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Wanaque, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Wanaque
Location of Wanaque in Passaic County. Inset: Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Location of Wanaque in Passaic County. Inset: Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wanaque, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Wanaque, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Passaic
Incorporated March 22, 1918
Area
 • Total 9.253 sq mi (23.965 km2)
 • Land 7.990 sq mi (20.694 km2)
 • Water 1.263 sq mi (3.271 km2)  13.65%
Area rank 215th of 566 in state
5th of 16 in county
Elevation 220 ft (70 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 11,116
 • Estimate (2015) 11,848
 • Rank 220th of 566 in state
10th of 16 in county
 • Density 1,391.2/sq mi (537.1/km2)
 • Density rank 348th of 566 in state
13th of 16 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07420 - Haskell
07465 - Wanaque
Area code(s) 973 Exchanges: 248, 616, 831, 835, 839
FIPS code 3403176730
GNIS feature ID 0885431
NJ Wanaque Reservoir IMG 1921
Aerial view of Wanaque (lower right) and Wanaque Reservoir

Wanaque (pronounced WAHN-a-cue) is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,116, reflecting an increase of 850 (+8.3%) from the 10,266 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 555 (+5.7%) from the 9,711 counted in the 1990 Census.

History

Wanaque was incorporated as an independent borough on February 23, 1918, when Pompton Township was split up into three boroughs, along with Bloomingdale and Ringwood, based on the results of a referendum held on March 22, 1918. The borough's name Wanaque (original pronunciation 'Wa Na Kee') is thought to have been derived from a Lenni Lenape Native American word meaning "land of sassafras".

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 9.253 square miles (23.965 km2), including 7.990 square miles (20.694 km2) of land and 1.263 square miles (3.271 km2) of water (13.65%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Haskell, Lake Inez, Lake Washington, Meadow Brook Lake, Midvale, Ramapo Lake, Rotten Pond, Stephens Lake and Upper Midvale.

Both Wanaque (formerly Midvale) and Haskell have their own ZIP code and are served by separate post offices.

The borough borders the municipalities of Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes and Ringwood in Passaic County; and Oakland in Bergen County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,916
1930 3,119 7.0%
1940 3,143 0.8%
1950 4,222 34.3%
1960 7,126 68.8%
1970 8,636 21.2%
1980 10,025 16.1%
1990 9,711 −3.1%
2000 10,266 5.7%
2010 11,116 8.3%
Est. 2015 11,848 6.6%
Population sources: 1920
1920-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,116 people, 4,018 households, and 3,026 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,391.2 per square mile (537.1/km2). There were 4,184 housing units at an average density of 523.7 per square mile (202.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 87.48% (9,724) White, 3.07% (341) Black or African American, 0.40% (45) Native American, 4.65% (517) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.25% (250) from other races, and 2.14% (238) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.67% (1,075) of the population.

There were 4,018 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.8 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $89,459 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,457) and the median family income was $98,081 (+/- $7,333). Males had a median income of $62,454 (+/- $4,289) versus $49,421 (+/- $6,017) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,579 (+/- $3,293). About 1.0% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 20 households in 2010, a decline from the 22 counted in 2000.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,266 people, 3,444 households, and 2,689 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,286.8 people per square mile (496.7/km2). There were 3,500 housing units at an average density of 438.7 per square mile (169.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.67% White, 1.51% African American, 0.34% Native American, 3.62% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.06% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.40% of the population.

There were 3,444 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $66,113, and the median income for a family was $71,127. Males had a median income of $43,675 versus $33,380 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,403. About 2.6% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 36.44 miles (58.64 km) of roadways, of which 29.30 miles (47.15 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.96 miles (7.98 km) by Passaic County and 2.18 miles (3.51 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Interstate 287 passes through Wanaque, where it is accessible at Exit 55, Ringwood Avenue (County Route 511).

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 197 route.

Points of interest

Elks Camp Moore is an Elks accredited summer overnight camp for children with special needs. The camp was founded in 1971 and includes many activities for the children such as a swimming pool, three playgrounds, a small playing field, a recreation hall, and rooms that house other fun activities. The campers stay for one week from Sunday until Saturday. Each week, 75 campers attend the camp and are assigned to their own counselor. The camp is wheelchair accessible since handicapped children also attend the camp. People consider Camp Moore, the "Miracle on the Mountain". The camp is located high on top of a mountain overlooking Route 287, bordering both Wanaque and Haskell. Admission is free for the campers, and the camp is funded in part by local New Jersey Elks lodges.

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