Morris County is located about 30 miles west of New York City. According to the 2010 census, the population was 492,276, up from the 470,212 at the 2000 Census. As of the 2019 Census estimate, the county’s population was 491,845, making it the state’s 10th-most populous county, and marking a 1.5% increase from 2010. The county is part of the New York Metropolitan Area and is divided into 39 municipalities, but has no large cities. Its county seat is Morristown. The most populous place was Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, with 53,238 residents at the time of the 2010 Census, while Rockaway Township covered 45.55 square miles, the largest total area of any municipality.
The 2010 United States Census counted 492,276 people, 180,534 households, and 129,262.344 families in the county. The population density was 1,069.8 per square mile. There were 189,842 housing units at an average density of 412.5 per square mile.
The 180,534 households accounted 33.9% with children under the age of 18 living with them; 59.6% were married couples living together; 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the county, the population age was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 30% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.3 years. For every 100 females, the population had 95.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.2 males.
By national standards, housing is valuable in Morris County. In 2018, the median house price in Morris County was $469,900 the 2nd highest in the state behind Bergen County with a median home price of $476,200.
In the Forbes magazine 2012 ranking of the Most Valuable ZIP Codes in the United States, New Vernon (located within Harding Township) was ranked as the 32nd most valuable in the country, with a median home sale price of $2,701,885. There were a total of 6 Morris county zip codes listed in the top 500, which were Mountain Lakes (#288; $909,474), Mendham (includes both Mendham Borough and Mendham Township) (#356; $800,672), Chatham (includes both Chatham Borough and Chatham Township) (#375; $776,703), Florham Park (#440; $675,107), and Kinnelon (#462; $630,414).
Based on IRS data for the 2004 tax year, Morris County had the tenth-highest average federal income tax liability per return in the country. Average tax liability was $15,296, representing 16.3% of Adjusted Gross Income. Mountain Lakes ranked among the highest annual property tax bills in New Jersey, and highest in Morris County, in 2018 of $20,471, compared to a statewide average of $8,767.
Morris County has the third-highest median household income in the United States ($77,340).
Based on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Morris County had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $52.5 billion in 2018, which was ranked 3rd in the state behind Bergen and Middlesex counties and represented an increase of 1.7% from the previous year.
Morris County is home to 33 Fortune 500 businesses that have headquarters, offices or a major facility in Morris County. These include AT&T, Honeywell, Colgate-Palmolive, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, ExxonMobil, Novartis, BASF, Verizon, and Bayer, among others. Major industries include finance, insurance, real estate, pharmaceuticals, health services, research and development, and technology. There are 13,000 acres set aside for 28 county parks. Four county golf courses and 16 public and private courses are in Morris.
- The County College of Morrisis a two-year public community college serving students from Morris County, with its main campus in Randolph and was founded in 1965.
- The Assumption College for Sistersis another two-year college, the private Roman Catholic women’s college located in Mendham.
- The Florham Park–Madison–Convent Station(Morris Township) area is also the home of three universities.
- The Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, is located on the border of these three municipalities.
- Drew Universityis a small, private university in Madison.
- The College of Saint Elizabethis a private Roman Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college located in Convent Station that has been coeducational starting in September 2016, after being women-only since it opened in 1899.
- Mayo Performing Arts Centeris a former Walter Reade movie theater originally constructed in 1937 that has been converted into a 1,302-seat performing arts center.
- Morris Museum– formally incorporated in 1943. The museum’s permanent displays include rocks, minerals, fossils, animal mounts, a model railroad, and Native American crafts, pottery, carving, basketry and textiles.
- Morristown National Historical Park— Four historic sites around Morristown associated with the American Revolutionary War, including Jockey Hollow, a park that includes a visitor center, the Revolution-era Wick farm, encampment site of George Washington’s Continental Army, and around 25 miles of hiking trails, and the Washington’s Headquarters & Ford Mansion, a Revolution-era Georgian-style mansion used by George Washington as his headquarters during the Jockey Hollow encampment.
- Morristown Green– Park at the center of town which was the old town “common” or “green.” It is the site of several Revolutionary War and Civil war monuments, and is surrounded by historic churches, the colonial county-courthouse, and a shopping and restaurant district.
- Peter’s Episcopal Church — Large McKim Mead and White church with bell tower, fine stained glass and medieval furnishings.
- Acorn Hall– 1853 Victorian Italianate mansion and home to the Morris County Historical Society. Donated to the historical society in 1971 by Mary Crane Hone, the mansion retained much of its original furnishings and accouterments as it remained in the same family for over a century. It is currently operated as a museum and is the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society.
- Speedwell Ironworksis a National Historic Landmark and museum at the site where the electric telegraph was first presented to the public, on January 11, 1838.
- Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, located in Madison is one of 25 professional theatres in the state. Serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s only professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterworks. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, the company’s main stage, is a short walk from Madison’s downtown shopping district
The United States Equestrian Team, the international equestrian team for the United States, was founded in 1950 at the Coates estate on van Beuren Road in Morristown.
Morristown has a cricketing club, the first in North America.
The Morristown 1776 Association Football Club is a soccer club that competes in the North Jersey Soccer League and MCSSA.
The County boasts 13,000 acres that encompass 28 parks making it the largest county park system in New Jersey based on acreage. Notably, Morristown National Historical Park became the country’s first National Historical Park in 1933.
Rockaway Townsquare located in Rockaway Township is a super-regional mall anchored by Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, J. C. Penney, & Sears with a gross leasable area of 1,248,000 square feet , placing it in the top ten among the largest shopping malls in New Jersey.
Roads and highways
As of 2010, the county had a total of 2,527.39 miles of roadways, of which 2,070.57 miles are maintained by the local municipality, 295.54 miles by Morris County, and 161.28 miles by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Morris County is served by several major roadways including:
- Interstate 80
- Interstate 280
- Interstate 287
- S. Route 46
- S. Route 202
- S. Route 206
- Route 10
- Route 15
- Route 23
- Route 24
- Route 124
NJ Transit also provides rail service with Morris County via its Morris & Essex Lines and Montclair-Boonton Line to Hoboken Terminal and to New York City via its Midtown Direct service. Rail stations are located in the county providing electrified train service seven days a week from: Chatham, Madison, Convent Station, Morristown, Morris Plains, Denville, and Dover on NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex Lines; electrified train service seven days a week from Gillette, Millington and Stirling on the Gladstone Branch; and diesel train service (weekdays only) from Mount Arlington, Lake Hopatcong, Netcong, Mount Olive, Mountain Lakes, Boonton, Towaco (Montville) and Lincoln Park.
Bus transportation is also offered by several carriers including Lakeland Bus Company and NJ Transit.
Morristown Municipal Airport is a general aviation reliever airport located 3 miles east of downtown Morristown. Operated by DM Airports, Ltd, it is in the Whippany section of Hanover Township.