Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Mountain Lakes is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, and a suburb of New York City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,160, reflecting a decline of 96 (-2.3%) from the 4,256 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 409 (+10.6%) from the 3,847 counted in the 1990 Census.
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
|Borough of Mountain Lakes|
Census Bureau map of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 29, 1924|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Lauren Barnett (D, term ends December 31, 2019)|
|• Manager||Mitchell Stern|
|• Municipal clerk||Valerie Egan|
|• Total||2.885 sq mi (7.473 km2)|
|• Land||2.616 sq mi (6.775 km2)|
|• Water||0.269 sq mi (0.698 km2) 9.34%|
|Area rank||343rd of 566 in state|
28th of 39 in county
|Elevation||489 ft (149 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||406th of 566 in state|
33rd of 39 in county
|• Density||1,590.3/sq mi (614.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||327th of 566 in state|
18th of 39 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885310|
Mountain Lakes Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Pocono Road, Denville Township line, Fanny Road, and RR Tracks, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey|
|Area||1,397 acres (565 ha)|
|Architect||Hapgood, Herbert J.; Holton, Arthur T.|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals|
|NRHP reference #||05000963|
|Added to NRHP||September 7, 2005|
Mountain Lakes was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 3, 1924, from portions of Boonton Township and Hanover Township, subject to the results of a referendum passed on April 29, 1924. The borough was named for a pair of lakes in the area.
According to Neighborhood Scout, Mountain Lakes is one of New Jersey's most highly educated municipalities, with 85.94% of adults attaining a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree, quadruple the national average of 21.84%, while the percentage of white-collar workers was 98.77%.
Mountain Lakes was originally a planned community, founded in 1910 by Herbert Hapgood. It became an independent town in 1924.
Mountain Lakes had a discriminatory "gentleman's agreement" from its inception up through the 1960s, preventing African-Americans, Jews, Latinos, Catholics, and other "undesirable groupings" from living there. While this has changed in recent years, the town still has a less diverse population than the rest of New Jersey, or Morris County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.885 square miles (7.473 km2), including 2.616 square miles (6.775 km2) of land and 0.269 square miles (0.698 km2) of water (9.34%).
Man-made lakes in Mountain Lakes include Birchwood Lake, Crystal Lake, Mountain Lake, Sunset Lake, Wildwood Lake, and Cove Lake. It is only legal to swim in Birchwood Lake, and Mountain Lake in the areas that are roped off. Swimming is allowed between the hours of 5 am to 10 PM every day between the months of June and August with a beach badge purchased at the borough hall.
The borough borders Parsippany-Troy Hills, to the east and south, the town of Boonton to the northeast, Boonton Township to the northwest and Denville to the west all of which are located in Morris County.
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,160 people, 1,313 households, and 1,143.623 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,590.3 per square mile (614.0/km2). There were 1,363 housing units at an average density of 521.1 per square mile (201.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.57% (3,726) White, 0.36% (15) Black or African American, 0.07% (3) Native American, 7.64% (318) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.34% (14) from other races, and 2.02% (84) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% (106) of the population.
There were 1,313 households out of which 53.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.9% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.9% were non-families. 11.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.44.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 34.9% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 16.8% from 25 to 44, 33.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $155,139 (with a margin of error of +/- $20,127) and the median family income was $181,600 (+/- $26,906). Males had a median income of $144,688 (+/- $24,336) versus $77,734 (+/- $26,273) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $75,525 (+/- $11,503). About 2.1% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,256 people, 1,330 households, and 1,186 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,593.0 people per square mile (615.4/km2). There were 1,357 housing units at an average density of 507.9 per square mile (196.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.05% White, 0.38% African American, 5.17% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.
There were 1,330 households out of which 53.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.3% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.8% were non-families. 9.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.41.
In the borough the population was spread out with 35.7% under the age of 18, 3.1% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $141,757, and the median income for a family was $153,227. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $61,098 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $65,086. About 1.4% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.
Mountain Lakes operates within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under the Council-Manager form of municipal government (Plan E), implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of January 1, 1975. The Borough Council consists of seven elected officials, who are elected at-large for four-year terms of office on a staggered basis in partisan elections, with either three or four seats coming up for election every other year. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen by the members of the Council from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each year during the first week in January.
