Phillipsburg, New Jersey
|Phillipsburg, New Jersey|
|Town of Phillipsburg|
View of Phillipsburg, New Jersey and "Free Bridge" taken from park across Delaware River on Rt. 611 from Easton, PA.
Map of Phillipsburg in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Philipsburg, New Jersey
|Incorporated||March 8, 1861|
|Named for||William Phillips|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Mayor||Harry L. Wyant, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Michele D. Broubalow|
|• Clerk||Victoria L. Kleiner (acting)|
|• Total||3.311 sq mi (8.575 km2)|
|• Land||3.193 sq mi (8.270 km2)|
|• Water||0.118 sq mi (0.305 km2) 3.56%|
322nd of 566 in state
19th of 22 in county
|Elevation||299 ft (91 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||14,570|
168th of 566 in state
1st of 22 in county
|• Density||4,682.1/sq mi (1,807.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||
118th of 566 in state
1st of 22 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||908 exchanges: 213, 387, 454, 859, 995|
|GNIS feature ID||0885350|
Phillipsburg is a town in Warren County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 14,950, reflecting a decline of 216 (-1.4%) from the 15,166 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 591 (-3.8%) from the 15,757 counted in the 1990 Census.
Phillipsburg was incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 8, 1861, from portions of Phillipsburg Township (now Lopatcong Township). The town was named for William Phillips, an early settler of the area.
- Geography 1
- Census 2010 2.1
- Census 2000 2.2
- Industrial history 3.1
- Economic revival 3.2
- Railway 3.3
- Local government 4.1
- Federal, state and county representation 4.2
- Politics 4.3
- Education 5
- Roads and highways 6.1
- Public transportation 6.2
- Notable people 7
- References 8
- External links 9
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 3.311 square miles (8.575 km2), including 3.193 square miles (8.270 km2) of land and 0.118 square miles (0.305 km2) of water (3.56%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the town include Andover Furnace, Delaware Park, Lopatcong Heights, Shirmers and Warren Heights.
The Town's economic data (as is all of Warren County) is calculated by the US Census Bureau as part of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,950 people, 5,925 households, and 3,786 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,682.1 per square mile (1,807.8/km2). There were 6,607 housing units at an average density of 2,069.2 per square mile (798.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 83.44% (12,475) White, 7.49% (1,120) Black or African American, 0.17% (26) Native American, 1.53% (228) Asian, 0.05% (8) Pacific Islander, 3.92% (586) from other races, and 3.39% (507) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 11.82% (1,767) of the population.
There were 5,925 households, of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town, 25.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $42,825 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,386) and the median family income was $51,334 (+/- $3,243). Males had a median income of $44,311 (+/- $2,090) versus $37,673 (+/- $6,847) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,291 (+/- $1,061). About 16.5% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 15,166 people, 6,044 households, and 3,946 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,703.6 people per square mile (1,818.5/km2). There were 6,651 housing units at an average density of 2,062.8 per square mile (797.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.84% White, 3.47% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.38% of the population.
There were 6,044 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $37,368, and the median income for a family was $46,925. Males had a median income of $37,446 versus $25,228 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,452. About 9.9% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
Phillipsburg had historically benefited from being a major transportation hub, situated at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. Phillipsburg served as the western terminus of the Morris Canal for approximately 100 years from the 1820s to 1920s, which connected the city by water to the industrial and consumer centers of the New York City area, with connections westward via the Lehigh Canal across the Delaware. Long gone is the era of canal shipping and many of the important freight railways that served the area have gone bankrupt or bypass the city on long distance routes.
Phillipsburg was served by five major railroads:
1. Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ)
2. Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad (L&HR)
3. Lehigh Valley Railroad (LVRR)
4. Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W)
5. Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR).
Most of the manufacturing jobs have left Warren County's largest city. In 1994, the New Jersey Legislature designated Phillipsburg as an Urban Enterprise Zone community. This zoning offers tax incentives and other benefits to Phillipsburg-based businesses, as well as a 3½% sales tax rate at eligible merchants, reduced from the 7% rate charged statewide.
In recent years, some businesses have begun to move into the center of the city. Rising real estate prices indicate that these legislative stimulants have been somewhat effective. Phillipsburg has been selected as a site for the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Heritage Center (jointly with Netcong), a museum designed to help preserve and showcase the state's transportation history.
A tourist railroad known as the Belvidere & Delaware River Railroad operates on the former Belvidere-Delaware Railroad Pennsylvania Railroad Branch serving excursions from Lehigh Junction Station south to Carpentersville. Norfolk Southern serves the industrial manufacturing purposes in Phillipsburg using former LVRR tracks and the L&HR bridge to connect with the Bel-Del PRR tracks.
