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Far Hills, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map of Far Hills in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Far Hills, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°41′25″N 74°37′18″W / 40.69028°N 74.62167°W / 40.69028; -74.62167Coordinates: 40°41′25″N 74°37′18″W / 40.69028°N 74.62167°W / 40.69028; -74.62167
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Somerset
Incorporated May 12, 1921
Government [1]
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Carl J. Torsilieri
Area
 - Total 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 - Land 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation [2] 239 ft (73 m)
Population (2006)[3]
 - Total 928
 - Density 176.8/sq mi (68.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07931
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 34-22890[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0885217[6]

Far Hills is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the population was 859.

Far Hills was incorporated as a borough based on an Act of the New Jersey Legislature passed on April 7, 1921, from portions of Bernards Township, Subject to the results of a referendum held on May 12, 1921.[7]

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Geography

Far Hills is located at 40°41′13″N 74°38′00″W / 40.686872°N 74.633400°W / 40.686872; -74.633400 (40.686872, -74.633400).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Far Hills has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km2), of which, 4.9 square miles (12.6 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (1.22%) is water.

History

Far Hills encompasses just five square miles in Somerset County, New Jersey, encircled by the equally upscale communities of Bedminster Township, Peapack-Gladstone, Bernards Township, and Bernardsville. It shares a public library, a community pool, athletic programs, civic organizations, and a school system with Bernardsville. It also shares a fire department and a first aid squad with neighboring Bedminster Township

Far Hills maintains the characteristic of its community through 10-acre (40,000 m2) minimum zoning laws whereby large private properties and homes surround a small village which was the creation of a wealthy New York businessman in the late 1800s. The beginning of rail service to nearby Bernardsville in 1870, opened the area to city people seeking a respite from the heat and hurry of urban life.

Anticipating the demand for country properties was Evander H. Schley, a land developer and real estate broker from New York State. He bought several thousand acres of farmland, some of it sight unseen, in Bedminster and Bernards townships in the 1880s. One day in 1887, Schley's brother, Grant, and his wife, Elizabeth, arrived by horse-drawn carriage to see Evander's farms. Elizabeth is said to have remarked on the beautiful vista of the "far hills," thus giving the name to the place before a village was built.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 560
1940 574 2.5%
1950 600 4.5%
1960 702 17.0%
1970 780 11.1%
1980 677 −13.2%
1990 657 −3.0%
2000 859 30.7%
Est. 2006 928 [3] 8.0%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 859 people, 368 households, and 253 families. The population density was 176.8 people per square mile (68.2/km2). There were 386 housing units at an average density of 79.4/sq mi (30.7/km2). The racial makeup was 96.04% White, 0.81% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.10% Asian, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.61% of the population.

There were 368 households out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.76.

The population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household was $112,817, and the median income for a family was $149,095. Males had a median income of $90,000 versus $46,607 for females. The per capita income was $81,535. About 0.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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Local government

Far Hills 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.[1]

The Mayor of Far Hills is Carl J. Torsilieri. Members of the Far Hills Borough Council are Council President David Karner, Thomas Howland, Augustus J. Larson, Thomas Rochat, Robert Searing and Sheila Tweedie.[10]

Federal, state and county representation

Far Hills is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of the New Jersey 16th Legislative District.[11]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District, covering portions of Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Somerset County and Union County, is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 16th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R, Neshanic Station) and in the Assembly by Peter J. Biondi (R, Hillsborough Township) and Denise Coyle (R, Basking Ridge).[12] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[13]

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with one or two elected each year. As of 2009, Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Rick Fontana (Bridgewater Township, 2009), Freeholder Deputy Director Jack Ciattarelli (Hillsborough Township, 2009), Peter S. Palmer (Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2011),Patricia Walsh (Green Brook Township, 2010) and Robert Zaborowski (Franklin Township, 2011).[14]

Education

Students in public school for grades K - 12 attend the schools of the Somerset Hills Regional School District, a regional school district serving students from Bernardsville, Far Hills, and Peapack-Gladstone, along with students from Bedminster Township who attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[15] The three schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[16]) are Bedwell Elementary School (K - 4, 692 students), Bernardsville Middle School (5 - 8, 554 students) and Bernards High School (9 - 12, 759 students), and are all located in Bernardsville.

Far Hills Country Day School is a private, nonsectarian coeducational day school located in Far Hills, serving students in nursery through eighth grade on a 55-acre (220,000 m2) campus. The school has a total enrollment of 429 students

Transportation

The Far Hills train station is a New Jersey Transit station on the Gladstone Branch of the Morristown Line; the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The station is located at U.S. Route 202, near the intersection of Far Hills Road, one half mile east of U.S. Route 206. The station offers service via Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station or to Hoboken Terminal.

Points of interest

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Far Hills include:

References

  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 77.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Borough of Far Hills, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Far Hills borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed November 27, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. 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. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 223.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ Information page for Far Hills, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed April 27, 2008.
  11. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, League of Women Voters, p. 57. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  12. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  13. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/about/. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  14. ^ The Role of County Government: "What Is A Freeholder?", Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed May 23, 2009.
  15. ^ Somerset County School Districts-Sending/Receiving/Regional, Somerset County Superintendent of Schools. Accessed April 27, 2008.
  16. ^ Data for the Somerset Hills School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed (February 28, 2008.
  17. ^ Quint, Michael. "The Financier 'Who Knows What Is Going On'", The New York Times, August 6, 1988. Accessed November 27, 2007. "The great grandson of Anthony N. Brady, an Irish emigrant who was a friend and business associate of Thomas A. Edison, Nicholas Brady grew up on a large estate in Far Hills, N.J., that borders on the Dillon family estate."
  18. ^ "Belmont Loses Nijinsky to Newmarket", The New York Times, October 13, 1970. Accessed December 9, 2007. "Charles W. Engelhard of Far Hills, N.J., millionaire racehorse owner, gave approval today for his colt, Nijinsky, to race in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday."
  19. ^ a b Peterson, Iver. "ON POLITICS; It's Not Too Late or Irrational For Mr. Forbes to Aim Lower", The New York Times, January 16, 2000. Accessed December 11, 2007. "Even Governor Whitman, his Far Hills neighbor and longtime acquaintance, was a county freeholder before she tried for the Senate and then went on to win the governor's race."

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