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Camden County, New Jersey
Seal of Camden County, New Jersey
Seal
Map of New Jersey highlighting Camden County
Location in the state of New Jersey
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New Jersey's location in the U.S.
Founded March 13, 1844
Seat Camden
Largest city Camden
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

228.58 sq mi (589 km²)
222.30 sq mi (576 km²)
5.28 sq mi (14 km²), 2.32%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

523,485
2,309/sq mi (891.7/km²)
Website www.camdencounty.com

Camden County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 523,485. Its county seat is Camden.[1] It was formed on March 13, 1844, from portions of Gloucester County.[2]

This county is part of the Delaware Valley area.

Geography[]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 228.58 square miles (592.0 km2), of which 222.30 square miles (575.8 km2) is land and 5.28 square miles (13.7 km2) (2.32%) is water.[3]

Located in a coastal/alluvial plain area, the county is uniformly flat and low-lying. The highest points are a survey benchmark near the Burlington County line at 219 feet (66.7 m) above sea level, and another nearby area at least 210 feet (64 m). The low point is sea level, along the Delaware River.

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River (part)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 25,422
1860 34,457 35.5%
1870 46,193 34.1%
1880 62,942 36.3%
1890 87,687 39.3%
1900 107,643 22.8%
1910 142,029 31.9%
1920 190,508 34.1%
1930 252,312 32.4%
1940 255,727 1.4%
1950 300,743 17.6%
1960 392,035 30.4%
1970 456,291 16.4%
1980 471,650 3.4%
1990 502,824 6.6%
2000 508,932 1.2%
2010 513,657 0.9%
historical census data source:[4][5]

[6]

As of the 2010 Census the population of Camden County was 60.28% Non-Hispanic white, 18.45% Non-Hispanic black, 1.12% Hispanic blacks, 0.17% Non-Hispanic Native American, 0.15% Hispanic Native Americans, 5.07% Non-Hispanic Asian, and 0.14% non-Hispanics reporting some other race. The preceding figures all only include those who reported one race, 1.63% of the population was non-Hispanics who reported more than one race. Overall 14.24% of the Camden County population was Hispanic.[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 508,932 people, 185,744 households, and 129,835 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,289 people per square mile (884/km²). There were 199,679 housing units at an average density of 898 per square mile (347/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.88% White American, 18.09% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 3.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.09% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. 9.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.9% were of Italian, 15.4% Irish, 10.5% German and 5.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 185,744 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,097, and the median income for a family was $57,429. Males had a median income of $41,609 versus $30,470 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,354. About 8.1% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

While most of its boroughs are working class, Camden County has many contrasts in its demographics. Most of Camden and parts of Lindenwold are considered highly impoverished, while Cherry Hill Township, Voorhees Township, Haddon Heights, and Haddonfield have a number of upper-income enclaves.

Transportation[]

Camden County hosts numerous county, state, U.S. and Interstates.

Major county roads that pass through include County Road 534, County Road 536, County Road 537, County Road 543, County Road 544, County Road 551 and County Road 561.

State routes that pass through are Route 38, Route 41, Route 42 (the North-South Freeway), Route 47 (only in Brooklawn), Route 70, Route 73, Route 90 (the Betsy Ross Bridge), Route 143 (only in Winslow), Route 154 (only in Cherry Hill) and Route 168.

U.S. Routes that traverse are U.S. Route 30 and U.S. Route 130.

The interstates that pass through are Interstate 76 (part of the North-South Freeway and the Walt Whitman Bridge), Interstate 295 and Interstate 676 (part of the North-South Freeway and the Ben Franklin Bridge (which is multiplexed with US 30)).

Other limited access roads that pass through are the Atlantic City Expressway and the New Jersey Turnpike. There are five ACE interchanges that are within the county borders: Exits 44, 41, 38, 33 and 31. The only turnpike interchange that is in the county is Exit 3 at the border of Runnemede and Bellmawr.

