Medford, New Jersey

Medford, New Jersey
Medford, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Medford Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Medford Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°51′55″N 74°49′17″W / 39.86528°N 74.82139°W / 39.86528; -74.82139
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Burlington
Incorporated March 1, 1847
 – Type Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 – Mayor Chris Myers (R)
 – Manager Stephen Addezio (acting)[2]
 – Total 39.8 sq mi (103.1 km2)
 – Land 39.3 sq mi (101.8 km2)
 – Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation[3] 89 ft (27 m)
Population (2007)[4]
 – Total 22,727
 – Density 566.0/sq mi (218.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08055
Area code(s) 609, 856
FIPS code 34-45120[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0882083[7]

Medford is a Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 22,253.

Medford Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 1, 1847, from portions of Evesham Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. Portions of the township were taken to form Shamong Township (February 19, 1852), Lumberton Township (March 14, 1860) and Medford Lakes (May 17, 1939).[8]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 39.8 square miles (103.1 km²). 39.3 square miles (101.8 km²) of its land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.23%) is water.

Medford Township borders Evesham Township (known as Marlton), Mount Laurel Township, Lumberton Township, Southampton Township, Tabernacle Township, Shamong Township, and Camden County.

Medford Lakes Borough is an independent municipality within the boundaries of Medford Township.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 2,021
1940 2,237 10.7%
1950 2,836 26.8%
1960 4,844 70.8%
1970 8,292 71.2%
1980 17,622 112.5%
1990 20,526 16.5%
2000 22,253 8.4%
2010 23,033 3.5%
Population 1930 - 1990[9]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 22,253 people, 7,946 households, and 6,285 families residing in the township. The population density was 566.0 people per square mile (218.5/km²). There were 8,147 housing units at an average density of 207.2 per square mile (80.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.74% White, 0.76% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 7,946 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $103,865, and the median income for a family was $117,215.[10] Males had a median income of $69,786 versus $37,012 for females. The per capita income for the township was $46,859. About 0.9% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Medford Township operates under the Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) form of municipal government. The Township is governed by a five-member Council, elected at-large to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis. After each election, the Council selects a Mayor and a Deputy Mayor from among its members.[1]

As of 2011, members of the Medford Township Council are Mayor Christopher Myers, Deputy Mayor Mark Sander, David Brown, Victoria Fay, and Bob Martin.[2]

Councilwoman Victoria Fay was accused by her fellow council members during a February 7, 2011, meeting of not residing within the township. Though investigators found that Fay was living in a home in Evesham Township, Fay said that the arrangements were temporary and that she remained a property owner and legal resident of Medford. Councilwoman Fay left the meeting that night and her seat was declared "vacant" by the remaining council members as a prelude to the council appointing a replacement. A complaint stemming from the February 7 meeting charges that Fay did "cause or attempt to cause bodily injury" to acting Township Manager Stephen Addezio when she allegedly poked him in the chest repeatedly with her finger.[11]

Federal, state and county representation

Medford 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).

Medford is in the 8th district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Dawn Marie Addiego (R, Evesham Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Gerry Nardello (R, Mount Laurel Township) and Scott Rudder (R, Medford Township).[12][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 Medford Township Public Schools is a K-8 grade public school district, with five elementary schools serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, a single school serving sixth graders and a school serving seventh and eighth graders.

Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[16]) are five K-5 elementary schools — Milton H. Allen School (388 students), Chairville Elementary School (423), Cranberry Pines School (467), Kirby's Mill Elementary School (396) and Taunton Forge School (374) — Maurice And Everett Haines 6th Grade Center School for 6th grade (346) and Medford Memorial School for 7th and 8th grade (697).

High school students attend Shawnee High School, located in Medford Township, which is part of the Lenape Regional High School District. The district serves students from Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Shamong Township, Southampton Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township.[17] The school serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from both Medford Lakes and Medford Township.[18]

Burlington County Institute of Technology is a countywide public high school offering training to students throughout Burlington County.

Parochial school

St. Mary of the Lakes School (Pre-K-8) is a Catholic school located in Medford. St. Mary's is well regarded in both academics and athletics. There is an open house during January at the Catholic Schools Week events during which the school is open to the public.


The area known as Medford was sold to Samual Coles in 1670, in all it consisted of 900 acres (3.6 km²). Within the next few years the Braddocks, Picketts, Strattons, Branins and Wilkins families moved to the area (many of whom continue to live in the area today). Upper Evesham as it was then known, continued to grow from scattered homesteads into a small village. Many of the building and roads built between the sale of the land and the American Revolutionary War are still in existence, which include Oliphant's Mill, Christopher's Mill and the Shamong Trail (now known as Stokes Road). After the American Revolution, Medford struggled as a viable village and it wasn't until March 1847 that Medford was set apart from Evesham Township and incorporated as its own township.

However, it was not until after the Civil War that the town began to expand and grow. Its location along a major rail route, the Camden-Atlantic line, increased trade and Medford expanded at a rapid rate. By the 1920s the rail line had been dismantled and the mill industry was in decline, but Medford's proximity to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden County allowed for the township's growth to continue as many families moved from the city and into a more rural area. In 1820, when the Post Office opened, the town was officially called Medford of Upper Evesham. On March 1, 1847, Medford Township was "set apart from" Evesham by Act of the New Jersey Legislature.[8] The first township meeting was held at the Cross Roads (County Route 541 and Church Road) on March 9, 1847. The seat of township government remained there for several years.

Part of Medford Township was taken on February 19, 1852, to form Shamong Township, on March 14, 1860, portions were taken to form Lumberton Township. The borders remained unchanged until May 17, 1939, when Medford Lakes was formed.[8]


New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia on the 406 bus route.[19] Greyhound Lines provides nationwide service from nearby Mount Laurel.

Major roads in Medford include Route 70, CR 532, CR 541, and CR 544.

Points of interest

  • Kirby's Mill is a grist mill (flour mill) that has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • JCC Camps at Medford near Medford Lakes is the largest Jewish day camp in North America, operating since 1942. Part of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.[20] It accepts children as young as four years old, and campers come from all over the tri-county area (Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties). Teenagers age 14 or older can join the Counselor-in-Training program to become counselors, lifeguards, or specialists. The camp offers a kosher lunch. The camp is surrounded by the many lakes of Medford, located within the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Lake Atsion, near U.S. Route 206, is near the camp. The campsite has a 4-acre (16,000 m2) lake for boating and fishing, as well as four in-ground pools for swimming. There are four playgrounds, a petting zoo and several athletic fields, including tennis and hockey courts, and a ropes course.
  • Camp Ockanickon is a YMCA Summer Camp and Conference Center (est. 1906).
  • Medford Canoe Trail is a recently cleared canoe trail connecting Medford Park to Kirby's Mill.
  • Johnson's Corner Farm has hayrides during three seasons to pick and take home crops. They hold family events throughout the year.
  • Historic Medford Village is where you will find quaint shops, historical homes, and a old-fashion atmosphere. This is the home of Medford's traditional Dicken's Festival.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Medford include:


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  17. ^ Lenape Regional High School District 2007 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 8, 2008. "The Lenape Regional High School District serves the eight municipalities of Evesham, Medford, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland townships and Medford Lakes borough."
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  24. ^ Staff. "James Hunter 3d, 72, Federal Appeals Judge", The New York Times, February 15, 1989. Accessed March 1, 2011. "James Hunter 3d, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1971, died of heart failure Friday at Burlington County Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J. He was 72 years old and lived in Medford, N.J."
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