum passed that same day.[8]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), all of it land.

Maple Shade borders Cinnaminson Township, Moorestown Township, Mount Laurel Township, and the Camden County municipalities of Pennsauken Township and Cherry Hill Township.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 5,117
1940 5,535 8.2%
1950 6,560 18.5%
1960 12,947 97.4%
1970 16,464 27.2%
1980 20,525 24.7%
1990 19,211 −6.4%
2000 19,079 −0.7%
Est. 2007 19,195 [4] 0.6%
Population 1930 - 1990[9]

The 2010 United States Census shows the following facts about Maple Shade Township; 19,131 total 8,525 households 4,658 families

As of the census[5] of 2000, 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.

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.

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.

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. People born and raised in Maple Shade are called "Shaders."


Local government

Maple Shade Township operates under the Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) form of municipal government. The township is governed by 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.[1] At a reorganization meeting after each election, the Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

Members of the Maple Shade Township Council are Mayor James Fletcher, Deputy Mayor Anthony Saporito, Lou Manchello, Claire Volpe and Rob T. Wells.[2]

Federal, state and county representation

Maple Shade Township is in the 1st Congressional district. New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Maple Shade 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).[10]

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).[11][12]


The Maple Shade 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[13]) are Howard Yocum Elementary (Grades K to 2; 487 students), Maude Wilkins Elementary (Grades 3 to 4; 334), R.J. Steinhauer Elementary (Grades 5 to 6; 334) and Maple Shade High School (Grades 7 to 12; 984).


New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia on the 317, 407 and 413 bus routes.[14]


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 38.
  2. ^ a b Maple Shade Township Council, Maple Shade Township. Accessed June 26, 2008.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Maple Shade, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Maple Shade township, United States Census Bureau. Accessed November 8, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 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. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 96 re Maple Shade, p. 94 re Chester Township.
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  11. ^ Meet the Freeholders, Burlington County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Data for the Maple Shade School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 26, 2008.
  14. ^ Burlington County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit. Accessed July 15, 2007.

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