Introduction to Hopatcong, New Jersey

Hopatcong, New Jersey, in Sussex county, is 13 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey and 28 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Newark metropolitan area.

Hopatcong History

The town of Hopatcong borders on one of the biggest partially man-made lakes in New Jersey, Lake Hopatcong. The area used to be called "Brookland" in the 1800s, and this lake was then known as the "Great Pond" or the "Brookland Pond." The town was initially established as the Borough of Brooklyn on April 2, 1898. However, it was renamed Hopatcong on March 22, 1901. Because of its easy access to New York City, Hopatcong developed as a summer get-away for the wealthy. With the development of the Interstate highways, the town gradually became a residential community.

Hopatcong and nearby Attractions

  • Drake House Museum
  • Waterloo Village
  • Wick House Herb Garden
  • Lakes End Marina
  • Lake Lackawanna Golf Course
  • Wild West City

Things To Do In Hopatcong

There are a number of historic sites and museums near Hopatcong. These include the Drake House Museum, the Community Children's Museum, the Hackettstown Historical Museum, the Morristown National Historical Park, and the Waterloo Village. The Wick House Herb Garden, another important historical site, illustrates the uses of plants in the 17th century. The Hopatcong town itself has a beautiful lake called Bear Pond, and another stunning creek, the Mountain Brook. The Wild West City is a theme park with a variety of rides that is extremely popular with kids.

Hopatcong Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Hopatcong Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are available at the County College Of Morris, Drew University, and the Raritan Valley Community College.


Total Population 14,802
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,477
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 54.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.9%
Median Earnings25+ $47,098
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,336
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,215


Median Family Income $91,554
% Above Poverty Level 93.4%
% Below Poverty Level 6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 19.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,384
Median House Value $240,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.1%
Irish 27.3%

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

Hopatcong Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Sussex
Standard Zip Codes 07843
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.932
Longitude -74.659

Hopatcong Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 47.2 inches
Distance 12.2 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 14.5 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
Mine Hill 3,649 $103,281
Mount Arlington 5,187 $97,596
Netcong 3,258 $73,654
Sparta 19,440 $142,727
Stanhope 3,509 $103,464
Wharton 6,607 $71,688

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

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Historic Hopatcong


Club house from village between 1890 and 1901

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Club house from village between 1890 and 1901

Lake from the club house between 1890 and 1901

Down Lake Hopatcong from Hotel Dunbar. between 1900 and 1920

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