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Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Elmwood Park
Van Houten-Hillman House
Van Houten-Hillman House
Map highlighting Elmwood Park's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Map highlighting Elmwood Park's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey is located in the United States
Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Bergen County, New Jersey.gif Bergen
Incorporated April 18, 1916 (as East Paterson)
Renamed January 1, 1973 (to Elmwood Park)
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.73 sq mi (7.06 km2)
 • Land 2.64 sq mi (6.85 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)  3.00%
Area rank 362nd of 565 in state
34th of 70 in county
Elevation
46 ft (14 m)
Population
 • Total 19,403
 • Estimate 
(2019)
19,966
 • Rank 133rd of 566 in state
15th of 70 in county
 • Density 7,327.9/sq mi (2,829.3/km2)
 • Density rank 55th of 566 in state
16th of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07407
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400321300
GNIS feature ID 0885207
Website
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Marcal paper factory in Elmwood Park in 2014, destroyed by fire in 2019

Elmwood Park is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 19,403, reflecting an increase of 478 (+2.5%) from the 18,925 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,302 (+7.4%) from the 17,623 counted in the 1990 Census.

Prior to 1916, the area was known as Dundee Lake, a section of Saddle River Township. Residents of the Dundee Lake area voted on April 18, 1916, to secede from Saddle River Township to form the Borough of East Paterson. In 1917, residents of the Rosemont section of Saddle River Township voted to be annexed to East Paterson. In November 1972, residents voted to change the name of the borough to Elmwood Park. The new name became official on January 1, 1973.

Elmwood Park, being located in Bergen County, has strict blue laws, which require most retailers to be closed on Sunday.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.758 square miles (7.143 km2), including 2.648 square miles (6.858 km2) of land and 0.110 square miles (0.285 km2) of water (3.99%).

The borough borders Clifton, Paterson in Passaic County across the Passaic River to the West; Fair Lawn across Willow Street, Cyril Avenue, New Jersey Route 4 (Broadway), and the Bergen County Line to the North and East; and Saddle Brook across the Bergen County Line (continued from the Fair Lawn / Saddle Brook Border along the extension of Rosario Court) and Dye Avenue continuing to between Garwood Court North and Kipp Avenue to the East and South where it borders Garfield.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names within the borough include Cherry Hill, Dundee Lake, Passaic Junction and Rosemont.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 892
1910 1,396 56.5%
1920 2,441 74.9%
1930 4,779 95.8%
1940 4,937 3.3%
1950 15,386 211.6%
1960 19,344 25.7%
1970 20,511 6.0%
1980 18,377 −10.4%
1990 17,623 −4.1%
2000 18,925 7.4%
2010 19,403 2.5%
2019 (est.) 19,966 2.9%
Population sources: 1920
1920-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 19,403 people, 7,032 households, and 5,140 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,327.9 per square mile (2,829.3/km2). There were 7,385 housing units at an average density of 2,789.1 per square mile (1,076.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 75.37% (14,624) White, 5.25% (1,019) Black or African American, 0.33% (65) Native American, 10.72% (2,080) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 5.47% (1,062) from other races, and 2.83% (549) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.22% (4,117) of the population.

There were 7,032 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 22.3% 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 2.76 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 88.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $66,719 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,506) and the median family income was $75,587 (+/- $4,326). Males had a median income of $50,943 (+/- $1,704) versus $41,654 (+/- $3,193) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,959 (+/- $2,217). About 3.7% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 49 households in 2010, an increase from the 33 counted in 2000.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 18,925 people, 7,089 households, and 5,075 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,129.8 people per square mile (2,757.4/km2). There were 7,242 housing units at an average density of 2,728.3 per square mile (1,055.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 78.53% White, 4.16% African American, 0.11% Native American, 7.80% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.44% from other races, and 2.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.39% of the population.

There were 7,089 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $52,319, and the median income for a family was $59,131. Males had a median income of $40,684 versus $39,535 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,588. About 4.7% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

2021-06-06 13 18 50 View north along New Jersey State Route 444 (Garden State Parkway) from the overpass for Miles Street in Elmwood Park, Bergen County, New Jersey
The Garden State Parkway northbound in Elmwood Park

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 52.86 miles (85.07 km) of roadways, of which 41.87 miles (67.38 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.95 miles (9.58 km) by Bergen County and 3.40 miles (5.47 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.64 miles (2.64 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Route 4, Interstate 80, U.S. Route 46, and the Garden State Parkway serve Elmwood Park.

Public transportation

Elmwood Park is served by NJ Transit buses 160 and 161 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, with local service on the 702, 712, 758 and 770 routes. NJ Transit's Bergen County Line tracks travel through Elmwood Park, but does not have a station stop in the borough, with the nearest stations being the Radburn and Broadway stations in Fair Lawn.

The Passaic-Bergen Rail Line is a proposed rail system that is planned to have a stop in Elmwood Park.

Points of interest

The Van Houten-Hillman House, named for Cornelius J. Van Houten who constructed the house c. 1782 and Herman Hillman who purchased it in 1898, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 9, 1983.

The House of Loud, recording studio where numerous metalcore, punk and post-hardcore bands recorded such as Pierce the Veil, Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Papa Roach and Bring Me the Horizon.

Education

The Elmwood Park Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 2,649 students and 183.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.5:1. Schools in the district (with 2017–18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Gantner Avenue Elementary School with 351 students in grades K-5, Gilbert Avenue Elementary School with 446 students in grades K-5, Sixteenth Avenue Elementary School with 469 students in grades PreK-5, Memorial Middle School with 588 students in grades 6-8 and Elmwood Park Memorial High School with 735 students in grades 9–12.

Despite boasting several state championship football teams in the early 1970s, the Elmwood Park High School Crusaders football team went into a lengthy period of decline. The Crusader football team had a 41-game losing streak in effect from 2002 until September 30, 2006, when they defeated the Manchester Regional High School Falcons, 33–14, snapping the four-year-long losing streak.

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 Elmwood Park, New Jersey

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

  • Adrenalin O.D., hardcore punk band.
  • ASAP Rocky (born 1988 as Rakim Mayers), rapper.
  • Cathy Bao Bean (born 1942), author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual.
  • Carl Blaze (1976–2006), Hip-Hop/R&B DJ for Power 105.1.
  • Cornelius A. Cadmus (1844–1902), represented New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1891 to 1895.
  • Carmen Carrera (born 1985), transgender entertainer and model / reality television personality who appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3.
  • W. Cary Edwards (1944-2010), politician who served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1986 to 1989.
  • Sheena Iyengar (born 1969), Columbia Business School professor.
  • Cora-Ann Mihalik (born c. 1954), former television news anchor and reporter who was best known as co-anchor and news reporter for Fox WNYW and My 9 WWOR from 1987 to 2011.
  • Liv Morgan (born 1994), model and WWE wrestler.
  • John “Jack” McGrath (born 1919), World War II Veteran, part of the 101st Airborne Division E Company, depicted in the Band of Brothers miniseries about the E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment during World War II.
  • Gary Nova (born 1993), quarterback for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.
  • Dick Vitale (born 1939), basketball coach and broadcaster.
  • Robert Zoellner (1932-2014), investor and stamp collector who was the second person to have assembled a complete collection of United States postage stamps.
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