Explore Hunterdon County, one of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets. Located in north central New Jersey, Hunterdon is a mix of rolling hills, scenic working farms and small towns—and is also one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. Residents believe there are few better places to live, raise a family, work or visit. Boasting a renowned healthcare system, lots of fun things to do and a passion for small business success, the Hunterdon area also features arts, cultural and historic attractions, quaint town centers and a vibrant economy, which all unite to create an uncommon quality of life.
Year Settled: 1714
Population as of 2015: 125,488
Land Area (sq. miles): 430
Water Area (sq. miles): 7.8
Median Age: 39
Median Household Income: $110,457
Median Home Price: $380,700
Annual Weather Averages:
- High Temperature: 87° Fahrenheit
- Low Temperature: 32° Fahrenheit
- Rainfall: 3.5 inches
- Snowfall: 8 inches
Notable Employment Facts: Healthcare is one of the largest growing sectors in Hunterdon County. The county healthcare system is the largest employer at 2,400 individuals..
Major Employers: Hunterdon County Health Department, A. M. Best, Great Eastern Conventions, Quick Chek, Tabby’s Place.
- Hunterdon Central Regional School District
- Grades: PreK-12
- Enrollment: 24,524
- Grades: PreK-12
- Universities and Colleges:
Nearest Major City: Approximately 73 miles to Manhattan and 57 miles to Philadelphia, PA.
Local Radio Stations:
- WGMQ Magic 98.3 FM – Today’s Hits. Yesterday’s Favorites.
- Jersey 101.5 FM – News Talk Radio
- WCTC 1450 AM – The voice of Central Jersey
Public Transit: NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line provides rail service to the northern part of the county from Newark-Penn Station to High Bridge, Annandale, Lebanon and Whitehouse Station. The Norfolk Southern Railway’s Lehigh Line runs through the county. Trans-Bridge Lines also provides service to New York City, as well as several towns and cities in western Pennsylvania.
Parks and Recreation Sites
- At Point Mountain, you can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and mountain biking through the many miles of trails. You can even fish the Musconetcong River, which is stocked seasonally with trout or fetch your binoculars to watch for the more than 90 species of birds including hawks as they migrate along the mountain.
- Mountain Farm/Teetertown Preserve offers the solitude of a densely wooded area including hardwoods, shrubs, and animal life. It also showcases a spectacular rushing stream winding its way through the Ravine’s dramatic rock outcroppings.
- There’s an easy, one-mile hiking trail at Tower Hill Park, which meanders along the edge of the reserve’s vast meadows. Here, you can ride a mountain bike or put on your cross-country skis as you glide across Mountain View Road, twice! You’ll see grassland birds among others and an array of bluebird houses where you’ll enjoy bird watching winter, spring, summer and fall.
- Charlestown Reserve is habitat for wildlife galore. Along the trail are stonewalls, which house snakes and small mammals such as chipmunks. The rocky hillsides and other secluded areas provide a haven for the county’s more reclusive mammals like the gray fox, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks and even wild turkeys.
Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture
- Relax with a nice bottle of red or white at one of Hunterdon County’s four vineyards: Beneduce Vineyards, Unionville Vineyards, Mount Salem Vineyards and Old York Cellars.
- Shop at the Liberty Village Outlet Center in nearby Flemington for designer and name brands at a fraction of the retail cost.
- Take a hot air balloon ride over beautiful landscapes and experience the spectacular view at a pace rarely enjoyed—slow and easy.
- Visit the Hunterdon County Arboretum for the demonstration greenhouse, display gardens, two-story gazebo and six short trails on the arboretum grounds.
- Hunterdon Art Museum exhibits contemporary art, crafts and designs in a 19th-century stone mill listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1952, the museum showcases works by internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists, as well as hosting art classes and workshops for all ages, plus a popular summer camp program.
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