Boonton is a historic small town nestled in northern New Jersey’s Morris County. This charming community of 8,600 residents shines with natural beauty and hometown hospitality.
According to the 2020 census, Boonton has a population of 8,600. The town has grown slowly but steadily over the past few decades, with the population increasing by around 5% since 2000.
Boonton is predominantly white at about 75% of residents, with Hispanic/Latino making up the largest minority group at 15%. There is a sizable Asian population as well at 5%. The median age is 40.2 years old.
The Lenape Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the area now known as Boonton. Europeans arrived in the early 18th century and established an ironworks, utilizing the power of the Rockaway River. Boonton soon became an industrial hub, with several relocated New York City factories operating in the town by the mid-1800s.
Boonton was officially incorporated as a township in 1867. The town continued expanding into the 20th century, eventually transitioning to more retail, service and residential activity as industry declined nationwide. Historic sites like the John Taylor House connect residents to Boonton’s rich past.
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Quality of Life
Featuring lush parks, top-ranked schools, and a lively downtown, Boonton offers an excellent quality of life. The town has repeatedly earned recognition as one of New Jersey’s best places to live thanks to its family-friendly amenities, civic pride and small town charm.
Outdoor enthusiasts delight in Boonton’s green spaces like Grace Lord Park, which hosts summer concerts and movies in the park. The newly renovated Main Street downtown hosts local shops, eateries and seasonal events that foster community.
Residents have convenient access to St. Clare’s Hospital just over the town border in Denville. This full-service medical center provides emergency care, cancer treatment, maternity services and more.
For everyday health needs, several primary care practices and medical specialists operate right in town. Low income families can obtain care at the Zufall Health Center. Boonton also has dental, orthodontic, optometry and other healthcare services.
Boonton enjoys low crime rates that contribute to a sense of safety among residents. Violent crime is rare in the town. Property crime occurs at significantly lower levels than state averages as well.
The Boonton Police Department provides around-the-clock service to maintain safe streets. Neighborhood watches and community involvement further promote security.
Within town borders, Boonton is easy to get around by car or bus. Most errands and activities are within a 15 minute drive. For regional commutes, many residents take advantage of the NJ Transit train station located right in the heart of downtown. The train offers an easy 50 minute ride into New York City.
Shopping and Dining
Boonton’s quaint downtown along Main Street offers a nice collection of local shops, boutiques and restaurants. Favorites include the Jam & Olive cafe, Lakeside Dairy for ice cream, and Hauser Chocolatier sweets. The Boonton Farmers Market sets up on Sundays during warmer months.
For expanded shopping options, the Rockaway Townsquare mall is located just 10 minutes away off Interstate 80. Big box stores like Walmart and Target are also conveniently accessible in neighboring towns.
The Boonton Public School District oversees excellent educational opportunities from pre-K through 12th grade. John Hill School educates early elementary grades, while Boonton High School serves upper grades. The district consistently ranks among the top in New Jersey for academic performance and student outcomes.
Private school alternatives in town include the DePaul Catholic High School and the Le Roche Academy.
Points of Interest
- Grace Lord Park – This scenic 60-acre park offers athletic fields, walking trails, playgrounds, and hosts free summer concerts and movies.
- Main Street Shopping & Dining – Boonton’s historic downtown district features local shops, eateries, and seasonal fairs and events. Don’t miss the farmer’s market on Sundays!
- Shepherd Lake – Fish, kayak or just take in views of this peaceful 92-acre recreational lake situated right in town.
- John Taylor House – Built in 1741, this historic home allows visitors to step back in time and learn about Boonton’s early days.
- Tourne County Park – 1,500 acres of woods, fields, trails and ponds ideal for fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing just minutes from downtown.
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