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Overview

Introduction to Sparta, New Jersey

Sparta, New Jersey, in Sussex county, is 16 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey and 31 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Newark metropolitan area.

Sparta History

When European colonists first discovered this area it was occupied by the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans. These Dutch explorers also noticed the presence of red ores in this region and tried to mine them. But they failed in their attempts to extract copper from these ores. The area had its first permanent settler, Robert Ogden, in 1778. For over a hundred years zinc, iron and limestone were mined in this area.

Sparta and nearby Attractions

  • Grover Cleveland Birthplace
  • Ringwood Manor
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Franklin Mineral Museum
  • South Mountain Reservation
  • Wild West City
  • Hidden Valley Resort

Things To Do In Sparta

Sparta is a residential community which offers all amenities needed for a wholesome life. It is a beautiful township that is dotted with lakes and surrounded by mountains. Hiking is a popular activity and the various lakes also serve as picnic areas.

Sparta Transportation

Newark International is the nearest major airport.

Sparta Higher Education

Higher education is available at Sussex County Community College, Drew University and the Caldwell College.

People

Total Population 19,440
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 9,590
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 59.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $142,727
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 41 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,030
Median House Value $391,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
US/American 0.3%
English 8.9%
Irish 24.8%

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

Sparta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 31 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Sussex
Standard Zip Codes 07871
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.033
Longitude -74.638

Sparta 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 NEWTON ST PAULS ABBEY
Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 47.2 inches
Station CHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches
Station HIGH POINT PARK
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Andover 6,127 $131,217
Franklin 4,944 $70,938
Hopatcong 14,802 $91,554
Lafayette 2,350 $99,138
Newton 8,036 $66,625
Ogdensburg 2,432 $94,550

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

Sparta Public Libraries

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Sparta Public Library
22 WOODPORT ROAD
Sparta, New Jersey
(973) 729-3101
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Sparta High Schools

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SPARTA HIGH SCHOOL
70 WEST MOUNTAIN ROAD
973-729-6191
Serves 1,060 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

SUSSEX CTY TECH HIGH
105 NORTH CHURCH ROAD
973-383-6700
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 516 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.9

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