Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Cherry Hill is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a population of 71,045, reflecting an increase of 1,080 (+1.5%) from the 69,965 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 617 (+0.9%) from the 69,348 counted in the 1990 Census. As of 2010, the township was the state's 15th most populous municipality and the second-largest in Camden County (behind the city of Camden, the county seat), after having been the state's 13th most populous municipality in the 2000 Census. An edge city of Philadelphia, Cherry Hill is situated on the Delaware Valley coastal plain, approximately 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Center City, Philadelphia.

History

The Barclay Farm House, built in 1816 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on January 26, 1978

The area now known as Cherry Hill was originally settled by the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans before being displaced by the first settlers from England, namely Quaker followers of William Penn who arrived in the late 17th century. The first settlement was a small cluster of homes named Colestown, in the perimeters of what is now the Colestown Cemetery on the corner of Route 41 (King's Highway) and Church Road. The municipality was founded on February 25, 1844, in Gloucester County as Delaware Township from half of the area of Waterford Township, and became part of Camden County at its creation some two weeks later on March 13, 1844. Portions of the township were taken to form Stockton Township (February 23, 1859) and Merchantville (March 3, 1874). At its territorial peak, Delaware Township included all of modern-day Cherry Hill Township, as well as the neighborhood of North Camden and the municipalities of Merchantville and Pennsauken (including Petty's Island in the Delaware River).

The township's population grew rapidly after World War II, and continued to increase until the 1980s. Today, the municipality's population is stable with new development generally occurring in pockets of custom luxury houses or through the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial areas.

Origin of the name

Cherry Hill was a 19th-century farm on Kaighn Avenue (Route 38), owned by Abraham Browning. The farm property later became the Cherry Hill Inn (now an AMC Theatres Cherry Hill 24 movie theater complex), as well as an office campus (now a shopping center with big-box retailers), and today's Cherry Hill Towers and Cherry Hill Estates housing developments.

Adding to the prevalence of the Cherry Hill name, developer Eugene Mori branded several properties using the name, including the Cherry Hill Inn and Cherry Hill Lodge hotels, Cherry Hill Apartments, and Cherry Hill Estates. Cherry Hill Shopping Center (now known as Cherry Hill Mall) opened in 1961 opposite the old Cherry Hill Farm site, featuring 75 stores within a single enclosed space.

When the township sought a new post office, another New Jersey municipality in Hunterdon County was using the name Delaware Township. The United States Postal Service insisted on a name change, suggesting "Deltown". Delaware Township mayors Christian Weber and John Gilmour pursued public write-in campaigns to select possible titles, and chose Cherry Hill from suggestions that included Chapel Hill, Cherry Valley and Delaware City. The name "Cherry Hill" was chosen by the township's citizens in a non-binding referendum in 1961, and was officially adopted November 7, 1961.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 24.20 square miles (62.67 km2), including 24.07 square miles (62.35 km2) of land and 0.12 square miles (0.32 km2) of water (0.51%).

Ashland (2010 population of 8,302), Barclay (4,428), Cherry Hill Mall (14,171), Ellisburg (4,413), Golden Triangle (4,145), Greentree (11,367), Kingston Estates (5,685) and Springdale (14,518) are unincorporated communities and census-designated places (CDPs) located within the township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Coffins Corner, Colwick, Cooperstown, Deer Park, Erlton, Freeman, Huttons Hill, Locust Grove, Orchard and Woodcrest.

The township's eastern border with Burlington County is defined by the Pennsauken Creek. The creek separates Cherry Hill from the communities of Maple Shade Township, Evesham Township (and its Marlton neighborhood), and Mount Laurel Township. The Cooper River forms the southern border with Collingswood, Haddon Township, Haddonfield Borough, Lawnside Borough and Somerdale, through the Maria Barnaby Greenwald Park and parallel to the east-west Route 70. To the north, Cherry Hill borders Merchantville Borough and Pennsauken Township, while Voorhees Township shares its southern border along County Route 544 (Evesham Road).

