Blackwood, New Jersey
Aerial view of the main campus of Camden County College in Blackwood
Aerial view of the main campus of Camden County College in Blackwood
Map of Blackwood CDP in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County within New Jersey.
Map of Blackwood CDP in Camden County. Inset: Location of Camden County within New Jersey.
Blackwood is located in Camden County, New Jersey
Blackwood
Blackwood
Location in Camden County
Blackwood is located in New Jersey
Blackwood
Blackwood
Location in New Jersey
Blackwood is located in the United States
Blackwood
Blackwood
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 39°47′57″N 75°03′47″W / 39.799065°N 75.063111°W / 39.799065; -75.063111[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyCamden
TownshipGloucester
Area
 • Total1.23 sq mi (3.20 km2)
 • Land1.22 sq mi (3.16 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)  0.72%
Elevation46 ft (14 m)
Population
 • Total4,622
 • Density3,788.52/sq mi (1,462.76/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
08012[6]
Area code856
FIPS code34-06040[1][7][8]
GNIS feature ID02389213[1][9]

Blackwood is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP)[10] located within Gloucester Township, in Camden County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey.[11][12][13] As of the 2010 United States census, Blackwood's population was 4,545.[14] It is located 10 miles (16 km) from the city of Camden and 14.6 miles (23.5 km) away from Philadelphia in the South Jersey region of the state.

Blackwood is the home of the main campus of Camden County College.[15] Blackwood is home to Camden County College's radio station WDBK, which has been broadcasting on 91.5 FM since 1977.[16]

History

Solomon Wesley United Methodist Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Blackwood, originally known as Blackwoodtown, was settled about 1750 by John Blackwood in an area then known as "head of Timber Creek." Blackwood was a fuller who immigrated from Scotland and established mills in Blackwoodtown.[17] The area was a crossroads village along the Black Horse Pike well into the nineteenth century, that served as a local government and transportation center by the 1830s, when Uriah Norcross established a stage coach line between Camden and Woodbury with a stop at a tavern in Blackwoodtown. The arrival of the Camden County Railroad in 1891 led to further development.[18][19]

External image
image icon "At Blackwoodtown, N.J.", 1851, courtesy of Library of Congress[20]

Blackwood Lake operated as a summer resort from 1891 until 1932.[21]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blackwood had a total area of 1.235 square miles (3.199 km2), including 1.226 square miles (3.176 km2) of land and 0.009 square miles (0.023 km2) of water (0.72%).[1][2] Bodies of water include Blackwood Lake and Farrows Run stream.

Parks and recreation

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
19805,219
19905,120−1.9%
20004,692−8.4%
20104,545−3.1%
20204,6221.7%
Population sources: 1980[26]
1990-2010[13] 2000[27]
2010[14] 2020[5]

2010 census

The 2010 United States census counted 4,545 people, 1,687 households, and 1,210 families in the CDP. The population density was 3,706.4 per square mile (1,431.0/km2). There were 1,800 housing units at an average density of 1,467.9 per square mile (566.8/km2). The racial makeup was 88.71% (4,032) White, 5.21% (237) Black or African American, 0.04% (2) Native American, 2.53% (115) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.63% (74) from other races, and 1.87% (85) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.94% (270) of the population.[14]

Of the 1,687 households, 29.8% had children under the age of 18; 52.2% were married couples living together; 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present and 28.3% were non-families. Of all households, 23.8% were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.19.[14]

22.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females, the population had 98.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 95.1 males.[14]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States Census[7] there were 4,692 people, 1,721 households, and 1,261 families residing in the section. The population density was 1,461.0/km2 (3,782.1/mi2). There were 1,840 housing units at an average density of 572.9/km2 (1,483.2/mi2). The racial makeup of the section was 91.30% White, 3.94% African American, 0.11% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.15% of the population.[27]

There were 1,721 households, out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.16.[27]

In the section the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.[27]

