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Overview

Introduction to Boonton, New Jersey

Boonton, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 3 miles N of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center) and 16 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey.

Boonton History

The first settlement in present day Boonton, dates back to the early 18th century. In 1747, Obadiah Baldwin operated an iron refining forge, and workers in the mill settled in the surrounding area with their families. In 1761, the community was named "Boone-Towne" in honor of Thomas Boone, the Colonial Governor. In 1770, Samuel Ogden established Boonton Iron Works which supplied iron products to the military during the American Revolutionary War. Following the construction of the Morris Canal in the 1820s, the New Jersey Iron Company launched operations in the village which led to the growth of a new community by the name of "Booneton Falls." Gradually, more industries were established in the region, and on March 16, 1866, the community of Boonton was officially formed from portions of Pequannock Township and Hanover Township. It was reincorporated as a town on March 18, 1867.

Boonton and Nearby Attractions

  • Boonton Historical Society Museum
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Washington Rock State Park
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary

Things To Do In Boonton

Boonton is home to the Boonton Historical Society Museum, and the New Jersey Firemen's Home & Museum both of which have various artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the region. Morristown National Historical Park, which was occupied by General George Washington's troops during the Revolution, is a site of historic interest near Boonton. The town also offers easy access to several other museums and historic sites like Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morris Museum, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, and Edison National Historic Site. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Turtle Back Zoo, Old Troy County Park, West Essex Park, New Jersey Botanical Garden, and Eagle Rock Reservation are other popular destinations in the area.

Boonton Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Boonton Higher Education

Drew University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, County College of Morris, and Seton Hall University are the nearby colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,346
Male Share of the Population50.5%
Female Share of the Population49.5%
Senior Citizens17.8%
Employed Population 16+1,938
Age of the Population49

Families

% of people married57%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher61.1%
Median Earnings25+$69,786
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$45,833

Wealth

Median Family Income$152,583
% Above Poverty Level97.4%
% Below Poverty Level2.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation5.1%

Housing

People Living Alone24.9%
Median Gross Rent$0
Median House Value$545,500

Ancestry

Italian26%
German25.1%
Irish20.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.5%
Polish12.2%
English9.6%
Russian7%
Greek2.9%
Dutch2.4%
Slovak1.4%
Bulgarian1.3%
Canadian1.2%
Arab1%
US/American1%
French Except Basque1%
Iranian0.8%
Norwegian0.8%
Scottish0.8%
Egyptian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Portuguese0.7%
Czech0.6%
Swedish0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
African0.3%
Estonian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Haitian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Boonton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Morris County
Standard Zip Codes7005
Phone Area Codes862,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.9
Approximate Longitude-74.4

Boonton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBOONTON 1 SE
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip50.9 inches
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance8.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches
StationCHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance9.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 36 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip52.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Denville16,800$126,708
Lincoln Park10,488$94,290
Montville21,740$149,886
Mountain Lakes4,287$190,577
Rockaway24,541$117,095

Boonton Public Libraries

Boonton Holmes Public Library
621 MAIN STREET
Boonton, New Jersey
(973) 334-2980

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Boonton Public Schools

Boonton High School
306 Lathrop Avenue
ZIP: 7005
(973) 335-9700
High
Total Enrollment 578
Intervale Elementary School
60 Pitt Road, Po Box 52
ZIP: 7005
(973) 263-7075
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
John Hill School
435 Lathrop Avenue
ZIP: 7005
(973) 316-9235
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
School Street School
720 Birch Street
ZIP: 7005
(973) 316-9225
Primary
Total Enrollment 16

Boonton Private Schools

Our Lady Of Mt Carmel School
205 Oak St
ZIP: 7005
Elementary
Total Enrollment 90
Sage Day At Boonton
215 Hill St
ZIP: 7005
Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
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Historic Boonton

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Morris and Essex canal between 1890 and 1901

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Morris and Essex canal between 1890 and 1901

Top of plane (Morris and Essex canal) between 1890 and 1901

Boat ascending plane (Morris and Essex canal) c1900

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