2012 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book Available for Order

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Which New Jersey legislative district has the highest personal income per taxpayer? Which county has the largest percentage of college graduates? What are the most prevalent national ancestries in Perth Amboy? (answers at end)

These and thousands of other statistics about the state’s legislative districts, counties, and municipalities can be found in the 37th edition of the New Jersey Legislative District Data Book being published this month by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

The 230-page, spiral bound publication, also available on CD-ROM, has served as a resource for legislators, local governments, citizens and the media since it was first published in the 1970s.

Organized by legislative and congressional districts, it contains comprehensive information on each of the state’s 566 municipalities, including population and demographic data, voter turnout, property taxes, school performance and fiscal resources, as well as contact information for state and federal legislators. The latest edition, officially the 2012 data book, includes the state’s newest congressional and legislative districts based on the redistricting resulting from the 2010 census.

The data book was first issued in 1976 by what was then the Bureau of Government Research. CGS was created in 1991, consolidating the bureau and the Department of Government Services.

Ernest Reock Jr., former director of CGS, conceived the data book in the 1970s, when New Jersey increased and redrew its former county-based legislative districts. He has shepherded its publication ever since, even though he officially retired in 1992 after 42 years with the university as a professor and administrator. Reock and a small staff at CGS are responsible for the collection and vetting of the myriad data that comprise the book.

“The Legislative District Data Book contains the most comprehensive data available regarding New Jersey municipalities and counties,” said Alan Zalkind, director of the Center for Government Services.  “The 2012 edition includes both the new congressional districts and legislative districts, providing real insight to each jurisdiction.” 

CGS is exploring the opportunity to develop a new and expanded interactive, online database that would increase access to the data for elected officials, the media and the public. Future plans include web-based access to city and county data, allowing for comparative analyses, Zalkind said.

In addition to publishing the data book, CGS trains more than 8,000 individuals each year in 22 separate programs that include more than 750 courses, seminars, and conferences. A unit of Rutgers’ Division of Continuing Studies, CGS aims to improve the knowledge, competency, and professionalism of state and local government employees and officials. Training and state-mandated certification programs are offered in such areas as municipal finance, housing inspection and code enforcement, educational facilities management, public purchasing and zoning.

The 2012 Legislative District Book is available for $90 per single copy. CD-ROMS, containing data in spreadsheet format, also may be purchased. For questions and ordering information, contact Mary Jean Lush, Publications Office at the Center for Government Services, 303 George St., Suite 604, New Brunswick, N.J., 08901-2020; 732-932-3640, ext. 628, or email mjlush@docs.rutgers.edu. Order forms may be downloaded at http://cgs.rutgers.edu/publications

2012 N.J. Legislative District Data Book Quiz

Q.              Which legislative district has the highest personal income per taxpayer?
A.               LD 27 (Parts of Essex and Morris counties):  $73,243 in 2009

Q.            Which legislative district has the smallest area?
A.            LD 33 (Part of Hudson County): 6.4 sq. miles

Q.            In which legislative district do municipalities have the lowest budgets per capita?
A.            LD 12 (Parts of Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties):$759 per capita in 2011           

Q.            Which legislative district has the most registered voters?                                
A.            LD 6 (Parts of Burlington and Camden counties): 155,906 in 2011

Q.            Which legislative district has the highest percentage of registered Republican voters?
A.            LD 24 (Sussex and parts of Morris and Warren counties): 38.9% in 2011

Q.            Which county has the highest percentage of college graduates?
A.            Somerset: 49.8%

Q.            Which county has the smallest proportion of persons over age 65?           
A.            Hudson: 10.4%

Q.            Which county issued the largest number of new building permits for residential construction in 2011?    
A.            Bergen : 1,903

Q.            Which Congressional district had the best high school graduation rate in 2011?
A.            CD 11 (parts of Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex counties ): 94.4%

Q.            What are the largest population ancestries in Perth Amboy?          
A.            Dominican, African-American, Polish

Q.            From which municipality do the largest number of students in Lenape Regional School District come from?
A.            Evesham Township

Q.            How many municipalities have “Frank” at the beginning of their names?
A.            Seven: Frankford, Franklin Borough, Franklin Lakes, and four Franklin Townships           

 

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