Byram Township, the "Township of Lakes"
Tell us about town. How large/small is it? Are there neighborhoods? Is there a downtown? Give us the details!
Byram Township, the ‘Township of Lakes’ is a charming town with so much to offer almost anyone can appreciate living there. Byram was established in 1798 after separating from the area that was then Newton. While its borders have changed six times since then, it now covers more than 22.48 miles, has over two dozen lakes and ponds, and about 8,500 people.
One of the most unique features of Byram is Waterloo Village—a restored 19th century canal town and historical exhibit part of the National Register of Historic Places. It contains a working gristmill, blacksmith shop, canal museum, several historic houses, and an active church. There is a newly-renovated meeting house and rustic pavilion often rented for weddings and other events with food available catered by a private company.
The township boasts 8 different public parks and trail systems, offering several miles of hiking and biking trails, sports fields, playgrounds and picnic areas for the community to enjoy.
For the water enthusiasts, Byram is home to Cranberry Lake, Lake Mohawk, Tomahawk, Panther Lake, Forest Lake (Private), and Lake Lackawanna (Private), among several other lakes and ponds. Canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and camping are common activities for Byram residents and visitors.
What are the School Districts like? Which school district to children of this town attend?
Byram has its own Elementary and Intermediate schools, for grades K-4 and 5-8. High-schoolers attend Lenape Valley Regional High School, which serves approximately 850 students from Byram Township, Stanhope Borough and Netcong Borough.
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Can you talk a bit about Town and School System demographics and diversity?
Byram Lakes Elementary Schools class sizes average 10:1 students per teacher, and boasts tests scores in Science at 99%, 13% above the state average.
Byram Intermediate class sizes average 10:1 students per teacher, and proudly display test scores in Geometry of 100%, Algebra 1 of 94%, and Science of 93%.
Lenape Valley High School has a 94% graduation rate and an average SAT score of 1124. Class sizes average 13:1 students per teacher.
What kind of shopping/amenities are in town?
There is a large ShopRite located off Route 206 which runs through Byram Township. In the same shopping center is also a ShopRite Liquors, Hibachi, Italian Pizzeria, sandwich shop, and healthcare center offering primary care, rehab services and a laboratory.
How far is the closest hospital?
The closest hospitals are Hackettstown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center, both part of Atlantic Health Systems, which also boasts having Morristown Medical Center as part of the system.
The next closest hospital system includes Saint Clare’s in Dover or Denville.
All hospitals are located within 10-30 minutes from Byram Township.
Is there a Public library? Can residents use county library system?
There are 3 local branches of the Sussex County Library system easily accessible from Byram Township—the Louise Childs Branch on Stanhope Sparta Rd in Stanhope, the Ma
in Library on Morris Turnpike in Newton, and the Dennis Branch on Main Street in Newton. Each branch hosts free programs throughout the week benefiting library goers of all ages, from infants to seniors. Your library card can also gain you free access to museums and parks throughout Sussex and Morris Counties. You can learn about all they offer at sussexcountylibrary.org
What activities are there to do for adults and/or kids?
The Byram Recreation Committee sponsors events throughout the year including Memorial Day Parades, children’s triathlons, Miss Byram and Royalty Court pageants, and recently their first ‘Byram Fest’ which featured food trucks, inflatable rides and fireworks. They also offer a ski club for students, holiday lights contests, letters to Santa program, and a free primary community notification system through Nixle.
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What does the average home cost and what are property taxes like?
The median price of home in Byram Township is approximately $298,000, with recently sold homes ranging from $130,000 to 615,000. (Source: RPR Market Activity Report 3/2020)
What is the traffic like?
Traffic on side roads is minimal. Route 206 does run through Byram and can slow down during rush hour traffic.
How does garbage disposal work?
Garbage is picked up every Tuesday between 6a-6p. Households are permitted two 45-gallon containers each week.
Does the town have its own paid police, fire, ems departments?
The Byram Township Police Department has 14 sworn Officers. Their Chief of Police is currently Kenneth J. Burke. The Department is proud to have an established crime scene, arson and fire investigation units, as well as an accident reconstruction and crisis negotiation units. They started teaching the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in the Byram Intermediate Schools in 1991, and in 2013 switched to the L.E.A.D. program (Law Enforcement Against Drugs). They offer a safe exchange location for buyers and sellers to exchange goods sold on Craiglist, Facebook Marketplace, and other platforms. (byrampd.org)
The Lakeland Emergency Squad proudly serves Byram Township, operating out of 3 buildings running 4 ambulances, 1 First Response Unit, 1 Heavy Rescue Truck and a Staging Area Management Rehab trailer. Lakeland EMS began hiring career EMTs to supplement the work of their volunteers in 2018, after being 100% volunteer based for over 80 years. (lakelandems.org)
The Byram Township Fire Department has been serving for over 70 years and is comprised 100% of volunteers. They currently have 48 dedicated firefighters utilizing 3 fire stations and a total of 6 fire and rescue trucks. Their recently renovated hall can be rented out for a variety of occasions, and also offers a partnership with 2 local restaurants for use at the hall. (byramfd.com)
What is the crime rate? Can you describe the safety of the town?
Based on a 2016 study by CityRating.com who source their data from the FBI Report of Offenses Known to Law Enforcement, the city violent crime rate for Byram Township in 2016 was lower than the national violent crime rate average by 96.84% and the city prope
rty crime rate in Byram Township was lower than the national property crime rate average by 86.69%. In 2016 the city violent crime rate in Byram Township was lower than the violent crime rate in New Jersey by 94.88% and the city property crime rate in Byram Township was lower than the property crime rate in New Jersey by 78.88%.
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