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Waterford Township is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 10,649, reflecting an increase of 155 (+1.5%) from the 10,494 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 446 (-4.1%) from the 10,940 counted in the 1990 Census.

Waterford Township was originally created by Royal charter on June 1, 1695, while the area was still part of Gloucester County. The township was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. On March 13, 1844, Waterford Township became one of the original townships in the newly created Camden County. The settlement of Long-a-Coming (today’s Berlin borough) along the White Horse Pike (US 30) in Waterford was the new county’s first seat, but lost that designation in 1848 when the seat moved to the city of Camden. Portions of the township were taken over the years to form Delaware Township (on February 28, 1844, now Cherry Hill Township), Chesilhurst (November 26, 1887), Voorhees Township (March 1, 1899) and Berlin Township (March 11, 1910). The township was named for Waterford, Ireland.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,649 people, 3,692 households, and 2,824.380 families residing in the township. The population density was 295.5 per square mile (114.1/km2). There were 3,839 housing units at an average density of 106.5 per square mile (41.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.59% (9,647) White, 4.83% (514) Black or African American, 0.10% (11) Native American, 1.16% (124) Asian, 0.03% (3) Pacific Islander, 1.56% (166) from other races, and 1.73% (184) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.39% (467) of the population.

There were 3,692 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.7 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 98.0 males.

The Census Bureau’s 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $76,786 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,237) and the median family income was $87,774 (+/- $9,978). Males had a median income of $54,714 (+/- $3,576) versus $42,896 (+/- $4,994) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,193 (+/- $2,094). About 2.6% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Waterford Township is governed under the Township form of New Jersey municipal government. The five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen by the Township Committee from among its members during the Reorganization meeting each January.

As of 2019, members of the Waterford Township Committee are Mayor William A. Richardson Jr. (R, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2019), Deputy Mayor Rita M. Hanna (R, term on committee ends 2020; term as deputy mayor ends 2019), Mary L. Sura (R, 2019), Andrew L. Wade (I, 2021) and Richard T. Yeatman Sr. (D, 2019).

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