Government[]

The county is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of seven members chosen at-large in partisan elections for three-year terms on a staggered basis by the residents of the county, with either two or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At a reorganization meeting held in January after each election, the newly constituted Freeholder Board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director.[9] In 2016, freeholders were paid $23,000 and the freeholder director was paid an annual salary of $24,000.[10]

As of 2020, Camden County's Freeholders are:[9][11][12][13]

  • Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. (D, Collingswood, term as freeholder and director ends December 31, 2020)[14]
  • Freeholder Deputy Director Edward T. McDonnell (D, Pennsauken Township, term as freeholder ends 2022; term as deputy director ends 2020)[15]
  • Melinda Kane (D, Cherry Hill, 2021; elected to serve an unexpired term)[16]
  • Jeffrey L. Nash (D, Cherry Hill, 2021)[17]
  • Carmen G. Rodriguez (D, Merchantville, 2019)[18]
  • Jonathan L. Young Sr. (D, Berlin Township, 2020)[19]
  • Barbara Holcomb (D, Winslow Township, 2021; appointed to serve an unexpired term on an interim basis until the November 2020 general election)[20]

In January 2020, Susan Angulo Chin resigned from her seat as freeholder expiring in December 2021 after she took office as Mayor of Cherry Hill.[21] Barbara Holcomb was appointed to fill the seat, now serving on an interim basis until the November 2020 general election.[20]

In March 2019, Melinda Kane was appointed to fill the seat expiring in December 2021 that had been held by Bill Moen, who resigned from office to run for a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly.[22] Kane served on an interim basis until the November 2019 general election, when she was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.[11]

Pursuant to Article VII Section II of the New Jersey State Constitution, each county in New Jersey is required to have three elected administrative officials known as "constitutional officers." These officers are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term).[23] Camden County's constitutional officers, all elected directly by voters, are:[24]

  • County Clerk Joseph Ripa (D, Voorhees Township, 2024)[25][26]
  • Sheriff Gilbert "Whip" Wilson (D, Camden, 2021)[27][28]
  • Surrogate Michelle Gentek-Mayer (D, Gloucester Township, 2020)[29][30]

The Acting County Prosecutor is Jill S. Mayer, who was sworn in on October 1, 2019.[31]

Camden County constitutes Vicinage 4 of the New Jersey Superior Court, which is seated at the Camden County Hall of Justice in Camden, with additional facilities at various locations in Cherry Hill. The Assignment Judge for the vicinage is Deborah Silverman Katz.[32] As with most counties in the state, the court system in Camden County also includes municipal courts for each township, borough and city to handle traffic and other minor items.

Law enforcement at the county level, in addition to a sheriff, includes the Camden County Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The Camden Police Department and the Camden County Park Police were absorbed into the newly formed Camden County Police Department in 2013.[33]

Federal Representatives[]

Two federal Congressional Districts cover the county, including portions of the 1st and 2nd Districts.[34][35] The seat for New Jersey's First Congressional District is currently vacant, having formerly been represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights), who resigned on February 18, 2014.[36] Template:NJ Congress 02

State Representatives[]

District Senator[37] Assembly[37] Municipalities
4th Fred H. Madden (D) Paul D. Moriarty (D)

Gabriela Mosquera (D)

Chesilhurst, Clementon, Gloucester Township, Laurel Springs and

Lindenwold. The remainder of this district covers portions of Gloucester County.

5th Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D) William Spearman (D)

Bill Moen (D)

Audubon, Audubon Park, Barrington, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Camden, Gloucester City,

Haddon Heights, Lawnside, Magnolia, Mount Ephraim, Runnemede and Woodlynne.

The remainder of this district covers portions of Gloucester County.

6th James Beach (D) Louis Greenwald (D)

Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D)

Berlin Township, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Gibbsboro, Haddon Township, Haddonfield Borough,

Hi-Nella Borough, Merchantville Borough, Oaklyn Borough, Pennsauken Township,

Somerdale Borough, Stratford Borough, Tavistock Borough and Voorhees Township.

The remainder of this district covers portions of Burlington County.

8th Dawn Addiego (D) Ryan Peters (R)

Jean Stanfield (R)

Berlin Borough, Pine Hill Borough, Pine Valley Borough and Waterford Township.

The remainder of this district covers portions of Atlantic County and Burlington County.



The county is part of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Districts in the New Jersey Legislature.

Politics[]

Camden County has long been a Democratic stronghold, and almost all of the county is in the 1st congressional district (which has a Cook Partisan Voting Index score of D+13). The county usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic in national, state, and local elections.