Phillipsburg also is home to the Phillipsburg Railroad Historians museum. They have a display railroad memorabilia inside the museum, an "N" scale diorama, two Lehigh & Hudson River cabooses (one of which is currently being restored) and a Jersey Central caboose. There is a L&HR snow flanger, Tidewater tank car, a CNJ box car owned by the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society, a 1922 Chestnut Ridge Mack railbus owned by the Lehigh Valley NRHS, a Public Service trolley owned by the North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society, a 44-ton GE locomotive and a 25-ton GE locomotive. They operate a miniature railroad, the Centerville & Southwestern, that formerly ran in Roseland, New Jersey.
Phillipsburg is governed under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, by a mayor and a five-member Town Council. Councilmembers are elected at-large in partisan elections to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats up for election every other year.
As of 2015, the Mayor of Phillipsburg is Republican Harry L. Wyant, Jr., whose term of office ends December 31, 2015, a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition. Town Council members are Council President Todd M. Tersigni (D, 2017), Council Vice President John A. Lynn, Jr. (R, 2015), Bernie Fey, Jr. (R, 2017), Randy S. Piazza, Sr. (R, 2017) and James P. Stettner (D, 2015).
Federal, state and county representation
Phillipsburg is located in the 7th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Phillipsburg had been part of the 5th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2014-2015 Session, the 23rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Michael J. Doherty (R, Washington Township, Warren County) and in the General Assembly by John DiMaio (R, Hackettstown) and Erik Peterson (R, Franklin Township, Hunterdon County). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
R, Asbury / Franklin Township, 2015), Freeholder Deputy Director Richard D. Gardner (R, Asbury / Franklin Township, 2014) and Freeholder Jason Sarnoski (R, Lopatcong Township, 2016). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Patricia J. Kolb (Blairstown Township), Sheriff David Gallant (Blairstown Township) and Surrogate Kevin O'Neill (Hackettstown). The County Administrator, Steve Marvin, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the county and its departments.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 7,681 registered voters in Phillipsburg, of which 2,496 (32.5% vs. 21.5% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,510 (19.7% vs. 35.3%) were registered as Republicans and 3,665 (47.7% vs. 43.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 10 voters registered to other parties. Among the town's 2010 Census population, 51.4% (vs. 62.3% in Warren County) were registered to vote, including 69.2% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 81.5% countywide).
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- Robert B. Meyner, The Robert B. & Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State & Local Government, Lafayette College. Accessed March 14, 2011. "During his early childhood, Robert Meyner’s family moved to Pennsylvania, and then to Phillipsburg and Paterson, New Jersey, and finally settled back in Phillipsburg in 1922, where the family lived in the house on Lincoln Avenue built by Robert Meyner’s grandfather, Robert B. Meyner.... Robert Meyner was graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1926, where he was class valedictorian and a member of the debating team."
- Jones, Joyce. "Creating Postcards Not Just for Tourists", The New York Times, July 12, 1992. Accessed October 28, 2007. "In his efforts to satisfy the public's penchant for nostalgia, Mr. Scheller met with a collector of Civil War memorabilia, Lou Reda of Phillipsburg, who introduced him to the Charles Fifer collection of photo plates, hand-colored by Currier & Ives in 1876."
- Schudel, Matt. "NFL's Jim Ringo; Hall of Famer With Packers and Eagles", The Washington Post, November 22, 2007. Accessed March 14, 2011. "James S. Ringo Jr. was born Nov. 21, 1931, in Orange, N.J., and grew up in Phillipsburg, N.J."
- Jim Ringo, Database Football. Accessed March 14, 2011.
- Langsdorf, Amy. mean the film is unseen no longer?"The World Unseen"Will the May 18 DVD release of , The Morning Call, May 6, 2010. Accessed June 14, 2012. "The Phillipsburg-born, Bethlehem-reared Sheetal Sheth hopes so. Well received by critics but given only a tiny theatrical run, the period love story provided Sheth with one the meatiest roles of her career."
- Charles Sitgreaves, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 18, 2007.
- Smith, Wilfird. "GRIDIRON HOPES OF 1945 IRISH REST ON FROSH: Loss of Szymanski Is Heavy Blow", Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1945. Accessed March 14, 2011. "Devore is concentrating on the development of Bill Walsh, a freshman from Phillipsburg, Pa., who truly is a great prospect..."
- Longsdorf, Amy. "Valley actors have a hand in new DVDs", The Morning Call, April 11, 2012. Accessed June 14, 2012. "As a three-course meal is served, Chappell meets a struggling actor ("Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons), entertains financial backers and flirts with the hat check girl (Phillipsburg native Yvonne Zima). Zima, 23, has no more than a dozen lines but she works wonders with them, managing to create a sparky, indelible character."
- Walter Ellsworth Bachman, Sr. (1880–1958), college football player and coach.
- Charlie Berry (1860–1940), former professional baseball player, Union Association, and father of Charlie Berry.
- Charlie Berry (1902–1972), former professional baseball and umpire, Major League Baseball.
- William F. Birch (1870–1946), former Member of Congress.
