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Netcong, New Jersey
Borough of Netcong
Stanhope United Methodist ChurchThe Church in the Glen
Stanhope United Methodist Church
The Church in the Glen
All Roads Lead To Netcong
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Netcong, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Netcong, New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey is located in Morris County, New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey
Location in Morris County, New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey is located in the United States
Netcong, New Jersey
Netcong, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Morris County, New Jersey.gif Morris
Incorporated October 23, 1894
Named for Musconetcong River
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.49 km2)
 • Land 0.83 sq mi (2.16 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)  13.33%
Area rank 509th of 565 in state
38th of 39 in county
906 ft (276 m)
 • Total 3,232
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 443rd of 566 in state
37th of 39 in county
 • Density 3,828.4/sq mi (1,478.2/km2)
 • Density rank 162nd of 566 in state
4th of 39 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 973 exchanges: 347, 426, 448, 691
FIPS code 3402750130
GNIS feature ID 0885316

Netcong is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,232, reflecting an increase of 652 (+25.3%) from the 2,580 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 731 (-22.1%) from the 3,311 counted in the 1990 Census. Netcong lies on the shores of Lake Musconetcong.

Established as South Stanhope by workers employed as miners in Stanhope, the name "Netcong" was adopted for the community in 1889 when a post office used the name. Netcong was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on October 23, 1894, from portions of both Mount Olive Township and Roxbury Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.


Netcong received its name from the Musconetcong River, named by the Lenape Native Americans and meaning "grass creek", "swamp stream", "rapid stream" or "clear stream place". Along with the river, the proximity of the old Morris and Sussex Turnpike, which passed through the region shortly after 1801, and the coming of the Morris Canal, in 1831, made the site a favorable one for development.

After becoming a borough, the residents had to elect the first governing body. The first Mayor was Abraham J. Drake, elected November 14, 1894. A census of Netcong taken July 1895 showed a population of 877 people.

Netcong derived much of its business from the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, which had its last stop in Morris County in the heart of the Borough. The DL&W's Sussex Branch to Branchville also stopped at Netcong Station, with the Sussex Branch coming into the opposite side of the station from where NJ Transit's line is today. The big railroad roundhouse in Port Morris also supplied many jobs for the town residents.

In 1968, AT&T announced that the company would be building a two-story building in the borough at the bottom of a hole 47 feet (14 m) underground. The facility, designed to connect a cable running between Boston and Miami, was designed to withstand a nuclear attack and continue 24-hour operations for as long as three weeks using supplies and generating capacity on the site.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.917 square miles (2.376 km2), including 0.844 square miles (2.187 km2) of land and 0.073 square miles (0.190 km2) of water (7.99%).

Netcong borders the municipalities of Mount Olive Township and Roxbury Township; and Stanhope in Sussex County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 941
1910 1,532 62.8%
1920 1,800 17.5%
1930 2,097 16.5%
1940 2,157 2.9%
1950 2,284 5.9%
1960 2,765 21.1%
1970 2,858 3.4%
1980 3,557 24.5%
1990 3,311 −6.9%
2000 2,580 −22.1%
2010 3,232 25.3%
2019 (est.) 3,131 −3.1%
Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,232 people, 1,381 households, and 811 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,828.4 per square mile (1,478.2/km2). There were 1,449 housing units at an average density of 1,716.4 per square mile (662.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 84.22% (2,722) White, 3.90% (126) Black or African American, 0.34% (11) Native American, 2.78% (90) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 6.71% (217) from other races, and 2.04% (66) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.70% (572) of the population.

There were 1,381 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 95.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $59,167 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,354) and the median family income was $72,222 (+/- $9,501). Males had a median income of $64,569 (+/- $6,401) versus $46,094 (+/- $3,857) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,135 (+/- $3,825). About 7.8% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.


Roads and highways

2019-05-15 14 21 02 View west along Interstate 80 and north along U.S. Route 206 just northwest of Exit 26 in Netcong, Morris County, New Jersey
I-80 and US 206 in Netcong

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 10.36 miles (16.67 km) of roadways, of which 7.90 miles (12.71 km) were maintained by the municipality, 0.67 miles (1.08 km) by Morris County and 1.79 miles (2.88 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Several major highways pass through Netcong, leading to the borough's motto of "All Roads Lead to Netcong". Major roadways in Netcong include Interstate 80 (the Bergen-Passaic Expressway), U.S. Route 46 and Route 183, the latter two highways meeting at the Netcong Circle. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) uses Netcong as a control city on directional signage on its highways throughout northern New Jersey, and as far away as the George Washington Bridge, even though less than one-tenth of a mile of Interstate 80 is in the borough (from mile markers 26.33 to 26.42). Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 206 intersect with U.S. Route 46 in the southwest corner of the borough at Exit 26.

In 2007, the New Jersey Department of Transportation proposed the elimination of the Netcong Traffic Circle, located at the intersections of U.S. Route 46 and Route 183 just north of the interchange with Interstate 80, and its replacement with a signalized intersection. The circle itself dated back to construction in 1938 and was unable to handle the 17,000 vehicles a year that used the large roadway daily. The circle was the frequent site of vehicular accidents, including a total of 81 in 2007 and 2008. The project had issues dealing with the vertical clearance of the overpass for U.S. Route 46 westbound. The removal of the circle would eliminate this bridge, and the land would go to use as the new signalized intersection, with pedestrian and bicycle fittings. The entire project cost about $13.3 million of state and local funds to construct. A temporary interchange was implemented in January 2013, with the permanent intersection configuration completed that August.

Public transportation

Netcong Train Station
Netcong Train Station

NJ Transit operates weekday rail service at the Netcong station to Hoboken Terminal, with service to Penn Station in New York City via Midtown Direct on the Montclair-Boonton Line and the Morristown Line.

NJ Transit used to provide local service on the MCM5 route. The Morris County Department of Transportation provides bus service along Route 46 to Dover and Mount Olive Township.

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

In view of Netcong's rich railroad history, the borough has been named as a site for the New Jersey State Railroad and Transportation Museum (jointly with Phillipsburg). Given that the site envisioned for this museum in Phillipsburg has been sold for development as a townhouse complex and college campus annex, it is unclear what role Phillipsburg will play in this museum. Funding will need to be secured in order to build and operate this museum.


Netcong is home to the Netcong School District, which serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Netcong Elementary School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 289 students and 26.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Lenape Valley Regional High School, which serves students from Netcong and from the Sussex County communities of Byram Township and Stanhope. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 691 students and 58.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.9:1. Seats on the high school district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the populations of the constituent municipalities, with two seats assigned to Netcong. Netcong residents previously attended Netcong High School. The school closed in 1974 and the building became Netcong Elementary School.

St. Michael School is a Catholic school operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, that was founded in 1923, and staffed by the Sisters of Christian Charity of Mendham starting in 1945. The school merged with 4 other elementary schools, moved to the campus at Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, NJ, and closed at the end of the school year in June, 2016.

Notable people

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

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

  • John Giannantonio (born c. 1934), former football player whose 594.5 rushing yards per game average, 4,756 season rushing yards total, and single-game rushing 754 yards against Mountain Lakes High School, all set in 1950 as a sophomore at Netcong High School, remain national high school records as of 2016.
  • Hugh Meade (1907-1949), congressman who represented Maryland's 2nd congressional district from 1947 to 1949.
  • Reince Priebus (born 1972), chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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