Introduction to Bernardsville, New Jersey

Bernardsville, New Jersey, in Somerset county, is 12 miles SW of Parsippany, New Jersey and 20 miles W of Newark, New Jersey.

Bernardsville History

Bernardsville was initially a part of Bernards Township, which was established on February 21, 1798. Until 1840, the area was known as Vealtown. It was renamed Bernardsville in honor of the Colonial governor of New Jersey, Sir Francis Bernard. The first railroad line in the area, the Gladstone Branch, was laid in the area in 1872. The railroad played a significant role in the growth and development of the community. On March 6, 1924, Bernardsville was officially incorporated. After the Civil War, the community witnessed an influx of wealthy and prominent New Yorkers. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and actress Meryl Streep have both resided in Bernardsville.

Bernardsville and nearby Attractions

  • American Labor Museum
  • Waterloo Village
  • Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum
  • Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Washington Rock State Park

Things To Do In Bernardsville

The Drake House Museum, the Morris Museum, the Whippany Railway Museum and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm are some of the museums in the area. Bernardsville is also close to historic sites like the Waterloo Village, Liberty Hall, Edison National Historic Site and the Van Riper-Hopper House. Washington Rock State Park, Hacklebarney State Park and North Branch Park offer opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and hiking. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Somerset Hills Country Club.

Bernardsville Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Bernardsville Higher Education

The County College of Morris, Drew University and Raritan Valley Community College are some of the colleges accessible from Bernardsville.


Total Population 7,786
Male Share of the Population 55.5%
Female Share of the Population 44.5%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,004
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 67.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 69.7%
Median Earnings25+ $62,330
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,816


Median Family Income $150,595
% Above Poverty Level 98.7%
% Below Poverty Level 1.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 9.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 6.6%


People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $1,653
Median House Value $673,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 20.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bernardsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 07924
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.718
Longitude -74.569

Bernardsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 37 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bedminster 8,251 $127,583
Berkeley Heights 13,339 $161,146
Far Hills 1,052 $122,778
Mendham 5,885 $189,375
Morristown 18,563 $88,072

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bernardsville Public Libraries

Bernardsville Public Library
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Serves 664 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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