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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.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Rockaway demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Morris County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Newark area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 07866 ZIP code.
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.
29% of Rockaway residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Rockaway, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $804. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,616.
Libraries in Rockaway include Rockaway Twp Public Library ... View libraries
Morris County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rockaway political report.
The average commute time for Rockaway workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Rockaway include Best Western the Inn at Rockaway.
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