Linden was established in 1840, forming around a downtown at the intersection of Broad Street and Bridge Street. Since then the city has experienced growth over the years and had a population of 2, 861 as of the 2000 census. There are approximately 1,165 households and 822 families residing in the city.
Out of the 1,165 households, 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.
The city population is very diverse, with 25% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 30% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years or older. The median age was 38 years.
Additionally, the median income for a household in the city was $50,932, and the median income for a family was $57,798.
On December 12, 2008, the Linden City Council hosted an open house at the Linden City Hall, 132 E. Broad Street, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary as a city. A little more than 20 Years ago, a group of citizens accepted the challenge to “Control our Destiny”. The Charter Commission members were: Keith Wenger, Chairman; Judy Pieczynski, Secretary; Harvey C. Charbonneau; Robert Nellett; Doug Morgan; Marjorie Kimble; Craig Newberry; and Farrand Ward.
The Charter Commission’s goals were to create a government that would give those who lived in the Village of Linden better representation, fair and equitable taxation, and much needed improvements to the infrastructure. They wanted a government that would create independence, be responsive to the needs of local citizens, and have a professional administration while maintaining the quaint historic integrity of our town.
In the past 20 years, the City of Linden has been fortunate to have leaders, elected and administrative, who have worked diligently to achieve these goals. Bill Brown served as the City’s first Mayor succeeded by Charles Bobay, Doug Wagner, Bill Rose, Jim McIntyre, and David E. Lossing. Council members who have served in the past 20 years are: Larry Wright, Ralph Kimble, Jim McIntyre, JimVanderlaan, Charles Bobay, Colin Cieiselski, Doug Morgan, Judy Pieczynski, Doug Wagner, Paul Gilbert, Bill Rose, Ray Culbert, Bob Nellett, Lee Eneix, Bill Coleman, Jean Sarginson-DeMayer, Ed Ciesielski, Dave Franz, Diane Eldred-Vervaecke, Tom Brady, Patti O’Dwyer, Graham Morgan, Danielle Mammel, Charles Ross, and Matt Chapman.
The City has been served by numerous volunteers who have worked and continue to play a vital role in the community such as the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Historic District Commission, the Library Board, the Green Team, the Parks & Recreation Commission; the Downtown Development Authority; and the Elections Staff. One of the City’s most valuable resources is our Local Historian- Claude Cranston.
Early in 1989, the Charter Commission went to work to write a Charter that would assist the community to accomplish the goals identified early in the process. Change is difficult for some and in spite of skepticism and some opposition, they pressed on.
Here we are 20 years later looking back at those goals and celebrating the City’s accomplishments. This City is fortunate to have a professional and knowledgeable staff that utilizes their talents and skills for the good of the community. The current economic situation poses many challenges but some how through times of joy or adversity the Linden Community always manages to pull together and accomplish great things.
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