Chesterfield, New Jersey is a rural community in northern Burlington County. It offers the unique combination of a pastoral setting and easy access to suburban amenities. This is one of the reasons Chesterfield, NJ was named the #1 “Best Place to Live” in Burlington County, NJ by Philadelphia Magazine in 2006 (an abundance of fresh Jersey tomatoes is probably another reason). The approximately 21 square mile township has a population of nearly 8,000. Chesterfield is the ideal place for those looking for open space, a tight-knit community and quiet living.
The historic villages of Chesterfield, Crosswicks and Sykesville make up Chesterfield Township. Crosswicks even played a role in the Revolutionary War. The communities include small shops and quaint homes with turn-of-the-century architecture, including Georgian, Victorian and Federal styles, as well as new construction, surrounded by beautiful, sprawling farmlands and wooded areas. More than 7,000 acres of picturesque farmland have been preserved through state, county and township programs and agriculture remains the predominant land use in the township.
An Award-Winning Community
The Chesterfield Township Planning Board adopted an innovative master plan and land development ordinance, which funnels future growth into a New Urbanism, neo-traditional community known as Old York Village. The new village consists of 560 acres and when complete will feature between 1,200 and 1,300 housing units, including detached single-family homes and townhouses, an elementary school, a mixed-use village center containing retail and office facilities, and parks. A significant portion of the community has already been built with new homes currently available.
Old York Village won the American Planning Association’s National Outstanding Planning Award in 2004, the New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award in 2003, the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Outstanding Planning Implementation Award in 2002 and the New Jersey Planning Officials’ Achievement in Planning Award in 2004, among others. It’s that good.
Geography and Transportation
Chesterfield is located in Burlington County, NJ. It’s bordered by the municipalities of Bordentown Township, Mansfield Township, North Hanover Township, Springfield Township and Hamilton Township. It features easy access to Philadelphia and New York City and is in close proximity to the New Jersey Turnpike, the River Line light rail, the Hamilton Train Station, I-195 and I-295. It’s convenient location ensures you can enjoy the rustic scenery but also get your pizza fix.
The Chesterfield School District consists of one public school, Chesterfield Elementary School, which serves kindergarten through sixth grade. There is also a private, Adventist Christian School, Meadow View Junior Academy, for students in kindergarten through 10th grade.
Public school students from seventh to 12th grades attend Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School and Northern Burlington County Regional High School. The schools, located in Columbus, NJ and part of the Northern Burlington County Regional School District, also serve Mansfield Township, North Hanover Township and Springfield Township.
As of the 2010 Census, the Chesterfield demographics break down as follows:
- The population size is 7,699 people.
- There are 1,539 households and 1,311 families.
- 46.1% of the households include children under 18-years-old, 75.7% are married couples, 14.8% are non-families, 10.6% are made up of individuals and 3.9% are people 65 years of age or older living alone.
- The average household size is 3.02 people and the average family size is 3.26.
- The median household income is $113,125 and the median family income is $120,288.
Chesterfield is a small, but diverse Central New Jersey community. With miles of countryside, grazing horses and bucolic wooded areas, you can retreat and get back to nature. However, new developments plus restaurants, recreational options and cultural destinations in the surrounding areas ensure you’ll stay entertained. If you’re interested in buying or selling real estate in Chesterfield, New Jersey contact Smires & Associates today.