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Demarest, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Demarest
Demarest Railroad Depot
Demarest Railroad Depot
Map highlighting Demarest's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Map highlighting Demarest's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Demarest, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Demarest, New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey is located in the United States
Demarest, New Jersey
Demarest, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Bergen County, New Jersey.gif Bergen
Incorporated April 8, 1903
Named for Ralph S. Demarest
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.08 sq mi (5.38 km2)
 • Land 2.07 sq mi (5.37 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.34%
Area rank 405th of 565 in state
46th of 70 in county
Elevation
52 ft (16 m)
Population
 • Total 4,881
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,894
 • Rank 383rd of 566 in state
60th of 70 in county
 • Density 2,361.8/sq mi (911.9/km2)
 • Density rank 258th of 566 in state
53rd of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07627
Area code(s) 201 exchanges: 750, 767, 768, 784
FIPS code 3400317530
GNIS feature ID 0885195

Demarest is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,881, reflecting an increase of 36 (+0.7%) from the 4,845 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 45 (+0.9%) from the 4,800 counted in the 1990 Census. Located in the northeastern corner of New Jersey and its Gateway Region, Demarest is part of the New York City Metropolitan Area.

Demarest was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 8, 1903, from portions of Harrington Township and Palisades Township. The borough was named for the Demarest family and for the Demarest train station, which had in turn been named for Ralph S. Demarest, who was a director of the Northern Railroad of New Jersey that built the station and represented the area in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate in the mid-19th century.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.078 square miles (5.382 km2), including 2.067 square miles (5.353 km2) of land and 0.011 square miles (0.029 km2) of water (0.55%).

At the heart of Demarest is an area known as the Duck Pond, which is a section of the Tenakill Brook.

The borough borders the Bergen County municipalities of Alpine, Closter, Cresskill, Dumont and Haworth.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 393
1910 560 42.5%
1920 654 16.8%
1930 1,013 54.9%
1940 1,165 15.0%
1950 1,786 53.3%
1960 4,231 136.9%
1970 5,133 21.3%
1980 4,963 −3.3%
1990 4,800 −3.3%
2000 4,845 0.9%
2010 4,881 0.7%
2019 (est.) 4,894 0.3%
Population sources:
1910-1920 1910

1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,881 people, 1,597 households, and 1,404 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,361.8 per square mile (911.9/km2). There were 1,659 housing units at an average density of 802.7 per square mile (309.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 70.21% (3,427) White, 0.64% (31) Black or African American, 0.02% (1) Native American, 26.41% (1,289) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.74% (36) from other races, and 1.99% (97) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.43% (216) of the population. Korean Americans accounted for 17.3% of the population.

There were 1,597 households out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.1% were non-families. 10.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.29. Same-sex couples headed eight households in 2010, an increase from the four counted in 2000.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 18.2% from 25 to 44, 33.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.9 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.7 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $147,714 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,743) and the median family income was $150,208 (+/- $9,154). Males had a median income of $101,085 (+/- $10,254) versus $58,295 (+/- $10,277) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $69,460 (+/- $10,589). About 1.4% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 4,845 people, 1,601 households, and 1,386 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,343.7 people per square mile (903.7/km2). There were 1,634 housing units at an average density of 790.4 per square mile (304.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.28% White, 0.50% African American, 0.02% Native American, 20.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.

As of the 2000 Census, 3.72% of Demarest's residents identified themselves as being of Japanese ancestry, which was the second highest of any municipality in New Jersey — behind Fort Lee (6.09%) — for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry. In this same census, 2.3% of Demarest's residents identified themselves as being of Armenian-American ancestry. This was the 19th highest percentage of Armenian American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.

There were 1,601 households, out of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.4% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 28.9% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $103,286, and the median income for a family was $113,144. Males had a median income of $82,597 versus $43,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $51,939. About 0.9% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

2018-07-22 15 09 09 View south along Bergen County Route 501 (County Road) just south of Bergen County Route S33 (Anderson Street) in Demarest, Bergen County, New Jersey
County Route 501 southbound in Demarest

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 27.27 miles (43.89 km) of roadways, of which 21.56 miles (34.70 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.71 miles (9.19 km) by Bergen County.

County Route 501 and County Route 505 travels through Demarest. While Demarest is a small community, there are often traffic jams at around 8:00 am and 3:00 pm when all three grammar schools let out for the day. These small traffic jams usually occur at the intersection of County Road and Hardenburgh Avenue, and sometimes require the local police to direct traffic.

Public transportation

Demarest is served by Rockland Coaches routes 14ET and 20/20T, with a stop by the Duck Pond on County Route 501 which provides service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, a common shopping destination for many residents.

Saddle River Tours / Ameribus offers rush hour service on the 20 / 84 route to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.

Demarest was served by the Demarest Railroad Depot until passenger traffic stopped in 1966. After the borough purchased the site in 1978, the station was restored and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004.

Education

The Demarest Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 695 students and 70.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.9:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are County Road School with 163 students in pre-kindergarten through first grade, Luther Lee Emerson School with 214 students in grades 2 - 4 and Demarest Middle School with 309 students in grades 5 through 8.

Students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest in Demarest, together with students from Closter and Haworth. The high school is part of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. During the 1994-96 school years, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,038 students and 97.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.7:1.

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.

The Academy of the Holy Angels is a private high school for girls that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

Notable people

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

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

  • John Calabro (1914-1994), artist and sculptor who has created coins, medals, plaques, busts, statutes and heroic-size works of famous events and notable figures from the world of politics, sports and entertainment.
  • Gerald Cardinale (born 1934), member of the New Jersey Senate since 1982 who served as Mayor of Demarest from 1975 to 1979.
  • David Einhorn (born 1968), hedge fund manager, Greenlight Capital.
  • Halim El-Dabh (born 1921), Egyptian-born composer who made Demarest his home in 1957 and 1958.
  • Lawrence Frank (born 1970), former head coach of the Detroit Pistons and the New Jersey Nets.
  • Augustus A. Hardenbergh (1830–1889), represented New Jersey's 7th congressional district from 1875 to 1879, and again from 1881 to 1883.
  • Gregory T. Linteris (born 1957), scientist who flew as a payload specialist on two NASA Space Shuttle missions in 1997.
  • Sparky Lyle (born 1944), MLB pitcher who was a resident during his time with the New York Yankees which was mentioned numerous times in his 1979 book The Bronx Zoo.
  • Aline Brosh McKenna (born 1967), screenwriter.
  • Bob Menne (born 1942), PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfer.
  • Herschel L. Mosier (1900-1979), football and basketball player and coach.
  • Dennis Shulman (born 1950), rabbi, psychologist and politician.
  • Richard H. Tedford (c.1928–2011), paleontologist.
  • Edmund W. Wakelee (1869–1945), President of the New Jersey Senate and the Public Service Corporation
  • Lucius Walker (1930–2010), Baptist minister best known for his opposition to the United States embargo against Cuba.
  • Barry Weiss (born 1959), music industry executive who has been Chairman and CEO of The Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Republic Records.
  • Julia Weldon (born 1983), actress.
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