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Clinton Township is a Township in Hunterdon Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 12,957.

Clinton Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 12, 1841, from portions of Lebanon Townshipmarker, based on the results of a referendum held that same day. Portions of the township have been take to form Clinton townmarker (April 5, 1865, within the township; became independent in 1895), High Bridge townshipmarker (March 29, 1871) and Lebanon boroughmarker (March 26, 1926).

Annandalemarker is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Clinton Township.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 33.9 square miles (87.9 km²), of which, 30.0 square miles (77.7 km²) of it is land and 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²) of it (11.58%) is water.

Clinton Township borders Franklin Townshipmarker, the Town of Clintonmarker, Union Townshipmarker, Lebanon Townshipmarker, High Bridge Boroughmarker, Tewksbury Townshipmarker, Readington Townshipmarker, and Raritan Townshipmarker. Lebanon Boroughmarker is an independent municipality located entirely within Clinton Township.

Cushetunk Mountainmarker is a ring-shaped mountain located in Readington Townshipmarker and Clinton Township. Once an active volcano, the diabase mountain was formed 160 million years ago. The Lenape called the mountain "Cushetunk" meaning "place of hogs" after the wild hogs found there.. In the 1960s, the valley was filled with water to create Round Valley Reservoirmarker.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,957 people, 4,129 households, and 3,253 families residing in the township. The population density was 431.9 people per square mile (166.8/km²). There were 4,234 housing units at an average density of 141.1/sq mi (54.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.71% White, 6.96% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.59% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.91% of the population.

There were 4,129 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.1% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 118.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $96,570, and the median income for a family was $106,448. Males had a median income of $77,229 versus $46,762 for females. The per capita income for the township was $37,264. About 0.3% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Local government

Clinton Township is governed by the Faulkner Act form of government. The Faulkner Act allows municipalities to adopt a Small Municipality form of government only for municipalities with a population of under 12,000. The government consists of a Mayor and a four-member Township Council, with all positions elected at large in partisan elections. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a three-year term of office. Council members serve a term of three years, which are staggered so that two seats come up for election each year that the Mayor's seat does not.

The Mayor exercises executive authority and appoints Council Committees as well as personnel for various statutory municipal positions such as Clerk and Assessor. The Mayor also presides at meetings of the Council and has a vote but no veto power. The Township Council is the legislative body of Clinton Township's government and must confirm the Mayor's appointments to the statutory positions described above. Beyond these positions, the Council can make their own appointments. Other major powers of the Council include considering and adopting ordinances, resolutions and the annual budget.

The Clinton Township Council consist of Mayor Kevin Cimei (term ends December 31, 2011), Dawn Apgar (2010), Charlie Howard (2009), Steve Krommenhoek (2009) and Spencer Peck (2012).

Federal, state and county representation

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

Politics

In the 2004 Presidential Election, Clinton Township voters gave George W. Bush 4,389 votes, to John Kerry's 2,340 out of 6,789 total votes cast. That represents 64.6% for the Republican to 34.5% for the Democrat.

Education

The Clinton Township School Districtmarker serves approximately 1,800 children in grades Pre-K through 8. Students are spread evenly among the three schools in the district, which are (with 2005-06 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) Spruce Run Elementary School (K-2; 554 students), Patrick McGaheran School (3-5; 610 students) and Clinton Township Middle School (7-8). Students in grades 7 and 8 from Lebanon Boroughmarker attend the district as part of a sending/receiving relationship.

Students in 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 Townmarker, Clinton Township, Franklin Townshipmarker, Lebanon Boroughmarker and Union Townshipmarker.

Transportation

Annandalemarker is a New Jersey Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line, in the Annandale section of Clinton Township. There is a station building that is no longer used and there are two small shelters. This station has limited weekday service and no weekend service.

Interstate 78, Route 22 and Route 31 all pass through Clinton Township.

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