Hopatcong, New Jersey
Hopatcong, New Jersey
|Borough of Hopatcong|
Map of Hopatcong Borough in Sussex County.
Census Bureau map of Hopatcong, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 2, 1898 as Brooklyn|
|Renamed||March 22, 1901 as Hopatcong|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Michael Francis (R, term ends December 31, 2019; interim)|
|• Administrator||Robert Elia|
|• Municipal clerk||Catherine Schultz|
|• Total||12.248 sq mi (31.722 km2)|
|• Land||10.854 sq mi (28.113 km2)|
|• Water||1.394 sq mi (3.609 km2) 11.318%|
|Area rank||188th of 566 in state|
16th of 24 in county
|Elevation||997 ft (304 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||167th of 566 in state|
3rd of 24 in county
|• Density||1,395.5/sq mi (538.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||347th of 566 in state|
6th of 24 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885259|
Hopatcong (//) is a borough in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 15,147, reflecting a decline of 741 (-4.7%) from the 15,888 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 302 (+1.9%) from the 15,586 counted in the 1990 Census.
The town of Hopatcong has a rich history, given its relationship with New York City. It borders Lake Hopatcong, a partially man-made lake that is now a source of much recreation and desirable real estate, and is the biggest lake in New Jersey. The community, 40 miles (64 km) west of New York City, began as a summer getaway for the wealthy in NYC who primarily sought access to the lake. An amusement park, called "Bertrand's Island", sprang up and was accessible via the lake, trolley or by car through Mount Arlington. The construction of Interstate 80, a highway that stretches from Teaneck, New Jersey, all the way across the country to San Francisco, California, triggered rapid growth in New York City's suburbs and led to Hopatcong becoming a permanent residential community.
The area had been called "Brookland" in the 19th century and the lake that was expanded to become Lake Hopatcong had been known as "Great Pond" or "Brookland Pond". During the 1830s, the name of the community had been modified to "Brooklyn", to match the spelling of the city on New York's Long Island. Hopatcong was originally established as the Town of Brooklyn on April 2, 1898, from portions of Byram Township. On March 22, 1901, the Borough of Hopatcong replaced Brooklyn. In 1922, residents of Byram Cove, Northwood, and other areas to the west of the original land area of the borough, voted to leave Byram Township and join Hopatcong, leaving the Borough with its current borders.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 12.248 square miles (31.722 km2), including 10.854 square miles (28.113 km2) of land and 1.394 square miles (3.609 km2) of water (11.38%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Bear Pond, Byram Cove, Cow Tongue Point, Davis Cove, Glasser, Hendersons Cove, Roseville, Sharps Rock and Sperry Springs.
|Population sources: 1800-1920|
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,147 people, 5,653 households, and 4,110 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,395.5 per square mile (538.8/km2). There were 6,296 housing units at an average density of 580.0 per square mile (223.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.07% (13,794) White, 2.91% (441) Black or African American, 0.11% (16) Native American, 2.25% (341) Asian, 0.02% (3) Pacific Islander, 1.76% (266) from other races, and 1.89% (286) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.32% (1,714) of the population.
There were 5,653 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% 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 3.13.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 101.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $85,730 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,570) and the median family income was $95,962 (+/- $5,996). Males had a median income of $60,533 (+/- $5,094) versus $47,515 (+/- $7,133) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,033 (+/- $2,406). About 1.6% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 15,888 people, 5,656 households, and 4,236 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,449.7 people per square mile (559.7/km2). There were 6,190 housing units at an average density of 564.8 per square mile (218.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.10% White, 1.95% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 1.42% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.99% of the population.
There were 5,656 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $65,799, and the median income for a family was $73,277. Males had a median income of $47,083 versus $34,238 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,698. About 2.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
Hopatcong is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Hopatcong, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2017[update], the Mayor of Hopatcong Borough is Republican Michael Francis, whose term of office ends December 31, 2019. Members of the Hopatcong Borough Council are Council President Frank Padula (R, 2019), Richard Bunce (R, 2018), Marie Ryder Galate (R, 2018), Bradley Hoferkamp (R, 2019; appointed to serve an unexpired term), Richard Schindelar (R, 2017) and John Young (R, 2017).
In December 2016, the Borough Council chose Michael Francis from three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that had been held by Sylvia Petillo until she resigned from office the previous month in advance of taking a seat on the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Francis will serve on an interim basis until the November 2017 general election, when voters will choose a candidate to serve the balance of the term of office. In turn, Bradley Hoferkamp was chosen to fill the council seat vacated by Francis, including the three-year term that Francis had won in November 2016; Hoferkamp will also serve until November 2017, when the balance of the term will be filled by a candidate selected by voters.
In May 2014, the Borough Council appointed Frank Padula to fill the vacancy of Richard Hoer, who had resigned the previous month. Padula served on an interim basis until the November 2014 general election, when he ran unopposed and won the balance of the term of office expiring in December 2016.