As of August 1, 2020, there were a total of 376,429 registered voters in Camden County, of whom 178,834 (47.5%) were registered as Democrats, 57,545 (15.3%) were registered as Republicans and 134,908 (35.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5,142 (1.4%) voters registered to other parties.[38] Among the county's 2010 Census population, 69.1% were registered to vote, including 75.6% of those ages 18 and over.[39][40]

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton carried the country by a 32.4% margin over Donald Trump, while Clinton won New Jersey by 14.1%. In the 2004 U.S. presidential election, John Kerry carried the county by a 25.5% margin over George W. Bush, with Kerry carrying the state by 6.7% over Bush.[41] Barack Obama carried the county by 34.8% over John McCain in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, while Obama won New Jersey by 14.7%.[42]

United States presidential election results for Camden County, New Jersey[43]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 86,207 32.46% 175,065 65.91% 4,327 1.63%
2016 72,631 31.71% 146,717 64.06% 9,699 4.23%
2012 69,476 30.75% 153,682 68.02% 2,791 1.24%
2008 73,819 31.23% 159,259 67.37% 3,304 1.40%
2004 81,427 36.86% 137,765 62.36% 1,741 0.79%
2000 62,464 31.73% 127,166 64.60% 7,231 3.67%
1996 52,791 27.83% 114,962 60.59% 21,970 11.58%
1992 67,205 31.87% 104,915 49.75% 38,766 18.38%
1988 100,072 51.98% 90,704 47.12% 1,739 0.90%
1984 109,749 54.63% 90,233 44.92% 904 0.45%
1980 87,939 47.07% 80,033 42.84% 18,836 10.08%
1976 82,801 42.33% 108,854 55.65% 3,956 2.02%
1972 111,935 58.85% 75,202 39.54% 3,070 1.61%
1968 77,642 41.10% 87,347 46.24% 23,898 12.65%
1964 60,844 32.75% 124,620 67.09% 297 0.16%
1960 84,066 45.07% 102,083 54.73% 366 0.20%
1956 85,067 52.85% 75,152 46.69% 734 0.46%
1952 72,335 46.81% 81,444 52.70% 762 0.49%
1948 51,977 42.91% 66,388 54.81% 2,767 2.28%
1944 42,197 32.87% 85,691 66.76% 469 0.37%
1940 43,480 33.73% 84,837 65.81% 602 0.47%
1936 35,874 28.99% 86,300 69.74% 1,568 1.27%
1932 55,856 50.85% 48,825 44.45% 5,166 4.70%
1928 75,517 69.78% 32,151 29.71% 560 0.52%
1924 48,154 66.31% 17,577 24.20% 6,891 9.49%
1920 40,771 65.67% 17,893 28.82% 3,423 5.51%
1916 18,318 54.17% 14,010 41.43% 1,489 4.40%
1912 7,911 26.81% 10,812 36.64% 10,788 36.56%
1908 19,000 61.32% 10,469 33.79% 1,517 4.90%
1904 18,225 63.37% 9,423 32.76% 1,112 3.87%
1900 16,156 66.53% 7,270 29.94% 859 3.54%
1896 16,395 69.64% 6,380 27.10% 767 3.26%



Municipalities[]

Index map of Camden County Municipalities (click to see index key)

  • Audubon Borough
  • Audubon Park Borough
  • Barrington Borough
  • Bellmawr Borough
  • Berlin Borough
  • Berlin Township
    • West Berlin
  • Brooklawn Borough
  • Camden City
  • Cherry Hill Township
    • Ashland
    • Barclay-Kingston
    • Cherry Hill Mall
    • Erlton-Ellisburg
    • Golden Triangle
    • Greentree
    • Springdale
  • Chesilhurst Borough
  • Clementon Borough
  • Collingswood Borough
  • Gibbsboro Borough
  • Gloucester City
  • Gloucester Township
    • Blackwood
    • Blenheim
    • Chews Landing
    • Erial
    • Glendora
  • Haddon Heights Borough
  • Haddon Township
  • Haddonfield Borough
  • Hi-Nella Borough
  • Laurel Springs Borough
  • Lawnside Borough
  • Lindenwold Borough
  • Magnolia Borough
  • Merchantville Borough
  • Mount Ephraim Borough
  • Oaklyn Borough
  • Pennsauken Township
  • Pine Hill Borough
  • Pine Valley Borough
  • Runnemede Borough
  • Somerdale Borough
  • Stratford Borough
  • Tavistock Borough
  • Voorhees Township
    • Echelon
    • Kirkwood
  • Waterford Township
    • Atco
  • Winslow Township
    • Blue Anchor
    • Sicklerville
  • Woodlynne Borough

Historical municipalities[]

  • Centre Township
  • Clementon Township
  • Delaware Township
  • Newton Township
  • Stockton Township
  • Union Township

Education[]

Camden County College is a two-year public community college serving students from Camden County. the school has campuses in Blackwood, Camden and Cherry Hill Township and was founded in 1967.

Rutgers University-Camden is located in the downtown/waterfront district of Camden.

The School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ) is located in Stratford.

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Camden County, New Jersey

References[]

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  3. ^ GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000 for Camden County, New Jersey -- County Subdivision and Place, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 14, 2011.
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External links[]

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