Climate

Cherry Hill has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters however subject to changeable conditions with occasional ice and heavy snowfall that usually melts within days of falling. Summers are long, hot and humid. The area can feel effects from Atlantic tropical storms. Precipitation is plentiful in all seasons.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
18502,577
18601,602*−37.8%
18701,6251.4%
18801,481*−8.9%
18901,457−1.6%
19001,67915.2%
19101,7061.6%
19202,33136.6%
19305,734146.0%
19405,8111.3%
195010,35878.2%
196031,522204.3%
197064,395104.3%
198068,7856.8%
199069,3480.8%
200069,9650.9%
201071,0451.5%
2019 (est.)71,2450.3%
Population sources:1850–2000
1850–1920 1850–1870
1850 1870 1880–1890
1890–1910 1910–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

The Asian-American population in Cherry Hill is experiencing rapid growth, increasing by 25% from 7,661 in 2010 to 9,587 in the 2013-2017 American Community Survey, significantly out of proportion to the 0.3% growth in the overall population of the township over the same period.

2010 Census

The 2010 United States Census counted 71,045 people, 26,882 households, and 19,301 families in the township. The population density was 2,948.3 per square mile (1,138.3/km2). There were 28,452 housing units at an average density of 1,180.7 per square mile (455.9/km2). The racial makeup was 78.06% (55,459) White, 6.14% (4,360) Black or African American, 0.11% (78) Native American, 11.69% (8,304) Asian, 0.02% (13) Pacific Islander, 1.83% (1,302) from other races, and 2.15% (1,529) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.64% (4,005) of the population.

Of the 26,882 households, 31.2% had children under the age of 18; 58.6% were married couples living together; 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present and 28.2% were non-families. Of all households, 24.2% were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.12.

23.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females, the population had 92.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $88,183 (with a margin of error of +/− $2,748) and the median family income was $105,786 (+/− $2,321). Males had a median income of $72,128 (+/− $2,699) versus $48,937 (+/− $3,321) for females. The per capita income for the township was $41,252 (+/− $1,504). About 3.0% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 69,965 people, 26,227 households, and 19,407 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,884.9 people per square mile (1,114.0/km2). There were 27,074 housing units at an average density of 1,116.4 per square mile (431.1/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 84.67% White, 8.87% Asian, 4.46% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.54% of the population.

There were 26,227 households, out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the township the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

According to a 2010 estimate, the median income for a household in the township was $87,392, and the median income for a family was $104,983. Males had a median income of $82,325 versus $49,129 for females. The per capita income for the township was $43,192. About 2.6% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

One Cherry Hill is the tallest office building in Cherry Hill.

Economy

Cherry Hill is a corporate and employment hub in South Jersey. TD Bank, N.A., the seventh largest U.S. bank by deposits, has headquarters in Cherry Hill. Melitta USA has its coffee roasting plant in the township. The Courier-Post, the fifth-largest New Jersey-based newspaper, is published in Cherry Hill. Subaru of America's headquarters was also located in the township until 2018.

Many residents of Cherry Hill also work elsewhere. Cherry Hill is an edge city within a half-hour commute to Philadelphia or Camden, and within an hour to Trenton or Princeton, New Jersey. A lesser number of individuals commute to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a growing number of commuters commute to and from New York City.

Cherry Hill Mall, a principal shopping center in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, was the first enclosed shopping mall in the eastern United States, opening in October 1961.

Food and dining

Chick's Deli is a deli best known for hoagies and cheesesteaks.

In popular culture

  • "Cherry Hill Park", a 1969 hit song by Billy Joe Royal, takes its title from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Royal came up with the title after a friend mentioned seeing Cherry Hill on a visit to Philadelphia. The song appears on a 1969 album also titled Cherry Hill Park.
  • The 86th episode of the crime drama Criminal Minds, "A Shade of Gray", which aired on April 22, 2009, was set in Cherry Hill.
  • The Latin Casino was a nightclub that showcased popular entertainers from the time it relocated to Cherry Hill in 1960 until it was demolished in the early 1980s. Singer Jackie Wilson suffered a heart attack at the club in 1975.
  • In the movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Cherry Hill is the location of the White Castle franchise Harold and Kumar ultimately visit. There are, in fact, no White Castle locations in Cherry Hill, nor does the movie's representation of Cherry Hill accurately reflect the dense, suburban nature of the town or its proximity to Philadelphia. Rather, it depicts Cherry Hill as rural farmland.
  • In the movie The Freshman, Clark Kellogg (Matthew Broderick) is sent to Cherry Hill to deliver a Komodo dragon.

