Introduction to Morristown, New Jersey

Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 5 miles SW of Parsippany, New Jersey and 16 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The town is considered part of the Newark metropolitan area.

Morristown History

The first European settlers arrived in this area in the early years of the 17th century. At that time a substantial trade involving furs existed between the natives of the region and the Europeans. The English captured this area in 1664 and Sir George Carteret took control of it. According to historical records, the first permanent settlement of Europeans began in 1715 with the founding of a village called New Hanover. The area was incorporated as Morristown in April 1865.

Morristown and nearby Attractions

  • Morristown National Historical Park
  • Loyola Retreat House (Footes Mansion)
  • Frelinghuysen Arboretum
  • Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
  • Speedwell Ironworks
  • Washington's Headquarters

Things To Do In Morristown

Morristown has been called the military capital of the American Revolution. The residents of the town have preserved their glorious history very well and the area is home to many places of historical significance.

Morristown Transportation

Newark International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Morristown Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Drew University, County College of Morris, Seton Hall University and Union County College.


Total Population 18,563
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 11,445
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 37.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.1%
Median Earnings25+ $47,208
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,206
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,324


Median Family Income $88,072
% Above Poverty Level 89.3%
% Below Poverty Level 10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.5%


People Living Alone 39.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,472
Median House Value $404,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.3%
Irish 12.9%

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

Morristown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07960
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07961, 07962, 07963
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.796
Longitude -74.481

Morristown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.7 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
Distance 7.6 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
Distance 10.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Convent Station (07961)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Hanover 11,248 $123,984
Florham Park 11,802 $141,071
Madison 16,091 $141,010
Morris Plains 5,598 $139,821
Randolph 25,917 $145,119

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

Morristown Public Libraries

Morristown & Morris Twp. Joint Free Pub. Lib.
Morristown, New Jersey
(973) 538-6161
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Morristown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(973) 971-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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Washington's headquarters i.e. Ford Mansion (Morristown) c1901.

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Washington's headquarters i.e. Ford Mansion (Morristown) c1901.

Washington's room (Washington's headquarters Ford Mansion, Morristown) c1901.

The Office (Washington's headquarters i.e. Ford Mansion, Morristown) c1901.

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