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Morris Plains, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Morris Plains
Motto: "The Community of Caring"
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Morris Plains, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Morris Plains, New Jersey
Country  United States
state  New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated April 15, 1926
Named for Lewis Morris
Area
 • Total 2.594 sq mi (6.718 km2)
 • Land 2.557 sq mi (6.623 km2)
 • Water 0.037 sq mi (0.095 km2)  1.42%
Area rank 369th of 566 in state
30th of 39 in county
Elevation 430 ft (130 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 5,532
 • Estimate (2015) 5,626
 • Rank 363rd of 566 in state
29th of 39 in county
 • Density 2,163.5/sq mi (835.3/km2)
 • Density rank 279th of 566 in state
14th of 39 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07950
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3402748210
GNIS feature ID 0885308
Website www.morrisplainsboro.org

Morris Plains is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,532, reflecting an increase of 296 (+5.7%) from the 5,236 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 17 (+0.3%) from the 5,219 counted in the 1990 Census.

Morris Plains was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 15, 1926, from portions of Hanover Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 15, 1926. The borough's name comes from Lewis Morris, colonial governor of New Jersey.

Morris Plains serves as a bedroom community, with many residents traveling to work in New York City. The Morristown Line of NJ Transit provides commuters with direct access to New York Penn Station and to Hoboken Terminal.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.594 square miles (6.718 km2), including 2.557 square miles (6.623 km2) of land and 0.037 square miles (0.095 km2) of water (1.42%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Littleton.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Morris Plains has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,713
1940 2,018 17.8%
1950 2,707 34.1%
1960 4,703 73.7%
1970 5,540 17.8%
1980 5,305 −4.2%
1990 5,219 −1.6%
2000 5,236 0.3%
2010 5,532 5.7%
Est. 2015 5,626 1.7%
Population sources: 1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,532 people, 2,131 households, and 1,485 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,163.5 per square mile (835.3/km2). There were 2,197 housing units at an average density of 859.2 per square mile (331.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 89.44% (4,948) White, 2.73% (151) Black or African American, 0.09% (5) Native American, 4.97% (275) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.07% (59) from other races, and 1.70% (94) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.68% (314) of the population.

There were 2,131 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.1 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $103,688 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,744) and the median family income was $127,614 (+/- $20,257). Males had a median income of $91,908 (+/- $21,398) versus $67,232 (+/- $24,331) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,165 (+/- $10,332). About 0.4% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 0.6% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,236 people, 1,955 households, and 1,477 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,018.7 people per square mile (780.6/km2). There were 1,994 housing units at an average density of 768.8 per square mile (297.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.91% White, 1.34% African American, 0.06% Native American, 4.32% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 1,955 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The average age is 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $84,806, and the median income for a family was $98,333. Males had a median income of $75,040 versus $44,554 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,553. About 1.5% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 28.66 miles (46.12 km) of roadways, of which 24.15 miles (38.87 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.81 miles (2.91 km) by Morris County and 2.70 miles (4.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides service at the Morris Plains station on the Morristown Line to Newark Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction, New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. The one-story red brick station house, constructed in 1915 in Renaissance Revival style, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1984.

NJ Transit provides local bus service on the 872, 875 and 880 routes, replacing service that had been offered on the MCM2, MCM3 and MCM10 routes until 2010, when subsidies to the local provider were eliminated as part of budget cuts.


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