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Carlstadt, New Jersey
Borough of Carlstadt
Former firehouse, now home of the Carlstadt Historical Society
Former firehouse, now home of the Carlstadt Historical Society
Map highlighting Carlstadt's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Map highlighting Carlstadt's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Carlstadt, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Carlstadt, New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey is located in the United States
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated June 27, 1894
Named for Dr. Carl Klein
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 4.21 sq mi (10.90 km2)
 • Land 3.95 sq mi (10.22 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)  6.18%
Area rank 291st of 565 in state
18th of 70 in county
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total 6,127
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 339th of 566 in state
54th of 70 in county
 • Density 1,532.1/sq mi (591.5/km2)
 • Density rank 332nd of 566 in state
63rd of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400310480
GNIS feature ID 0885180

Carlstadt is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 6,127, reflecting an increase of 210 (+3.5%) from the 5,917 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 407 (+7.4%) from the 5,510 counted in the 1990 Census.

Carlstadt was originally formed as a village by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1860, within Lodi Township. Most sources indicate that the community was named for Dr. Carl Klein, the leader of a group of early German settlers who led the project to establish the community though Henry Gannett stated that the name derived from the city of Karlovac in Croatia, which was known as "Carlstadt" in German. The Borough of Carlstadt was incorporated on June 27, 1894, formally set off from Bergen Township. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.243 square miles (10.989 km2), including 3.999 square miles (10.358 km2) of land and 0.244 square miles (0.632 km2) of water (5.75%).

Carlstadt is bordered on the south by East Rutherford in Bergen County, Secaucus and North Bergen in Hudson County, on the north by Wood-Ridge and Moonachie (Bergen) to the east by Ridgefield and South Hackensack (Bergen), and to the northwest by Wallington (Bergen). It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) northwest of New York City and 95 miles (153 km) northeast of Philadelphia.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,060
1890 1,549 46.1%
1900 2,920 88.5%
1910 3,807 30.4%
1920 4,472 17.5%
1930 5,425 21.3%
1940 5,644 4.0%
1950 5,591 −0.9%
1960 6,042 8.1%
1970 6,724 11.3%
1980 6,166 −8.3%
1990 5,510 −10.6%
2000 5,917 7.4%
2010 6,127 3.5%
2019 (est.) 6,132 0.1%
Population sources: 1880-1890
1890-1920 1890-1910
1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,127 people, 2,378 households, and 1,579 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,532.1 per square mile (591.5/km2). There were 2,495 housing units at an average density of 623.9 per square mile (240.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 81.41% (4,988) White, 2.38% (146) Black or African American, 0.16% (10) Native American, 8.23% (504) Asian, 0.07% (4) Pacific Islander, 5.35% (328) from other races, and 2.40% (147) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.02% (1,104) of the population.

There were 2,378 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 92.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $62,255 (with a margin of error of +/− $9,455) and the median family income was $71,506 (+/− $5,117). Males had a median income of $50,994 (+/− $7,494) versus $41,333 (+/− $6,468) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,403 (+/− $3,646). About 7.2% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 14 households in 2010, an increase from the 11 counted in 2000.


Roads and highways

2021-05-26 15 51 11 View north along Interstate 95W (New Jersey Turnpike Western Spur) from the overpass for the ramp from the Meadowlands Sports Complex in Carlstadt, Bergen County, New Jersey
The New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) in Carlstadt

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 27.82 miles (44.77 km) of roadways, of which 21.48 miles (34.57 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.85 miles (4.59 km) by Bergen County and 1.36 miles (2.19 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 2.13 miles (3.43 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Route 120, County Route 503, and the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) serve Carlstadt. No interchange from the turnpike directly serves Carlstadt, but there is an entry and exit point for the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The 18W high-speed tollgate is located in the borough, but the nearest turnpike interchange is in East Rutherford.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service is available to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 161, 163 and 164 routes; to Newark on the 76; and to other New Jersey communities served on the 703 and 772 routes.

Carlstadt once had a rail station on the Hackensack and New York Railroad (later reformed as the New Jersey and New York Railroad), which closed in 1967, and was located on tracks that are used by NJ Transit's Pascack Valley Line.


Corporate residents include:

  • Lion Brand Yarns, America's oldest manufacturer of craft yarn.
  • Pantone, corporation headquartered in Carlstadt, supplying color space to the printing industry.
  • Yoo-hoo, a chocolate drink manufactured by Keurig Dr Pepper.


Public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are served by the Carlstadt Public Schools. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 562 students and 45.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.5:1. With the opening of the Carlstadt Public School in 2007, which now serves all of Carlstadt's K-8 students, the Lincoln and Washington school sites have been turned over to the borough and plans have been developed to convert the sites to senior housing.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend the Henry P. Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, which serves high school students from both Carlstadt and East Rutherford as part of the Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 491 students and 37.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. Seats on the high school district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with four seats allocated to Carlstadt.

Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.

Notable people

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

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

  • Ernest Cuneo (1905–1988), professional football player, lawyer, newspaperman, author and spy
  • Mark DeRosa (born 1975), baseball analyst and retired MLB third baseman / outfielder
  • Dutch Dorman (1902–1988), long-time minor league baseball player and manager who was a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves
  • Robert P. Hollenbeck (1931–2021), politician who served six terms in the New Jersey General Assembly from the 36th Legislative District.
  • Darren Lemke (born 1969/1970), screenwriter who co-wrote the 2010 film Shrek Forever After and director of the 2004 thriller film Lost, which he also wrote.
  • Lou Lombardo (1928-2001), MLB pitcher who appeared in two games for the New York Giants in 1948
  • Marc Rizzo (born 1977), lead guitarist of Brazilian metal band Soulfly
  • Pete Rohrman (born 1970), operations manager and political activist.
  • Vito Trause (1925–2019), World War II United States Army veteran and prisoner of war.

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