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Rockaway Township, New Jersey
Rockaway Township is a township located in Morris County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 22,930. Rockaway Township is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 119.1 km² (46.0 mi²). 110.9 km² (42.8 mi²) of it is land and 8.2 km² (3.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 6.89% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 22,930 people, 8,108 households, and 6,380 families residing in the township. The population density is 206.8/km² (535.5/mi²). There are 8,506 housing units at an average density of 76.7/km² (198.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the township is 88.86% White, 2.46% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. 6.28% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 8,108 households out of which 40.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% are married couples living together, 7.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% are non-families. 17.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.82 and the average family size is 3.21.
In the township the population is spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township is $80,939, and the median income for a family is $89,281. Males have a median income of $58,027 versus $40,038 for females. The per capita income for the township is $33,184. 2.4% of the population and 1.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.6% of those under the age of 18 and 3.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
A large part of the township consists of Picatinny Arsenal , a United States Army base, used mainly for the development of new weapons technologies.
Rockaway Township is known for its Rockaway Townsquare Mall, which has recently begun enormous building projects. Some expected stores to be built are an Olive Garden, a Walmart, and a movie theatre. Recently, it has built a Target, Best Buy, and Borders Books.
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