About Wanaque

Wanaque (pronounced WANNA-kyew)
With a 2023 population of 11,377, it is the 123rd largest city in New Jersey and the 3744th largest city in the United States. Wanaque is currently growing at a rate of 0.18% annually and its population has increased by 0.53% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 11,317 in 2020.

Wanaque was incorporated as an independent Borough on February 23, 1918, when Pompton Township was split up into three Boroughs, along with Bloomingdale and Ringwood, based on the results of a referendum held on March 22, 1918. 

U.S. Census Bureau website


Wanaque is located at (41.039646, -74.289323) and includes neighborhoods known as Wanaque (formerly Midvale) and Haskell, each of which has their own ZIP code and is served by their own separate post office.

According to local history, the name "Wanaque" is thought to have been derived from the Lenni Lenape Native American word meaning, "rest and repose".  A more popular interpretation is "place of sassafras." Historians have found old deeds and documents which reveal the word Wanaque had many spellings; Wynokie, Wynocky and Wynockie.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.9 km²), of which, 8.0 square miles (20.7 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it (13.35%) is water.

Official Website of Borough of Wanaque, New Jersey