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Overview

Introduction to Florham Park, New Jersey

Florham Park, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 5 miles S of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center) and 11 miles W of Newark, New Jersey.

Florham Park History

The area was settled by the English in the late 1600s. Though primarily a farming community, it was also a manufacturer of quality brooms which led to it being christened "Broomtown." Throughout its early days, the area has also been known as Columbia, Afton, and Hoppingtown. In the 19th and 20th century, a number of millionaires owned country retreats in the region. Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton McKown Twombly built their mansions in this area in 1887, and named it "Florham." The community adopted this name and was incorporated as "Florham Park" on March 9th, 1899. The "Park" part of the name refers to "Brooklake Park," the mansion of Dr. Leslie Ward.

Florham Park and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Morristown National Historical Park
  • South Mountain Reservation
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary

Things To Do In Florham Park

Artifacts reflecting the cultural and historical heritage of the region are displayed at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Whippany Railway Museum, and Morris Museum. Edison National Historic Site, Liberty Hall, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, and Israel Crane House are historic sites within 10 miles of Florham Park. The town also offers easy access to the South Mountain Reservation which occupies 2,047 acres and features a zoo, nature trails, and fishing and picnic areas. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Glen Rock Arboretum, Bergen County Zoological Park, Wild West City theme park, and Turtle Back Zoo are other popular destinations nearby.

Florham Park Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Florham Park Higher Education

Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham is located in the town of Florham Park. Drew University, Seton Hall University, Kean University, and Union County College are the other nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 11,802
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 19.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,846
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 50.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $141,071
% Above Poverty Level 94.2%
% Below Poverty Level 5.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.4%
% Using Public Transportation 8.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.9%
Median Gross Rent $2,125
Median House Value $610,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.7%
Irish 19%

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

Florham Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07932
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.787
Longitude -74.388

Florham Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CANOE BROOK
Distance 3.3 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
Station ESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance 6.3 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
Station LITTLE FALLS
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chatham 10,569 $207,708
East Hanover 11,248 $123,984
Livingston 29,674 $166,094
Madison 16,091 $141,010
Morristown 18,563 $88,072

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

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Florham Park Free Public Library
107 RIDGEDALE AVE
Florham Park, New Jersey
(973) 377-2694

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