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Hopatcong, New Jersey
|Borough of Hopatcong|
Map of Hopatcong Borough in Sussex County.
Census Bureau map of Hopatcong, New Jersey
|Incorporated||April 2, 1898 as Brooklyn|
|Renamed||March 22, 1901 as Hopatcong|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||12.35 sq mi (31.99 km2)|
|• Land||10.89 sq mi (28.21 km2)|
|• Water||1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2) 11.83%|
|Area rank||186th of 565 in state
16th of 24 in county
|Elevation||997 ft (304 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||167th of 566 in state
3rd of 24 in county
|• Density||1,395.5/sq mi (538.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||347th of 566 in state
6th of 24 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885259|
Hopatcong ( hoh-PAT-kong) is a borough in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 15,147, reflecting a decline of 741 (-4.7%) from the 15,888 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 302 (+1.9%) from the 15,586 counted in the 1990 Census.
The town of Hopatcong has a rich history, given its relationship with New York City. It borders Lake Hopatcong, a partially man-made lake that is now a source of much recreation and desirable real estate, and is the biggest lake in New Jersey. The community, 40 miles (64 km) west of New York City, began as a summer getaway for the wealthy in NYC who primarily sought access to the lake. An amusement park, called "Bertrand's Island", sprang up and was accessible via the lake, trolley or by car through Mount Arlington. The construction of Interstate 80, a highway that stretches from Teaneck, New Jersey, all the way across the country to San Francisco, California, triggered rapid growth in New York City's suburbs and led to Hopatcong becoming a permanent residential community.
The area had been called "Brookland" in the 19th century and the lake that was expanded to become Lake Hopatcong had been known as "Great Pond" or "Brookland Pond". During the 1830s, the name of the community had been modified to "Brooklyn", to match the spelling of the city on New York's Long Island. Hopatcong was originally established as the Town of Brooklyn on April 2, 1898, from portions of Byram Township. On March 22, 1901, the Borough of Hopatcong replaced Brooklyn. In 1922, residents of Byram Cove, Northwood, and other areas to the west of the original land area of the borough, voted to leave Byram Township and join Hopatcong, leaving the Borough with its current borders.
While the origin of the borough's name is unclear, it is said to derive from Native American phrases variously meaning "stone over water" or "pipestone", among other variations
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 12.248 square miles (31.722 km2), including 10.854 square miles (28.113 km2) of land and 1.394 square miles (3.609 km2) of water (11.38%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Bear Ponds, Byram Cove, Cow Tongue Point, Davis Cove, Glasser, Hendersons Cove, Lake Hopatcong, Roseville, Sharps Rock and Sperry Springs.
|Population sources: 1800-1920
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the census of 2010, there were 15,147 people, 5,653 households, and 4,110 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,395.5 per square mile (538.8/km2). There were 6,296 housing units at an average density of 580.0 per square mile (223.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 91.07% (13,794) White, 2.91% (441) Black or African American, 0.11% (16) Native American, 2.25% (341) Asian, 0.02% (3) Pacific Islander, 1.76% (266) from other races, and 1.89% (286) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.32% (1,714) of the population.
There were 5,653 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 101.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $85,730 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,570) and the median family income was $95,962 (+/- $5,996). Males had a median income of $60,533 (+/- $5,094) versus $47,515 (+/- $7,133) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,033 (+/- $2,406). About 1.6% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 15,888 people, 5,656 households, and 4,236 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,449.7 people per square mile (559.7/km2). There were 6,190 housing units at an average density of 564.8 per square mile (218.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.10% White, 1.95% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 1.42% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.99% of the population.
There were 5,656 households, out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $65,799, and the median income for a family was $73,277. Males had a median income of $47,083 versus $34,238 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,698. About 2.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 78.70 miles (126.66 km) of roadways, of which 65.33 miles (105.14 km) were maintained by the municipality and 13.37 miles (21.52 km) by Sussex County.
No Interstate, U.S., state or major county highways enter Hopatcong. The only roads serving the borough are minor county routes, such as County Route 605 and County Route 607, and municipally-maintained streets. The roads are paved and well maintained.
Hopatcong holds annual APBA Boat Races that attract the local residents to a day at the lake. Hopatcong is also known for its yearly "Hopatcong Days" that offer a weekend of events that include a parade, and an array of festivities in Modick Park, sponsored by the local Business Association and including an annual Soap Box Derby and Car Show.
The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum holds a variety of local historical artifacts.
Students in public school for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade are served by the Hopatcong Public Schools. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 1,573 students and 144.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1. To address a significant reduction in state aid, Hudson Maxim School, which had served grades PreK-1, was closed at the end of the 2018-19 school year. For the 2019-20 school year, the grades were reconfigured across the remaining four school facilities. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Hudson Maxim School (closed; was 275 students in grades PreK-1), Tulsa Trail Elementary School (now PreK-1; was 235 in 2-3), Durban Avenue School (now 2-3; was 255 in 4-5), Hopatcong Middle School (now 4-7; was 356 in 6-8) and Hopatcong High School (now 8-12; was 423 in 9-12).
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Hopatcong include:
- Joe Cook (1890–1959), vaudeville actor who lived on the shores of Lake Hopatcong in a house he named "Sleepless Hollow".
- Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924), actress.
- Carmen LoPorto (born 1997), child actor.
- Joe Martinek (born 1989), leading football rusher in New Jersey high school history.
- Hudson Maxim (1853–1927), inventor and chemist who is the namesake of the district's Hudson Maxim School.
- Dave Yovanovits (born 1981), former NFL offensive lineman.
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