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Haddon Heights, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Haddon Heights highlighted in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Haddon Heights, New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°52′43″N 75°03′56″W / 39.87861°N 75.06556°W / 39.87861; -75.06556Coordinates: 39°52′43″N 75°03′56″W / 39.87861°N 75.06556°W / 39.87861; -75.06556
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Camden
Incorporated March 2, 1904
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Scott M. Alexander
 - Total 1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 - Land 1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 62 ft (19 m)
Population (2006)[2]
 - Total 7,365
 - Density 4,855.5/sq mi (1,874.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08035
Area code(s) 856
FIPS code 34-28800[3][4]
GNIS feature ID 0885239[5]

Haddon Heights is a Borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 7,547.

Haddon Heights was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 2, 1904, from portions of the now-defunct Centre Township and parts of Haddon Township.[6]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Haddon Heights as the 98th best place to live in New Jersey in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[7]



Haddon Heights is located at 39°52′44″N 75°03′56″W / 39.878863°N 75.065570°W / 39.878863; -75.065570 (39.878863, -75.065570).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.0 km2), all of it land.

Haddon Heights borders Audubon, Barrington, Bellmawr, Haddonfield, and Mount Ephraim.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 5,394
1940 5,555 3.0%
1950 7,287 31.2%
1960 9,260 27.1%
1970 9,365 1.1%
1980 8,361 −10.7%
1990 7,860 −6.0%
2000 7,547 −4.0%
Est. 2006 7,365 [2] −2.4%
Population 1930 - 1990[9]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,547 people, 3,039 households, and 2,039 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,855.5 people per square mile (1,879.9/km2). There were 3,136 housing units at an average density of 2,017.6/sq mi (781.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.97% White, 0.40% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 3,039 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $58,424, and the median income for a family was $73,460. Males had a median income of $51,572 versus $35,208 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,198. About 1.0% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.



Local government

Haddon Heights 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.[10]

The Reorganization Meeting of the governing body is held on the first Saturday in January. At this meeting, the newly elected Council members take the oath of office and a Council President, who serves as Acting Mayor when the Mayor is absent, is elected by the Council. Appointments for the coming year are announced by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council when required by law.[11]

The Mayor of Haddon Heights is Scott M. Alexander.[12]

Members of the Haddon Heights Borough Council are Council President Theodore Fetter, Rose Fitzgerald, Dan Haggerty, Kathy Lange, Trish Shields, and Lee T. Wentz.[13]

Federal, state and county representation

Haddon Heights is in the First Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 5th Legislative District.[14]

New Jersey's First Congressional District, covering portions of Burlington County, Camden County and Gloucester County, is represented by Rob Andrews (D, Haddon Heights). 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 5th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Dana Redd (D, Camden) and in the Assembly by Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D, Barrington) and Joseph J. Roberts (D, Camden).[15] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[16]

Camden County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected at-large for staggered three-year terms by the residents of the county.[17] As of 2008, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term ends December 31, 2008), Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, 2010), Riletta L. Cream (Camden, 2008), Rodney A. Greco (Gloucester Township, 2009), Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill Township, 2009), Joseph Ripa (Voorhees Township, 2009) and Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2010).[18]


The Haddon Heights School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[19]) are three K-6 elementary schools — (Atlantic Avenue Elementary School (135 students), Glenview School (187) and Seventh Avenue School (120) — and Haddon Heights High School for grades 7-12 (844), which serves Haddon Heights, and students from the neighboring communities of Barrington and Lawnside who attend the high school for grades 9-12 as part of sending/receiving relationships.[20]

St. Rose of Lima School is an elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden[21]


The land that was to become Haddon Heights was settled in 1699, probably by John Hinchman. In 1713, John Siddon built a farmhouse near Hinchman's property. John Thorn Glover dammed King's Run and constructed a mill race and fulling mill on this property before 1776. Jacob Hinchman built a frame dwelling no later than 1720 that was later enlarged by Revolutionary War hero Col. Joseph Ellis. New Jersey governor Joseph Bloomfield later purchased this property.

