As one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, Morris County’s median income hovers around $90,000. Located in northern New Jersey, Morris County is considered part of the New York metropolitan area. There are over 30 Fortune 500 companies located in Morris County, including ExxonMobil, Verizon, AT&T, Honeywell, Colgate-Palmolive, Bayer, Wyeth, BASF, and Pfizer.
The county seat, Morristown, an elegant city founded in 1715. Morristown played a key role during the American Revolution, and Morristown National Historical Park contains three important sites. The Ford Mansion was used by George Washington and the Continental Army as their “hard winter” quarters in 1779-1780. Jockey Hollow was the site of a Continental Army encampment and the site of a mutiny. Fort Nonsense was built under General George Washington’s orders in 1777 and was the site of a signal fire and earthworks. The city wraps around a square, Morristown Green, that served as the market square during colonial times.
A beautiful area, Morris County contains 28 parks and four golf courses. Central Park of Morris County includes a five-acre dog park, a cross-country course, ball fields, skating rinks, an amphitheater, and hiking trails. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and ice skating. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is a working turn-of-the-century farm and the historic Willows, a beautiful home built by the grandson of Paul Revere. Another historic park, Cooper Gristmill, is located along the black River. The mill was built in the 1760s and is still operational. This park’s activities include fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Considered a top area to raise a family, the county is home to several colleges, including County College of Morris, Drew University, and the College of Saint Elizabeth, a private Catholic college for women.
Other communities in Morris County include Butler, Wharton, Dover, Roxbury, Hanover, Denville, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Jefferson, and Riverdale.