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Overview

Introduction to Rockaway, New Jersey

Rockaway, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 5 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center) and 21 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey.

Rockaway History

The first settlers arrived in the early 1700s, at which time the settlement was known as "Rockaway Village." By the 1760s, the area was a center for manufacturing, trade, and religion. It had a grist mill and a saw mill, and there were also numerous mines that necessitated roads to be constructed in order to access. During the Revolutionary War, the village had numerous farmers, miners, and forgemen. Rockaway was an important iron manufacturing area, and following the British enactment of the Mercantile Acts, considerable Revolutionary activity occurred in the community. In the 1830s, the Morris Canal was constructed, and Rockaway Borough was incorporated in 1894.

Rockaway and Nearby Attractions

  • Hackettstown Historical Museum
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Turtle Back Zoo

Things To Do In Rockaway

Morris Museum, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morris Plains Museum, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and Whippany Railway Museum showcase exhibits which reflect the historical and cultural background of the region. The Edison National Historical Site includes Thomas Alva Edison's laboratory, while Morristown National Historical Park preserves the area occupied by the Continental Army during the Revolution. Tourne County Park, Silas Condict Park, Hopatcong State Park, and Hedden County Park are several of the popular parks in the area. They feature nature trails and provisions for camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Wild West City, a theme park, is another popular attraction. In addition, Rockaway offers easy access to Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Glen Rock Arboretum, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Turtle Back Zoo.

Rockaway Transportation

The closest major airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.

Rockaway Higher Education

Colleges near Rockaway include the County College of Morris, Drew University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, and Seton Hall University.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,541
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens16.6%
Employed Population 16+13,037
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married59.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47.8%
Median Earnings25+$59,749
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,152
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,574

Wealth

Median Family Income$117,095
% Above Poverty Level96.6%
% Below Poverty Level3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone22.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,551
Median House Value$341,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25%
Italian22.3%
Irish20.7%
German15.5%
Polish7.9%
English7.3%
Russian3.6%
Hungarian1.9%
Dutch1.7%
Scottish1.5%
French Except Basque1.4%
Ukrainian1.2%
Slovak1.1%
Norwegian1%
Greek0.9%
Danishn0.8%
Austrian0.8%
African0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Arab0.6%
Senegalese0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Egyptian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
British0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Macedonian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Ethiopian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Cypriot0.1%
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Rockaway Almanac

CategoryValue
County Morris County
Standard Zip Codes7866
Phone Area Codes862,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.95
Approximate Longitude-74.49

Rockaway Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMORRIS PLAINS 1 W
Distance4.8 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp36 to 61 F
Jul Temp59 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 65 F
Annual Precip53.6 inches
StationBOONTON 1 SE
Distance6 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
StationCHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance10.5 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
Denville16,800$126,708
Dover18,317$67,591
Mine Hill3,634$103,561
Mountain Lakes4,287$190,577
Randolph25,916$148,670
Wharton6,586$71,346

Rockaway Public Libraries

Rockaway Borough Free Public Library
82 E. MAIN STREET
Rockaway, New Jersey
(973) 627-5709
Rockaway Township Free Public Library
61 MOUNT HOPE ROAD
Rockaway, New Jersey
(973) 627-2344

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Rockaway Public Schools

Academy For Mathematics Science And Engineering
520 West Main Street
ZIP: 7866
(973) 664-2301
High
Total Enrollment 97
Copeland Middle School
100 Lake Shore Drive
ZIP: 7866
(973) 627-2465
Middle
Total Enrollment 863
Katharine D Malone Elementary School
524 Green Pond Road
ZIP: 7866
(973) 627-7512
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Lincoln Elementary School
37 Keller Avenue
ZIP: 7866
(973) 625-8602
Primary
Total Enrollment 239
Morris Hills High School
520 West Main Street
ZIP: 7866
(973) 664-2301
High
Total Enrollment 1202
Park Lake School
72 Academy Street
ZIP: 7866
(973) 983-1099
Other
Total Enrollment 39
Stony Brook Elementary School
44 Stony Brook Road
ZIP: 7866
(973) 627-2411
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
95 East Main Street
ZIP: 7866
(973) 625-8603
Middle
Total Enrollment 339

Rockaway Private Schools

Bright Horizons Of Rockaway
295 Us Highway 46 Ste 7
ZIP: 7866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
Chabad Early Learning Center
65 Pawnee Ave
ZIP: 7866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Community Nursery School
73 Cayuga Ave
ZIP: 7866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Little Learner Academy
25 Green Pond Rd Ste 2
ZIP: 7866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
Sacred Heart School
40 E Main St
ZIP: 7866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
St Cecilia Elementary School
87 Halsey Ave
ZIP: 7866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 164
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