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Maple Shade Township is a township in Burlington Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 19,079.

What is now Maple Shade was originally formed as Chester Township on November 6, 1688, and was also known as Cropwell Township from June 5, 1690 through February 22, 1699. Chester 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 Cinnaminson Townshipmarker (March 15, 1860) and Moorestown Townshipmarker (March 11, 1922). The name was changed to Maple Shade township as of November 6, 1945, based on the results of a referendum passed that same day.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 3.8 square miles (10.0 km²), all of it land.

Maple Shade borders Cinnaminson Townshipmarker, Moorestown Townshipmarker, Mount Laurel Townshipmarker, and the Camden Countymarker municipalities of Pennsauken Townshipmarker and Cherry Hill Townshipmarker.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,079 people, 8,462 households, and 4,721 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,959.4 people per square mile (1,913.4/km²). There were 9,009 housing units at an average density of 2,341.8/sq mi (903.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 83.17% White, 7.21% African American, 0.16% Native American, 6.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.46% of the population.

There were 8,462 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the township the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $45,426, and the median income for a family was $53,912. Males had a median income of $40,290 versus $30,858 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,812. About 3.8% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over. People born and raised in Maple Shade are called "Shaders."

Government

Local government

Maple Shade Township operates under the Faulkner Act form of municipal government. The township is governed by a five-member Township Council, whose members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis. At a reorganization meeting after each election, the Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

Members of the Maple Shade Township Council are Mayor James Fletcher, Deputy Mayor Anthony Saporito, Lou Manchello, Claire Volpe and Rob T. Wells.

Federal, state and county representation

Maple Shade Township is in the First Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 7th Legislative District.

Education

The Maple Shade School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Howard Yocum Elementary (Grades K to 2; 487 students), Maude Wilkins Elementary (Grades 3 to 4; 334), R.J. Steinhauer Elementary (Grades 5 to 6; 334) andMaple Shade High Schoolmarker (Grades 7 to 12; 984).

Transportation

New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphiamarker on the 317, 407 and 413 bus routes.

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