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see also: Raritan, New Jersey; both Hazlet and Edison, New Jersey were formerly called Raritan Township
Raritan Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Map of Raritan Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Raritan Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°30′33″N 74°51′5″W / 40.50917°N 74.85139°W / 40.50917; -74.85139
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Incorporated April 2, 1838
Government [1]
 - Type Township (New Jersey)
 - Mayor John W. King
 - Administrator Allan Pietrefesa[2]
 - Total 37.9 sq mi (98.2 km2)
 - Land 37.8 sq mi (98.0 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation [3] 180 ft (55 m)
Population (2006)[4]
 - Total 22,720
 Density 523.5/sq mi (202.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08822 - Flemington
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 34-61920[5][6][6]
GNIS feature ID 0882179[7]
Website http://www.raritan-township.com

Raritan Township is a Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 19,809. The southeast part of the township is in the Amwell Valley, while the northwestern part is on the Hunterdon Plateau.

Raritan was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 2, 1838, from portions of the now-defunct Amwell Township. Flemington town was formed within the township on March 14, 1870, and became an independent borough on April 7, 1910. Portions of the township were ceded to East Amwell Township in 1854 and 1897.[8]

"Raritan Township" was also the former name of a community in Middlesex County, now known as Edison Township.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.9 square miles (98.2 km²), of which, 37.8 square miles (98.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.18%) is water.

Also, Raritan completely surrounds Flemington.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 1,823
1940 2,158 18.4%
1950 2,814 30.4%
1960 4,545 61.5%
1970 6,934 52.6%
1980 8,292 19.6%
1990 15,616 88.3%
2000 19,809 26.9%
Est. 2006 22,720 [4] 14.7%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 19,809 people, 6,939 households, and 5,391 families residing in the township. The population density was 523.5 people per square mile (202.1/km²). There were 7,094 housing units at an average density of 187.5/sq mi (72.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.22% White, 1.23% African American, 0.09% Native American, 3.50% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

There were 6,939 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $109,477, and the median income for a family was $126,633 as of a 2007 estimate[10]. Males had a median income of $69,485 versus $41,911 for females. The per capita income for the township was $38,919. About 1.2% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.



Local government

Raritan 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. The mayor presides at Township Committee meetings and votes as a member of the Committee, but has no other special powers under the township form of government law. All legislative and executive powers, including the power of appointments, are exercised by the committee as a whole.[11]

Members of the Raritan Township Committee are Mayor John W. King, Deputy Mayor Richard O'Malley, Chris Harcar, John Kendzulak and Richard Kuhrt.[12]

Federal, state and county representation

Raritan Township is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District.[13]

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 2010-2011 Legislative Session, the 23rd District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Michael J. Doherty (R, Oxford Township) and in the Assembly by John DiMaio (R, Hackettstown) and Erik Peterson (R, Franklin Township).[14] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[15] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[16]

Hunterdon County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis. As of 2010, Hunterdon County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William Mennen (Tewksbury Township), Freeholder Deputy Director Matt Holt (Clinton Town), George B. Melick (Tewksbury Township), Ronald Sworen (Frenchtown), and Robert Walton (Hampton).[17]


Children in public school for grades K through 8 attend the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District, which also serves children from the neighboring community of Raritan Township. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[18] are four K - 4 elementary schools — Barley Sheaf School (562 students) - Flemington; Copper Hill School (705 students); Francis A. Desmares School (492 students) - Flemington; and Robert Hunter School (556 students) - Flemington — Reading-Fleming Intermediate School in Flemington for grades 5 - 6 and J. P. Case Middle School (1,248 students) - Flemington for grades 7 and 8.

Public school students in grade 9 - 12 attend the Hunterdon Central Regional High School, part of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School District, which serves almost 2,800 students in central Hunterdon County. Students from Delaware Township, East Amwell Township, Flemington Borough, Raritan Township and Readington Township attend Hunterdon Central Regional High School.[19]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Raritan Township include:


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 103.
  2. ^ Departments and Department Heads, Raritan Township. Accessed July 31, 2008.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Township of Raritan, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed June 13, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Raritan township, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 29, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 157
  9. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ADPTable?_bm=y&-context=adp&-qr_name=ACS_2007_3YR_G00_DP3YR3&-ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_G00_&-tree_id=3307&-redoLog=false&-_caller=geoselect&-geo_id=06000US3401961920&-format=&-_lang=en
  11. ^ Raritan Township Form of Government, Raritan Township. Accessed July 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Committee, Raritan Township. Accessed July 31, 2008.
  13. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 63. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  14. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/roster.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  15. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/about/. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  16. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/lt/. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  17. ^ "Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders". http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/frholder/frehldrs.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  18. ^ Data for the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 18, 2008.
  19. ^ Hunterdon Central Regional High School 2007 Report card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 9, 2008. "Located in beautiful, historic Hunterdon County in central New Jersey, Hunterdon Central Regional High School serves the five municipalities of Delaware Township, East Amwell Township, Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, and Readington Township."
  20. ^ Miles Ross, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 29, 2007.

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