A home in Hunterdon County once cost between $40,000 and $50,000. That's the figures reported back in 1976 in the Hunterdon County Democrat. And those prices represent an increase of 7- to 15-percent from 1975 to 1976.
Back in 1976, Hunterdon County still lagged behind the national median price of $43,700.
Today, median home sale prices in Hunterdon County range between a low of $215,000 in High Bridge to $490,250 in Kingwood, according to Trulia.com.
For a home worth $50,000 in 1976 that has a value in 2016 of $265,000, that represents a jump in value of 430-percent over the past 40 years.
Incomes have also jumped in 40 years, although not at the same pace as home values. Back in 1976, Hunterdon County Manpower, which helped people find work, announced it received federal funds to provide 135 young people from low-income families with summer jobs that paid $2.30 per hour, 10-cents about the state's minimum wage. Today, the minimum wage in New Jersey is $8.38 per hour.
Hunterdon County today is ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau as fourth in the nation of highest-income counties, with a median household income of $105,186. It is also ranked as the highest in New Jersey for per capita income, at $48,489.
It cost a family $90 per year to be a member of the Flemington-Raritan Community Pool back in 1976. A season pass to nearby Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom today will set you back $123 per person.
How much homes cost in Hunterdon
Here are other headlines in Hunterdon County from 1976, and further back in time:
A major shortage of new machinery is causing many Hunterdon farmers to make do with old equipment as they try to produce the largest grain crop in county history. The big shift from dairying to crop farming in the area in recent years, coupled with reluctance on the part of manufacturers to tie up huge sums of money in inventories, is blamed for the situation.
The N.J. Supreme Court's decision to shut down the schools July 1 if the legislature fails to come up with more state aid must be taken seriously, Hunterdon County Superintendent of Schools Norman Gathany warned an emergency conference of school board members and administrators yesterday. The state Senate was still at odds on tax measures for school support and had not agreed on when, or if, to act on a proposed income tax.
Are we to have a Fourth of July celebration this year? It's high time someone makes a move and engages a pack of firecrackers. Our people should have patriotism enough to get up a medium size celebration of the 100th anniversary of American Independence.
Clinton and Lambertville have already started their street sprinklers. Why is Flemington always so behind hand in the matters? There is a lot of dust.
Two of the rising generation in Sergeantsville donned apparel of their older sisters and successfully masqueraded as young ladies from abroad. The older generation disapproved as they do not tumble to the frivolities of Young America.
Annandale shows a record of healthfulness which may not be paralleled. Ten persons there average 80 years of age, and 17 others average 73.
Members of the Grand Army of the Republic will lead the military parade on Memorial Day, which will include all ex-servicemen.
N.J. airport started as more than a place to fly
The Republican Women's clubs invited no male leaders to address them, satisfied with their own ideas which are at variance with the men. People say Women's Suffrage has made little difference. But now they are kicking over the traces.
After many years of hoping and searching, Flemington Girl Scouts have found a new home, a county-owned, 2-story house, located behind the Hall of Records and facing Flemington Boro park. The building, which was put up for auction last summer and found no buyers, will serve as a meeting place for not only Flemington girls but also for other Scout troops thruout the county which may wish to use its facilities.
Commencement plans for the class of 1951 - the last class to be graduated from Clinton High School, were announced this week. Next year the district joins with 10 others in sending students to the new North Hunterdon Regional High School. The Clinton High School building was erected more than a quarter of a century ago, in 1923.
A highly attractive program is in store for county residents when the orchestra, choir and band of Flemington High School present their annual ''Night of Music'' on May 24 and 25. Sponsored by the Flemington Lions Club, proceeds of the program will defray the cost of sending the prize-winning high school band to Atlantic City, where it will participate in a parade at the Lions International Convention in June.
'Pray for Me:' A N.J. bumper sticker from the past
Pigs, as they say, may be pigs. But when they start competing with metropolitan refugees seeking sanctuary in Hunterdon County, then it's time to sound the tocsin, in the opinion of Kingwood and Delaware township residents who are somewhat belatedly doing just that. Mrs. C.A. Horn, who lives near the border of the 2 townships called herself a modern distaff counterpart of Paul Revere this week as she roused the countryside to the threat of spiraling pig populations.
Establishing a volunteer fire department for the Pittstown-Quakertown area took a unique turn this week, when plans for a new unit were discarded and 46 men became members of a 25-year-old, almost forgotten company. For many months residents of the vicinity had been working on organizing a new volunteer fire unit when Dr. Morris H. Leaver of Quakertown revealed that there had been a fire company in existence since Oct. 12, 1915.
More than 150 Flemington residents are slated to receive a letter from Mrs. Fannie Abbott, boro clerk, calling on them to repair their sidewalks. ''It would seem there isn't a decent sidewalk in town, '' commented Mrs. Abbott, gazing at her long list of offenders. The list was compiled by the boro police department, following a survey which began last summer.
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