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Overview

Introduction to Hopatcong, New Jersey

Hopatcong, New Jersey, in Sussex county, is 13 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey and 28 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Newark metropolitan area.

Hopatcong History

The town of Hopatcong borders on one of the biggest partially man-made lakes in New Jersey, Lake Hopatcong. The area used to be called "Brookland" in the 1800s, and this lake was then known as the "Great Pond" or the "Brookland Pond." The town was initially established as the Borough of Brooklyn on April 2, 1898. However, it was renamed Hopatcong on March 22, 1901. Because of its easy access to New York City, Hopatcong developed as a summer get-away for the wealthy. With the development of the Interstate highways, the town gradually became a residential community.

Hopatcong and nearby Attractions

  • Drake House Museum
  • Waterloo Village
  • Wick House Herb Garden
  • Lakes End Marina
  • Lake Lackawanna Golf Course
  • Wild West City

Things To Do In Hopatcong

There are a number of historic sites and museums near Hopatcong. These include the Drake House Museum, the Community Children's Museum, the Hackettstown Historical Museum, the Morristown National Historical Park, and the Waterloo Village. The Wick House Herb Garden, another important historical site, illustrates the uses of plants in the 17th century. The Hopatcong town itself has a beautiful lake called Bear Pond, and another stunning creek, the Mountain Brook. The Wild West City is a theme park with a variety of rides that is extremely popular with kids.

Hopatcong Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Hopatcong Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are available at the County College Of Morris, Drew University, and the Raritan Valley Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,633
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+7,650
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married54.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.4%
Median Earnings25+$46,607
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,866
Median Earnings With High School Degree$43,239

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,962
% Above Poverty Level93.8%
% Below Poverty Level6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone20.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,338
Median House Value$238,300

Ancestry

Irish24.5%
Italian22.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.3%
German19.1%
Polish10.6%
English6.1%
Dutch2.1%
French Except Basque2.1%
Russian2%
Greek1.4%
Hungarian1.3%
Swedish1.3%
Scottish1.2%
Arab0.7%
Ukrainian0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Slovak0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Turkish0.4%
Canadian0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Jamaican0.3%
Maltese0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Australian0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Finnish0.2%
British0.1%
Danishn0.1%
US/American0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Hopatcong Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sussex County
Standard Zip Codes7843
Phone Area Codes862,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.95
Approximate Longitude-74.65

Hopatcong Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEWTON ST PAULS ABBEY
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip47.2 inches
StationLONG VALLEY
Distance12.2 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
StationCHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance14.5 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
Mine Hill3,634$103,561
Mount Arlington5,251$97,708
Netcong3,248$86,563
Sparta19,167$142,324
Stanhope3,457$102,976
Wharton6,586$71,346

Hopatcong Public Schools

Durban Avenue Elementary School
616 Durban Avenue
ZIP: 7843
(973) 398-8805
Middle
Total Enrollment 235
Hopatcong High School
2a Windsor Ave
ZIP: 7843
(973) 398-8803
High
Total Enrollment 551
Hopatcong Middle School
1 David Road
ZIP: 7843
(973) 398-8804
Middle
Total Enrollment 352
Hudson Maxim Elementary School
452 Lakeside Blvd
ZIP: 7843
(973) 398-8807
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Tulsa Trail Elementary School
2 Tulsa Trail
ZIP: 7843
(973) 398-8806
Primary
Total Enrollment 252

Hopatcong Private Schools

West Side Child Care Center
16 Maxim Dr
ZIP: 7843
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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Historic Hopatcong

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Club house from village between 1890 and 1901

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Club house from village between 1890 and 1901

Lake from the club house between 1890 and 1901

Down Lake Hopatcong from Hotel Dunbar. between 1900 and 1920

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