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Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Pompton Lakes
Pompton Lake
Pompton Lake
Map of Pompton Lakes in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Pompton Lakes in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Passaic
Founded 1682
Incorporated February 26, 1895
Area
 • Total 3.191 sq mi (8.267 km2)
 • Land 2.913 sq mi (7.545 km2)
 • Water 0.278 sq mi (0.721 km2)  8.73%
Area rank 326th of 566 in state
12th of 16 in county
Elevation 217 ft (66 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 11,097
 • Estimate (2015) 11,202
 • Rank 221st of 566 in state
11th of 16 in county
 • Density 3,809.1/sq mi (1,470.7/km2)
 • Density rank 163rd of 566 in state
9th of 16 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07442
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3403160090
GNIS feature ID 0885359
Website www.pomptonlakesgov.com

Pompton Lakes is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,097, reflecting an increase of 457 (+4.3%) from the 10,640 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 101 (+1.0%) from the 10,539 counted in the 1990 Census.

Pompton Lakes was formed as a borough on February 26, 1895, from portions of Pompton Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. Pompton Lakes was the first borough to be formed in Passaic County, as the "boroughitis" that had struck elsewhere hit the county. The newly formed borough did not acquire territory from more than one township, which would have entitled Pompton Lakes to a seat on the Board of chosen freeholders. The borough was named for the Pompton people, who lived in the area.

An outer-ring suburb of New York City, Pompton Lakes is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan. From the higher mountains in and around the borough one can see the New York City skyline. Three rivers, the Ramapo, Pequannock and Wanaque, run through the borough, providing many year-round activities for Pompton Lakes residents.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 3.191 square miles (8.267 km2), including 2.913 square miles (7.545 km2) of land and 0.278 square miles (0.721 km2) of water (8.73%).

The borough borders the municipalities of Bloomingdale, Wanaque and Wayne in Passaic County; Oakland in Bergen County; and Riverdale in Morris County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 847
1910 1,060 25.1%
1920 2,008 89.4%
1930 3,104 54.6%
1940 3,189 2.7%
1950 4,654 45.9%
1960 9,445 102.9%
1970 11,397 20.7%
1980 10,660 −6.5%
1990 10,539 −1.1%
2000 10,640 1.0%
2010 11,097 4.3%
Est. 2015 11,202 0.9%
Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1910 1910-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,097 people, 4,190 households, and 2,933 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,809.1 per square mile (1,470.7/km2). There were 4,341 housing units at an average density of 1,490.1 per square mile (575.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 87.93% (9,758) White, 1.41% (157) Black or African American, 0.11% (12) Native American, 5.39% (598) Asian, 0.02% (2) Pacific Islander, 3.37% (374) from other races, and 1.77% (196) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.89% (1,209) of the population.

There were 4,190 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $88,352 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,890) and the median family income was $97,074 (+/- $10,183). Males had a median income of $61,426 (+/- $7,225) versus $50,203 (+/- $4,456) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,872 (+/- $3,011). About 2.0% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 29 households in 2010, almost double the 15 counted in 2000.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,640 people, 3,949 households, and 2,803 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,585.7 people per square mile (1,383.2/km2). There were 4,024 housing units at an average density of 1,356.1 per square mile (523.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.01% White, 1.21% African American, 0.19% Native American, 3.03% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.57% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.74% of the population.

There were 3,949 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 23.8% 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 2.69 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $65,648, and the median income for a family was $74,701. Males had a median income of $46,776 versus $38,221 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,802. About 1.6% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

The Ramapo Mountain State Forest is in the northernmost part of the borough. There are also eight municipal parks: Hershfield Park, Stiles Park, Gallo-Pacifico Park, Lakeside Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Federal Square, Willow Park, Joe Louis Memorial Park, and John Murrin Park.

The Joe Louis Memorial Park features a monument dedicated to the boxer who lived and trained in the borough for a time.

Community

The community of Pompton Lakes is largely based around organized events, including high school sports, senior citizen gatherings, and various group activities organized by the Pompton Lakes Recreation Committee. There is a public library, with regularly scheduled reading groups and other programs. The Committee runs summer sports at St. Mary's and other classes at the Civic Center and Elks Lodge. They also run the Teen Center, which has many dances and events. The Elks Lodge hosts numerous events and Bingo Nights.

Pompton Day, the town's major end-of-summer event, takes place every Labor Day weekend along the lake, with many vendors participating among popular events and a firework show ending the day. Other popular town events are the Holiday Stroll, The Memorial Day Parade, and Trick-or-Treating downtown.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 33.49 miles (53.90 km) of roadways, of which 26.51 miles (42.66 km) were maintained by the municipality, 6.52 miles (10.49 km) by Passaic County and 0.46 miles (0.74 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Major roads through Pompton Lakes includes Interstate 287 and Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike.

Public transportation

Pompton Lakes Station
Pompton Lakes station and caboose, both of which were served by the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, as seen in the winter of 2011

NJ Transit provides bus service to and from New York City on the 193, 194 and 197 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, with local service on the 748 line. In September 2012, as part of budget cuts, NJ Transit suspended service to Newark on the 75 line.

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