Community

  • The Neulander murder occurred in Cherry Hill. Rabbi Fred Neulander was convicted of paying two men to carry out a "hit" on his wife Carol Neulander, who was murdered in the family home in 1994. He was sentenced to a prison term of 30 years to life.
  • Springdale Farms is Cherry Hill's only working farm.
  • Barclay Farm House, a farm house constructed in 1816 and listed on the National and New Jersey registers of historic places.
  • Cherry Hill was the home of four of the five members of the Fort Dix 5, who were convicted in federal court in Camden on December 22, 2008 on a plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. The Cherry Hill members are Dritan Duka, 30, Shain Duka, 27, and Eljvir Duka, 25, as well as Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 23. Ages were at the time of conviction.

Sports

In 1973–1974, the Cherry Hill Arena hosted a WHA hockey team, the New Jersey Knights, and from 1964 to 1971, an Eastern Hockey League team, the Jersey Devils (unrelated to the present NHL New Jersey Devils).

Muhammad Ali purchased a house at 1121 Winding Drive in Cherry Hill's Voken Tract in 1971, living there with his family until 1974.

Parks and recreation

Signage for Cherry Hill Parks

Cherry Hill has 51 public parks, plus three parks owned by Camden County. Most parks have playground equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, walking paths, and athletic fields.

Croft Farm, which was originally a working mill and farm, was originally built in 1753, and is a historic landmark in Cherry Hill. The farmhouse underwent many changes throughout the years, including an expansion in 1816. The property was sold to the township in 1985 and transformed into the Cherry Hill Arts Center in 1995, which serves the community for art classes, seminars, and concerts produced by the Cherry Hill Recreation Department.

Toward the last two weeks of April, one can see a two-mile avenue of continuous rows of cherry blossoms on Chapel Avenue between Haddonfield Road and Kings Highway. The avenue of cherry blossoms was conceived by a group of residents who wanted to unify the townspeople of Cherry Hill to participate in a community-wide celebration of the diverse community of Cherry Hill. This effort started in 1972 and cherry trees are still being planted every year by the Cherry Hill Fire Department and community volunteers.

Golf courses

Merchantville Country Club is a private 9-hole country club in Cherry Hill established in 1892. Woodcrest Country Club is a private 18-hole golf course located in the Woodcrest section. The course was founded in 1929 as a 9-hole course. An additional 9 holes were added in 1931. It was sold at a bankruptcy auction in spring 2013, and is now a private club as of 2020.

Emergency services

Police

The Cherry Hill Police Department (CHPD) is the third-largest police department in the tri-county area, employing more than 130 sworn officers as well as 21 civilians. The current chief of the department is William Monaghan. The department's TRT (Tactical Response Team) responds to requests for the service of high risk warrants, the resolving of barricaded and/or hostage situations, and dealing with suicidal individuals just to name a few of their assignments. TRT responds to requests for mutual aid throughout the tri-county area as needed. CHPD is home to its own 9-1-1 public safety answering point (PSAP), when a resident of the township dials 9-1-1 they are routed directly to the CHPD, which provides a significant advantage in response time to the caller, the 9-1-1 center is the hub of the department's 800 MHz trunked radio system, as well as an advanced CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system, and RMS (Records Management System). Both systems work together to provide patrol units up to date information directly to their patrol car computers. CHPD's Community Policing Unit provides many services for residents including child fingerprinting, neighborhood watches, and drug & alcohol awareness seminars.

Fire Department and EMS

The Cherry Hill Fire Department is a career department consisting of four engines (1 engine, 2 Squrts, 1 Squad Company), two ladders, one rescue, one technical rescue unit, one haz-mat unit, one foam tender, and other specialized equipment, as well as 5 EMS units. It also has two volunteer units, the Cherry Hill Fire Police and the Special Services Unit ("Rehab 13"), which provides on scene support for the Cherry Hill Fire Department as well as departments throughout Southern New Jersey. On December 1, 2016, the department was awarded with an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 designation, a classification held by 130 of the 30,000 fire departments in the United States, and only three in New Jersey. Also in 2016, the department was accredited by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The Fire Chief is Chris Callan Sr.

