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Hopatcong, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Hopatcong
Map of Hopatcong Borough in Sussex County.
Map of Hopatcong Borough in Sussex County.
Census Bureau map of Hopatcong, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hopatcong, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Sussex
Incorporated April 2, 1898 as Brooklyn
Renamed March 22, 1901 as Hopatcong
Area
 • Total 12.248 sq mi (31.722 km2)
 • Land 10.854 sq mi (28.113 km2)
 • Water 1.394 sq mi (3.609 km2)  11.318%
Area rank 188th of 566 in state
16th of 24 in county
Elevation 997 ft (304 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 15,147
 • Estimate (2015) 14,510
 • 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 Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07843
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3403732910
GNIS feature ID 0885259
Website www.hopatcong.org

Hopatcong /hpætkɑːnɡ/ 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.

History

Hopatcong NJ
Lake Hopatcong as seen from Hopatcong Borough.

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

Geography

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 75
1910 146 94.7%
1920 179 22.6%
1930 534 198.3%
1940 660 23.6%
1950 1,173 77.7%
1960 3,391 189.1%
1970 9,052 166.9%
1980 15,531 71.6%
1990 15,586 0.4%
2000 15,888 1.9%
2010 15,147 −4.7%
Est. 2015 14,510 −4.2%
Population sources: 1800-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 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.

Census 2000

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.

Transportation

As of May 2010, 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.

Events

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.


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