Succasunna, New Jersey
Succasunna is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Roxbury Township, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, serving as its downtown and population center, having a population of 9,152 people as of the 2010 United States Census.
Succasunna, New Jersey
|• Total||5.187 sq mi (13.435 km2)|
|• Land||5.128 sq mi (13.282 km2)|
|• Water||0.059 sq mi (0.153 km2) 1.14%|
|Elevation||751 ft (229 m)|
|• Density||1,784.6/sq mi (689.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||02584032|
The name of Succasunna comes from the Lenni-Lenape Native American word for "land of black stones", most likely due to the rich iron-ore deposits in the area. The community was established circa 1740.
The Morris Canal, although not in use today, was an important transportation link in the iron industry around Succasunna, carrying coal to iron-ore producing areas all over northern New Jersey. The canal was abandoned in 1924 and largely dismantled.
Succasunna is the site of the world's first electronic switching public telephone exchange. The Western Electric model 1ESS system was cut over for service on the New Jersey Bell 584 central office on May 30, 1965. A commemorative plaque on the wall of the central office building notes this historic event.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 5.187 square miles (13.435 km2), including 5.128 square miles (13.282 km2) of land and 0.059 square miles (0.153 km2) of water (1.14%).
|Population sources: 2010|
Succasunna was part of the Succasunna-Kenvil CDP in the 2000 United States Census, which counted the combined population of Succasunna and Kenvil as 12,569. For the 2010 Census, the area was split into two CDPs, Succasunna, with a population of 9,152, and Kenvil with 3,009 people.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,152 people, 3,110 households, and 2,649.720 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,784.6 per square mile (689.0/km2). There were 3,163 housing units at an average density of 616.8 per square mile (238.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.40% (8,365) White, 1.48% (135) Black or African American, 0.04% (4) Native American, 4.91% (449) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.79% (72) from other races, and 1.39% (127) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.86% (536) of the population.
There were 3,110 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.8% were non-families. 12.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 35.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.5 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.5 males.
As part of Roxbury Township, residents of Succasunna are served by the Roxbury School District.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Succasunna include:
- Gazetteer of New Jersey Places, United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 21, 2016.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Succasunna Census Designated Place, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed December 23, 2012.
- DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Succasunna CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 23, 2012.
- American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- US Board on Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed April 19, 2015.
- Indian Place Names in New Jersey from the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration 1938-1939 Series, Bulletin 12., RootsWeb.com. Accessed June 18, 2016. "Succasunna in Morris County means 'land of black stones.' This probably was the Indians' way of describing the iron ore found in that region."
- Staff. "Tomorrow's Telephone Is Reality", Rome News-Tribune, June 10, 1965. Accessed August 29, 2013. "Tomorrow's telephone service became a reality for 4,300 telephone customers in Succasunna, N. J., with the cutover of the Bell System's first Commercial Electronic Central Office.... Succasunna is the first step in a nationwide Bell System conversion to Electronic Switching."
- US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- DP-1: Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000; Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data for Succasunna-Kenvil CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 23, 2012.
- DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Kenvil CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 23, 2012.
- New Jersey: 2010 - Population and Housing Unit Counts - 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH-2-32), p. III-4. United States Census Bureau, August 2012. Accessed December 23, 2012. "New CDPs: Kenvil (formed from part of deleted Succasunna-Kenvil CDP) and Succasunna (formed from part of deleted Succasunna-Kenvil CDP); Deleted CDPs: Succasunna-Kenvil (split to form Kenvil and Succasunna CDPs)."
- GCT-PH1 - Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for Morris County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 23, 2012.
- 2006-2010 American Community Survey Geography for New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 23, 2012.
- Morris County, Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson Catholic Schools Office. Accessed July 26, 2008.
- History, St. Therese School. Accessed August 25, 2013.
- Cassell, Dewey, with Sultan, Aaron; and Gartland, Mike. The Art of George Tuska, p. 27. (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005), ISBN 1-893905-40-3; ISBN 978-1-893905-40-5. "Chesler had a house with some property up in Succasunna, New Jersey."
- Ewing, Emma Mai. "The 'Funnies' Can Be Serious", The New York Times, September 12, 1976. Accessed December 23, 2012. "Now, however, thanks to Harry 'A' Chesler of Succasunna, all that is changing at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, where students and teachers are studying comics and cartoons as related to the transition in American society."
- Philemon Dickerson, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 25, 2013. "DICKERSON, Philemon, (brother of Mahlon Dickerson), a Representative from New Jersey; born in Succasunna, Morris County, N.J., January 11, 1788"
- About, Doug Miller Soccer. Accessed December 23, 2012. "Doug Miller was born in Succasunna, New Jersey in May of 1969 to Jim and Jackie Miller."