Bound Brook is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 10,155.History
The town was first settled in 1681. A wooden bridge over the Raritan River was erected as early as 1761 and named Queen's Bridge in 1767. Later it became a covered bridge. During the American Revolutionary War the bridge was used repeatedly by both sides including during the Battle of Bound Brook in 1777. In 1875 the wooden bridge was replaced by a steel pipe truss bridge, which was replaced by a steel girder bridge in 1984, still using the old pillars.
In September 1999, many structures in Bound Brook south of Route 28 were damaged or destroyed by floods from the Raritan River resulting from Hurricane Floyd. The flooding from this hurricane reinvigorated a long-planned effort called the Green Brook Flood Control Project that would protect Bound Brook from flooding from the Raritan River and its tributaries that comprise the western and eastern boundaries of the town.Geography
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As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 10,155 people, 3,615 households, and 2,461 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,292.9/km² (5,953.7/mi²). There were 3,802 housing units at an average density of 858.5/km² (2,229.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.57% White, 2.52% African American, 0.31% Native American, 2.88% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.67% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.87% of the population.
There were 3,615 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 107.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $46,858, and the median income for a family was $51,346. Males had a median income of $32,226 versus $28,192 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,395. About 6.9% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.Local government
The Mayor of Bound Brook is Frank J. Ryan. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Debbie Cozza, Ed Gabrielski, Carey Pilato, Jeff Thompson and Javier Vasquez.]Federal, state and county representation
Bound Brook is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th Legislative District.
New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District, covering portions of Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Somerset County and Union County, is represented by Mike Ferguson (R). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Robert Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 16th legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Walter Kavanaugh (R, Somerville) and in the Assembly by Christopher Bateman (R, Somerville) and Peter J. Biondi (R, Somerville). The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).
Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. Somerset County's Freeholders are: Freeholder Director Rick Fontana, Freeholder Deputy Director Ken Scherer, Denise Coyle, Peter S. Palmer and Robert Zaborowski.Education
The Bound Brook School District serves students in Prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district are Lafayette School, Lamonte School, Smalley School and Bound Brook High School . The high school is a six-year high school for Bound Brook, but a four-year high school for students from South Bound Brook, as part of a sending/receiving relationship.Famous residents
- Isaac Blackford, Indiana Supreme Court Justice, (1786-1859)
- Margaret Bourke-White, photographer (1906-1971)
- William H. Johnson (stage name, Zip the Pinhead), freak show and circus performer (1857–1926)
- Upton Sinclair, author (1878-1968)
- Samuel Swan, doctor and U.S. Congressman (1771-1844)
- Thomas De Witt Talmage, minister, author (1832-1902)
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