Lincoln Park is a historic and diverse borough in Morris County, New Jersey. Nestled alongside the scenic Pequannock River, this friendly community of 10,500 residents radiates small town charm.
According to recent census data, Lincoln Park has a population of around 10,500. The population density is fairly high at over 3,500 people per square mile.
Lincoln Park is a diverse community, with about 60% white residents, 30% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Black, and 5% Asian. Over a quarter of residents are foreign born. The median age is 39 years old.
First settled in the early 18th century, Lincoln Park was originally part of Pequannock Township. It was incorporated as a borough in 1922 and named after President Abraham Lincoln.
In its early days, Lincoln Park thrived as an industrial town with iron mines and mills. The Morris Canal running through town facilitated transport of goods. While industry faded by the mid-1900s, Lincoln Park continued growing into a commuter suburb.
Historic sites like the Silas Riggs Salt Box House and Van Riper Hopper House Museum immerse visitors in Lincoln Park’s rich heritage.
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Quality of Life
Lincoln Park offers a high quality of life with its charming downtown, recreational opportunities, and community events. Washington Park provides a hub for athletics while the library and Two River Theater satisfy artistic and intellectual pursuits.
New shops and eateries continue opening along the pedestrian-friendly downtown on Boonton Avenue, drawing visitors and locals alike. The Lincoln Park Day Festival is a popular annual tradition celebrating the community.
Residents have access to St. Joseph’s Hospital just minutes over the town border in Paterson. For everyday healthcare needs, Lincoln Park is home to family medical practices, pediatricians, dentists and specialists.
Low income families can obtain care at the Zufall Health Center. Transportation assistance is available for those needing help getting to appointments.
Lincoln Park has moderately low crime rates, aided by vigilant neighborhood watches and community policing. The Lincoln Park Police Department helps deter and respond to criminal activity through patrolling, investigations and emergency response.
Most common are non-violent property crimes like vehicle theft and burglary. Violent offenses are comparatively rare. Safety initiatives continue to be pursued.
Lincoln Park has convenient transportation connectivity. Most errands and activities are within a short drive. NJ Transit bus lines connect to neighboring towns while the Montclair-Boonton rail line offers easy New York City access.
Interstate 80 runs along the northern edge of town for regional commutes by car. The downtown pedestrian infrastructure also makes walking an appealing option.
Shopping and Dining
Boonton Avenue downtown presents opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment. Favorites include Anita’s Mexican restaurant, grilled panini at Cafe Metro, and homemade chocolates from Deb’s Chocolatier.
For expanded options, Willowbrook Mall is a popular destination with over 150 stores just 10 minutes away in Wayne. ShopRite and Stop & Shop grocery chains have locations in Lincoln Park.
The Lincoln Park School District provides acclaimed educational programs from pre-K through 8th grade. Lincoln Park High School serves 9th through 12th grades. The district prides itself on individualized instruction and use of innovative technology.
Private school options include the Koinonia Academy for elementary grades and the Lincoln Park Jewish Center Religious School.
Points of Interest
- Van Riper Hopper House Museum – This historic house and museum depicts 18th century life through guided tours and special exhibits.
- Washington Park – Families enjoy this scenic park’s sports fields, playgrounds, and walking trails along the Pequannock River.
- Two River Theater – Catch a play or musical at this distinctive performance venue located right in downtown Lincoln Park.
- Silas Riggs Salt Box House – Built circa 1740, this saltbox style home provides a window into Lincoln Park’s earliest settlement days.
- Mountain Biking at Tourne County Park – Rugged woodland trails offer a fun mountain biking challenge within minutes of downtown.
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