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Old Tappan, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Old Tappan
Gerrit Haring House in 1937
Gerrit Haring House in 1937
Map highlighting Old Tappan's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Old Tappan's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Old Tappan, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Old Tappan, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated October 18, 1894
Named for Tappan tribe
Area
 • Total 4.197 sq mi (10.870 km2)
 • Land 3.332 sq mi (8.629 km2)
 • Water 0.865 sq mi (2.241 km2)  20.62%
Area rank 292nd of 566 in state
19th of 70 in county
Elevation 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 5,750
 • Estimate (2015) 6,016
 • Rank 357th of 566 in state
55th of 70 in county
 • Density 1,725.8/sq mi (666.3/km2)
 • Density rank 311th of 566 in state
59th of 70 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07675
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400354870
GNIS feature ID 0885336
Website oldtappan.net

Old Tappan (/ld təˈpæn/ tə-PAN) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,750, reflecting an increase of 268 (+4.9%) from the 5,482 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,228 (+28.9%) from the 4,254 counted in the 1990 Census.

Old Tappan was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on October 18, 1894, from portions of Harrington Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. On April 23, 1896, additional territory was annexed from Harrington Township. The borough's name is derived from the Tappan tribe of Native Americans.

Geography

Lake Tappan
The Lake Tappan reservoir straddles the Bergen County municipalities of Old Tappan and River Vale, as well as a smaller portion within adjacent Rockland County, New York.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Old Tappan borough had a total area of 4.197 square miles (10.870 km2), including 3.332 square miles (8.629 km2) of land and 0.865 square miles (2.241 km2) of water (20.62%).

One of only four confluence points in New Jersey, the 41°N 74°W crossing, is in Old Tappan on watershed property owned by United Water.

The borough is bordered to the north by the hamlets of Pearl River and Tappan in the town of Orangetown in Rockland County, New York. Lake Tappan and the Hackensack River are on the western side of the town, bordering River Vale. Harrington Park is to the south and Northvale and Norwood are to the east.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 269
1910 305 13.4%
1920 404 32.5%
1930 600 48.5%
1940 609 1.5%
1950 828 36.0%
1960 2,330 181.4%
1970 3,917 68.1%
1980 4,168 6.4%
1990 4,254 2.1%
2000 5,482 28.9%
2010 5,750 4.9%
Est. 2015 6,016 4.6%
Population sources:
1900-1920 1900-1910
1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,750 people, 1,931 households, and 1,593 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,725.8 per square mile (666.3/km2). There were 1,995 housing units at an average density of 598.8 per square mile (231.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 74.78% (4,300) White, 0.73% (42) Black or African American, 0.09% (5) Native American, 22.24% (1,279) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.63% (36) from other races, and 1.53% (88) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.01% (288) of the population. Korean Americans accounted for 17.1% of the population.

There were 1,931 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.1% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.2 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 88.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $125,435 (with a margin of error of +/- $30,643) and the median family income was $158,140 (+/- $27,026). Males had a median income of $90,536 (+/- $18,555) versus $61,875 (+/- $9,686) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $58,673 (+/- $7,319). About 2.4% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 8 households in 2010, an increase from the 6 counted in 2000.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,482 people, 1,778 households, and 1,541 families residing in the borough. There were 1,804 housing units at an average density of 558.6 per square mile (215.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.69% Caucasian, 15.63% Asian, 0.60% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.44% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.75% of the population.

In 2000, there were 1,778 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.3% were non-families. 12.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% 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 3.28.

In the borough the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $102,127, and the median income for a family was $106,772. Males had a median income of $77,635 versus $48,047 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $48,367. About 1.0% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Old Tappan Golf Course is a 9-hole golf course located on DeWolf Road. The golf course is a private club but is open to the public at a fee of 40 dollars. The field is very well maintained. There is also Stone Point Park and Oaks Park. There is also a little league field called Gallagher Field, named for Edward J. Gallagher, who had served as the borough's mayor for 16 years. The field is located on Charles Place near the elementary and middle school. There are also a track and football field at the high school that is open to the general public. There are four baseball fields at Stone Point Park as two basketball courts. There are a dozen tennis courts at the high school, located on Central Avenue.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 32.72 miles (52.66 km) of roadways, of which 27.54 miles (44.32 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.18 miles (8.34 km) by Bergen County.

Main roads include Old Tappan Road, Washington Avenue, Westwood Avenue, and Orangeburg Road.

Public transportation

Rockland Coaches provides service on routes 14ET to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

Historic sites

Old Tappan is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Frederick Haring House - Old Tappan and De Wolf Roads (added 1983)
  • Gerrit Haring House - 224 Old Tappan Road (added 1983)
  • Teunis Haring House - 70 Old Tappan Road (added 1979)
  • Haring-DeWolf House - 95 De Wolf Road (added 1983)

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