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Fairfield Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey

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Fairfield Township highlighted in Cumberland County. Inset map: Cumberland County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
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Fairfield Township highlighted in Cumberland County. Inset map: Cumberland County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Fairfield Township is a township located in Cumberland County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 6,283.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 113.4 km² (43.8 mi²). 109.5 km² (42.3 mi²) of it is land and 3.9 km² (1.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.45% water.

Fairfield Township borders Lawrence Township, Millville, Deerfield Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Bridgeton, Hopewell Township, Greenwich Township, and the Delaware Bay.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,283 people, 1,751 households, and 1,322 families residing in the township. The population density is 57.4/km² (148.6/mi²). There are 1,915 housing units at an average density of 17.5/km² (45.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the township is 41.41% White, 47.43% African American, 5.08% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.39% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. 8.87% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,751 households out of which 28.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% are married couples living together, 18.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% are non-families. 20.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.78 and the average family size is 3.19.

In the township the population is spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 36.4% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 146.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 161.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township is $37,891, and the median income for a family is $41,326. Males have a median income of $31,858 versus $23,931 for females. The per capita income for the township is $17,547. 11.2% of the population and 6.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.9% of those under the age of 18 and 7.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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