Mantua Township, New Jersey

Mantua Township, New Jersey
Mantua Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Mantua Township highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset map: Gloucester County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Mantua Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°46′2″N 75°10′3″W / 39.76722°N 75.1675°W / 39.76722; -75.1675Coordinates: 39°46′2″N 75°10′3″W / 39.76722°N 75.1675°W / 39.76722; -75.1675
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Gloucester
Incorporated February 23, 1853
 - Type Township (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Timothy Chell
 - Total 15.9 sq mi (41.2 km2)
 - Land 15.9 sq mi (41.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[2] 85 ft (26 m)
Population (2006)[3]
 - Total 14,974
 - Density 894.3/sq mi (345.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08051
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 34-43440[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0882147[6]
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 2,677
1940 2,433 −9.1%
1950 3,548 45.8%
1960 7,991 125.2%
1970 9,643 20.7%
1980 9,193 −4.7%
1990 10,074 9.6%
2000 14,217 41.1%
Est. 2006 14,974 [3] 5.3%
Population 1930 - 1990.[7]

Mantua Township (pronounced MAN-chew-uh) is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 14,217.

Mantua Township was formed as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 23, 1853, from portions of Greenwich Township. Portions of the township were taken to form East Greenwich Township (February 10, 1881) and Pitman (May 24, 1905).[8]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.2 km²), of which, 15.9 square miles (41.2 km²) of it is land and 0.06% is water.

Mantua Township borders West Deptford Township, Deptford Township, Wenonah, Washington Township, Pitman, Harrison Township, and East Greenwich Township.

Barnsboro and Sewell are unincorporated communities located within Mantua Township.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 14,217 people, 5,265 households, and 3,948 families residing in the township. The population density was 894.3 people per square mile (345.2/km²). There were 5,411 housing units at an average density of 340.4 per square mile (131.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.81% White, 2.07% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 5,265 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $58,256, and the median income for a family was $63,391. Males had a median income of $46,984 versus $32,495 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,147. About 2.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Mantua Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. 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.[1] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

Members of the Mantua Township Committee are Mayor Timothy Chell, Deputy Mayor Pete Scirrotto, Lorraine Beckett, Sharon Lawrence and Robert Zimmerman.[9]

Federal, state and county representation

Mantua Township is split between the 1st and 2nd Congressional districts. New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights). New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Mantua Township is in the 3rd legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Stephen M. Sweeney (D, West Deptford Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by John J. Burzichelli (D, Paulsboro) and Celeste Riley (D, Bridgeton).[10]

Gloucester County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. Each year, the Board selects a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2011, Gloucester County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (D, West Deptford Township, 2012), Deputy Freeholder Director Dr. Warren S. Wallace (D, Washington Township, 2011), Giuseppe "Joe" Chila (D, Woolwich Township, 2012), Frank J. DiMarco (D, Deptford Township, 2011), Vincent H. Nestore, Jr. (R, Deptford Township, 2013), Heather Simmons (D, Glassboro Borough, 2011), Larry Wallace (R, Woolwich Township, 2013).[11]


Children in grades K through 6 attend the schools of the Mantua Township School District. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[12]) are Centre City School (568 students in grades Kindergarten to 4), J. Mason Tomlin School (636 students in grades Kindergarten - 6) and Sewell School (356 students in Kindergarten through 4th grade.

Students in public school for grades 7 and 8 attend Clearview Regional Middle School and those in grades 9 through 12 attend the Clearview Regional High School, both located in Mullica Hill. The schools are part of the Clearview Regional High School District, which serves students from Harrison Township (1,022 students) and Mantua Township (1,147 students).[13]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 19.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Mantua, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Mantua township, United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 15, 2008.
  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. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  8. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 139.
  9. ^ Mantua Township Committee, Mantua Township. Accessed July 28, 2008.
  10. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  11. ^ Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Gloucester County, New Jersey. Accessed May 27, 2011.
  12. ^ Data for the Mantua Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 11, 2008.
  13. ^ Clearview Regional High School District 2007 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 11, 2008. "Finally, on behalf of our Board of Education, students, staff, and administration, I thank the citizens of Harrison Township and Mantua Township for their continued support of and interest in our students and programs."
  14. ^ Longman, Jere. " THE XVIII WINTER GAMES: FIGURE SKATING -- WOMAN IN THE NEWS; Dynamo on the Ice: Tara Kristen Lipinski", The New York Times, February 21, 1998. Accessed December 26, 2007. "Tara Kristen Lipinski was born in Philadelphia on June 10, 1982, and lived her early years in Sewell, N.J."
  15. ^ Freeman, Rita. "Lake Forest girl wins reality television challenge", Orange County Register, March 28, 2006. Accessed July 28, 2008.
  16. ^ Justice John E. Wallace, Jr., New Jersey Supreme Court. Accessed July 15, 2008.

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