- Ned Bolcar (born 1967), former linebacker who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins.
- Tom Brennan (born 1949), radio and television sportscaster and former men's basketball head coach, most notably at the University of Vermont.
- Tim Brewster (born 1960), former coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.
- Ted Dailey (1908-1992), NFL player who played for a single season with the Pittsburgh Pirates football team.
- DC Drake (born 1957 as Don Drake), former professional wrestler, former World Champion for National wrestling Federation and Heavyweight Champion for Tri-State Wrestling Alliance, later known as Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).
- Wayne Dumont (1914–1992), former New Jersey Senate Majority Leader and Senate President.
- Fiona (born 1961), rock music singer.
- James Cullen Ganey (1899–1972), federal judge who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
- John R. Guthrie (1921–2009), United States Army four-star general.
- David Hajdu (born 1955), music critic and author.
- Terry Kitchen, folk singer.
- J. Robert Lennon (born 1970), novelist.
- Hilda Madsen (1910–1981), British-American artist and dog breeder.
- Jayne Mansfield (1933–1967), 1950s-era actress and sex symbol.
- Martin O. May (1922–1945), Medal of Honor recipient in World War II for his actions on Okinawa.
- Helen Stevenson Meyner (1929–1997), former Member of Congress.
- Robert B. Meyner (1908–1990), Governor of New Jersey from 1954 to 1962.
- Lou Reda (born c. 1925), documentary filmmaker.
- Jim Ringo (1931–2007), professional football player who played with the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles.
- Sheetal Sheth, actress.
- Charles Sitgreaves (1803–1878), politician who was a Member of Congress and mayor of Phillipsburg.
- Bill Walsh (born 1927), center who played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Yvonne Zima (born 1989), actress, "Rachel Greene" on NBC's ER.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Phillipsburg include:
By air, Phillipsburg is served by Lehigh Valley International Airport.
The town is connected to Pennsylvania across the Delaware River by the Easton–Phillipsburg Toll Bridge - (toll bridge carrying U.S. Route 22), Northampton Street Bridge (the "Free Bridge") and the Interstate 78 Toll Bridge (carrying Interstate 78), all of which are operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
Major highways that enter Phillipsburg include U.S. Route 22 and Route 122. Interstate 78 passes through for less than a quarter-of-a-mile without any exits, but the closest interchange is in neighboring Pohatcong.
As of May 2010, the town had a total of 59.21 miles (95.29 km) of roadways, of which 54.51 miles (87.73 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.98 miles (4.80 km) by Warren County, 1.18 miles (1.90 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.54 miles (0.87 km) by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
Roads and highways
Private schools include Saints Philip & James School, which was established in 1875 and serves students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen
Students from the town and from all of Warren County are eligible to attend Ridge and Valley Charter School in Frelinghuysen Township (for grades K-8) or Warren County Technical School in Washington borough (for 9-12), with special education services provided by local districts supplemented throughout the county by the Warren County Special Services School District in Oxford Township (for PreK-12). In addition, Phillipsburg also contains a non-profit, catholic elementary school.
The Phillipsburg High School Stateliners have an athletic rivalry with neighboring Easton, Pennsylvania's Easton Area High School, which celebrated its 100th anniversary game on Thanksgiving Day 2006. In 2009, the 1993 teams from the Easton P-Burg Game met again for the Gatorade REPLAY Game to resolve the game, which ended in a 7-7 tie, with more than 13,000 fans watching as Phillipsburg won by a score of 27-12.
The district's high school serves students from the Town of Phillipsburg and from five sending communities at the secondary level: Alpha, Bloomsbury (in Hunterdon County), Greenwich Township, Lopatcong Township and Pohatcong Township, as part of sending/receiving relationships with the respective school districts.
As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's seven schools had an enrollment of 3,667 students and 329.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.13:1. Schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Early Childhood Learning Center (Grades PreK-K, 555 students), Barber School (1&2, 204), Freeman School (1&2, 214), Andover-Morris School (3-5, 245), Green Street School (3-5, 334), Phillipsburg Middle School (6-8, 577), Phillipsburg High School (9-12, 1,588), along with Phillipsburg Alternative Secondary High School, which serves at-risk students in a more relaxed environment with small class sizes and individualized instruction that is designed to help students succeed (6-12).
The Phillipsburg School District serves public school students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, including students from five sending communities who attend the district's high school. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide, which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 63.8% of the vote (1,667 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 33.6% (879 votes), and other candidates with 2.6% (68 votes), among the 2,694 ballots cast by the town's 7,909 registered voters (80 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 34.1%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,321 votes (44.1% vs. 61.3% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,159 votes (38.7% vs. 25.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 365 votes (12.2% vs. 9.8%) and other candidates with 77 votes (2.6% vs. 1.5%), among the 2,994 ballots cast by the town's 7,437 registered voters, yielding a 40.3% turnout (vs. 49.6% in the county).