Introduction to Boonton, New Jersey

Boonton, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 3 miles N of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center) and 16 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey.

Boonton History

The first settlement in present day Boonton, dates back to the early 18th century. In 1747, Obadiah Baldwin operated an iron refining forge, and workers in the mill settled in the surrounding area with their families. In 1761, the community was named "Boone-Towne" in honor of Thomas Boone, the Colonial Governor. In 1770, Samuel Ogden established Boonton Iron Works which supplied iron products to the military during the American Revolutionary War. Following the construction of the Morris Canal in the 1820s, the New Jersey Iron Company launched operations in the village which led to the growth of a new community by the name of "Booneton Falls." Gradually, more industries were established in the region, and on March 16, 1866, the community of Boonton was officially formed from portions of Pequannock Township and Hanover Township. It was reincorporated as a town on March 18, 1867.

Boonton and Nearby Attractions

  • Boonton Historical Society Museum
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Washington Rock State Park
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary

Things To Do In Boonton

Boonton is home to the Boonton Historical Society Museum, and the New Jersey Firemen's Home & Museum both of which have various artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the region. Morristown National Historical Park, which was occupied by General George Washington's troops during the Revolution, is a site of historic interest near Boonton. The town also offers easy access to several other museums and historic sites like Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morris Museum, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, and Edison National Historic Site. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Turtle Back Zoo, Old Troy County Park, West Essex Park, New Jersey Botanical Garden, and Eagle Rock Reservation are other popular destinations in the area.

Boonton Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Boonton Higher Education

Drew University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, County College of Morris, and Seton Hall University are the nearby colleges.


Total Population 4,339
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,014
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 59.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53%
Median Earnings25+ $65,694
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,694


Median Family Income $128,833
% Above Poverty Level 98.1%
% Below Poverty Level 1.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 9.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%


People Living Alone 20.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,987
Median House Value $530,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0.9%
English 11.4%
Irish 21.9%

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

Boonton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles N of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07005
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.902
Longitude -74.407

Boonton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station BOONTON 1 SE
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Denville 16,820 $119,258
Lincoln Park 10,478 $92,252
Montville 21,760 $135,536
Mountain Lakes 4,262 $195,833
Rockaway 24,546 $114,667

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

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Morris and Essex canal between 1890 and 1901

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Morris and Essex canal between 1890 and 1901

Top of plane (Morris and Essex canal) between 1890 and 1901

Boat ascending plane (Morris and Essex canal) c1900

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