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Haddonfield, New Jersey

Haddonfield is a borough located in Camden County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the borough had a total population of 11,659.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 History
4 Politics
5 Education


Haddonfield is located at 39°53'47" North, 75°2'9" West (39.896280, -75.035908)1.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 7.4 km² (2.9 mi²). 7.3 km² (2.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.05% water.

Cooper River forms the border between Haddonfield and Cherry Hill. On land, Haddonfield borders Haddon Township, Haddon Heights, Barrington, and Tavistock.


As of the census of 2000, there are 11,659 people, 4,496 households, and 3,255 families residing in the borough. The population density is 1,590.7/km² (4,124.7/mi²). There are 4,620 housing units at an average density of 630.3/km² (1,634.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 96.47% White, 1.27% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 1.46% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 4,496 households out of which 35.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% are married couples living together, 7.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% are non-families. 24.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.09.

In the borough the population is spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough is $86,872, and the median income for a family is $103,597. Males have a median income of $73,646 versus $44,968 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $43,170. 2.2% of the population and 1.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 2.0% are under the age of 18 and 3.2% are 65 or older.


Haddonfield was founded by Elizabeth Haddon (1680-1762), whose Quaker father, John Haddon, bought a 500 acre tract of land in the English colony of West Jersey to escape religious persecution. Elizabeth set sail alone from Southwark, England to the New World in 1701. Shortly after her arrival, she made a marriage proposal to John Estaugh, a Quaker minister, and they were married in 1702.

The author of Halloween was a former Haddonfield resident. The movie is set in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. You will see nothing related to Michael Myers in Haddonfield.

Steven Spielberg grew up in Haddonfield, and there are references to Haddonfield in many of his movies. In AI, when the boy and the robots are fleeing, they mention being near the border of Haddonfield.

The Hadrosaurus, the first full skeleton of a dinosaur found in North America, was discovered in Haddonfield in 1858. See " class="external">


The Borough of Haddonfield is governed by three non-partisan commissioners that are elected for 4 year non-staggered terms. The current commissioners are Tish Colombi (Mayor / Commissioner of Park and Public Works), John Reisner (Deputy Mayor / Commissioner of Revenue & Finance), and Jack Tarditi (Commissioner of Public Safety). Though the commission is technically non-partisan, Colombi is active in the local Republican organization, while Reisner and Tarditi are active on the Democratic side. Furthermore Tarditi is an executive vice president with the politically powerful Commerce National Insurance under the leadership of Camden County Democratic powerbroker George Norcross.

From prohibition to the present day, the borough has not issued any liquor licenses.


The Haddonfield Board of Education has one public high school (9th-12th), one public middle school (6th-8th), and three public elementary schools (K-5). The highly ranked school district serves the Boroughs of Haddonfield and Tavistock with funds mostly obtained through local property taxes. While most students are residents, a small number of students are taken on a tuition or voucher basis.

Haddonfield is also home to Haddonfield Friends School (Quaker, K-6) and Christ the King (Catholic, K-8). Bancroft NeuroHealth ( is headquartered in Haddonfield and operates an adjacent special education school and psychiatric facility.