Introduction to Washington, New Jersey

Washington, New Jersey is 22 miles NE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 42 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. Located in Warren county, the population of the town is 6,712.

Washington History

In 1868, the borough of Washington separated from the Washington Township, and was officially incorporated on February 20th, 1868. Numerous transportation routes were established in the 19th century, including the Morris & Essex Railroad and the Morris Canal. As a result, the community experienced significant growth and development and soon became a center for farmers from surrounding townships. In the later half of the 19th and 20th century, Washington emerged as a major producer of musical instruments, especially organs. Since Washington was within commutable distance of the New York City area, it experienced large population growth in the post World War II years.

Washington and Nearby Attractions

  • Hackettstown Historical Museum
  • Stroud Mansion
  • Old Stone House Village
  • Black River & Western Railroad
  • Hacklebarney State Park
  • Leonard Buck Garden

Things To Do In Washington

The Hackettstown Historical Museum, Warren County Historical Society Museum, Hunterdon Historical Museum, and Lebanon Museum display artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. The Red Mill Museum Village is a former mill and includes a general store, a schoolhouse, and a working blacksmith shop. Hunterdon Museum of Art is a historical mill featuring modern and contemporary works of art. Waterloo Village, and Stroud Mansion are two historical sites located close to Washington. A variety of recreational amenities are provided by the Hacklebarney State Park, Stephens State Park, Spruce Run Recreational Area, Schooleys Mountain Park, and Round Valley Recreational Area. Among the other popular destinations are Leonard Buck Garden, Black River & Western Railroad, and theme parks such as Wild West City and Northlandz.

Washington Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Washington Higher Education

Washington is home to the Warren County Community College. Other colleges nearby are Lafayette College, Northampton County Area Community College, and Rariton Valley Community College.


Total Population 6,510
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,352
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 63.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.5%
Median Earnings25+ $51,637
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,977
Median Earnings With High School Degree $50,586


Median Family Income $97,697
% Above Poverty Level 98.4%
% Below Poverty Level 1.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 14.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,112
Median House Value $301,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 17.7%

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

Washington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NE of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Warren
Standard Zip Codes 07882
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.758
Longitude -74.979

Washington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 37 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Califon 1,283 $118,365
Glen Gardner 1,560 $90,268
Hampton 5,056 $92,269
High Bridge 3,581 $102,821

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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Serves 306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

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