Bernards Township has been a charted township going all the way back to 1760. With the early Dutch and Scottish settlers, the origin of the area belongs to the famed Lenni-Lenape Native American tribe.But what about the other cultures in the area. We’re on a mission to find out and would love to engage the community.
We are honoring those in our neighborhood who have identified themselves as Asian according to the census. Statistics have shown that the Asian American community (including India and Chinese) has seen double digit growth in Bernards Township over the past two decades. Our goal; locate some of the originating Asian American families who pioneered by moving to Bernards Township.
According to the US Census, Asian American’s includes people who indicate their race(s) on the census as “Asian” or reported entries such as “Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Other Asian“. In 2017, Asian Americans comprised 5.6% of the U.S. population; including multiracial Asian Americans, that percentage increases to 6.9%.
Bernards Township Census
We are looking for information from anyone who knows a family that moved to the area that might be able to assist locating some of the original Asian American families who moved to Bernards Township. Indo-American and Chinese Americans make up a majority of the mix.
- 2018: 19% (27,114)
- 2010: 13.8% (26,652)
- 2000: 7.8% ( 1,931 of 24,575)
- 1992 AT&T moved its headquarters to Basking Ridge, N.J.
- The ethnic composition of the Township has continued the trend seen between 1990 and 2000 as the Asian population has increased dramatically.
- 1990: 3.1% ( 525 of 17,199) 2010 master plan
- 1980: 0.5% (81 of 12,928)
- 1970: (13,305)
- 1960: (9,019)
About Bernards Township
Bernards Township was originally formed by royal charter on May 24, 1760, as Bernardston Township from remaining portions of Northern precinct. It was incorporated as Bernards Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey’s initial group of 104 townships. Portions of the township were taken to form Warren Township (March 5, 1806), Far Hills (April 7, 1921) and Bernardsville (March 6, 1924). Bernards Township celebrated its 250th charter anniversary on May 24, 2010. The township was named for Sir Francis Bernard, 1st Baronet, who served as governor of the Province of New Jersey in 1760.
Iselin, New Jersey
As I’ve traveled to India many times, it was always fun to hear when I told them “I’m from a New Jersey town just outside New York City, and to my surprise they always asked if I was near Iselin. For a guy that grew up in New Jersey, it was a weird comment….until I learned. According to the 2017 American Community Survey, 42.6% of Iselin residents identified themselves as being Indian American, the highest percentage for any census-designated place in the United States. It is rumored that the first two consultants from India worked for Goldman Sachs and chose Iselin as their base location. The rest as they say is history!
Additional Information – Researchers Needed
If you’d like to work on our historic demographics project, please drop us a note and we’ll be in touch.