Introduction to West Milford, New Jersey

West Milford, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 15 miles N of Wayne, New Jersey and 29 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Bergen - Passaic metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 26,410 people lived in West Milford.

West Milford History

Originally West Milford was known as New Milford. It was settled by the Dutch. These settlers built another town by the name of New Milford in eastern Bergen County. This eventually led to the renaming of the original New Milford into West Milford, when both towns applied for a post office at the same time in 1828. The area was incorporated as a municipality in March of 1834.

West Milford and nearby Attractions

  • Hidden Valley Resort
  • Campgaw Mountain Ski Area
  • Demarest Hill Winery
  • Franklin Mineral Museum
  • Cardinal Art Gallery
  • Camp Hope

Things To Do In West Milford

West Milford is situated in a beautiful, mountainous region that has over forty lakes. People have opportunity to indulge in many different activities like boating, fishing, biking and hiking. The area has a small town feel and considering its beautiful surroundings, its an ideal place to relax.

West Milford Transportation

Stewart International Airport is a short drive away.

West Milford Higher Education

Higher education facilities are offered nearby at Ramapo College.


Total Population 26,610
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 13,839
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.4%
Median Earnings25+ $52,420
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,440
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,852


Median Family Income $109,530
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%


People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,471
Median House Value $291,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.3%
US/American 0.4%
English 6.6%
Irish 27%

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

West Milford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles N of Wayne, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Passaic
Standard Zip Codes 07480
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.131
Longitude -74.367

West Milford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.6 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 7.2 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
Distance 18.5 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, West Milford, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Gordon Lakes (07480)

Pine Cliff Lake (07480)

Shady Lake (07480)

West Milford Lakes (07480)

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
Kinnelon 10,372 $152,188
Ringwood 12,387 $115,140
Vernon 22,955 $96,880
Wanaque 11,617 $94,112

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

West Milford Public Libraries

West Milford Township Library
West Milford, New Jersey
(973) 728-2820

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Serves 1,450 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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