Medford Lakes, New Jersey

Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Medford Lakes, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Medford Lakes highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°51′34″N 74°48′20″W / 39.85944°N 74.80556°W / 39.85944; -74.80556Coordinates: 39°51′34″N 74°48′20″W / 39.85944°N 74.80556°W / 39.85944; -74.80556
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Burlington
Incorporated May 17, 1939
 - Type 1923 Municipal Manager Law
 - Mayor Greg Lackey (D) [1]
 - Administrator Geoff Urbanik[2]
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 - Land 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation[3] 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2006)[4]
 - Total 4,161
 - Density 3,463.1/sq mi (1,337.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08055
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 34-45210[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0885295[7]

Medford Lakes is a Borough in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough population was 4,173.

Medford Lakes was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 17, 1939, from portions of Medford Township.[8]



Historical populations
Census Pop.
1940 137
1950 461 236.5%
1960 2,876 523.9%
1970 4,792 66.6%
1980 4,958 3.5%
1990 4,462 −10.0%
2000 4,173 −6.5%
Est. 2006 4,161 [4] −0.3%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,173 people, 1,527 households, and 1,238 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,463.1 people per square mile (1,342.7/km2). There were 1,555 housing units at an average density of 1,290.5 per square mile (500.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.32% White, 0.43% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 1,527 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $77,536, and the median income for a family was $83,695. Males had a median income of $58,854 versus $36,831 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,382. About 1.1% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

The Borough of Medford Lakes is governed under the 1923 Municipal Manager Law form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of five members elected at-large in nonpartisan election to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis.[10]

As of 2010, the Medford Lakes Borough Council consists of Mayor Gary Miller, Deputy Mayor Tom Cranston, Councilmen Greg Lackey, Robert Hanold and Jeff Fitzpatrick .[2]

Federal, state and county representation

Medford Lakes 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 Lakes 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).[11][12]

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).[13][14]

Geography and climate

Medford Lakes is located at 39°51′25″N 74°48′27″W / 39.857032°N 74.807616°W / 39.857032; -74.807616 (39.857032, -74.807616).[15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (7.63%) is water.

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

Climate data for Medford Lakes, NJ
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 41
Average low °F (°C) 23
Source: Weatherbase[16]


Students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade are educated by the Medford Lakes Public Schools. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[17]) are Nokomis School with 201 students in Pre-K to 2nd grade and Neeta School with 355 students in grades 3-8.

Public school students from Medford Lakes in grades 9-12 attend Shawnee High School, located in Medford Township.[18] Shawnee is part of the Lenape Regional High School District, a regional high school district in Burlington County, New Jersey that serves the eight municipalities of Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Shamong Township, Southampton Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township.[19]


Historically, Medford Lakes has a rich heritage. During the American Revolutionary War, the Aetna Furnace made a local contribution to the war effort through the manufacture of cannon balls. Also a part of the industrial life of what is now Medford Lakes was the saw and grist mill erected by John Haines.

Medford Lakes started as a resort with a unique concept, all construction would be made of logs. Shiploads of cedar logs were imported and craftsmen fashioned them into palatial homes. Inside and out, the walls were of solid log. Some of the logs had their bark scraped off while other logs were used bark and all. Cedar, being a porous wood, is an excellent insulator so the cabins were cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The resort enjoyed an extended season because the big stone fireplaces could heat the rustic houses even in the chilliest weather. The Medford Lakes Development Company was formed in 1927, and in 1928 the Colony Club Pavilion was built by Colonists on ground donated by the Development Company.

Medford Lakes Borough was established as an independent municipality in 1939.

Medford Lakes was heavily damaged on July 12, 2004, during a day which saw 12 inches (300 mm) of rain fall over a 14-hour period. The heavy rain caused a series of dam breaks and breaches in the surrounding areas of Southern New Jersey. The failed dams have since been replaced.[citation needed]

Notable residents

Notable current and former resident of Medford Lakes include:


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  2. ^ a b Who's Who in the Borough, Borough of Medford Lakes. Accessed July 24, 2008.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of Medford Lakes, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed January 4, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Medford Lakes borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed April 9, 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. 97.
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 43.
  11. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  12. ^ "Former Mount Laurel mayor is chosen to fill seat of departing assemblyman". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  13. ^ Meet the Freeholders, Burlington County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  16. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Medford Lakes, New Jersey, United States of America". Weatherbase. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  17. ^ Data for the Medford Lakes Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 24, 2011.
  18. ^ Shawnee High School 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Attendance Area: Medford Township and Medford Lakes Borough"
  19. ^ Lenape Regional High School District 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 24, 2011. "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."
  20. ^ Kackenmeister, Craig. "Six degrees of Dan Earl: Six years and several injuries later, Earl is still at the point", The Daily Collegian (Penn State), January 28, 1999. Accessed June 14, 2007. "Something that caught Parkhill's eye while he pursued the young guard out of Medford Lakes, N.J., were Earl's personal qualities.... Earl graduated from Shawnee High School, where he helped lead the team to a 59-3 record his junior and senior years. He also was named USA Today 1993 New Jersey Player of the Year, and is still Burlington County's all-time leading scorer (2,006 points)."
  21. ^ Gregg Rakoczy, database Football. Accessed April 9, 2008.
  22. ^ Liz Tchou Receives Honor, Rutgers University press release dated October 15, 2007. Accessed April 9, 2008.

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