Swedesboro, New Jersey

Swedesboro, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Swedesboro, New Jersey
settlement_type = Borough
nickname =
motto =

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mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Swedesboro highlighted in Gloucester County. Inset

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map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Swedesboro, New Jersey

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Gloucester
government_footnotes =
government_type = Borough (New Jersey)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Thomas W. Fromm (2011)
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established_title = Incorporated
established_date = April 9, 1902

unit_pref = Imperial
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area_total_km2 = 2.0
area_land_km2 = 1.9
area_water_km2 = 0.1
area_total_sq_mi = 0.8
area_land_sq_mi = 0.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0

population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes =
population_total = 2043
population_density_km2 = 1093.0
population_density_sq_mi = 2830.8

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|885415|Borough of Swedesboro, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2008.]
elevation_m = 14
elevation_ft = 46
latd = 39 |latm = 44 |lats = 46 |latNS = N
longd = 75 |longm = 18 |longs = 45 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 08085
area_code = 856
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-71850GR|2 [ [http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/webrepts/commoncodes/ccc_nj.html A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.]
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0885415GR|3
website = http://www.swedesboro-nj.us
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Swedesboro is a borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 2,055.

Swedesboro was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 9, 1902, from portions of Woolwich Township."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 140.]

History and landmarks

The oldest extant log cabin in the United States, the " [http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/CountyInfo/histsites/nothnagle.htm Nothnagle Log Cabin] " was built by Antti Niilonpoika (Anthony Neilson/Nelson) in Swedesboro. It is a registered National historic site, as is " [http://trinityswedesboro.org Trinity Episcopal "Old Swedes" Church] ". Trinity was established as a Swedish Lutheran Church in 1703; the present building dates to 1784. Swedesboro is one of only two Swedish settlements in New Jersey, along with Bridgeport.

Trinity Church Cemetery is the burial place of Governor of New Jersey Charles C. Stratton and Congressman Benjamin Franklin Howey, among other notable interees.


Swedesboro is located at 39°44'53" North, 75°18'41" West (39.748125, -75.311411)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.95%) is water.

Swedesboro is an independent municipality surrounded on all sides by Woolwich Township.


estref= [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=Search&geo_id=06000US3401569030&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US34%7C05000US34015%7C06000US3401569030&_street=&_county=swedesboro&_cityTown=swedesboro&_state=04000US34&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=060&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Census data for Swedesboro borough] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 20, 2007.]
footnote=Population 1930 - 1990. [ [http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi01/poptrd6.htm New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.] [cite web
title=U.S. Census Historical Data 1790-2000
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,055 people, 771 households, and 528 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,830.8 people per square mile (1,086.9/km²). There were 860 housing units at an average density of 1,184.7/sq mi (454.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 76.93% White, 16.50% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 3.36% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.52% of the population.

There were 771 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the borough the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $49,286, and the median income for a family was $58,721. Males had a median income of $41,346 versus $33,125 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,857. About 7.8% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Swedesboro is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year."2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 19.]

The Mayor of Swedesboro, who presides over the Council is Thomas W. Fromm (D, term ends December 31, 2011. The Swedesboro Council consists of Council President David Flaherty (D, 2009), Diane Hale (D, 2010), Salvatore "Sam" Casella (R, 2009), Donald Dryden (R, 2008), Darlene Gage (R, 2008) and George Weeks (D, 2010). [ [http://www.swedesboro-nj.us/Council.htm Swedesboro Council] , Borough of Swedesboro. Accessed July 15, 2008.] [ [http://www.newtownpress.com/online_newspaper_articles_nj_news_paper_0207.htm#Swedesboro Swedesboro: Party Lines Hold Strong In Boro Council Voting] "New Town Press", February 7, 2007. Accessed February 15, 2007.]

Federal, state and county representation

Swedesboro is in the Second Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 3rd Legislative District. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 64. Accessed August 30, 2006.]


Public school students in grades K-6 attend the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District, a consolidated school district that serves students from both Swedesboro and Woolwich Township. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3415990 Data for the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 11, 2008.] ) are [http://swedesboro-woolwich.com/margaret_clifford_school.htm Margaret C. Clifford School] (Grades PreK and K, 246 students) in Swedesboro, [http://swedesboro-woolwich.com/Stratton%20School.htm Charles C. Stratton School] (Grades 1 - 4, 708 students) in Woolwich Township and [http://swedesboro-woolwich.com/walter%20hill.htm Walter H. Hill School] (Grades 5 and 6, 286 students).

For grades 7-12, public school students are educated by the Kingsway Regional School District. The district serves students from East Greenwich Township, Logan Township, South Harrison Township, Swedesboro and Woolwich Township. [ [http://www.logan-twp.com/logan-township-school-district.php Kingsway Regional School District] , Logan Township School District. Accessed March 11, 2008. "Logan Township high school students (grades 9-12) are educated at the Kingsway Regional High School located on Kings Highway in Woolwich Township. The regional district also provides services to students in Swedesboro and Woolwich, East Greenwich, and South Harrison Townships."] Schools in the district are [http://www.kingsway.k12.nj.us/middle_school/middle_school_index.htm Kingsway Regional Middle School] and Kingsway Regional High School.

Notable residents

*Dorien Bryant (1985-), former college football wide receiver for the Purdue Boilermakers and Pittsburgh Steelers signatory. [ [http://purduesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/bryant_dorien00.html Dorien Bryant] , CSTV. Accessed January 6, 2008.]
*Charles G. Harker (1837-1864), brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War ["Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography"]
*William Nicholson Jeffers (1824-1883), United States Navy officer. [ [http://www.answers.com/topic/william-nicholson-jeffers-1 Answers.com - William Nicholson Jeffers] . Accessed July 15, 2008.]


External links

* [http://www.swedesboro-nj.us Borough of Swedesboro Website]
* [http://swedesboro-woolwich.com/ Swedesboro-Woolwich School District]
*NJReportCard|15|5120|0|Swedesboro-Woolwich School District
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3415990 Data for the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://www.kingsway.k12.nj.us/ Kingsway Regional School District]
* [http://www.kingsway.k12.nj.us/ Kingsway Regional High School]
* [http://www.kalmarnyckel.org The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation & Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel]
* [http://www.nj.com/forums/swedesboro/ Swedesboro forum]

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