Introduction to Vernon, New Jersey

Vernon, New Jersey, in Sussex county, is 21 miles NW of Wayne, New Jersey and 35 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is in the Newark area. There are 24,686 residents in Vernon.

Vernon History

Present day Vernon was originally a part of the Hardyston Township, but was separated on April 8, 1793. It was incorporated on February 21, 1798. The area was named after English admiral Edward Vernon.

Vernon and nearby Attractions

  • Mountain Creek Waterpark
  • Space Farms Zoological Park and Museum
  • Wawayanda State Park
  • High Point State Park
  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Things To Do In Vernon

There are a variety of things to do in Vernon. The town offers a water park or you can also enjoy the wildlife beauty at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. The town of Vernon also organizes Oktoberfest and the Birding and Nature Festival every year.

Vernon Transportation

The nearest major airport is Stewart International.

Vernon Higher Education

Higher education facilities are provided by the Sussex County Community College, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Orange County Community College, William Paterson University and several others.


Total Population 23,168
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,580
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 55.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.7%
Median Earnings25+ $44,197
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $41,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,485


Median Family Income $97,528
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 42 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 17.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,238
Median House Value $249,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 0.3%
English 8%
Irish 28.9%

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

Vernon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles NW of Wayne, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Sussex
Standard Zip Codes 07462
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.198
Longitude -74.483

Vernon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SUSSEX 2 NE
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Distance 11.9 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
Franklin 4,994 $79,491
Hamburg 3,225 $93,333
Ogdensburg 2,348 $98,000
Sussex 2,070 $49,766
Wantage 11,244 $90,300
West Milford 26,492 $108,624

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

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