Wantage, New Jersey

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Wantage, New Jersey

Introduction to Wantage, New Jersey

Wantage, New Jersey is 26 miles NW of Wayne, New Jersey and 40 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Sussex county. The town is part of the Newark metro area. The population of Wantage is 10,387.

Wantage History

The area that is now referred to as Wantage was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. Dutch settlers arrived in the area sometime in the 17th century. Local lore suggests that this township was either named after Wantage in England, or based on an Indian word, which means "wise speaker."

Wantage and nearby Attractions

  • Space Farms Zoological Park and Museum
  • Wallkill Lake
  • Wawayanda State Park
  • Hidden Valley
  • Highland Lake
  • Van Riper-Hopper House

Things To Do In Wantage

People at Wantage have ready access to many diverse and interesting opportunities. One can go skiing at nearby Hidden Valley. It is also home to the Wawayanda Lake, which is popular among those wishing to relax in beautiful surroundings.

Wantage Transportation

Stewart International Airport provides regular flights.

Wantage Higher Education

One can enroll at Orange County Community College or Sussex County Community College for higher studies.

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Comparative Profile of Wantage, New Jersey

Comparing Wantage to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Age of the Population 5 3
Well-Paid Single Men 4 1
Racial Diversity 3 2
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 6
Median Family Income 8 5
People Above Poverty 8 5
College Educated Adults 5 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 5 1
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Affordability of Rents 3 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
People Living Alone 1 1

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Wantage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles NW of Wayne, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Sussex
Standard Zip Codes 07461
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.244
Longitude -74.551

Wantage 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 3.5 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 7.1 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 16.2 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
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Wantage Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,387 100%
Male 5,113 49.2%
Female 5,274 50.8%
Under 18 3,050 29.4%
18+ 7,337 70.6%
65+ 916 8.8%
Median Age 36.3
Average Family Size 3.33
White 10,086 97.1%
African-American 67 0.6%
Asian 70 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 43 0.4%
Mixed Race 114 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 300 2.9%

Estimated Wantage Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,446
Growth 1,059
Growth % 10.2%

Wantage Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 17.4%
Irish 17.1%
Italian 16.5%
English 11.4%
US/American 7.2%
Dutch 6.6%
Polish 5.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
Scottish 1.4%
Portuguese 1.1%
Russian 1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Czech 0.9%
Austrian 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Egyptian 0.5%
Israeli 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Moroccan 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Macedonian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Beemerville (07461)
Colesville (07461)
High Point (07461)
High Point Park (07461)
Wallkill Lake (07461)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wantage 10,387 $65,339
Franklin 5,160 $52,682
Hamburg 3,105 $64,773
Ogdensburg 2,638 $70,521
Sussex 2,145 $45,250
Vernon 24,686 $72,609
West Milford 26,410 $80,264
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