Randolph Township, 22 square miles in western Morris County (NJ) has been designated half rural, half suburban by the State Planning Commission. The town was inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, settled by Quakers, and served as a supply point for Washington's army during their winter in nearby Jockey Hollow. Our Historical Society has preserved this heritage in the Museum of Old Randolph. One of our oldest streets, Gristmill Road (a must see in spring when the apple trees bloom), is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a look at "The Tale of One Lion", our town history by and for children.
Randolph became a vacation haven in the early part of the 20th century, known for its woods, ponds, lakes and invigorating air. Through the 1950s, farms, large hotels and bungalow colonies dotted the community. Performers like Phil Silvers, Frank Sinatra and Jan Pierce appeared at the hotels. Boxers Max Baer, Floyd Patterson, Jim Braddock and Rocky Marciano trained or fought at Sain's Hotel on Brookside Road. Our 24 township historical landmarks range from the 276 year old Liberty Tree through the 1869 Bryant Distillery (famed for its apple jack!) to the 1924 Millbrook School, now rehabilitated and in use as offices.
In the 1960s and 1980s many new homes were built in town. 76.5% of our houses are less than 40 years old; 68% of housing units are owner occupied. Housing stock includes 2 bedroom Cape Cods, 3 to 5 bedroom colonials, nearly 1600 apartments (in three complexes) and a 1995 townhome complex. The township operates two units of housing for senior citizens. Apartment rents are typically in the $600-800/month range and the average house value is $278,000.
Many of the descendants of our original settlers
still live here on roads that bear their family names. Over half of Randolph
residents are NJ natives, while over 10% of us were born overseas. With much
corporate migration in and out of the county, about 300 housing units a year
change hands. New residents are an accepted and welcome part of the Randolph
community. In 1990, when the last US census was done, our population was
Over 91% of our residents are at least high school graduates. Average household income, in 1990, was $64,403. Over 27% of residents were under the age of 18-yrs in 1990. 4700 students, in 1997, were enrolled in our six schools, grades K-12. Want more information? Check the 1990 Census data or maps.
Randolph is located within the Highlands, one of New Jersey's four major physiographic provinces. Part of the Appalachian Mountain range, the Highlands are characterized by alternating flat-topped ridges and deep-striking valleys. Land in Randolph runs from 551 to 1120 feet above sea level. While a major state road bisects the town, country roads wind through woods, along streams, up and down hills. Open land is preserved by both municipal and county parkland within the town boundaries. Temperatures range, in an average year, from the low 20s in February to the mid-90s in August. With Routes 10, 287, 24 and 78 nearby the average commute to work is 27 minutes, which means many of our citizens have time to be involved in community recreation and government.
Small businesses and the service sector are the backbone of Randolph's local economy. There are 639 businesses and professionals in the community and 11,403 residents in the labor force. Unemployment, in 1995, was 4.2%. Per capita income in Morris County is the second highest in the state, $36,441 in 1995. According to the state Department of Labor, average, mid-range salaries for the Morris County metropolitan area include:
engineering technican, $680/week
driver, medium truck, $9.85-16.18/hr
accounting clerk, $430-505/wk
computer systems analyst, $496-640.wk
police officer, $814-825/wk
With a world trade center to the west and two corporate campuses to the east of the township, over half of working residents are employed within the county, less than half an hour from home. In 1990
2.7% worked at home
17.8% worked in Randolph
29.6% in Morris County
32% out of the county and
5.4% out of state
Space is currently available in office parks and small shopping malls, built in the 1980s, along our major roadways (Route 10 and Sussex Avenue). Contact Economic Development at (973) 989-7058 if you are interested in setting up shop in a stable community with a very well educated workforce.