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New Census Data Shows Morris County Maintains Its Strength in Income, Housing Value and Educational Attainment

The Census Bureau has released its 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more.  The 2016 ACS includes estimates for various topics including income, educational attainment, housing and transportation.  Highlights include:

  • Among all counties in New Jersey, Morris County had the second highest median household income at $106,985.
  • At $443,100, Morris County had the second highest median housing value among all counties in New Jersey.
  • Morris County had the highest percentage of population over age 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher among all New Jersey counties at 53.2%.

Updates pertaining to these topics have been posted to the Data and Statistics page.

FEMA’s Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps Now Available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Morris County on August 22nd. Municipal and County officials should be receiving paper versions of the FIRMs in the next several days via mail. Digital versions of the maps can be viewed at: https://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=16bb8a9ebcac47da913e6e9f4ecf30ab; this website also provides a search function for specific addresses.

FEMA will be scheduling two open house meetings for the public in early November. The formal 90-day Appeal Period for municipalities is expected to begin in the late fall. The exact dates will be announced via public notice in local newspapers.  Please visit Morris County’s FIRMs page to view these maps, and for information about the map adoption process, the appeal procedure, the public meeting schedule, and resources at the federal and local levels.

Once finalized and adopted, these maps will be used to determine if flood insurance is required and the rates that residential and commercial property owners will pay to the National Flood Insurance Program. The maps will also be utilized when reviewing development plans and enforcing floodplain management regulations.

The flood insurance rate maps currently in effect are 24-45 years old.  Given their long-standing impact, the County encourages municipalities and property owners to take this rare opportunity to review, and if necessary, comment on the revised preliminary maps.

2017 Historic Preservation Funding Awards

On July 26th, the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved $2.9 million in county grants from the county’s 2017 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 25 historic sites in 15 towns across Morris County.

Please see the Summary of 2017 Funding Awards and a description of the awarded grants.

Trail Construction Grant Applications Received

A total of 8 applications requesting over $1.2 million were submitted to the Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program.  The Trail Program Advisory Committee will review the applications and provide funding recommendations to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders by the end of the year. View the list of applications. (revised 9/26/17)

Open Space Grant Applications Received

For the 2017 funding round, 7 applications requesting over $3.3 million were submitted to the Morris County municipal/non-profit open space grant program. The Open Space Trust Fund Committee will review the applications, visit the properties and provide funding recommendations to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders by November 8, 2017. View the list of Open Space applications (revised 8/25/17).