The department also provides emergency medical services (EMS). The only hospital in Cherry Hill is Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, an extension of Philadelphia's Jefferson Health, located on Chapel Avenue. Residents also have access to nearby Virtua Hospitals in Voorhees Township, Marlton and Berlin as well as Cooper University Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.

Fire companies

Fire stations in Cherry Hill are:

  • Engine 22 is located on North Kings Highway and Chelton Parkway. It was built in 2005 and began operating in 2006, making it Cherry Hill's newest fire station. It houses Engine 22.
  • Station 2 (built by Erlton Fire Company No. 1) is located on Route 70. It was established in 1927 and houses Ladder 24.
  • Station 3 & Headquarters (original headquarters for Deer Park Fire Company) is located on Marlkress Road off Route 70. It was built in 1972 and replaced in 2010. It houses Ladder 34, Rescue 13, and the technical rescue unit.
  • Station 4 (known as Springdale Station and built by Ashland Fire Co. No. 2) is located at 1000 Springdale Road and was established in October 1976. The station was renovated and expanded in 2009. It houses Squrt 41.
  • Station 5 (built by Church Road Fire Co.) is located at Route 38 and Church Road. It was built in 1926 and was renovated in the 1950s. It houses Squrt 51.
  • Station 6 (built by Woodcrest Fire Co.) is located on Burnt Mill Road and Haddonfield-Berlin Road. It was built in 1967 and replaced in 2010. It houses Squad 13, the hazmat unit, and the foam tender.
  • Station 8 (built by Deer Park Fire Company) is located on Cropwell Road. It was built in 1968 with outbuildings added in 2006 and 2014. Currently, it houses the Deer Park Fire Company Special Services and Rehab unit.

Civil Air Patrol

The Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron, located at the Cherry Hill Army National Guard Armory is the Cherry Hill component of the Civil Air Patrol, a Congressionally chartered, federally supported, non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Squadron has about 60 members, 40 of which are cadets and 20 of which are senior members.

Public library

At 72,000 square feet (6,700 m2), the Cherry Hill Public Library is among the largest municipal libraries in New Jersey. The current facility was completed in December 2004 to replace the 1966 Malcolm Wells-designed structure at 1100 King's Highway North. The library is an agency of the Township's municipal government.

Government

Local government

Created as Delaware Township in 1844, the community was first governed by a Township Committee. On May 19, 1951, the citizens adopted, in a special election, a Walsh Act Commission form of government, consisting of a three-member Board of Commissioners. In 1962, the Township's population passed the 30,000 mark and two additional Commissioners were elected. Following a study made by a Citizen's Advisory Committee, a special election was held in 1962. The township voted to change its form of government to the Council-Manager Plan A under the Faulkner Act. Five Council members were elected at-large in a May election to serve concurrent four-year terms. The Council members elected one of their own as Mayor, and a Township Manager served as the Chief Administrator of the Township.

By 1975, after a Charter Study Commission report and the passage of a ballot referendum, the township adopted the Council-Manager Plan B form of government. Two features of the government were changed: council members were to be elected every two years for overlapping terms of four years and the number of Council members would increase from five to seven.

After a 1981 referendum, the government changed yet again, this time to a Mayor-Council Plan B form of government. The township is one of 71 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government. The governing body is comprised of a full-time 'strong' mayor who is elected directly by the people and seven council members who are elected at-large for staggered four-year terms, with either three or four seats up for election in odd-numbered years. After the passage of a ballot referendum in November 1986, voting or the mayor and council was shifted from a non-partisan May election to a partisan November election.

As of 2020, the Mayor of Cherry Hill is Democrat Susan Shin Angulo, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the Township Council are Council President David Fleisher (D, 2021), Council Vice President Brian Bauerle (D, 2023), Jennifer Apell (D, 2023), Sangeeta Doshi (D, 2021), Michele Golkow (D, 2023), Carolyn Jacobs (D, 2021) and Carole Roskoph (D, 2021).

In January 2016, the Township Council selected Carolyn Jacobs from a list of three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2017 that became vacant when Susan Shin Angulo took office as a Camden County Freeholder.

