dcsimg

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,167
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+9,698
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married59.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher55.3%
Median Earnings25+$70,018
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$49,559

Wealth

Median Family Income$142,324
% Above Poverty Level97.4%
% Below Poverty Level2.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time41 minutes
% Working from Home6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone17.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,116
Median House Value$380,000

Ancestry

Italian23.4%
Irish21.8%
German17.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.7%
English8.6%
Polish6.5%
Dutch3.3%
Arab3.1%
Greek2.5%
Scottish2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Russian1.7%
Hungarian1.6%
Lithuanian1.6%
Norwegian1.5%
Swedish1.4%
Egyptian1.4%
Danishn1%
Austrian1%
Portuguese0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
African0.5%
Czech0.5%
Slovak0.4%
Guyanese0.4%
Israeli0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Iraqi0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
US/American0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
+ Show More

Sparta Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sussex County
Standard Zip Codes7871
Phone Area Codes973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.04
Approximate Longitude-74.62

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)

StationNEWTON ST PAULS ABBEY
Distance8.4 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
StationCHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance11.6 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
StationHIGH POINT PARK
Distance18.5 miles
Jan Temp12 to 32 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 79 F
Oct Temp39 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Andover6,108$133,393
Franklin4,888$68,633
Hopatcong14,633$92,962
Lafayette2,386$101,509
Newton7,982$67,396
Ogdensburg2,424$93,667

Sparta Public Libraries

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

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Sparta Public Schools

Helen Morgan School
100 Stanhope Road
ZIP: 7871
(973) 729-5770
Middle
Total Enrollment 509
Mohawk Avenue School
18 Mohawk Avneue
ZIP: 7871
(973) 729-1289
Primary
Total Enrollment 219
Northern Hills Academy
10 Gail Court
ZIP: 7871
(973) 579-6980
Other
Total Enrollment 38
Sparta Alpine School
151 Andover Road
ZIP: 7871
(973) 729-3107
Primary
Total Enrollment 608
Sparta High School
70 West Mountain Road
ZIP: 7871
(973) 729-6191
High
Total Enrollment 1142
Sparta Middle School
350 Main Street
ZIP: 7871
(973) 729-3151
Middle
Total Enrollment 815
Sussex County Charter School For Technology
385 N. Church Rd.
ZIP: 7871
(973) 383-3250
Middle
Total Enrollment 225
Sussex County Technical School
105 North Church Road
ZIP: 7871
(973) 383-6700
High
Total Enrollment 748

Sparta Private Schools

Alpine Montessori - Sparta
57 Main St
ZIP: 7871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Blessed Beginnings Preschool & Kindergarten
32 Main St
ZIP: 7871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
Bright Begginings Learning Center
26 Gail Ct Ste 5
ZIP: 7871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Hilltop Country Day School
32 Lafayette Rd
ZIP: 7871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 96
Kiddie Academy Child Care Learning Center
233 Sparta Ave
ZIP: 7871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Pope John Xxiii High School
28 Andover Rd
ZIP: 7871
Secondary
Total Enrollment 972
Rev George A Brown School
294 Sparta Ave
ZIP: 7871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 537
The Goddard School
107 Main St
ZIP: 7871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Veritas Christian Academy
385 Houses Corner Rd
ZIP: 7871
Secondary
Total Enrollment 79
Sources :
Study Online in Sparta
Additional Resources
Info for Sparta Government Officials


Are you an official in the Sparta government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.