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Holland Township is a township in Hunterdon Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 5,124.

Holland Township is located in the northwestern part of Hunterdon County. The Delaware River forms its boundary with Pennsylvaniamarker and the Musconetcong River its boundary with Warren Countymarker. It was created from Alexandria Townshipmarker on April 13, 1874, returning and remerged with Alexandria Township on March 4, 1878. The township was reformed and separated as a municipality of its own again on March 11, 1879. Milfordmarker was created on April 15, 1911 from portions of Holland Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 8, 1911.

The Volendam Windmill Museum is a working mill driven by wind, used for grinding raw grain into flour. The 60-foot structure is seven stories high with sail arms 68 feet from tip to tip.

The 379-acre Musconetcong Gorge Nature Preserve is an undeveloped park managed by the Hunterdon County Parks and Recreational System, with steeply wooded terrain overlooking the Musconetcong River. The gorge includes many spring-fed streams, a variety of plant species and wildlife. While much of the area offers challenging hikes, a variety of trails are being developed to offer access to less-seasoned hikers.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.1 square miles (62.4 km²), of which, 23.7 square miles (61.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (1.62%) is water.

Holland Township borders Alexandria Townshipmarker, Bethlehem Townshipmarker, and Milford Boroughmarker. Holland Township also borders Warren Countymarker and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvaniamarker.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,124 people, 1,881 households, and 1,523 families residing in the township. The population density was 216.2 people per square mile (83.5/km²). There were 1,942 housing units at an average density of 81.9/sq mi (31.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.09% White, 0.43% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.70% of the population.

There were 1,881 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.2% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $68,083, and the median income for a family was $71,925. Males had a median income of $50,737 versus $35,615 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28,581. About 1.6% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Local government

Holland Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve 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.

Members of the Holland Township Committee are Mayor Bernard O'Brien (R, 2009), Deputy Mayor Edward Burdzy (R, 2010), John B. DiSarro (R, 2008), Robert Peabody (R, 2008) and Kenneth Vogel (I, 2010).

Federal, state and county representation

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

Education

The Holland Township School Districtmarker serves public school students in grades K through 8. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Holland Township Elementary School serving grades K - 4 (378 students) and Holland Township Middle School serving grades 5 - 8 (343 students). Both schools operate within the same facility.

Public school students in grade 9 - 12 attend the Delaware Valley Regional High Schoolmarker in Frenchtown, which serves almost 1,000 students in western Hunterdon County. Students from Alexandriamarker, Holland and Kingwoodmarker Townships along with the boroughs of Frenchtownmarker and Milfordmarker attend the high school. The school is part of the Delaware Valley Regional High School District.

References in fiction

In the 1984 U.S. science fiction film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Holland Township is the location of the Banzai Institute for Biomedical Research and Strategic Information.

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