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Clinton is a Town in Hunterdon Countymarker, New Jerseymarker on the South Branch of the Raritan River. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 2,632. When the Clinton post office was established in 1829 the town was named for DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York and the primary impetus behind the then-newly completed Erie Canal.

Clinton was incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 5, 1865, within portions of Clintonmarker, Franklinmarker and Unionmarker Townships. Clinton gained full independence from its three parent townships in 1895.

The State of New Jersey's Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women is located near Clinton, next to the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Union Township. The town is perhaps best known for its Red Mill which sits on the banks of the south branch of the Raritan River and the Stone Mill which acts as an art museum.

Geography

Clinton is located at (40.636142, -74.911016).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (2.82%) is water.

Clinton borders Clinton Townshipmarker, Franklin Townshipmarker, and Union Townshipmarker.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,632 people, 1,068 households, and 724 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,916.0 people per square mile (741.8/km2). There were 1,095 housing units at an average density of 797.1/sq mi (308.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.06% White, 1.33% African American, 0.46% Native American, 3.72% Asian, 1.37% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.10% of the population.

There were 1,068 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $78,121, and the median income for a family was $88,671. Males had a median income of $61,442 versus $46,397 for females. The per capita income for the town was $37,463. About 0.4% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Local government

Clinton is governed under the Town form of government with a mayor and a six-member Town Council. The Mayor is directly elected by the voters to a four-year term of office. Members of the Town Council are elected to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year. The primary responsibilities of the Council are to serve as the legislative body of the town, approve the annual budget presented by the Mayor, approve payment of bills and serve as Liaisons to several Boards and Committees.

The Mayor of Clinton Town is Christine Schaumburg, whose two-year term of office ends on December 31, 2011. Members of the Clinton Town Council are Richard Duffy (2008), Laurie Insel (2009), Todd Pender (2010), Robert Ragozine (2008), Daniel Shea (2009) and Maria Valenta (2008).

Federal, state and county representation

Clinton Town is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District.

Education

Clinton Public Schoolmarker is a K-8 school district in the Town of Clinton. The district currently serves students from the Town of Clinton and the Borough of Glen Gardnermarker, who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship, as well as other tuition-paying students. As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 539 students. Richard S. Katz is principal.

Students in public school for grades 9 through 12 attend North Hunterdon High Schoolmarker in Annandalemarker as part of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School Districtmarker. North Hunterdon High School serves students from Bethlehem Townshipmarker, Clinton, Clinton Townshipmarker, Franklin Townshipmarker, Lebanon Boroughmarker and Union Townshipmarker.

Community organizations

Clinton Fire Department (Volunteer)

Clinton Fire Department (CFD) is located on the corner of New Street/Old Route 22 in Clinton. The department runs mutual aid calls with Annandale Hose Company, High Bridge Fire Department, Quakertown Fire Company, Lebanon Fire Company and Pattenburg Fire Company and other fire departments in Hunterdon Country. These mutual aid agreements have become an invaluable resource for large incidents. Average call volume is around 200 calls annually (2006). About 15% of the department's calls annually involve actual fire, while the rest of the CFD's calls are roughly broken down to 15% motor vehicle accidents, 15% hazardous conditions, 5% service calls, 25% good intent calls with no fire found and 25% alarm activations/false alarms. The department offers three types of membership namely Active firefighter, Junior firefighter and Associate membership to prospective members.

Points of interest

  • The Red Mill is located on the South Branch of the Raritan River in the town center of Clinton. Built in 1810, the Red Mill originally served as a woolen mill. Over the next 100 years, the Mill was used at different times to process grains, plaster, talc and graphite. The Mill was also used to produce peach baskets, as well as to generate electricity and pump water for the town. Every October, The mill is transformed into a haunted house given the title, the Haunted Mill. The Haunted Mill tends to attract visitors from all over the east coast to the small town. The Red Mill was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters in 2008.
  • The Landsdown Trail was once a spur line for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Now a graded rail trail, the trail starts about two miles south of Clinton on Landsdown Road and enters Clinton town center near the lumber yard.


Transportation

Interstate 78 and Route 31 both pass through Clinton.

Popular culture references



Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Clinton include:

Photo Gallery

Image:ClintonNJ1.jpg|Raritan river running through Clinton, New JerseyImage:ClintonNJ2.jpg|Historical red mill of Clinton, New JerseyImage:ClintonNJ3.jpg|Sitting area by the river in Clinton, New JerseyImage:ClintonNJ4.jpg|Main Street of Clinton, New JerseyImage:ClintonNJ5.jpg|Shop fronts on Main Street of Clinton, New JerseyImage:ClintonNJ6.jpg|Decorative barrels and wagon alongside Raritan river and roadway bridge

References

  1. Town information from Hunterdon County web site. Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Accessed April 6, 2007.
  2. "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 154
  3. 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 103.
  4. Mayor Christine Schaumburg, Town of Clinton. Accessed June 30, 2008.
  5. Clinton Town Council, Town of Clinton. Accessed June 30, 2008.
  6. 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 56. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  7. Clinton Townshp School 2006 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed January 30, 2008. "Clinton Public School is a kindergarten through grade eight elementary school located in the historic Town of Clinton in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. In addition to the 349 students who reside in Clinton, the Borough of Glen Gardener sends 201 pre K – 8 students on a tuition basis."
  8. Clinton Public School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed January 30, 2008.
  9. Clinton Public School. Accessed January 30, 2008.
  10. About the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Accessed June 26, 2008. "North Hunterdon High School educates students from: Bethlehem Township, Clinton Town, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, Lebanon Borough, Union Township"
  11. About the Museum Village, The Red Mill. Accessed December 2, 2006.
  12. John Taylor Bird, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 17, 2007.


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