As of 2019[update], members of the Mountain Lakes Borough Council are Mayor Laureen Barnett (D, term on committee ends 2020; term as mayor ends 2019), Deputy mayor David Shepard (D, term on committee ends 2020; term as deputy mayor ends 2019), Janet Horst (D, 2020), Cynthia Korman (D, 2020), Daniel J. Happer (R, 2022), Audrey Lane (R, 2022), and Thomas "Tom" Menard (D, 2022).
In 2018, the borough had an average property tax bill of $20,471, the highest in the county, compared to an average bill of $8,767 statewide.
Federal, state and county representationEdit
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Mikie Sherrill (D, Montclair). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 25th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Tony Bucco (R, Boonton Township) and in the General Assembly by Michael Patrick Carroll (R, Morris Township) and Aura K. Dunn (R, Mendham Borough.
Senator Anthony R. Bucco died in September 2019. A special convention of the Republican County Committee members from the district met on October 15, 2019, and unanimously selected his son, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco to fill his father's seat until a 2020 special election. Assemblyman Bucco then resigned from the Assembly and on October 24, 2019, was sworn into the Senate. In a special convention following the 2019 General Election, Dunn was slected and will serve until the end of the current Legislative Session, January 14, 2020.
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large in partisan elections, to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. The Freeholder Board sets policies for the operation of six super-departments, more than 30 divisions plus authorities, commissions, boards and study committees. Actual day-to-day operation of departments is supervised by County Administrator, John Bonanni. As of 2019[update], Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Douglas Cabana (R, Boonton Township, 2019), Deputy Freeholder Director Heather Darling (R, Roxbury, 2020), Kathryn A. DeFillippo (R, Roxbury Township, 2019, John Krickus (R, Washington Township, 2021), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (R, Montville, 2019), Stephen H. Shaw (R, Mountain Lakes, 2021), and Deborah Smith (R, Denville, 2021).
Pursuant to Article VII Section II of the New Jersey State Constitution, each county in New Jersey is required to have three elected administrative officials known as "constitutional officers." These officers are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term). As of 2019[update], they are County Clerk Ann F. Grossi (R, Parsippany, 2023), Sheriff James M. Gannon (R, Boonton Township, 2019) and Surrogate John Pecoraro (R, Mendham Borough, 2019).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 2,964 registered voters in Mountain Lakes, of which 715 (24.1%) were registered as Democrats, 975 (32.9%) were registered as Republicans and 1,271 (42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 58.0% of the vote (1,262 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 41.1% (893 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (19 votes), among the 2,184 ballots cast by the borough's 3,125 registered voters (10 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 69.9%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 49.2% of the vote (1,177 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 49.1% (1,173 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (27 votes), among the 2,391 ballots cast by the borough's 3,103 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.1%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 55.1% of the vote (1,299 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 43.6% (1,027 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (21 votes), among the 2,356 ballots cast by the borough's 3,018 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.1.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 71.4% of the vote (935 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 26.6% (349 votes), and other candidates with 2.0% (26 votes), among the 1,325 ballots cast by the borough's 3,036 registered voters (15 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 43.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 57.1% of the vote (937 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 32.3% (530 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 10.0% (164 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (6 votes), among the 1,642 ballots cast by the borough's 3,024 registered voters, yielding a 54.3% turnout.
The Mountain Lakes Schools serve public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's four schools had an enrollment of 1,584 students and 149.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.62:1. Schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Wildwood Elementary School for grades K-5 (473 students), Briarcliff Middle School for grades 6-8 (317 students) and Mountain Lakes High School for grades 9-12 (705 students), along with Lake Drive School (89 students), which serves as a regional school for deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through high school, with students from nearly 100 communities in 12 New Jersey counties. Students from Boonton Township attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The school was the 7th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 9th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.
Mountain Lakes is also home to The Craig School, a private coeducational day school serving students in second through twelfth grade. The school has an enrollment of 130 students split between the Lower/Middle School (grades 2-8), located in Mountain Lakes, and the High School (grades 9-12), in Boonton.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 29.38 miles (47.28 km) of roadways, of which 25.86 miles (41.62 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.32 miles (3.73 km) by Morris County and 1.20 miles (1.93 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
U.S. Route 46 is the main highway directly serving Mountain Lakes. No other significant roads enter the borough. However, Interstate 80 and Interstate 287 both pass just outside the borough in neighboring Parsippany-Troy Hills Township.
