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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Borough of Franklin Lakes
Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve
Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve
Map highlighting Franklin Lakes's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Map highlighting Franklin Lakes's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey is located in the United States
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 11, 1922
Named for William Franklin
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 9.88 sq mi (25.60 km2)
 • Land 9.41 sq mi (24.38 km2)
 • Water 0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)  4.75%
Area rank 212th of 565 in state
3rd of 70 in county
522 ft (159 m)
 • Total 10,590
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 231st of 566 in state
35th of 70 in county
 • Density 1,129.1/sq mi (435.9/km2)
 • Density rank 364th of 566 in state
65th 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 3400524990
GNIS feature ID 0885225

Franklin Lakes is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 census, the borough's population was 10,590, reflecting an increase of 168 (+1.6%) from the 10,422 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 549 (+5.6%) from the 9,873 counted in the 1990 Census. Becton Dickinson, a Fortune 500 company, is headquartered in Franklin Lakes.

Franklin Lakes was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 11, 1922, from portions of Franklin Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 11, 1922. The borough was named for William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, a steadfast Loyalist who served as the last colonial Governor of New Jersey.

The borough is one of the state's highest-income communities. Based on data from the American Community Survey for 2014–2018, Franklin Lakes residents had a median household income of $159,883, more than double the statewide median. In 2010, Forbes ranked Franklin Lakes at 146th in its listing of "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes," with a median home price of $1,306,546.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 9.847 square miles (25.507 km2), including 9.379 square miles (24.292 km2) of land and 0.469 square miles (1.214 km2) of water (4.76%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or wholly within the borough include Bakers Pond, Blauvelt Lakes, Campgaw, Crystal Lakes, Ferdinands Mills, Hopper Lake and Pulis Mills and Shadow Lake.

The borough borders the Bergen County municipalities of Mahwah, Oakland and Wyckoff, and both North Haledon and Wayne in Passaic County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 375
1910 445 18.7%
1920 383 −13.9%
1930 893 133.2%
1940 1,203 34.7%
1950 2,021 68.0%
1960 3,316 64.1%
1970 7,550 127.7%
1980 8,769 16.1%
1990 9,873 12.6%
2000 10,422 5.6%
2010 10,590 1.6%
2019 (est.) 11,119 5.0%
Population sources:
1930 1900–2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,590 people, 3,527 households, and 3,012 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,129.1 per square mile (435.9/km2). There were 3,692 housing units at an average density of 393.6 per square mile (152.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 88.92% (9,417) White, 1.41% (149) Black or African American, 0.04% (4) Native American, 7.34% (777) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.83% (88) from other races, and 1.46% (155) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.96% (525) of the population.

There were 3,527 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.4% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.6% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.9 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.8 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $151,224 (with a margin of error of +/- $16,426) and the median family income was $155,156 (+/- $33,998). Males had a median income of $125,586 (+/- $20,759) versus $63,170 (+/- $13,069) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $74,219 (+/- $9,917). About 0.7% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 28 households in 2010, double the 14 counted in 2000.

Popular culture

Franklin Lakes has been the setting of several reality television shows, including: Bravo network's series The Real Housewives of New Jersey, MTV's My Super Sweet 16, and VH1's My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding. Franklin Lakes was also used for filming the fictional upstate New York town of Dargerville in the Law & Order episode "Knock-Off".


2021-06-30 13 30 09 View north along Interstate 287 from the overpass for Phelps Road in Franklin Lakes, Bergen County, New Jersey
I-287 northbound in Franklin Lakes

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 92.97 miles (149.62 km) of roadways, of which 71.64 miles (115.29 km) were maintained by the municipality, 16.75 miles (26.96 km) by Bergen County, and 4.58 miles (7.37 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 208 runs for 2.2 miles (3.5 km) across the borough's midsection, from Wyckoff to its western terminus at its intersection with Interstate 287 in Oakland. Interstate 287 enters on the borough's western border with Oakland and heads north towards Mahwah, with the highway's exit 59 in the borough. County Route 502 (Breakneck Road / Franklin Lakes Road) enters from Wayne Township in Passaic County at the borough's southwest corner, runs along the border with Oakland and re-enters Franklin Lakes, heading north towards Wyckoff.

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus route 752 serves Franklin Lakes, providing local service.

Campgaw Station
The former Campgaw Station site for the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway as seen in November 2011. There is nothing left of the station platform or depot.

From the late 1800s until 1966, Franklin Lakes had passenger train service at the Crystal Lakes and Campgaw stations on the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway.

Historic sites

Franklin Lakes is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Ackerman-Boyd House - 1095 Franklin Lake Road (added 1983)
  • Blauvelt House - 205 Woodside Avenue (added 1985)
  • De Gray House - 650 Ewing Avenue (added 1983)
  • Packer House - 600 Ewing Avenue (added 1983)
  • Albert Pulis House - 322 Pulis Avenue (added 1983)
  • Reaction Motors Rocket Test Facility - 936 Dogwood Trail (added 1979)
  • Storms House - 1069 Franklin Lake Road (added 1984)
  • Van Blarcom House - 834 Franklin Lake Road (added 1984)
  • Van Houten House - 778 Vee Drive (added 1983)
  • Van Houten-Ackerman House - 1150 Franklin Lake Road (added 1983)
  • Van Koert-Winters House - 615 Franklin Avenue (added 1984)
  • Van Winkle House - 798 Franklin Lake Road (added 1984)
  • Aaron Winters House - 358 Woodside Avenue (added 1984)
  • Winters-Courter House - 831 Circle Avenue (added 1983)
  • Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.
  • Clayton, W. Woodford; and Nelson, Nelson. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882.
  • Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (ed.), Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900.
  • Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900.
  • Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1923.
  • Franklin Lakes Public Schools's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education


Franklin Lakes hosts the corporate headquarters of Becton Dickinson, the medical technology firm founded in 1897. Medco Health Solutions, a leading pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), was based here until it was acquired by Express Scripts, another PBM, in 2012.


Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Franklin Lakes Public Schools. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of four schools, had an enrollment of 1,121 students and 138.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.1:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Colonial Road School with 245 students in grades K-5, High Mountain Road School with 218 students in grades PreK-5, Woodside Avenue School with 254 students in grades K-5 and Franklin Avenue Middle School with 418 students in grades 6–8.

Public high school students from Franklin Lakes in ninth through twelfth grades attend the schools of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, which also serves students from Oakland and Wyckoff. Before enrolling, students have the option to choose to attend either of the district's high schools. Schools in the high school district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) available to students from Franklin Lakes are Indian Hills High School, located in Oakland (1,062 students) and Ramapo High School, located in Franklin Lakes (1,222 students). The district's nine-member board of education oversees the operation of the district; seats on the board are allocated based on population, with two of the nine seats allocated to Franklin Lakes.

Prior to the formation of the regional high school district, students from Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff had attended Ramsey High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship, until the Ramsey Public School District informed officials from the two communities that the Ramsey school would no longer have space to accommodate out-of-district students after the 1956–57 school year. Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff (FLOW district) approved the creation of a regional high school in 1954 by a vote of 1,060 to 51, with Ramapo High School (in Franklin Lakes) opened in 1957 and Indian Hills High School in 1960.

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.

Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a K-8 elementary school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Newark. In 2016, the school was one of ten schools in New Jersey, and one of four non-public school in the state, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.

Notable people

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

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

  • Noelle Bassi (born 1983), butterfly swimmer who won the silver medal in the women's 200m butterfly event at the 2003 Pan American Games.
  • John Calipari (born 1959), NBA and college basketball coach.
  • Cindy Callaghan (born c. 1970), author of children's books whose first book, Just Add Magic, was adapted into an Amazon television series by the same name.
  • Harry Carson (born 1953), Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker who played for the New York Giants and co-host of Fox's Giants Game Plan.
  • Derrick Coleman (born 1967), former NBA player who played for the New Jersey Nets.
  • Blake Costanzo (born 1984), football player.
  • John Culligan (1916–2004), former CEO of American Home Products (later Wyeth, now Pfizer).
  • Richard W. DeKorte (1936–1975), former mayor of Franklin Lakes who served as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
  • Kirk DeMicco, screenwriter, director and producer, best known for writing and directing Space Chimps and The Croods.
  • Dwight Gooden (born 1964), former MLB pitcher for the New York Mets.
  • Melissa Gorga (born 1979), reality television personality and singer., who has been featured as one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Dan Grunfeld (born 1984), professional basketball player.
  • Ernie Grunfeld (born 1955), former NBA player and general manager.
  • Ron Harper Jr. (born 2000), college basketball player for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
  • Morgan Hoffmann (born 1989), professional golfer.
  • Sam Huff (born 1934), former linebacker and game day radio color commentator for the Washington Redskins, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Janet Jacobs (1928-2017), shortstop and center fielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • Michael Jackson (1958–2009), singer, lived in Franklin Lakes during 2007.
  • Tommy John (born 1943), All-Star pitcher who lived in Franklin Lakes while with the New York Yankees.
  • Tanya Kalyvas (born 1979), former footballer who played as a midfielder for the Greece women's national team.
  • Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former New York City Police Commissioner.
  • Grace Kim (born 1968), former professional tennis player.
  • Bernard King (born 1956), former player for the New Jersey Nets.
  • Ross Krautman (born 1991), placekicker for the Syracuse Orange football team.
  • Jacqueline Laurita (born 1970), cast member on the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Matt LoVecchio (born 1982), starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team in 2000–01, and for Indiana University in 2003–04.
  • Caroline Manzo (born 1961), cast member on the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Dina Manzo, cast member on the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Gheorghe Mureșan (born 1971), former professional basketball player; at 7'7" (2.31 m), he is arguably the tallest man to ever play in the NBA.
  • Tom Murro (born 1966), journalist, columnist, television personality.
  • Willie Randolph (born 1954), former MLB player and manager for the New York Mets.
  • Kelly Ripa (born 1970), actress and talk show host.
  • Chris Simms (born 1980), Former NFL quarterback.
  • Matt Simms (born 1988), NFL quarterback who plays for the New York Jets.
  • Phil Simms (born 1954), former New York Giants quarterback, football commentator.
  • John A. Spizziri (born 1934), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1972 to 1978.
  • Gerald L. Storch (born 1956), former CEO of Toys "R" Us.
  • James "J.T." Taylor (born 1953), singer-songwriter/producer of Kool & the Gang.
  • Justin Trattou (born 1988), defensive end who has played in the NFL for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
  • Keith Van Horn (born 1975), former NBA player who lived in Franklin Lakes during his time with the New Jersey Nets.
  • Stuart Varney (born 1949), economics journalist who has appeared on the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.
  • Kaavya Viswanathan (born 1987), novelist noted for highly publicized plagiarism scandal.
  • Jack Wallace (born 1998), ice sled hockey player who was a member of the gold medal-winning US team in Para ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.
  • Jane Wyatt (1910–2006), actress known for her role in Father Knows Best, was born in Campgaw but raised in New York City.
  • Jeremy Zucker (born 1996), singer-songwriter best known for his song "Comethru", which has accumulated over 200 million streams on Spotify

See also

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