Introduction to Hackettstown, New Jersey

Hackettstown, New Jersey, in Warren county, is 21 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey and 35 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The town is conveniently located inside the Newark metropolitan area. There are an estimated 10,403 people in Hackettstown.

Hackettstown History

Hackettstown is now home to the Mars Corporation Headquarters, one of the largest chocolate producing companies of the world. It was first settled by Obadiah Ayers II in 1754. He bought around 1,200 acres of land in this region and went about developing it and selling plots to early settlers. The primary occupation of these early settlers was farming. In March of 1853, Hackettstown was officially established from portions of Independence Township.

Hackettstown and nearby Attractions

  • Allamuchy Mountain State Park
  • Stephens State Park
  • Budd Lake
  • Hackettstown Historical Museum
  • Schooleys Mountain Park
  • Wild West City

Things To Do In Hackettstown

Hackettstown and the surrounding area are blessed with great natural beauty. Vast open spaces and parklands facilitate a variety of activities. They serve as popular picnic spots and playgrounds. The town museum provides valuable insights into the area’s history. The townspeople are kept busy with a variety of activities planned by the recreation department.

Hackettstown Transportation

Flights are available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Hackettstown Higher Education

The County College of Morris and the Raritan Valley Community College are within half an hour’s drive of Hackettstown.


Total Population 9,579
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,838
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $81,618
% Above Poverty Level 89.1%
% Below Poverty Level 10.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,095
Median House Value $266,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 17%

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

Hackettstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Warren
Standard Zip Codes 07840
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.853
Longitude -74.829

Hackettstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.4 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
Distance 18.9 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 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chester 7,942 $164,362
Mount Olive 28,682 $109,369
Netcong 3,258 $73,654
Stanhope 3,509 $103,464

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

Hackettstown Public Libraries

Hackettstown Free Public Library
Hackettstown, New Jersey
(908) 852-4936

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Hackettstown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(908) 852-5100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 926 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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Morris and Essex Canal near Hackettstown between 1890 and 1901
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