N. John Amato, whose 30 years of service made him the township's longest-serving council member, died in office in September 2014. At a special council meeting in October 2014, Brian Bauerle was selected to fill Amato's seat, which expired in December 2015.

Federal, state and county representation

Cherry Hill is located in the 1st Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 6th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Cherry Hill had been part of the 3rd Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.

For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's First Congressional District is represented by Donald Norcross (D, Camden). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).

For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 6th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James Beach (D, Voorhees Township) and in the General Assembly by Louis Greenwald (D, Voorhees Township) and Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D, Cherry Hill).

Camden County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members chosen at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2018, Camden County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. (D, Collingswood, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2020; term as director ends 2018), Freeholder Deputy Director Edward T. McDonnell (D, Pennsauken Township, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as deputy director ends 2018), Susan Shin Angulo (D, Cherry Hill, 2018), William F. Moen Jr. (D, Camden, 2018), Jeffrey L. Nash (D, Cherry Hill, 2018), Carmen Rodriguez (D, Merchantville, 2019) and Jonathan L. Young Sr. (D, Berlin Township, 2020).

Camden County's constitutional officers, all elected directly by voters, are County clerk Joseph Ripa (Voorhees Township, 2019), Sheriff Gilbert "Whip" Wilson (Camden, 2018) and Surrogate Michelle Gentek-Mayer (Gloucester Township, 2020). The Camden County Prosecutor is Jill S. Mayer.

Politics

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 50,178 registered voters in Cherry Hill Township, of which 20,220 (40.3% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 8,374 (16.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 21,553 (43.0% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 31 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 70.6% (vs. 57.1% in Camden County) were registered to vote, including 91.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 60.9% of the vote (22,128 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 38.2% (13,872 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (353 votes), among the 36,572 ballots cast by the township's 53,628 registered voters (219 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 68.2%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 61.4% of the vote (23,765 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received around 36.1% (13,966 votes), with 38,678 ballots cast among the township's 52,182 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.1%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 59.9% of the vote (22,734 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush, who received around 39.3% (14,923 votes), with 37,980 ballots cast among the township's 48,778 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 77.9.

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 60.2% of the vote (12,035 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 38.4% (7,683 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (266 votes), among the 20,526 ballots cast by the township's 53,873 registered voters (542 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 38.1%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 50.8% of the vote (12,046 ballots cast), ahead of both Republican Chris Christie with 42.7% (10,120 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 4.5% (1,073 votes), with 23,705 ballots cast among the township's 50,250 registered voters, yielding a 47.2% turnout.

In the 2016 presidential election, 36,984 votes were cast with a voter turnout of 70.05% (54,146 registered). Democrat Hillary Clinton received 64.0% of the vote (23,685 votes), beating Republican Donald Trump who received 32.7% of the vote (12,096 votes). Other candidates received 3.25% of votes cast (1,203 votes). In the 1st congressional district election for the House of Representatives, Democrat Donald Norcross received 54.4% of the vote (20,655 votes), beating out Republican Bob Patterson who received 35.1% of the vote (13,318 votes), with other candidates receiving 2.35% of votes (960 votes).

Education

Public schools

The Cherry Hill Public Schools is a public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district operates 19 schools including an early childhood center, 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, two traditional high schools and an alternative high school. Cherry Hill is the 12th-largest school district in the state of New Jersey and one of the largest suburban districts. The district has grown by about 2,000 students since the late 1990s, and employs 1,400 (about 1,000 teachers plus administration and staff). The District is governed by a volunteer Board of Education which consists of nine citizens elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with three seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election.

As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of 19 schools, had an enrollment of 11,078 students and 841.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Barclay Early Childhood Center (260 students; in PreK), Clara Barton Elementary School (473; K-5), James F. Cooper Elementary School (234; K-5), Bret Harte Elementary School (409; K-5), James H. Johnson Elementary School (434; K-5), Joyce Kilmer Elementary School (457; K-5), Kingston Elementary School (403; K-5), A. Russell Knight Elementary School (362; K-5), Horace Mann Elementary School (297; K-5), Thomas Paine Elementary School (361; K-5), Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School (355; K-5), Richard Stockton Elementary School (359; K-5), Woodcrest Elementary School (371; K-5), Henry C. Beck Middle School (887; 6-8), John A. Carusi Middle School (952; 6-8), Rosa International Middle School (801; 6-8), Cherry Hill High School East (2,176; 9-12), Cherry Hill High School West (1,321; 9-12) and Cherry Hill Alternative High School (36; 9-12).

