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 11,243
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 24.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,602
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 55.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.9%
Median Earnings25+ $49,820
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $42,407
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,892


Median Family Income $94,638
% Above Poverty Level 96.4%
% Below Poverty Level 3.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 21.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,404
Median House Value $312,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 5.1%
Irish 17.5%

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 7,808 $91,691
Butler 7,636 $106,298
Franklin Lakes 10,726 $171,900
Oakland 12,914 $124,160
Pompton Lakes 11,162 $101,577
Riverdale 3,906 $103,485

Wanaque Public Libraries

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

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

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