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Deerfield Township is a township in Cumberland Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. It is part of the Vinelandmarker-Millevillemarker-Bridgetonmarker Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area for statistical purposes. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 2,927.

Deerfield Township was formed as a precinct on January 19, 1748, and was incorporated as one of New Jersey's initial 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Bridgeton Townshipmarker (March 3, 1845) and Upper Deerfield Townshipmarker (February 23, 1922).

Rosenhaynmarker is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Deerfield Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 16.8 square miles (43.6 km²), all of it land.

Deerfield Township borders Upper Deerfield Townshipmarker, Fairfield Townshipmarker, Millvillemarker, Vinelandmarker, and Salem Countymarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,927 people, 1,013 households, and 785 families residing in the township. The population density was 173.8 people per square mile (67.1/km²). There were 1,065 housing units at an average density of 63.2/sq mi (24.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 78.20% White, 13.05% African American, 1.54% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 3.04% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.94% of the population.

There were 1,013 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,365, and the median income for a family was $47,225. Males had a median income of $34,196 versus $25,147 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,468. About 6.3% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Deerfield Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Deputy Mayor.

Members of the Deerfield Township Committee are Mayor Carol Musso, Deputy Mayor Charlotte Brago, Cosmo J. Laurella, Laura Pizzo and John Stanzione.

Federal, state and county representation

Deerfield Township is in the Second Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 3rd Legislative District.


The Deerfield Township School District serves public school students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Deerfield Township School served a total enrollment of 339 students (as of 2005-06, per the National Center for Education Statistics).

For grades 9-12, public school students attend Cumberland Regional High Schoolmarker, which serves students from Deerfield Township, Fairfield Townshipmarker, Greenwich Townshipmarker, Hopewell Townshipmarker, Shiloh Boroughmarker, Stow Creek Townshipmarker and Upper Deerfield Townshipmarker. The high school is located in Upper Deerfield Township and is part of the Cumberland Regional High School District.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Deerfield Township include:
  • Al McCoy (1894-1966), boxing world middleweight champion from 1914 to 1917.


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