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Overview

Introduction to Wharton, New Jersey

Wharton, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 8 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center) and 24 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey.

Wharton History

Wharton, which is located in Morris County, New Jersey, was officially incorporated as the borough of Port Oram on June 26, 1895 by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature. It was formed from parts of Randolph and Rockaway townships. The name was changed from Port Oram to Wharton in 1902. The borough’s name honors Joseph Wharton, who owned a blast furnace. This area was basically a mining camp ground.

Wharton and Nearby Attractions

  • Montclair Art Museum
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Ringwood Manor
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary

Things To Do In Wharton

Museums neaby include Montclair Art Museum, Crane Phillips Living Museum, and Morris Plains Museum, all of which display an array of artifacts. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary hosues a large collection of rare bird species, while the Turtle Back Zoo has animals from every continent except Antarctica.

Wharton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Wharton Higher Education

Universities and colleges located near Wharton include County College of Morris, Drew University, William Paterson University Of New Jersey, and Rariton Valley Community College.

People

Total Population 6,607
Male Share of the Population 52.3%
Female Share of the Population 47.7%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,306
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 39.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.1%
Median Earnings25+ $35,976
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,158
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,232

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,688
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 31%
Median Gross Rent $1,301
Median House Value $275,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 15.1%

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

Wharton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07885
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.893
Longitude -74.582

Wharton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MORRIS PLAINS 1 W
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Station BOONTON 1 SE
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Station LONG VALLEY
Distance 13 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dover 18,324 $61,451
Hopatcong 14,802 $91,554
Mine Hill 3,649 $103,281
Mount Arlington 5,187 $97,596
Randolph 25,917 $145,119
Rockaway 24,546 $114,667

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

Wharton Public Libraries

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15 S. MAIN STREET
Wharton, New Jersey
(973) 361-1333
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