Federal, state and county representation
Hopatcong is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 24th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Hopatcong had been part of the 5th Congressional District; the change was made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission and took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 24th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Steve Oroho (R, Franklin) and in the General Assembly by Parker Space (R, Wantage Township) and Harold J. Wirths (R, Hardyston Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Sussex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director from among its members, with day-to-day supervision of the operation of the county delegated to a County Administrator. As of 2014[update], Sussex County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Richard Vohden (R, Green Township, 2016), Deputy Director Dennis J. Mudrick (R, Sparta Township, 2015), Phillip R. Crabb (R, Franklin, 2014), George Graham (R, Stanhope, 2016) and Gail Phoebus (R, Andover Township, 2015). Graham was chosen in April 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Parker Space, who had been chosen to fill a vacancy in the New Jersey General Assembly. Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Jeff Parrott (R, 2016), Sheriff Michael F. Strada (R, 2016) and Surrogate Gary R. Chiusano (R, filling the vacancy after the resignation of Nancy Fitzgibbons). The County Administrator is John Eskilson.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 9,554 registered voters in Hopatcong, of whom 1,917 (20.1% vs. 16.5% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,242 (33.9% vs. 39.3%) were registered as Republicans and 4,383 (45.9% vs. 44.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 12 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 63.1% (vs. 65.8% in Sussex County) were registered to vote, including 81.3% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 86.5% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 3,285 votes (55.0% vs. 59.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2,560 votes (42.9% vs. 38.2%) and other candidates with 117 votes (2.0% vs. 2.1%), among the 5,973 ballots cast by the borough's 9,652 registered voters, for a turnout of 61.9% (vs. 68.3% in Sussex County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,941 votes (54.7% vs. 59.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 3,096 votes (43.0% vs. 38.7%) and other candidates with 117 votes (1.6% vs. 1.5%), among the 7,199 ballots cast by the borough's 9,571 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.2% (vs. 76.9% in Sussex County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 4,003 votes (59.4% vs. 63.9% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,616 votes (38.8% vs. 34.4%) and other candidates with 98 votes (1.5% vs. 1.3%), among the 6,739 ballots cast by the borough's 9,182 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.4% (vs. 77.7% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 71.3% of the vote (2,906 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 24.9% (1,016 votes), and other candidates with 3.8% (153 votes), among the 4,110 ballots cast by the borough's 9,777 registered voters (35 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.0%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 3,089 votes (63.2% vs. 63.3% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,260 votes (25.8% vs. 25.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 441 votes (9.0% vs. 9.1%) and other candidates with 72 votes (1.5% vs. 1.3%), among the 4,888 ballots cast by the borough's 9,454 registered voters, yielding a 51.7% turnout (vs. 52.3% in the county).
Students in public school for kindergarten through twelfth grade are served by the Hopatcong Public Schools. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its five schools had an enrollment of 1,799 students and 150.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Hudson Maxim School (279 students in Kindergarten), Tulsa Trail Elementary School (252; 2-3), Durban Avenue School (235; 4-5), Hopatcong Middle School (352; 6-8) and Hopatcong High School (551; 9-12).
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 78.70 miles (126.66 km) of roadways, of which 65.33 miles (105.14 km) were maintained by the municipality and 13.37 miles (21.52 km) by Sussex County.
Hopatcong holds annual APBA Boat Races that attract the local residents to a day at the lake. Hopatcong is also known for its yearly "Hopatcong Days" that offer a weekend of events that include a parade, and an array of festivities in Modick Park, sponsored by the local Business Association and including an annual Soap Box Derby and Car Show.
The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum holds a variety of local historical artifacts.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Hopatcong include:
- Joe Cook (1890–1959), vaudeville actor who lived on the shores of Lake Hopatcong in a house he named "Sleepless Hollow".
- Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924), actress.
- Carmen LoPorto (born 1997), child actor.
- Joe Martinek (born 1989), leading football rusher in New Jersey high school history.
- Hudson Maxim (1853–1927), inventor and chemist who is the namesake of the district's Hudson Maxim School.
- Dave Yovanovits (born 1981), former NFL offensive lineman.
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- Lawson, Anthony. "'Miss Lotta' makes impressive appearance on Lake Hopatcong", Aim Jefferson, September 6, 2013. Accessed October 15, 2013. "The former Southern Belle was re-christened Miss Lotta in honor of one of Lake Hopatcong's most famous summer residents, Lotta Crabtree, an entertainer from the 1800's. In 1885 Lotta's mother had an 18 room summer cottage built in the Breslin Park section of Mount Arlington. She gave it to Lotta and called it Attol Tryst (Lotta spelled backwards)."
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- Hoffman, Joe. "Former Hopatcong star Yovanovits used skill, work ethic to become an NFL draft pick", Daily Record (Morristown), May 3, 2003. Accessed October 3, 2011. "Dave Yovanovits was told to watch for his name to scroll across the bottom of the television screen during the second day of the NFL draft last Sunday. Temple was the only Division 1 school to offer him a scholarship after his senior season at Hopatcong."
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