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Rockaway is a borough in Morris County, in the New York metro area.

One tradition says the community was named after an Indian tribe; another says it was named for the river, which was an Indian term for "place of sands"
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New Jersey named Rockaway. For links to other places called Rockaway, NJ, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Rockaway is 40.901N. The longitude is -74.514W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 568 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 6,427.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$61,002
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Rockaway demographic reports
Rockaway is on the Rockaway River
Near the Picatinny Arsenal, where the U.S. Army conducts weapons and munitions development
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.6 per 1,000 people.
Rockaway received national attention for 1926 explosions, sparked by a lightning strike at the Picatinny Arsenal, killing 19 and causing $1.2 million in damage
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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17% of Rockaway residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rockaway ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rockaway was $26,500, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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29% of Rockaway residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Rockaway, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $804.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,616.


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Libraries in Rockaway include Rockaway Twp Public Library ... View libraries

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Morris County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rockaway political report.

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The average commute time for Rockaway workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Rockaway include Best Western the Inn at Rockaway.

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