Introduction to Wanaque, New Jersey

Wanaque, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 7 miles N of Wayne, New Jersey and 21 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The town is in the Bergen - Passaic area. There are 10,266 residents in Wanaque.

Wanaque History

Until 1918, Wanaque was a part of the Pompton Township. It was incorporated on February 23, 1918 as an independent borough. Wanaque derived its name from an Indian term meaning "place where the sassafras tree grows."

Wanaque and nearby Attractions

  • Ringwood Manor House Museum
  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
  • Old Stone House Museum
  • Silas Condict Park
  • Van Riper-Hopper House
  • Paterson Museum

Things To Do In Wanaque

The Recreation Department of Wanaque organizes numerous athletic and other recreational activities. The town also offers facilities for skiing and golf courses. You can also visit the Butler Museum, the Fairy Tale Forest and Weis Ecology Center, which are close to Wanaque.

Wanaque Transportation

Teterboro Airport is nearby.

Wanaque Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by William Paterson University of New Jersey, Rockland Community College, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Bergen Community College and Passaic County Community College.


Total Population 11,617
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 23.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,814
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 53.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $94,112
% Above Poverty Level 95.5%
% Below Poverty Level 4.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,414
Median House Value $302,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.3%
US/American 0.4%
English 3.9%
Irish 18%

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

Wanaque Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Wayne, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Passaic
Standard Zip Codes 07465
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.038
Longitude -74.294

Wanaque Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 6.4 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
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Midvale (07465)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bloomingdale 7,933 $93,053
Butler 7,659 $106,875
Franklin Lakes 10,799 $174,444
Oakland 13,003 $121,671
Pompton Lakes 11,179 $104,482
Riverdale 4,154 $104,975

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

Wanaque Public Libraries

Wanaque Borough Free Public Library
Wanaque, New Jersey
(973) 839-4434

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Wanaque High Schools

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Serves 1,050 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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