Morris County, New Jersey

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Morris County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey, about 25 mi (40 km) west of New York City. According to the United States 2000 Census, the population was 470,212. The Census Bureau's 2008 estimate was 487,548.[1] It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. Its county seat is Morristown[2].

Morris County was the sixth-wealthiest county in the United States by median household income, and ranked tenth by per capita income.[3] It is the ninth-wealthiest county in the United States by personal per-capita income, the highest rank in New Jersey.[4] The county ranked third in the New York Metropolitan area in terms of median income.[5]



The area of Morris County was inhabited by the Lenape prior to the coming of the Europeans. They lived along the rivers and hunted game, fished, collected plants and nuts.

From 1611 to 1614, three Dutchmen surveyed the area between the 40th[6] and 45th parallels along the Atlantic coast and named the area they surveyed as New Netherland. The Dutch established the colony of New Amersterdam, which included northern New Jersey.

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