Benjamin A. Lippincott, in 1890, constructed a passenger station in the center of his land for the Atlantic City Railroad Company. Then Lippincott, with Charles Hillman, filed a grid street plan with Camden County to develop a community. They named it Haddon Heights because of its proximity to Haddonfield and its high elevation. Large houses were constructed that appealed to prosperous middle-class families moving from the cities. In 1904, Haddon Heights was incorporated as a borough and Lippincott was elected mayor. A small downtown grew near the railroad and the White Horse Pike and eight churches and a synagogue were built. An area of old Centre Township, known as Fairfield Estates, voted in 1926 to become part of Haddon Heights. This land was developed for more single-family housing through the 1940s and 1950s. Even though rail passenger service ceased in July 1965, Haddon Heights remains a typical turn-of-the-twentieth-century railroad suburb with tree-shaded streets and comfortable homes.


New Jersey Transit local bus service to Philadelphia is provided on the 400 and 403 routes, with local service available on the 455 and 457 routes.[22]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Haddon Heights include:


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Borough of Haddon Heights, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Census data for Haddon Heights borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 27, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 107.
  7. ^ "Best Places To Live - The Complete Top Towns List 1-100", New Jersey Monthly, February 21, 2008. Accessed May 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 28.
  11. ^ Haddon Heights Borough Government, Borough of Haddon Heights. Accessed April 4, 2006.
  12. ^ "Haddon Heights Mayor & Council".  
  13. ^ Haddon Heights Mayor and Council, Borough of Haddon Heights. Accessed July 8, 2008.
  14. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 58. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  15. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  16. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  17. ^ What is a Freeholder?, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed March 25, 2008.
  18. ^ Board of Freeholders, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed April 14, 2008.
  19. ^ Data for the Haddon Heights School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 16, 2008.
  20. ^ About Our School, Haddon Heights High School. Accessed June 16, 2008. "Haddon Heights High School serves over eight hundred students from three local towns: Haddon Heights, Barrington, and Lawnside."
  21. ^ Camden County Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. Accessed July 10, 2008.
  22. ^ Camden County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit. Accessed June 21, 2007.
  23. ^ Biography of Robert E. Andrews, accessed April 29, 2007. "The Andrews family lives in Haddon Heights. He does not keep an apartment in Washington, D.C. but instead commutes each day by train to be closer to his family and constituents."
  24. ^ Meet the Dean, Wharton Alumni Magazine, Spring 2000. "Harker is a resident of Haddon Heights, N.J., where he lives with his wife, Emily - a Wharton alumna who he met at Penn - and their three children."
  25. ^ Herb Kelleher on the Record, Part 1, Business Week by Mark Morrison, December 22, 2003. "In Part 1 of this edited interview, Kelleher retraces his steps from his childhood in Haddon Heights, N.J., to his move with his wife to Texas, where he gained entrepreneur Rollin King as a client, and the two drew up a plan on the proverbial napkin for an airline connecting Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston."
  26. ^ Billy Lange profile, CSTV. Accessed July 17, 2007. "A native of Haddon Heights, N.J., Lange played basketball at Bishop Eustace (N.J.) High School for his father, Bill Lange Sr., and at Rowan College before moving into the coaching ranks in 1995."
  27. ^ Obituary Accessed June 3, 2008. "lived in Haddon Heights for nearly 40 years"
  28. ^ Spielberg's family values, USA Today by Anthony Breznican, June 23, 2005. "I first became aware of the sky when my father pointed out the Perseid meteor shower to me when I was about 6 years old, living in Haddon Heights, N.J.,"
  29. ^ Steven Spielberg: Timeline,, accessed February 27, 2007. "The Spielberg family moves to Haddonfield, New Jersey."
  30. ^ Biography, Composers Bureau / Stokes, Eric

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