Hopatcong, New Jersey

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Hopatcong is a Borough in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 15,888.

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 1803s, the name of the community had been modified to "Brooklyn", to match the spelling of the city on New York's Long Island.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]



Hopatcong is located at 40°56′19″N 74°39′52″W / 40.938650°N 74.664462°W / 40.938650; -74.664462 (40.938650, -74.664462).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 12.3 square miles (32.0 km2), of which, 11.0 square miles (28.4 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (11.18%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, 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/sq mi (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.

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