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Hackettstown, New Jersey
Town
Town of Hackettstown
Hackettstown Hospital
Hackettstown Hospital
Map of Hackettstown in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Hackettstown in Warren County. Inset: Location of Warren County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Hackettstown, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hackettstown, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Warren
Incorporated March 9, 1853
Named for Samuel Hackett
Area
 • Total 3.712 sq mi (9.613 km2)
 • Land 3.607 sq mi (9.341 km2)
 • Water 0.105 sq mi (0.272 km2)  2.83%
Area rank 307th of 566 in state
18th of 22 in county
Elevation 554 ft (169 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 9,724
 • Estimate (2015) 9,579
 • Rank 246th of 566 in state
2nd of 22 in county
 • Density 2,696.1/sq mi (1,014.0/km2)
 • Density rank 232nd of 566 in state
3rd of 22 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07840
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3404128710
GNIS feature ID 0885237
Website www.hackettstown.net

Hackettstown is a town in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 9,724, reflecting a decline of 679 (-6.5%) from the 10,403 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,283 (+28.1%) from the 8,120 counted in the 1990 Census. The town is located in the easternmost region of the Lehigh Valley.

Hackettstown was incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 9, 1853, from portions of Independence Township. Portions of territory were exchanged with Mansfield Township in 1857, 1860, 1872 and 1875.

Hackettstown houses the headquarters of Mars Chocolate USA, the American division of Mars, Incorporated, makers of Milky Way, Mars, M&M's, Twix and Snickers candy bars, as well as pet foods (such as the well-known Whiskas and Pedigree brands), human foods (including Uncle Ben's) and non-confectionery snack foods (including Combos).

It is believed that Hackettstown was named after Samuel Hackett, an early settler and large landowner. Hackett is said to have "contributed liberally to the liquid refreshments on the christening of a new hotel, in order to secure the name which, before this, had been Helms' Mills or Musconetcong".

Hackettstown was named #72 of the top 100 towns in the United States to Live and Work In by Money Magazine in 2005; it has not been included since.

History

HACKETTSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, WARREN COUNTY
Hackettstown Historical Society Museum

William Johnson (1817 - 1891) was a prime mover in getting the town incorporated in 1853. He and his brother George (1815 - 1889) were successful merchants in the town beginning in 1839 when they began operating the W.L. & G.W Johnson dry good store. The two men were very active in community affairs. George was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a director of the Hackettstown National Bank, and a member of the Hackettstown Water Board. Both men were involved in the establishment of the Union Cemetery.

In 1925, a train wreck in the town killed 45 people and injured about 50 others en route to New York City from Chicago. The derailment occurred on Rockport road in the early morning at approximately 3:30AM. The event made national headlines and stands as the deadliest event in Warren County history.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 3.712 square miles (9.613 km2), including 3.607 square miles (9.341 km2) of land and 0.105 square miles (0.272 km2) of water (2.83%). The town is located in a valley along the banks of the Musconetcong River.

Upper Pohatcong Mountain extends northeast of Washington approximately 6 mi (9.7 km).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the town include Warren Furnace.

Hackettstown borders the townships of Washington to the southeast, Mansfield to the southwest, Allamuchy to the north, Mount Olive to the northeast, and Independence to the west.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,322
1870 2,202 66.6%
1880 2,502 13.6%
1890 2,417 −3.4%
1900 2,474 2.4%
1910 2,715 9.7%
1920 2,936 8.1%
1930 3,038 3.5%
1940 3,289 8.3%
1950 3,894 18.4%
1960 5,276 35.5%
1970 9,472 79.5%
1980 8,850 −6.6%
1990 8,120 −8.2%
2000 10,403 28.1%
2010 9,724 −6.5%
Est. 2015 9,579 −7.9%
Population sources:
1860-1920 1860-1870 1870
1880-1890 1890-1910
1910-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,724 people, 3,575 households, and 2,256 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,696.1 per square mile (1,041.0/km2). There were 3,755 housing units at an average density of 1,041.1 per square mile (402.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the town was 85.08% (8,273) White, 2.46% (239) Black or African American, 0.24% (23) Native American, 4.97% (483) Asian, 0.05% (5) Pacific Islander, 5.19% (505) from other races, and 2.02% (196) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.16% (1,474) of the population.

There were 3,575 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.3 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 91.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $62,215 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,907) and the median family income was $82,216 (+/- $10,611). Males had a median income of $51,489 (+/- $5,850) versus $41,822 (+/- $5,248) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,433 (+/- $2,122). About 4.4% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,403 people, 4,134 households, and 2,530 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,809.5 people per square mile (1,085.6/km2). There were 4,347 housing units at an average density of 1,174.0 per square mile (453.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.25% White, 2.18% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.91% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.01% of the population.

There were 4,134 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,955, and the median income for a family was $64,383. Males had a median income of $44,420 versus $31,110 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,742. About 2.3% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the town had a total of 34.47 miles (55.47 km) of roadways, of which 28.83 miles (46.40 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.96 miles (4.76 km) by Warren County and 2.68 miles (4.31 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Passing through Hackettstown are U.S. Route 46, Route 57, and County Route 517. Route 182 exists completely within the boundaries of Hackettstown.

Public transportation

The Hackettstown station is the western terminus of the NJ Transit Morristown Line and the Montclair-Boonton Line, which both provide service to Hoboken Terminal with connections to Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan via Midtown Direct trains. New Jersey Transit bus service used to be provided on the MCM5 and 973 local routes before they were discontinued.

Warren County operates a shuttle along Route 57 to Washington Township that operates on an hourly loop on weekdays, with connections available to a shuttle to Philipsburg.

Airports

Hackettstown is located 49.3 miles (79.3 km) from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth. Lehigh Valley International Airport, near Allentown, Pennsylvania, is 39.0 miles (62.8 km) away.

Hackettstown Airport, a small general aviation airport with the official database designation of (FAA LID: N05) is located in adjoining Mansfield Township, only a few hundred yards from the municipal border with Hackettstown proper.


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