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Overview

Introduction to Bernardsville, New Jersey

Bernardsville, New Jersey, in Somerset county, is 12 miles SW of Parsippany, New Jersey and 20 miles W of Newark, New Jersey.

Bernardsville History

Bernardsville was initially a part of Bernards Township, which was established on February 21, 1798. Until 1840, the area was known as Vealtown. It was renamed Bernardsville in honor of the Colonial governor of New Jersey, Sir Francis Bernard. The first railroad line in the area, the Gladstone Branch, was laid in the area in 1872. The railroad played a significant role in the growth and development of the community. On March 6, 1924, Bernardsville was officially incorporated. After the Civil War, the community witnessed an influx of wealthy and prominent New Yorkers. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and actress Meryl Streep have both resided in Bernardsville.

Bernardsville and nearby Attractions

  • American Labor Museum
  • Waterloo Village
  • Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum
  • Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Washington Rock State Park

Things To Do In Bernardsville

The Drake House Museum, the Morris Museum, the Whippany Railway Museum and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm are some of the museums in the area. Bernardsville is also close to historic sites like the Waterloo Village, Liberty Hall, Edison National Historic Site and the Van Riper-Hopper House. Washington Rock State Park, Hacklebarney State Park and North Branch Park offer opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and hiking. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Somerset Hills Country Club.

Bernardsville Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Bernardsville Higher Education

The County College of Morris, Drew University and Raritan Valley Community College are some of the colleges accessible from Bernardsville.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,776
Male Share of the Population55%
Female Share of the Population45%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+3,862
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married69.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher70.8%
Median Earnings25+$68,236
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,359

Wealth

Median Family Income$159,359
% Above Poverty Level98.3%
% Below Poverty Level1.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home11.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation9.1%

Housing

People Living Alone21.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,742
Median House Value$671,200

Ancestry

Irish25.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.4%
Italian18.2%
German16.4%
English9.2%
Russian3.6%
Polish3.6%
Scottish2.6%
Hungarian2.4%
Czech1.8%
French Except Basque1.3%
Austrian1.3%
Portuguese1.2%
Slovak1.2%
Dutch1.2%
Norwegian1.1%
New Zealand1%
Swedish0.8%
Croatian0.7%
Greek0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Egyptian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
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Bernardsville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Somerset County
Standard Zip Codes7924
Phone Area Codes908,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.73
Approximate Longitude-74.59

Bernardsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSOMERVILLE 4 NW
Distance8.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip47.7 inches
StationCANOE BROOK
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 66 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
StationLONG VALLEY
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 37 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip53.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bedminster8,234$138,036
Berkeley Heights13,387$169,343
Far Hills991$123,750
Mendham5,892$200,536
Morristown18,677$95,411

Bernardsville Public Libraries

Bernardsville Public Library
1 ANDERSON HILL ROAD
Bernardsville, New Jersey
(908) 766-0118

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Bernardsville Public Schools

Bernards High School
25 Olcott Avenue
ZIP: 7924
(908) 630-3000
High
Total Enrollment 843
Bernardsville Middle School
141 Seney Drive
ZIP: 7924
(908) 204-1916
Middle
Total Enrollment 573
Marion T. Bedwell Elementary School
141 Seney Drive
ZIP: 7924
(908) 204-1920
Primary
Total Enrollment 624

Bernardsville Private Schools

Palmer School
22 Church St
ZIP: 7924
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
School Of Saint Elizabeth
30 Seney Dr
ZIP: 7924
Elementary
Total Enrollment 156
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Historic Bernardsville

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Bernardsville between 1890 and 1901

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Bernardsville between 1890 and 1901

Near Bernardsville between 1890 and 1901

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