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Spotswood, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Middlesex County New Jersey Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Spotswood Highlighted.svg
Spotswood highlighted in Middlesex County
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Census Bureau map of Spotswood, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°23′38″N 74°23′25″W / 40.39389, -74.39028Coordinates: 40°23′38″N 74°23′25″W / 40.39389, -74.39028
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Middlesex
Incorporated May 12, 1908
 • Type Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 • Mayor Thomas W. Barlow
 • Administrator Ronald Fasanello[1]
 • Total 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[2] 26 ft (8 m)
Population (2010 Census)[3]
 • Total 8,257
 • Density 3,389.8/sq mi (1,308.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08884
Area code(s) 732/848
FIPS code 34-69810[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0885405[6]

Spotswood is a Borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the borough population was 8,257.[3]

Spotswood was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 15, 1908, from portions of East Brunswick Township, based on the approval of a referendum held on May 12, 1908.[7] It was originally called "Spotteswood."


Spotswood is located at 40°23′34″N 74°23′33″W / 40.392857, -74.392384 (40.392857, -74.392384).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (6.83%) is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 921
1940 1,201 30.4%
1950 2,325 93.6%
1960 5,788 148.9%
1970 7,891 36.3%
1980 7,840 −0.6%
1990 7,983 1.8%
2000 7,880 −1.3%
2010 8,257 4.8%
Population 1930 - 1990.[9]

As of the census[4] of 2008, there were 7,880 people, 3,099 households, and 2,163 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,389.8 people per square mile (1,311.4/km2). There were 3,158 housing units at an average density of 1,358.5 per square mile (525.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.24% White, .05% African American, .5% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, and 0.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.38% of the population.

There were 3,099 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the borough the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $55,833, and the median income for a family was $73,062. Males had a median income of $45,979 versus $35,859 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,247. About 2.6% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.


Local governmentEdit

The Borough of Spotswood has adopted the Mayor-Council Plan B under the provisions of the Optional Municipal Charter Law of 1950 (Faulkner Act).[10] A mayor is elected by the people for a term of four years on a non-partisan basis. A five-member council is elected on a non-partisan basis with each councilman serving four years. The mayor is the chief executive and has responsibility for the administration of the government. The legislative power resides solely within the borough council. There is separation of legislative and executive power in this form of government.

As of 2011, the Mayor of Spotswood is Thomas Barlow who took office in July 2008, succeeding 12-year mayor Barry Zagnit who did not run for re-election.[11] Members of the Borough Council are Council President Curt Stollen, Margaret Drozd, Nicholas Poliseno, Ed Seely and Frank LoSacco.[12]

Federal, state and county representationEdit

Spotswood is 12th Congressional district[13] and is part of New Jersey's 14th state legislative district.[3][14]

New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D, Hopewell Township).[15] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Template:NJ Legislative 14 The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[16] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[17]

Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2010 , Middlesex County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano (South River), Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios (Carteret), Carol Barrett Ballante (Monmouth Junction), Stephen J. "Pete" Dalina (Fords), H. James Polos (Highland Park), Mildred Scott (Piscataway) and Blanquita B. Valenti (New Brunswick). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (Old Bridge Township), Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (Piscataway) and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (New Brunswick).[18]


The Spotswood Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2008-09 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[19]) are G. Austin Schoenly School (Pre-K to 1st grade; 227 students), E. R. Appleby School (grades 2-5; 465), Memorial Middle School (grades 6-8; 337) and Spotswood High School (grades 9-12; 733). The Appleby and Schoenly elementary schools offer after school and summer childcare program through the Spotswood C.A.R.E.S. (Children's After-school Recreation and Enrichment at Spotswood) program.

All public students from Helmetta, a non-operating district, attend the Spotswood schools, along with students from Milltown who attend Spotswood High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Milltown Public Schools.[20][21]

Immaculate Conception School, a Roman Catholic elementary school, is located in Spotswood.


  1. ^ Directory, Borough of Spotswood. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  2. ^ USGS GNIS: Borough of Spotswood , Geographic Names Information System. Accessed January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Municipalities Grouped by 2011-2020 Legislative Districts, New Jersey Department of State, p. 7. Accessed April 12, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 174.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  10. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 84.
  11. ^ Todaro, Vincent. "Crowd thanks Zagnit, Shearn at last meeting: Pair credited with improving town over 12 years in office", East Brunswick Sentinel, June 26, 2008. Accessed August 21, 2008.
  12. ^ Spotswood Borough Council, Spotswood Borough. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  13. ^ 2011 New Jersey Citizen’s Guide to Government, p. 64, New Jersey League of Women Voters. Accessed April 12, 2012.
  14. ^ Districts by Number for 2011-2020, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 12, 2012.
  15. ^ Municipalities, Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr. Accessed June 29, 2008.
  16. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  17. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  18. ^ Elected County Officials, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  19. ^ Data for the Spotswood Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  20. ^ Milltown Fact Sheet, Joyce Kilmer School. Accessed March 25, 2011. "Through a formal send–receive contract, approved by the Commissioner of Education, our high school students are sent on a tuition basis to Spotswood High School. Our 2010–2011 budget of $14.7 million supports Parkview School and Joyce Kilmer School, as well as the tuition for students attending Spotswood High School."
  21. ^ Parents, Spotswood High School. Accessed March 25, 2011. "Welcome to Spotswood High School, a comprehensive institution that focuses on excellence in academics, the arts, athletics, and community service. Spotswood High School has served the residents in Spotswood, Helmetta, and Milltown since 1976."

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