South Amboy, New Jersey

South Amboy, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = South Amboy, New Jersey
settlement_type = City (New Jersey)
nickname =
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mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = South Amboy highlighted in Middlesex County

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Middlesex
government_footnotes =
government_type = Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = John T. O'Leary
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established_title = Incorporated
established_date = February 21, 1798

unit_pref = Imperial
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area_total_km2 = 7.0
area_land_km2 = 4.0
area_water_km2 = 3.0
area_total_sq_mi = 2.7
area_land_sq_mi = 1.6
area_water_sq_mi = 1.2

population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes =
population_total = 7865
population_density_km2 = 1969.9
population_density_sq_mi = 5102.1

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes =
elevation_m = 38
elevation_ft = 125
latd = 40 |latm = 28 |lats = 53 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 17 |longs = 6 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 08878-08879
area_code = 732
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-68550GR|2 [ [ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.]
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0880702GR|3
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South Amboy is a City in Middlesex County, New Jersey, on the Raritan Bay. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 7,913.

South Amboy, and Perth Amboy across the Raritan River, are collectively referred to as The Amboys. Signage for Exit 11 on the New Jersey Turnpike refers to "The Amboys" as a destination.

South Amboy has passed through three of the five types of New Jersey municipalities. It was first mentioned on May 28, 1782 in Freeholder minutes as being formed from Perth Amboy Township, and then formally incorporated as a Township on February 21, 1798. Over the next 90 years, portions broke away to form Monroe Township (April 9, 1838), Madison Township (March 2, 1869; later Old Bridge Township) and Sayreville Township (April 6, 1876; later Borough of Sayreville). As of February 25, 1888, South Amboy borough was formed, replacing South Amboy Township. On April 11, 1908, South Amboy was incorporated as a city, replacing South Amboy borough, with a referendum held on July 21, 1908."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 173.]


South Amboy is located at coor dms|40|28|53|N|74|17|6|W|city (40.481455, -74.285125)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (42.59%) is water.


estimate= 7865
estref= [ Census data for South Amboy city] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 25, 2007.]
footnote=Population 1930 - 1990. [ [ Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.]
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,913 people, 2,967 households, and 2,041 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,102.1 people per square mile (1,971.1/km²). There were 3,110 housing units at an average density of 2,005.3/sq mi (774.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.22% White, 0.86% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.75% of the population.

There were 2,967 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% 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 2.65 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,529, and the median income for a family was $62,029. Males had a median income of $42,365 versus $29,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,598. About 6.7% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

South Amboy is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government. ["2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 87.]

The Current Mayor of South Amboy is John T. O'Leary. [ [ Mayor] , City of South Amboy. Accessed March 31, 2008.] The current members of the City Council are Council President Fred Henry, Joseph E. Connors, John O'Connell, Russ Stillwagon and John Szatkowski. [ [ Council] , City of South Amboy. Accessed March 31, 2008.]

Federal, state and county representation

South Amboy is in the Sixth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 19th Legislative District. [ [ 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 64. Accessed August 30, 2006.]


The South Amboy Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [ Data for the South Amboy Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 31, 2008.] ) are [ South Amboy Elementary School] (PreK-6, 581 students) and South Amboy Middle High School (7-12, 445 students).

South Amboy also has one Catholic elementary school, [ Sacred Heart School] .

Cardinal McCarrick High School is a coeducational Catholic secondary school that serves nearly 500 students in ninth through twelfth grade.


The South Amboy station provides service on the New Jersey Transit North Jersey Coast Line, with most trains heading to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and some heading to Hoboken Terminal. NJ Transit bus service is available on the 815 and 817 routes. [ [ Middlesex County Bus/Rail Connections] , New Jersey Transit. Accessed June 19, 2007.]

Noted residents

*Allie Clark (1923-), former New York Yankee. [ [ Cardinal McCarrick High School Hall of Fame] , accessed April 29, 2007. "He resides in South Ambov with his wife, Fran."]
*Greg Evigan (1953-), actor. [ [ DEREK JACOBI HAS ROLE IN BRITISH THRILLER 'DEAD AGAIN'] , "Lexington Herald-Leader", November 22, 1991, accessed April 29, 2007. "Evigan was born in South Amboy, N.J."]
*Harold G. Hoffman (1896-1954), former Governor of New Jersey, who was mayor of South Amboy in 1925 and 1926. [ [ Congressional biography of Harold Giles Hoffman] , accessed April 29, 2007.]
*Jack McKeon (1930-), Manager of the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins. [Reusse, Patrick. [ "McKeon, young Marlins work magic."] , "Star Tribune", October 18, 2003. Accessed March 31, 2008. "Tom Kelly and Jack McKeon share the hometown of South Amboy, N.J."]
*Johnny O'Brien and Eddie O'Brien (the O'Brien twins, 1930-), played together for the Pittsburgh Pirates. [Raley, Dan. [ "Déjà two: A half-century apart, twins light up Seattle courts"] , "Seattle Post-Intelligencer", March 8, 2003. Accessed June 19, 2007. "The O'Briens grew up in South Amboy, N.J., mainly as baseball players. They were cut from the basketball team as sophomores and juniors at St. Mary's High School for one reason: Too darn short.... The O'Briens never made it to the NBA. They were drafted by the old Milwaukee Hawks, but turned to pro baseball instead, as infielders and part-time pitchers. Each accepted a $25,000 signing bonus from the Pittsburgh Pirates and went straight to the majors, becoming the first set of twins to play together on the same big-league team, if not appear together on the same trading card."]
*Thomas J. Scully (1864-1921) represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 1911 to 1921 and served as mayor of South Amboy in 1909 and 1910, and again in 1921. [ [ Thomas Joseph Scully profile] , United States Congress. Accessed July 25, 2007.]
*Benjamin Franklin Howell (1844-1933) represented NJ in the 58th - 61st US Congressional sessions, buried in Christ Church Cemetery.


External links

* [ Middlesex County webpage for South Amboy]
* [ Sadie Pope Dowdell Library]
* [ South Amboy Police Department]
* [ South Amboy Public Schools]
*NJReportCard|23|4830|0|South Amboy Public Schools
* [ Data for the South Amboy Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [ South Amboy First Aid & Safety Squad]

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