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Barrington is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 6,983, reflecting a decline of 101 (-1.4%) from the 7,084 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 310 (+4.6%) from the 6,774 counted in the 1990 Census.
The area became known as "Barrington" in the 1880s, when William Simpson, one of the partners that developed the area, chose the name from his home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Barrington was incorporated as a borough on March 27, 1917, from portions of the now-defunct Centre Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 17, 1917. Portions of the borough were taken on March 24, 1926, to form Lawnside.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Barrington had a total area of 1.607 square miles (4.161 km2), all of which was land.
The borough borders Bellmawr, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Lawnside, Magnolia, Runnemede and Tavistock.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,983 people, 2,988 households, and 1,805 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,346.0 per square mile (1,678.0/km2). There were 3,158 housing units at an average density of 1,965.4 per square mile (758.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.56% (6,254) White, 5.13% (358) Black or African American, 0.23% (16) Native American, 1.69% (118) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.46% (102) from other races, and 1.93% (135) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.44% (380) of the population.
There were 2,988 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.7 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 89.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $56,681 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,097) and the median family income was $81,398 (+/- $9,410). Males had a median income of $48,028 (+/- $7,016) versus $41,534 (+/- $5,225) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,987 (+/- $2,091). About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,084 people, 3,028 households, and 1,831 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,411.4 people per square mile (1,698.8/km2). There were 3,164 housing units at an average density of 1,970.3 per square mile (758.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.61% White, 4.16% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.84% of the population.
There were 3,028 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $45,148, and the median income for a family was $59,706. Males had a median income of $41,211 versus $31,927 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,434. About 0.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.
Barrington is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. 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 in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Barrington, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2016, the Mayor of the Borough of Barrington is Democrat Robert Klaus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2019. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Kirk Popiolek (D, 2017), Maureen Bergeron (D, 2016), Shawn Ludwig (D, 2018), Patti Nicholson (D, 2018), Ernest Rink (D, 2017) and Wayne Robenolt (D, 2016 - serving an unexpired term).
Wayne Robenolt was elected to fill the vacant seat of Harry Vincent, who died in January 2012.
Barrington is located in the 1st Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 5th state legislative district.
New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 5th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D, Barrington) and in the General Assembly by Arthur Barclay (D, Camden) and Patricia Egan Jones (D, Barrington). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Camden County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members chosen at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2015, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. (Collingswood, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2017; term as director ends 2015), Freeholder Deputy Director Edward T. McDonnell (Pennsauken Township, term as freeholder ends 2016; term as deputy director ends 2015), Michelle Gentek (Gloucester Township, 2015), Ian K. Leonard (Camden, 2015), Jeffrey L. Nash (Cherry Hill, 2015), Carmen Rodriguez (Merchantville, 2016) and Jonathan L. Young, Sr. (Berlin Township, November 2015; serving the unexpired term of Scot McCray ending in 2017)
Camden County's constitutional officers, all elected directly by voters, are County clerk Joseph Ripa, Sheriff Charles H. Billingham, and Surrogate Patricia Egan Jones. The Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey with the advice and consent of the New Jersey Senate (the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,823 registered voters in Barrington, of which 1,826 (37.9% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 860 (17.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,132 (44.2% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 69.1% (vs. 57.1% in Camden County) were registered to vote, including 87.2% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,015 votes (59.3% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,310 votes (38.6% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 42 votes (1.2% vs. 0.9%), among the 3,398 ballots cast by the borough's 5,155 registered voters, for a turnout of 65.9% (vs. 70.4% in Camden County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,079 votes (57.8% vs. 66.2% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,396 votes (38.8% vs. 30.7%) and other candidates with 60 votes (1.7% vs. 1.1%), among the 3,599 ballots cast by the borough's 4,936 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.9% (vs. 71.4% in Camden County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,036 votes (56.8% vs. 61.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,503 votes (42.0% vs. 36.4%) and other candidates with 27 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 3,582 ballots cast by the borough's 4,679 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.6% (vs. 71.3% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.2% of the vote (1,147 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 35.4% (653 votes), and other candidates with 2.4% (45 votes), among the 1,904 ballots cast by the borough's 5,094 registered voters (59 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 37.4%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 998 votes (47.1% vs. 38.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 929 votes (43.8% vs. 53.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 130 votes (6.1% vs. 4.5%) and other candidates with 35 votes (1.7% vs. 1.1%), among the 2,119 ballots cast by the borough's 4,703 registered voters, yielding a 45.1% turnout (vs. 40.8% in the county).
The Barrington Public Schools serve public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 874 students and 58.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Avon Elementary School with 364 students in grades K-4 and Woodland Middle School with 247 students in grades 5 through 8.
For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Haddon Heights High School, which serves Haddon Heights, and students from Barrington, Lawnside and Merchantville who attend the high school as part of sending/receiving relationships with the Haddon Heights School District. The Haddon Heights district approved a contract in September 2013 with the Merchantville School District that would add about 80 students a year from Merchantville to the high school, in addition to the average of more than 260 students from Barrington and 120 from Lawnside that are sent to Haddon Heights each year. As of the 2015-16 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 741 students and 72.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.2:1.
Students from Barrington, and from all of Camden County, are eligible to attend the Camden County Technical Schools, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at Gloucester Township Technical High School in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township or Pennsauken Technical High School in Pennsauken Township. Students are accepted based on district admission standards and costs of attendance and transportation are covered by the home district of each student.
St. Francis De Sales Regional School was an elementary school that operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden. The school closed after the 2008-09 school year in the face of declining enrollment and rising costs. Annunciation School in Bellmawr had been closed by the diocese at the end of the 2007-08 school year and merged inso the Barrington school.
Edmund Scientific Corporation had been based in the borough since 1942. The company store opened in 1952 and closed in 2001 when the consumer business was sold off and relocated to Tonawanda, New York.
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 25.57 miles (41.15 km) of roadways, of which 17.95 miles (28.89 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.22 miles (8.40 km) by Camden County, 1.39 miles (2.24 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.01 miles (1.63 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Major roads that pass through the borough include Interstate 295, which passes through briefly, with Exit 29 connecting the expressway with U.S. Route 30 and Route 41.
The New Jersey Turnpike passes through for 1.0 mile (1.6 km), connecting Bellmawr on the west with Lawnside in the east. The closest exit is Interchange 3 in neighboring Bellmawr / Runnemede.
NJ Transit bus service is available in the borough on routes 403 (between Turnersville and Camden) and 455 (between the Cherry Hill Mall and Paulsboro).
PATCO Speedline is a commuter rail system linking Philadelphia and Lindenwold. The stations closest to Barrington are Haddonfield and Woodcrest.
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