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Kinnelon, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Kinnelon
Tripod Rock in Pyramid Mountain County Park
Tripod Rock in Pyramid Mountain County Park
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Kinnelon, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Kinnelon, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Morris County, New Jersey.gif Morris
Incorporated March 21, 1922
Named for Francis S. Kinney
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 19.24 sq mi (49.82 km2)
 • Land 18.03 sq mi (46.70 km2)
 • Water 1.21 sq mi (3.13 km2)  6.27%
Area rank 146th of 565 in state
10th of 39 in county
Elevation
699 ft (213 m)
Population
 • Total 10,248
 • Estimate 
(2019)
9,896
 • Rank 238th of 566 in state
20th of 39 in county
 • Density 569.7/sq mi (220.0/km2)
 • Density rank 433rd of 566 in state
33rd of 39 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07405
Area code(s) 201 and 973
FIPS code 3402737110
GNIS feature ID 0885269

Kinnelon is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, located approximately 33 miles (53 km) west of New York City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 10,248, reflecting an increase of 883 (+9.4%) from the 9,365 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 895 (+10.6%) from the 8,470 counted in the 1990 Census. It is a low-density, suburban community, with many parks and trails.

Once known as Charlotteburg, Kinnelon was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 20, 1922, from portions of Pequannock Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on March 21, 1922. The borough's name comes from Francis S. Kinney, who purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) of land in the 1880s for an estate that included Lake Kinnelon, and built St. Hubert's Chapel in 1886 on an island in the lake.

Kinnelon is home to Smoke Rise, an upscale private gated community that describes itself as one of the oldest gated communities in the United States. It includes more than 900 unique homes located on 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) in addition to Lake Kinnelon.

In 2012, Forbes.com listed Kinnelon as 462nd in its listing of "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes", with a median home price of $630,414.

The borough is one of the state's highest-income communities. Based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2014–2018, Kinnelon residents had a median household income of $156,048, almost double the statewide median of $79,363.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 19.186 square miles (49.693 km2), including 17.987 square miles (46.587 km2) of land and 1.199 square miles (3.106 km2) of water (6.25%).

The borough is home to Silas Condict County Park, which covers 1,000 acres (400 ha) and was dedicated in 1964. Tripod Rock is located in Kinnelon's Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area, portions of which are located in the borough. Its largest lake is Lake Kinnelon, which is within Smoke Rise, a private gated community of 900 homes located on 3,000 acres (1,200 ha).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Bald Hill, Brook Valley, Charlottesburg, Fayson Lakes, Ideal Lake, Jacksonville, Saw Mill Pond, Smoke Rise, Stickle Pond, Sun Tan Lake, Surprise Lake and Untermeyer Lake.

Splitrock Reservoir is 625 acres (2.53 km2) of wilderness, located on the borders of Kinnelon and Rockaway Township.

Portions of the borough are owned by the City of Newark, Essex County, for their Pequannock River Watershed, which provides water to the city from an area of 35,000 acres (14,000 ha) that also includes portions of Hardyston Township, Jefferson Township, Rockaway Township, Vernon Township and West Milford.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 428
1940 745 74.1%
1950 1,350 81.2%
1960 4,431 228.2%
1970 7,600 71.5%
1980 7,770 2.2%
1990 8,470 9.0%
2000 9,365 10.6%
2010 10,248 9.4%
Est. 2019 9,896 −3.4%
Population sources:1930
1930–1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,248 people, 3,472 households, and 2,927 families residing in the borough. The population density was 569.7 per square mile (220.0/km2). There were 3,600 housing units at an average density of 200.1 per square mile (77.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 93.05% (9,536) White, 0.91% (93) Black or African American, 0.05% (5) Native American, 4.26% (437) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.51% (52) from other races, and 1.22% (125) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.08% (418) of the population.

There were 3,472 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.5 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 95.8 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $129,664 (with a margin of error of +/- $11,416) and the median family income was $144,318 (+/- $7,698). Males had a median income of $98,094 (+/- $7,382) versus $71,886 (+/- $9,897) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $56,826 (+/- $3,939). About 1.4% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 9,365 people, 3,062 households, and 2,685 families residing in the borough. The population density was 523.5 people per square mile (202.1/km2). There were 3,123 housing units at an average density of 174.6 per square mile (67.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.60% White, 0.58% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.84% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 3,062 households, out of which 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.6% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.3% were non-families. 9.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $105,991, and the median income for a family was $110,593. Males had a median income of $88,870 versus $65,069 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,796. About 2.3% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 0.6% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

  • Silas Condict County Park - located on Kinnelon Road. It was established in 1963 and it includes picnic areas, athletic fields, hiking trails, and the Casino, an old house that was represented as a speakeasy in the Prohibition era. The Casino is used for parties, rentals, and other events. The park has a big lake, good for fishing and paddle boating. Paddle boats are available for renting at the park. The park is operated by the Morris County Park Commission.
  • Stony Brook Park - located on Valley Road. It includes recreational areas and playgrounds surrounded by a lake.

Transportation

2021-07-06 12 16 03 View south along Interstate 287 from the overpass for Brook Valley Road in Kinnelon, Morris County, New Jersey
I-287 southbound in Kinnelon

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 54.41 miles (87.56 km) of roadways, of which 44.94 miles (72.32 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.42 miles (11.94 km) by Morris County and 2.05 miles (3.30 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 23 runs along the northern border of the town. Interstate 287 passes through in the southeastern area, but the closest exit is along Route 23 in neighboring Riverdale.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 194 route. The 304 route provides seasonal service to Mountain Creek in Vernon Township.

Economy

  • Meadtown Shopping Center – a shopping center located on Route 23 in Kinnelon. It has stores and restaurants including Petco and Marshalls.

Education

The Kinnelon Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of four schools, had an enrollment of 1,899 students and 169.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.2:1. Schools in the district (with 2017–18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Kiel Elementary School with 288 students in grades PreK-2, Stonybrook Elementary School with 461 students in grades 3–5, Pearl R. Miller Middle School with 471 students in grades 6–8 and Kinnelon High School with 664 students in grades 9–12. In 2016, Kinnelon High School was named #3 in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine, the school's highest ranking ever in the magazine's biannual rankings, and was listed as a top 500 high school by Newsweek.

Our Lady of the Magnificat School, a Catholic school that had been operated since 1964 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, closed after the 2009–10 school year in the face of declining enrollment and increasing deficits that the parish could no longer sustain.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Kinnelon, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Kinnelon include:

  • Juan Agudelo (born 1992), soccer player for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer
  • Kurt Allerman (born 1955), former NFL football player
  • Laura Benanti (born 1979), musical theatre actress who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre productions
  • Missy Elliott (born 1971), rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and philanthropist
  • DJ Envy (born 1977), DJ who works on the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1
  • Herbert O. Fisher (1909–1990), test pilot and aviation executive
  • Ray Forrest (1916–1999), pioneering TV announcer, host and news broadcaster from the earliest era of television
  • Bryan Gallego (born 1993), professional soccer player
  • Erik Hanson (born 1965), former Major League baseball pitcher
  • Brett Hearn (born 1958), modified stock car driver
  • Ian Joyce (born 1985), professional soccer player who played for the Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids
  • Stearns Matthews (born 1984), cabaret singer, recording artist, director, teacher and pianist
  • Roman Oben (born 1972), former NFL football player
  • William A. Pailes (born 1952), astronaut who flew as a payload specialist aboard STS-51-J on the Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • Elise Testone (born 1983), singer and American Idol contestant
  • Harry L. Towe (1898–1977), Congressman who represented New Jersey's 9th congressional district from 1943 to 1951

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