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Rockaway, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of Rockaway had a population of 6,329 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Rockaway is located at latitude 40.8958 and longitude -74.5174 in Morris County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Rockaway (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.07 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Morris County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 561 feet.

The Borough of Rockaway (GNIS ID: 885374) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rockaway population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Rockaway, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 6,329
Population in Households 6,319
Population in Familes 5,210
Population in Group Qrtrs 10
Population Density1 3,054
Diversity Index2 56


Total Households 2,398
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 1,623
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,556 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,557 (60.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 841 (32.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 158 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $355,877
Average Home Value $368,497


Median Household Income $81,730
Average Household Income $105,076
Per Capita Income $39,872
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.27% -0.07%
Households -0.3% -0.11%
Families -0.33% -0.14%
Median Household Income   2.21%
Per Capita Income   1.43%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Rockaway, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rockaway to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 222 59th
Population Density1 # 221 60th
Diversity Index2 # 175 68th
Median Household Income # 231 58th
Per Capita Income # 228 58th

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