The median income for a household in the section was $49,707, and the median income for a family was $60,136. Males had a median income of $41,274 versus $30,677 for females. The per capita income for the section was $21,815. About 0.9% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.[27]

Historic district

Blackwood Historic District
Blackwood First Methodist Episcopal Church
LocationBlack Horse Pike, Baptist Lane, Church and Elm streets, Central and East Railroad avenues
Area42 acres (17 ha)
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.89000996[28]
NJRHP No.956[29]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 27, 1989
Designated NJRHPJune 20, 1989

The Blackwood Historic District is a 42-acre (17 ha) national historic district along the Black Horse Pike, Baptist Lane, Church and Elm streets, Central and East Railroad avenues in the community. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 27, 1989 for its significance in commerce and community development. The district includes 87 contributing buildings, 3 contributing structures, and 3 contributing sites. The Blackwood First Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1856 with Greek Revival/Italianate style.[30]

Education

Public schools, that are part of the Gloucester Township Public Schools district, include Blackwood Elementary School,[31] Gloucester Township Elementary School[32] as well as Charles W. Lewis Middle School[33] Highland Regional High School is part of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District.

The Kingdom Charter School of Leadership is a charter school that serves students in Kindergarten through sixth grade residing in Gloucester Township, who are accepted by lottery on a space-available basis.[34]

Our Lady of Hope Regional School is a Roman Catholic elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden.[35] Our Lady of Hope Regional School was renamed following the 2008 merger of St. Jude's Regional School with St. Agnes School.[36]

Higher education in Blackwood includes Pennco Tech and Camden County College.

Notable people

See also: Category:People from Gloucester Township, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Blackwood include:

References

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  2. ^ a b US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blackwood Census Designated Place, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed October 15, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Census Data Explorer: Blackwood CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed June 15, 2023.
  6. ^ Look Up a ZIP Code for Blackwood, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed October 15, 2012.
  7. ^ a b U.S. Census website, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Geographic codes for New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed June 9, 2023.
  9. ^ US Board on Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  10. ^ State of New Jersey Census Designated Places - BVP20 - Data as of January 1, 2020, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 1, 2022.
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  14. ^ a b c d e DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Blackwood CDP, New Jersey Archived February 12, 2020, at archive.today, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 15, 2012.
  15. ^ Camden County College, Camden County College. Accessed October 15, 2012. "Camden County College is one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in New Jersey and the surrounding region and is a vital resource for transfer education, workforce training and cultural event. Its three distinct campuses in Blackwood, Camden and Cherry Hill – along with its satellite locations in Lakeland, Sicklerville and elsewhere throughout the County – share the common mission of providing accessible, affordable higher education and occupational study to all who can benefit."
  16. ^ WDBK Radio, Camden County College. Accessed March 22, 2023. "WDBK is the radio voice of Camden County College and has been serving Camden County College and Camden County since 1977. WDBK is a 100-watt, non-commercial radio station broadcasting 24/7 from our studios on the Blackwood campus at 91.5 FM."
  17. ^ The book of John Howell & his descendants, by Frances Howell
  18. ^ New Jersey Postal History Society
  19. ^ Blackwood Historic District, Living Places
  20. ^ At Blackwoodtown, N.J., Library of Congress
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  25. ^ Field Directions: Al Raws Field Archived January 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Blackwood Kiwanis Little League
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  32. ^ Gloucester Township Elementary School Archived 2013-04-14 at archive.today
  33. ^ Charles W. Lewis Middle School Archived 2013-04-14 at archive.today.
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  40. ^ Sipress, Alan. "Each Party Sees Chance To Seize Florio's Seat", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 30, 1990. Accessed July 20, 2011. "Also seeking the Democratic nomination is John A. Dramesi, 57, of Blackwood. A former prisoner of war in Vietnam, Dramesi said he was asked to run by senior citizens and fellow veterans."
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