For the 2001–02 school year, Cherry Hill High School East received the National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education. Three of the district's schools have been named as "Star Schools" by the New Jersey Department of Education: Cherry Hill High School East (1999–2000), Thomas Paine Elementary School (2002–03) and Clara Barton Elementary School (2003–04). The district has five Best Practices Award Winners. SAT scores far exceed state and national averages, with Cherry Hill High School East's average SAT score of 1668, ranking 41st in the state, and West's 1,529 average ranking 124th in New Jersey, out of 349 schools with students taking the test that year. In 2013, the graduation rate was 95% for East and 89% for West. Newsweek named Cherry Hill High School East 85th overall among the nearly 30,000 public high schools in the U.S. in their rankings of "America's Top High Schools 2015".

Cherry Hill's school district offered the International Baccalaureate certificate and diploma program at Cherry Hill West beginning in 2001, but phased it out at the conclusion of the 2007–08 school year. The IB Primary Years Programme is offered at Joseph D. Sharp, James F. Cooper and Thomas Paine Elementary Schools. This program is also a part of the IB Middle Years Programme offered for grades 6–8 at Rosa International Middle School (RIMS).

Rohrer Campus of Camden County College

Private schools

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden operates Resurrection Regional Catholic School, a Pre-K to 8 elementary school resulting of the merger of St. Peter Celestine School and Queen of Heaven School, as well as Camden Catholic High School for grades 9–12.

The King's Christian School is a private Christian fully accredited PreK–12 institution founded as the Christian Day School of Camden County in 1946.

Politz Day School of Cherry Hill is a private Modern Orthodox Jewish day school serving early childhood through middle school students, co-located with and supported by Congregation Sons of Israel.

Colleges and universities

Camden County College operates one of its three campuses at the William G. Rohrer Center at Route 70 East and Springdale Road.

Transportation

I-295 northbound at Route 70 in Cherry Hill
A PATCO Speedline train pulls into the Woodcrest station in Cherry Hill, heading westbound to Philadelphia, top; the Cherry Hill NJT station, along the NJ Transit route connecting Philadelphia and Atlantic City, below.

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 309.36 miles (497.87 km) of roadways, of which 246.81 miles (397.20 km) were maintained by the municipality, 40.41 miles (65.03 km) by Camden County and 17.91 miles (28.82 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 4.23 miles (6.81 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

The New Jersey Turnpike passes through Cherry Hill Township. The Walt Whitman rest area (southbound at milepost 30.2) is located in the township, but the closest interchange is exit 4 in neighboring Mount Laurel Township.

Interstate 295 has three exits in the township. Exit 34A/B is Route 70 (Marlton Pike); exit 32 is CR 561 (Haddonfield-Berlin Road); and exit 31 goes directly to the Woodcrest station of the PATCO high-speed commuter rail line.

Other major highways in Cherry Hill include Route 38, Route 41, and Route 154.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service is available to and from Philadelphia on the 317, 404, and 406 routes, with local service on the 405, 450, 451, 455, and 457 routes. BoltBus, and Chinatown Buses provides frequent express service to and from New York City, and also frequent commuter service to and from the 34th Street – Hudson Yards New York City Subway station.

NJ Transit's Atlantic City Line, traveling on the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line route, stops at the Cherry Hill station, located on the west side of the tracks between the Garden State Pavilion shopping center and the newer development on the grounds of the former Garden State Racetrack.

The Woodcrest station of the PATCO Speedline is located in Cherry Hill, offering service between Lindenwold and 15–16th & Locust station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As of 2016 two Taiwanese airlines, China Airlines and EVA Air, provides private bus services to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City for customers based in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. These bus services stop in Cherry Hill.

Notable people

Rankings

  • In 2006, Cherry Hill was named among the 'Best Places to Live' in the United States by Money magazine and was ranked eighth safest place to live in the same survey.
  • Cherry Hill was also named among the "Best Places to Live" in the Philadelphia region for 2006 by Philadelphia magazine (see magazine print edition, October 2006).

See also

External links

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