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Mount Arlington, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Mount Arlington
"Castle on the Lake" in Mount Arlington
"Castle on the Lake" in Mount Arlington
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.v
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.v
Census Bureau map of Mount Arlington, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Mount Arlington, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°55′15″N 74°38′27″W / 40.920751°N 74.640791°W / 40.920751; -74.640791Coordinates: 40°55′15″N 74°38′27″W / 40.920751°N 74.640791°W / 40.920751; -74.640791
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated November 3, 1890
Named for Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.79 sq mi (7.23 km2)
 • Land 2.14 sq mi (5.54 km2)
 • Water 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)  23.30%
Area rank 356th of 565 in state
28th of 39 in county
Elevation
1,079 ft (329 m)
Population
 • Total 5,050
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,852
 • Rank 375th of 566 in state
30th of 39 in county
 • Density 2,325.2/sq mi (897.8/km2)
 • Density rank 262nd of 566 in state
11th of 39 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07856
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3402748690
GNIS feature ID 0885312

Mount Arlington is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,050, reflecting an increase of 387 (+8.3%) from the 4,663 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,033 (+28.5%) from the 3,630 counted in the 1990 Census.

It is located on the southeast shore of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey's largest lake and a major recreational resource.

History

While Mount Arlington is now mostly a suburban residential community, it was once a thriving resort community. In the era before the world wars and the advent of air travel, it was a welcome respite for the residents of nearby New York City and Newark.

Every summer, thousands would arrive by train at Landing Station, and then travel by water taxi across Lake Hopatcong to the area's many large resort hotels to escape the city heat and enjoy the famous "Mount Arlington breeze" which always cooled the summer evenings. There was also a major amusement park, Bertrand Island, which featured a world-famous carousel and roller coaster, which operated until the park was closed in 1983.

Mount Arlington was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 3, 1890, from portions of Roxbury Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. Additional territory was acquired from Roxbury Township on July 25, 1891, on May 31, 1893, and on May 31, 1894. The borough is named for Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington.

In March 2014, members of the public petitioned the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to form the Roxbury Mount Arlington Study Commission to consider a possible consolidation of Mount Arlington and the neighboring municipality of Roxbury Township. In March 2015, the commission was formed with five members and two alternates from each municipality. If the commission votes to recommend a merger, the decision would have to be ratified by a referendum of the voters in each community.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.919 square miles (7.560 km2), including 2.172 square miles (5.625 km2) of land and 0.747 square miles (1.935 km2) of water (25.60%).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 275
1910 277 0.7%
1920 213 −23.1%
1930 306 43.7%
1940 456 49.0%
1950 639 40.1%
1960 1,246 95.0%
1970 3,590 188.1%
1980 4,251 18.4%
1990 3,630 −14.6%
2000 4,663 28.5%
2010 5,050 8.3%
2019 (est.) 5,852 15.9%
Population sources:1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,050 people, 2,283 households, and 1,347 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,325.2 per square mile (897.8/km2). There were 2,545 housing units at an average density of 1,171.8 per square mile (452.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 90.44% (4,567) White, 2.32% (117) Black or African American, 0.18% (9) Native American, 3.58% (181) Asian, 0.04% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.41% (71) from other races, and 2.04% (103) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.22% (415) of the population.

There were 2,283 households out of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.8 years. For every 100 females there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 80.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,240 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,564) and the median family income was $93,780 (+/- $8,872). Males had a median income of $61,838 (+/- $16,955) versus $59,950 (+/- $11,428) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $43,226 (+/- $4,107). About none of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,663 people, 1,918 households, and 1,262 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,207.1 people per square mile (853.3/km2). There were 2,039 housing units at an average density of 965.1 per square mile (373.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.42% White, 1.82% African American, 0.19% Native American, 3.82% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.55% of the population.

There were 1,918 households, out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.1% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 35.5% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $67,213, and the median income for a family was $79,514. Males had a median income of $53,049 versus $40,417 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,222. About 2.3% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 21.12 miles (33.99 km) of roadways, of which 15.10 miles (24.30 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.65 miles (7.48 km) by Morris County and 1.37 miles (2.20 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides service at the Mount Arlington station on the Morristown Line and the Montclair-Boonton Line to Newark Broad Street Station, Hoboken Terminal, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via Midtown Direct service.

Lakeland Bus Lines provides service along Interstate 80 operating between Newton and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

Education

The Mount Arlington School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 362 students and 35.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.1:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Edith M. Decker School with 111 students in Kindergarten through grade 2 (including a pre-school disabilities program) and Mount Arlington Public School with 249 students in grades 3-8. Both schools are located along the eastern bank of Lake Hopatcong.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Roxbury High School in Roxbury Township, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Roxbury School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,297 students and 125.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.3:1.

Notable people

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

  • Brendan Buckley (born 1974), musician and drummer for such acts as Shakira, DMX, and Gloria Estefan.
  • Larry Arico (born 1969), former head college football coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University–Florham Devils and William Paterson University Pioneers football programs.
  • Lotta Crabtree (1847–1924), actress.
  • Cortlandt V.R. Schuyler (1900-1993), United States Army four-star general who served as Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (COFS SHAPE) from 1953 to 1959.
  • Harry L. Sears (1920-2002), politician who served for 10 years in the New Jersey Legislature, and was indicted on charges of bribery and conspiracy after delivering $200,000 from financier Robert Vesco to Richard Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign.

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