NJ Transit offers train service at the Mountain Lakes station on the Montclair-Boonton Line to Hoboken Terminal and to Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan via Midtown Direct through Newark Broad Street Station.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Mountain Lakes include:
- Frederick Walker Castle (1908–1944), general officer in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
- Frederick Elmes (born 1946), cinematographer who won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for Wild at Heart and Night on Earth.
- Richard M. Freeland (born 1941), President of Northeastern University from 1996 to 2006.
- Jeff Friesen (born 1976), professional hockey player who has played for the New Jersey Devils.
- Marc Lore (born 1971), billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the e-commerce company Jet.
- Lindsey Munday (born 1984), former collegiate women's lacrosse player who won two national championships at Northwestern and has served since 2013 as the inaugural head coach of the USC Trojans women's lacrosse team.
- Harry L. Sears (1920-2002), politician who served for 10 years in the New Jersey Legislature, and was indicted on charges of bribery and conspiracy stemming for delivering $200,000 from financier Robert Vesco to Richard Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign.
- Brittany Underwood (born 1988), actress and singer best known for her role as teenager Langston Wilde on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live.
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- Forrest, Cindy. "Mountain Lakes Council considers beach badge age change", Neighbor News (Boonton), May 4, 2012. Accessed October 24, 2013. "If passed, the amended law would require a tag for "all residents 2 years of age or older desiring to use facilities at Island Beach, Birchwood Beach and borough-owned lakes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day.'"
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- Marcus, Samantha. "These are the towns with the highest property taxes in each of N.J.’s 21 counties", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 22, 2019. Accessed November 5, 2019. "The average property tax bill in New Jersey was $8,767 last year. But there can be big swings from town to town and county to county.... The average property tax bill in Mountain Lakes Borough was $20,471 in 2018, the highest in Morris County."
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- Brigadier General Frederick Walker Castle, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Accessed August 19, 2007. "Brigadier General Castle was born October 14, 1908 at Fort McKinley, Manila, Philippines, during the first foreign service tour of his father, the late Colonel Benjamin Frederick Castle then in Tientsin, China, Washington, D.C., Paris, and finally in Mountain Lakes, NJ where the family resided for many years after World War I."
- Frederick Elmes, ASC, International Cinematographers Guild, May 8, 2004. Accessed January 11, 2015. "Frederick Elmes, ASC, was born and raised in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey."
- The Carol R. Goldberg Seminars: Steering Committee Biographies, The Boston Foundation, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2007. Accessed January 11, 2015. "Born and raised in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Freeland received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Amherst College in 1963 and a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968."
- Guliti, Tom. "Lou bids farewell to Friesen", The Record (Bergen County), September 27, 2005. Accessed December 20, 2012. "Friesen closed on his new house in Mountain Lakes about 30 minutes before Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello called to inform him of the deal in which the Capitals gave up only a third-round pick in the 2006 draft."
- Everson, Darren. "Devils Deal Friesen To Capitals", New York Daily News, September 27, 2005. Accessed December 20, 2012. "Still, the move was a huge disappointment to Friesen, whose Game 7-winning goal against Ottawa ended the 2003 Eastern Conference finals and propelled Jersey to the Stanley Cup. He just closed on a house in Mountain Lakes yesterday."
- Hopkins, Kathryn. "EXCLUSIVE: Retail’s Highest-Paid Executive Has Just Sold His Modest New Jersey Home Marc Lore, head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. e-commerce operations, offloaded the house to the tune of almost $900,000.", WWD, November 3, 2017. Accessed September 9, 2018. "Many might have assumed that Lore lived in an opulent multimillion-dollar mansion, but he and his wife Carolyn actually called the unassuming Mountain Lakes abode home from 2006 when they paid $841,000 for it."
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- Lutz, Jaime. "From Mountain Lakes to Nickelodeon, Brittany Underwood doesn't sleep", The Star-Ledger, July 5, 2012. Accessed January 11, 2015. "She started acting professionally while she was still a student at Mountain Lakes High School, getting a steady, if slight, stream of work: a guest-star role on Law and Order, a featured part in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, various commercials."