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Boonton, New Jersey

Boonton is a town located in Morris County, New Jersey which was chartered in 1867. The town's name is eponymous as it was originally called "Boone-Towne" in 1761 to honor of the Colonial Governor, Thomas Boone. The original location of the town is now largely under the Jersey City Reservoir, completed in 1904. Interestingly, the waters from this reservoir were the first in the United States to be chlorinated in 1908. Today's Boonton began in about 1829 as a result of the construction of the Morris Canal and the development of the New Jersey Iron Company. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 8,496.


Boonton is located at 40°54'19" North, 74°24'34" West (40.905148, -74.409466)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.4 km² (2.5 mi²). 6.1 km² (2.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.86% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 8,496 people, 3,272 households, and 2,159 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,395.9/km² (3,619.5/mi²). There are 3,352 housing units at an average density of 550.7/km² (1,428.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 83.00% White, 3.97% African American, 0.21% Native American, 7.77% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 2.84% from two or more races. 6.85% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,272 households out of which 28.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% are married couples living together, 11.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% are non-families. 26.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 3.11.

In the town the population is spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $65,322, and the median income for a family is $75,147. Males have a median income of $50,518 versus $38,634 for females. The per capita income for the town is $29,919. 6.7% of the population and 5.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.4% are under the age of 18 and 6.6% are 65 or older.

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