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Hawthorne, New Jersey
Borough of Hawthorne
John W. Rea House
John W. Rea House
Map of Hawthorne in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Hawthorne in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Hawthorne, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hawthorne, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Passaic
Incorporated March 24, 1898
Named for Nathaniel Hawthorne
 • Type Faulkner Act (mayor–council)
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 3.35 sq mi (8.67 km2)
 • Land 3.32 sq mi (8.60 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)  0.90%
Area rank 320th of 565 in state
10th of 16 in county
85 ft (26 m)
 • Total 18,791
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 136th of 566 in state
6th of 16 in county
 • Density 5,635.3/sq mi (2,175.8/km2)
 • Density rank 93rd of 566 in state
6th of 16 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3403130570
GNIS feature ID 0885249

Hawthorne is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 18,791 reflecting an increase of 573 (+3.1%) from the 18,218 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,134 (+6.6%) from the 17,084 counted in the 1990 Census.

Hawthorne was originally part of the now-defunct Manchester Township, which was later subdivided to create Hawthorne, Haledon, North Haledon, Prospect Park, Totowa, The Heights/Columbia Heights District of Fairlawn and most of the First Ward of Paterson. The Borough of Hawthorne was incorporated from portions of Manchester Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 24, 1898. The borough was named for novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 3.364 square miles (8.715 km2), including 3.334 square miles (8.636 km2) of land and 0.030 square miles (0.079 km2) of water (0.90%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Goffle, North Hawthorne and Van Winkle.

The borough borders North Haledon, Prospect Park, and Paterson in Passaic County; and Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Ridgewood and Wyckoff in Bergen County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 2,096
1910 3,400 62.2%
1920 5,135 51.0%
1930 11,868 131.1%
1940 12,610 6.3%
1950 14,816 17.5%
1960 17,735 19.7%
1970 19,173 8.1%
1980 18,200 −5.1%
1990 17,084 −6.1%
2000 18,218 6.6%
2010 18,791 3.1%
2019 (est.) 18,753 −0.2%
Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1910 1900-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,791 people, 7,454 households, and 4,949 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,635.3 per square mile (2,175.8/km2). There were 7,756 housing units at an average density of 2,326.0 per square mile (898.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 88.62% (16,652) White, 2.27% (426) Black or African American, 0.21% (40) Native American, 2.82% (530) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 4.28% (804) from other races, and 1.80% (339) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.42% (2,897) of the population.

There were 7,454 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $72,985 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,585) and the median family income was $83,136 (+/- $7,364). Males had a median income of $64,906 (+/- $7,150) versus $44,641 (+/- $2,852) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,872 (+/- $1,921). About 4.9% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 48 households in 2010, a 50% increase from the 32 counted in 2000.


2021-08-08 15 41 13 View north along New Jersey State Route 208 from the overpass for Van Winkle Avenue in Hawthorne, Passaic County, New Jersey
Route 208 northbound in Hawthorne

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 61.77 miles (99.41 km) of roadways, of which 47.63 miles (76.65 km) were maintained by the municipality, 12.45 miles (20.04 km) by Passaic County and 1.69 miles (2.72 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

New Jersey Route 208 is the main state highway serving Hawthorne. Other significant roads passing through Hawthorne include County Route 504.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides train service at the Hawthorne station providing service on the Main Line to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken Terminal.

NJ Transit provides bus service on the 148 route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, with local service on the 722 route.


Hawthorne is home to the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, which was founded in 1946 and competes as an all-age corps in Drum Corps Associates. The Caballeros are headquartered at Hawthorne's American Legion Post 199.

Bedrin/WalMart Market controversy

A controversy has erupted since the Council voted to allow 24/7 hours of operation in order to accommodate the development of a WalMart Market at 204 Wagaraw Road. Although the planning board approved a supermarket with 42,000 square feet (3,900 m2) of floor space, the identity of the occupant, WalMart Inc., and the hours of operation, 24/7, were not made clear in the public notification. Beginning in January 2012, a group of concerned citizens began asking questions of the developer, County Planning Board, Hawthorne Planning Board and the Hawthorne Borough Council. Residents have raised concerns about the possibility for increased crime that a 24/7 operation could bring given a parking lot large enough for 250+ automobiles and increased drug use at the 24/7 7-Eleven in Hawthorne. Other concerns include increased traffic to an already congested area, decrease in public safety, decrease in property values, increased noise and air pollution, and an overall negative association of WalMart being associated with Hawthorne.

In May 2014, the Borough Council passed an ordinance that would prohibit big box retailers from opening in the borough's main retail districts; Wal-Mart had announced in March 2013 that it would abandon its efforts to open in Hawthorne.


The Hawthorne Public Schools serve public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 2,323 students and 200.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Jefferson Elementary School (288 students; in grades K-5), Roosevelt Elementary School (523; PreK-5), Washington Elementary School (270; K-5), Lincoln Middle School (521; 6-8) and Hawthorne High School (688; 9-12).

St. Anthony School, a K-8 Catholic school that opened in 1912, operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. Hawthorne Christian Academy is an interdenominational evangelical Christian school established in 1981 by the Hawthorne Gospel Church, serving students in preschool through twelfth grade.

Notable people

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

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

  • Bennie Borgmann (1898–1978), professional baseball and basketball player and coach who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Fulvio Cecere (born 1960), actor.
  • Maurice Carthon (born 1961), former running back for the New York Giants.
  • Beth Fowler (born 1940), actress.
  • Maria Mazziotti Gillan (born 1940), poet, professor and editor; winner of an American Book Award (2008).
  • John Girgenti (born 1947), New Jersey State Senator from the 35th Legislative District.
  • Debbie Harry (born 1945), rock and roll musician who originally gained fame as the frontwoman for the new wave band Blondie.
  • Don La Greca (born 1968), co-host of ESPN New York's The Michael Kay Show.
  • Dale Memmelaar (born 1937), offensive lineman who played in the NFL from 1959 through 1967.
  • Russ Meneve, stand-up comedian.
  • Roberta Naas (born 1958), journalist.
  • Ivan Sergei (born 1972), television actor.
  • C. Alfred Voegeli (1904–1984), bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, serving from 1943 to 1971.

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