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Northvale, New Jersey
Borough of Northvale
Haring-Blauvelt House
Haring-Blauvelt House
Map highlighting Northvale's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Northvale's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Northvale, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Northvale, New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey is located in the United States
Northvale, New Jersey
Northvale, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Bergen County, New Jersey.gif Bergen
Incorporated March 15, 1916
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 1.27 sq mi (3.28 km2)
 • Land 1.27 sq mi (3.28 km2)
 • Water <0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0.24%
Area rank 478th of 565 in state
61st of 70 in county
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total 4,640
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 390th of 566 in state
62nd of 70 in county
 • Density 3,582.3/sq mi (1,383.1/km2)
 • Density rank 177th of 566 in state
37th of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 201 exchanges: 750, 767, 768, 784
FIPS code 3400353430
GNIS feature ID 0885327

Northvale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,640, reflecting an increase of 180 (+4.0%) from the 4,460 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 103 (-2.3%) from the 4,563 counted in the 1990 Census.


The borough of Northvale was formed on March 15, 1916, from the remaining portions of Harrington Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 4, 1916. With the creation of Northvale, Harrington Township was dissolved. Portions of Northvale were transferred to create the borough of Rockleigh, as of March 13, 1923. The borough's name derives from its location and topography.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.298 square miles (3.362 km2), including 1.295 square miles (3.355 km2) of land and 0.003 square miles (0.007 km2) of water (0.20%).

The borough borders Norwood, Old Tappan and Rockleigh in Bergen County and Tappan (in the Town of Orangetown) in Rockland County, New York.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 387
1910 588 51.9%
1920 827 40.6%
1930 1,144 38.3%
1940 1,159 1.3%
1950 1,455 25.5%
1960 2,892 98.8%
1970 5,177 79.0%
1980 5,046 −2.5%
1990 4,563 −9.6%
2000 4,460 −2.3%
2010 4,640 4.0%
2019 (est.) 4,927 6.2%
Population sources: 1920
1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,640 people, 1,564 households, and 1,265 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,582.3 per square mile (1,383.1/km2). There were 1,635 housing units at an average density of 1,262.3 per square mile (487.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 71.94% (3,338) White, 1.06% (49) Black or African American, 0.19% (9) Native American, 24.01% (1,114) Asian, 0.02% (1) Pacific Islander, 1.14% (53) from other races, and 1.64% (76) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.15% (378) of the population. Korean Americans accounted for 16.3% of the population.

There were 1,564 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.1% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.2 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 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 $86,607 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,519) and the median family income was $89,125 (+/- $16,380). Males had a median income of $66,563 (+/- $14,582) versus $31,228 (+/- $7,496) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,404 (+/- $4,301). About 3.7% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 9 households in 2010, an increase of 50% from the 6 counted in 2000.


2018-07-20 11 47 04 View south along Bergen County Route 505 (Livingston Street) between Pegasus Avenue and Henmarken Drive in Northvale, Bergen County, New Jersey
County Route 505 southbound in Northvale

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 22.67 miles (36.48 km) of roadways, of which 20.11 miles (32.36 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.56 miles (4.12 km) by Bergen County.

County Route 505 passes through Northvale.

Public transportation

Rockland Coaches provides service on routes 20/20T to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

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

In popular culture

The television show Ed, which ran from 2000–04, was filmed in Northvale. The interior and exterior shots for "Stuckeybowl" were filmed at the now closed and demolished bowling alley, formerly known as "Country Club Lanes". Housing for seniors ages 55+ now exists on the site.

Historic sites

Haring-Blauvelt House was built in 1810 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 10, 1983.



The Northvale Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Northvale Public School. Students from Rockleigh, a non-operating school district, attend the Northvale district as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 534 students and 47.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1. In the 2012–13 school year, Thomas Jefferson School (for grades K-4) and Nathan Hale School (for grades 5–8) were combined to create the Northvale Public School, as part of an effort to reduce costs associated with running two separate schools that shared a common campus and corridor.

Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, together with students from Harrington Park, Norwood and Old Tappan, along with students from Rockleigh who attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,170 students and 97.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. The school is one of the two schools of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from the neighboring communities of Closter, Demarest and Haworth at the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest. During the 1994-96 school years, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.

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 Northvale, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Northvale 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.
  • L. D. Clawson (1885-1937), movie pioneer who founded the American Society of Cinematographers.
  • Bob Porter (1940–2021), record producer, discographer, writer, and radio presenter.
  • John E. Rooney (born 1939), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he represented the 39th Legislative District, and as Mayor of Northvale.
  • Terese Terranova (born 1947), retired para table tennis player who won two gold medals at the 1988 Summer Paralympics.
  • Richard G. Zweifel (1926-2019), herpetologist, who has specialized in studying frogs.
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