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Overview

Introduction to Rockaway, New Jersey

Rockaway, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 5 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center) and 21 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town has a population of approximately 6,473.

Rockaway History

The first settlers arrived in the early 1700s, at which time the settlement was known as "Rockaway Village". By the 1760s, the area was a center for manufacturing, trade, and religion. It had a grist mill and a saw mill, and there were also numerous mines that necessitated roads to be constructed in order to access. During the Revolutionary War, the village had numerous farmers, miners, and forgemen. Rockaway was an important iron manufacturing area, and following the British enactment of the Mercantile Acts, considerable Revolutionary activity occurred in the community. In the 1830s, the Morris Canal was constructed, and Rockaway Borough was incorporated in 1894.

Rockaway and Nearby Attractions

  • Hackettstown Historical Museum
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Turtle Back Zoo

Things To Do In Rockaway

Morris Museum, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morris Plains Museum, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and Whippany Railway Museum showcase exhibits which reflect the historical and cultural background of the region. The Edison National Historical Site includes Thomas Alva Edison's laboratory, while Morristown National Historical Park preserves the area occupied by the Continental Army during the Revolution. Tourne County Park, Silas Condict Park, Hopatcong State Park, and Hedden County Park are several of the popular parks in the area. They feature nature trails and provisions for camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Wild West City, a theme park, is another popular attraction. In addition, Rockaway offers easy access to Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Glen Rock Arboretum, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Turtle Back Zoo.

Rockaway Transportation

The closest major airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.

Rockaway Higher Education

Colleges near Rockaway include the County College of Morris, Drew University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, and Seton Hall University.

People

Total Population 24,353
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 13,050
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.3%
Median Earnings25+ $59,644
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,956
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,569

Wealth

Median Family Income $117,155
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,448
Median House Value $347,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.4%
Irish 19.7%

Rockaway Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07866
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.901
Longitude -74.514

Rockaway 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 MORRIS PLAINS 1 W
Distance 4.8 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 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
Station CHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance 10.5 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
Denville 16,814 $117,726
Dover 18,298 $59,084
Mine Hill 3,664 $101,696
Mountain Lakes 4,235 $187,045
Randolph 25,877 $140,482
Wharton 6,586 $74,485
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Rockaway High Schools

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MORRIS KNOLLS HIGH
50 KNOLL DRIVE
973-664-2201
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,563 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

MORRIS HILLS HIGH
520 WEST MAIN STREET
973-664-2301
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,088 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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520 WEST MAIN STREET
973-664-2301
A Vocational School
Serves 69 students.

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