Waterford Township, New Jersey is a semi-rural residential community, comprised of 36 square miles, sited at the eastern edge of Camden County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, 2010 census, the total population of Waterford Township is 10,649; 8,209 members of the total population are 18 years of age or older.
There are 3,839 housing units, primarily single-family, detached residences. The average household size is 2.9 persons.
Because large areas of the township are under Pinelands Regional Growth and Rural Development management, most of the residents live on 25% of the overall land mass. 71% of the land is undeveloped and protected as Pinelands Preservation Areas or Forest Management Areas. A large growth in housing units, and therefore in population, is not expected.
The historic settlement of Atco, where the library is located, is part of the Pinelands Regional Growth Area, which comprises 2,695 acres, and represents 11% of the township’s total land mass. Large areas of this designated PRGA have already been developed. Future development will depend on the availability of non-constrained, vacant parcels which are currently in private ownership.
The Pinelands Village of Waterford Works is a spatially discrete settlement within the township, several miles east of Atco. It comprises approximately 210 acres. Given the lack of centralized waste water management and the requirement for new development to meet stringent Pinelands ground water quality standards, future growth in this district should primarily consist of “infill” type residential building on privately held lots.