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Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Borough of Bloomingdale
County Route 511 northbound in Bloomingdale
County Route 511 northbound in Bloomingdale
Map of Bloomingdale in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Bloomingdale in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Passaic
Incorporated February 23, 1918
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 9.25 sq mi (23.95 km2)
 • Land 8.80 sq mi (22.79 km2)
 • Water 0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)  4.82%
Area rank 217th of 565 in state
6th of 16 in county
548 ft (167 m)
 • Total 7,656
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 300th of 566 in state
15th of 16 in county
 • Density 878.6/sq mi (339.2/km2)
 • Density rank 400th of 566 in state
14th of 16 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3403106340
GNIS feature ID 0885161

Bloomingdale is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,656, reflecting an increase of 46 (+0.6%) from the 7,610 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 80 (+1.1%) from the 7,530 counted in the 1990 Census.


Bloomingdale's Federal Hill was the site of the 1781 Pompton Mutiny, a winter revolt of Continental Army troops that was crushed by General Robert Howe on direct orders of General George Washington.

Growth in Bloomingdale was driven by the development in the late 1860s of a rubber mill and other factories in neighboring Butler. The New Jersey Midland Railroad, later known as the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, laid tracks adjacent to the settlement, with a Bloomingdale station located in what today is Riverdale. The northern section of Riverdale and most of Butler were known as East Bloomingdale and West Bloomingdale respectively during most of the 19th century. Despite crossing a county border, they also shared a school district and residents considered the whole area as "Bloomingdale" until about 1881 when a Post Office named Butler was designated. This began a period of rivalry which caused a schism between the residents of Butler and Bloomingdale resulting in separate schools, churches and even town bands.

Bloomingdale was incorporated as an independent borough on February 23, 1918, when Pompton Township was split up into three new municipalities along with Wanaque and Ringwood. Prior to that, the area was known as Bloomingdale throughout the 19th century and was initially a farming community starting about 1712 with the "Bloomingdale Forge" built shortly thereafter to take advantage of the iron in the hills. The business district along the Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike and the Pequannock River began about the middle of the 19th century.

Bloomingdale, like most municipalities in North Jersey, is a suburb of New York City. Some of the things that still link Bloomingdale to its past are its two churches (Methodist and Baptist), the Samuel R. Donald School (originally built in 1886) and the Bloomingdale Cornet Band continuously active since 1884.

DeLazier Field, used by the Triboro Little League, was the home field for the Minor League Baseball team known as the Bloomingdale Troopers of the North Atlantic League from 1946 to 1948.

The History of Bloomingdale can be found in three separate books published by the borough in 1958, 1968 and 1993. Additionally, more history can be found in microfilmed local newspapers located at the Butler Museum, the Morristown Library, the Paterson Library and the New Jersey State Archives.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 9.166 square miles (23.739 km2), including 8.714 square miles (22.570 km2) of land and 0.452 square miles (1.170 km2) of water (4.93%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Cold Spring Lake, Glenwild Lake, Iosco Lake, Lake Kampfe, Morse Lakes, Mothers Lake, Norvin Green State Forest, Pompton Junction, Star Lake and Twilliger Lake.

The borough borders Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Wanaque and West Milford Township in Passaic County and both Butler and Riverdale in Morris County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,193
1930 2,543 16.0%
1940 2,606 2.5%
1950 3,251 24.8%
1960 5,293 62.8%
1970 7,797 47.3%
1980 7,867 0.9%
1990 7,530 −4.3%
2000 7,610 1.1%
2010 7,656 0.6%
2019 (est.) 8,061 5.3%
Population sources: 1920
1920-1930 1930-1990
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,656 people, 2,935 households, and 2,034 families residing in the borough. The population density was 878.6 per square mile (339.2/km2). There were 3,089 housing units at an average density of 354.5 per square mile (136.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 91.97% (7,041) White, 1.14% (87) Black or African American, 0.22% (17) Native American, 2.46% (188) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.03% (232) from other races, and 1.19% (91) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.33% (714) of the population.

There were 2,935 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 96.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $79,044 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,773) and the median family income was $103,972 (+/- $5,906). Males had a median income of $56,974 (+/- $6,604) versus $47,204 (+/- $7,582) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,417 (+/- $3,746). About 3.3% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 23 households in 2010, up from the 14 counted in 2000.


2018-07-25 14 51 59 View north along Interstate 287 between Exit 53 and Exit 55 in Bloomingdale, Passaic County, New Jersey
I-287 northbound in Bloomingdale

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 29.54 miles (47.54 km) of roadways, of which 21.04 miles (33.86 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.88 miles (12.68 km) by Passaic County and 0.62 miles (1.00 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Interstate 287 is the most significant highway passing through Bloomingdale. However, there is no direct access to it within Bloomingdale, with the nearest interchanges being in adjacent towns. County Route 511 is the most significant road serving Bloomingdale directly.

Public transportation

Bloomingdale was served by the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway commuter passenger service until 1966. NJ Transit provides bus transportation on the 194 route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. In September 2012, as part of budget cuts, NJ Transit suspended service to Newark on the 75 line.


Shrubs in boulders in Bloomingdale New Jersey
Shrubs and boulders on a hill overlooking Bloomingdale.

The Bloomingdale School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 564 students and 44.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1. Schools in the district (with 2019–20 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Martha B. Day Elementary School with 142 students in grades PreK-1, Samuel R. Donald Elementary School with 173 students in grades 2-4 and Walter T. Bergen Middle School with 241 students in grades 5-8.

For ninth through twelfth grades, high school-aged students from Bloomingdale in public school attend Butler High School in the adjacent community of Butler in Morris County, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Butler Public Schools. As of the 2019–20 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 471 students and 38.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Bloomingdale, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Bloomingdale include:

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