Florham Park is an affluent suburban town located in Morris County, New Jersey. With excellent schools, low crime rates, and easy access to major highways and public transit, it offers residents an outstanding quality of life.
Florham Park has a population of approximately 12,605 according to the latest census. The community is predominantly white, with sizable Asian and Hispanic populations as well. The population is highly educated, with over 60% of adults holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Florham Park has seen steady population growth for decades. As its reputation as an attractive suburban community spreads, more families are choosing to call it home.
Florham Park has a long history dating back to the 1700s. It was originally part of Hanover Township and called Columbia. The current name comes from the Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly estates that once occupied much of the area.
In the late 1800s, Florham Park became a railroad suburb, allowing wealthy families to live there but commute to New York City for work. Development accelerated in the 1950s and 60s as the population expanded rapidly. Today Florham Park is fully built out but retains its historic charm.
Quality of Life
Excellent schools, beautiful parks, and a vibrant downtown make Florham Park an exceptionally desirable place to live. The schools rank among the top in the state. Brooklake Country Club offers world-class golf.
The downtown invites strolling with its quaint shops and restaurants. With its small-town feel just 20 miles from New York City, Florham Park provides an outstanding quality of life.
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Residents have access to top-tier healthcare services. Morristown Medical Center, a regional teaching hospital, is minutes away. Atlantic Health and St. Clare’s also operate facilities in town.
Specialists in every field are readily available for consultation. Public health metrics like life expectancy and disease rates exceed state and national averages.
Florham Park enjoys extremely low crime rates, with violent and property crime stats well below state and national averages.
The police department provides effective, community-based protection through patrol units, a K9 unit, bicycle squad and more. Residents consider safety a key benefit of living in Florham Park.
Florham Park offers transportation convenience. It is proximate to major highways including Interstate 287, Route 24, and the Garden State Parkway.
Public transit access via NJ Transit trains and buses enables easy commuting. Within town, road infrastructure readily accommodates local traffic. And the compact downtown area is walkable for residents.
Shopping and Dining
The downtown district along Ridgedale Avenue offers a lively array of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and services.
Residents can browse wares at Castleton Gardens or Anthony & Co. Salon, grab a bite at popular eateries like Arturo’s and Ricardo’s, or indulge in desserts from hometown legend Jersey Girls Bake Shop. The area bustles with community activity.
The Florham Park School District provides excellence in education, with a high school, middle school and three elementary schools. Student test scores and graduation rates exceed state averages.
The district offers comprehensive programs in academics, arts, athletics and technology. Private school options are also available at Corpus Christi and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Points of Interest
- Florham Park is home to the New York Jets professional football team headquarters and training facility. The Jets have brought four AFC championship titles to the town.
- The Florham Park Eagle Association stewards a nesting pair of bald eagles. Nest cams provide an intimate look at these regal birds.
- The Historic Boyle Farm showcases life in the 1890s. visitors can tour the farmhouse, barns, smokehouse and outbuildings.
- The Florham Park Farmer’s Market runs June through November, offering farm-fresh produce, baked goods, honey and more.
- Host to soccer’s World Cup in 1994, the 82 acre Emerson Lane Park today has green space, trails, sports fields and a waterpark.
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