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Rocky Hill, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map of Rocky Hill in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Rocky Hill, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°24′01″N 74°38′21″W / 40.40028°N 74.63917°W / 40.40028; -74.63917Coordinates: 40°24′01″N 74°38′21″W / 40.40028°N 74.63917°W / 40.40028; -74.63917
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Somerset
Incorporated December 18, 1889
Government [1]
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Edward P. Zimmerman (2010)
Area
 - Total 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 - Land 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [2] 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2006)[3]
 - Total 662
 - Density 982.0/sq mi (379.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08553
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 34-64320[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0885376[6]
Website http://www.rockyhill-nj.gov

Rocky Hill is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 662.

Rocky Hill was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on December 18, 1889, from portions of Montgomery Township, based on the results of a referendum held four days earlier.[7]

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Geography

Rocky Hill is located at 40°24′01″N 74°38′20″W / 40.400406°N 74.638955°W / 40.400406; -74.638955 (40.400406, -74.638955).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km2), all of it land.

Princeton Airport, serving the neighboring town of Princeton, is located in Montgomery Township, just west of Rocky Hill.

The borough borders Montgomery and Franklin Township.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 512
1940 404 −21.1%
1950 537 32.9%
1960 528 −1.7%
1970 917 73.7%
1980 717 −21.8%
1990 693 −3.3%
2000 662 −4.5%
Est. 2006 678 [3] 2.4%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 662 people, 284 households, and 189 families residing in the borough. The population density was 982.0 people per square mile (381.5/km2). There were 295 housing units at an average density of 437.6/sq mi (170.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.17% White, 1.36% African American, 0.45% Asian, 0.60% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.93% of the population.

There were 284 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% 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 2.82.

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $79,469, and the median income for a family was $100,314. Males had a median income of $54,375 versus $50,357 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $48,357. About 2.5% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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Local government

Rocky Hill 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 Rocky Hill is Edward P. Zimmerman (term ends December 31, 2010). Members of the Borough Council are James Banks (2010), Council President Linda G. Goldman (2010), Mark Pausch (2011), Julia M. Hasser (2011), Jeff Donahue (2012)and Robert Steen (2012).[10]

Federal, state and county representation

Rocky Hill is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 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

Rocky Hill is a non-operating school district. All public school students from the Rocky Hill School District attend school in the Montgomery Township School District, in Montgomery Township as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[15]

Rocky Hill is also home to the Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School.

Emergency Services

Rocky Hill Hook & Ladder #1 (Station 53 Fire)

Rocky Hill First Aid and Rescue Squad (Station 53 Rescue)

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Rocky Hill include:

George Washington stayed in Rockingham, the house of the Berrien family, in the late summer of 1783, while Congress was in session in Princeton. The site was then located along the Stonybrook in Rocky Hill, and presently gives tours.

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 Rocky Hill, Geographic Names Information System, accessed January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Rocky Hill borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 29, 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. 225
  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. ^ Rocky Hill Borough Council -2008, Borough of Rocky Hill. Accessed February 28, 2008.
  11. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 63. 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. ^ Community Profile, Montgomery Township School District. Accessed February 28, 2008. "Rocky Hill, which was the first village in the Township, is now a separately incorporated borough, whose children attend Montgomery Township schools."
  16. ^ John Macpherson Berrien, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 13, 2007.

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