Introduction to Morris Plains, New Jersey

Morris Plains, New Jersey, in Morris County, is 3 miles SW of Parsippany, New Jersey and 17 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. About 5,236 people live in Morris Plains.

Morris Plains History

An act of the New Jersey Legislature incorporated Morris Plains in 1926. It once encompassed the present counties of Morris, Sussex and Warren. It was named in honor of New Jersey Governor Lewis Morris.

Morris Plains and nearby Attractions

  • Morris Plains Museum
  • Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
  • Schooleys Mountain Park
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Grover Cleveland Birthplace

Things To Do In Morris Plains

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary is a popular attraction near Morris Plains. Wild West City and the Turtle Back Zoo are popular local spots as well. The Drake House Museum houses several artifacts relating to the area's history. Local parks include Tourne County Park, Hacklebarney State Park, Duke Island Park, Round Valley Recreation Area and Weequahic Park.

Morris Plains Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Morris Plains Higher Education

The closest colleges to Morris Town include Seton Hall University, William Paterson University, CUNY - College of Staten Island, Centenary College, and Kean University.


Total Population 5,635
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 2,827
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 57.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53.3%
Median Earnings25+ $61,923
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,333


Median Family Income $141,897
% Above Poverty Level 96.5%
% Below Poverty Level 3.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 8.1%


People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,696
Median House Value $470,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 29%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Morris Plains Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07950
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.821
Longitude -74.481

Morris Plains Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Station BOONTON 1 SE
Distance 6.9 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 8.5 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Morris Plains, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Greystone Park (07950)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Denville 16,814 $117,726
Florham Park 11,820 $140,326
Madison 16,043 $143,162
Morristown 18,580 $78,233
Randolph 25,877 $140,482

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Morris Plains Public Libraries

Morris Plains Library
Morris Plains, New Jersey
(973) 538-2599

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