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Ramsey, New Jersey
Borough of Ramsey
The historic Old Stone House in Ramsey.
The historic Old Stone House in Ramsey.
Map highlighting Ramsey's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Ramsey's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ramsey, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Ramsey, New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey is located in the United States
Ramsey, New Jersey
Ramsey, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Bergen County, New Jersey.gif Bergen
Incorporated March 10, 1908
Named for Peter J. Ramsey
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 5.57 sq mi (14.43 km2)
 • Land 5.50 sq mi (14.25 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)  1.24%
Area rank 266th of 565 in state
9th of 70 in county
351 ft (107 m)
 • Total 14,473
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 173rd of 566 in state
22nd of 70 in county
 • Density 2,621.9/sq mi (1,012.3/km2)
 • Density rank 237th of 566 in state
46th 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 3400361680
GNIS feature ID 0885364

Ramsey is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of New York City, located 26 miles (42 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 14,473, reflecting an increase of 122 (+0.9%) from the 14,351 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,123 (+8.5%) from the 13,228 counted in the 1990 Census.

Ramsey was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1908, from portions of Hohokus Township (whose remnants are now Mahwah Township). Additional territory was annexed from Waldwick in 1921, and portions of the borough were ceded to Saddle River in 1925.


The most noteworthy local historical site is the Old Stone House, which is, predictably, both old and stone, though its construction materials in the early 1700s also included hog's hair. It was originally a Dutch farmhouse and served as a tavern during the American War. Legend has it that Aaron Burr even slaked his thirst at this site, on his way to courting the woman who would become his wife in Ho-Ho-Kus. The structure opened as a historic site in 1960 with a riveting display of old pitchers.

Ramsey is named after Peter J. Ramsey, a 19th-century landowner who died circa 1854, who had sold the land that became the site of a railroad station called "Ramsey's" in 1848.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.591 square miles (14.480 km2), including 5.520 square miles (14.297 km2) of land and 0.071 square miles (0.183 km2) of water (1.26%).

The borough is bordered by the Bergen County municipalities of Saddle River and Upper Saddle River on the east, Allendale on the southeast, and Mahwah on the north, west, and southwest.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,074
1910 1,667 55.2%
1920 2,090 25.4%
1930 3,258 55.9%
1940 3,566 9.5%
1950 4,670 31.0%
1960 9,527 104.0%
1970 12,571 32.0%
1980 12,899 2.6%
1990 13,228 2.6%
2000 14,351 8.5%
2010 14,473 0.9%
2019 (est.) 14,884 2.8%
Population sources:
1910–1920 1910
1910–1930 1900–2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,473 people, 5,363 households, and 3,926 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,621.9 per square mile (1,012.3/km2). There were 5,550 housing units at an average density of 1,005.4 per square mile (388.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 89.45% (12,946) White, 0.65% (94) Black or African American, 0.12% (17) Native American, 6.66% (964) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.89% (274) from other races, and 1.23% (178) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.98% (866) of the population.

There were 5,363 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% 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 3.21.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.0 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.8 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $111,549 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,131) and the median family income was $136,475 (+/- $2,642). Males had a median income of $90,326 (+/- $5,483) versus $63,234 (+/- $6,177) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,491 (+/- $36,084). About 1.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 20 households in 2010, unchanged from 2000.

Arts and culture

Ramsey has an old-style downtown cinema with two screens. It closed in 2013, but reopened in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign raised the funds needed for updated projection systems.

Ramsey has six houses of worship. These include: First Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, St. Paul's Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, and Grace Baptist Church.

Parks and recreation

Ramsey Golf and Country Club, located on Lakeside Drive, has an 18-hole golf course, the Lakeside Grille restaurant, swimming pool, picnic area, playground, tennis courts and a banquet room.

Finch Park, located on Church Street and Island Avenue, has a playground, picnic areas, 8 baseball and softball fields, a street hockey rink, and basketball courts.

The Ramsey Municipal Pool, located on East Oak Street, has a newly renovated pool and waterslides, a recreational field and pavilion, and beach volleyball and basketball courts.

Behind Ramsey High School, there are five tennis courts and a running track that are open to public use.

Behind Tisdale Elementary School, there are two softball fields that are open to the community.


2021-07-31 13 07 24 View north along New Jersey State Route 17 from the overpass for Bergen County Route 507 (Franklin Turnpike) in Ramsey, Bergen County, New Jersey
Route 17 northbound in Ramsey

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 65.32 miles (105.12 km) of roadways, of which 51.82 miles (83.40 km) were maintained by the municipality, 11.45 miles (18.43 km) by Bergen County and 2.05 miles (3.30 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

A number of roadways serve Ramsey and its neighboring communities, providing the borough with easy driving access to New York State (including New York City) and other points within New Jersey. NJ Route 17 and County Route 507 intersect the areas east and north of Ramsey's downtown business district, while Interstate 287 and U.S. Route 202 pass through the Darlington section of Mahwah to the west and the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) and NY Route 59 run through Suffern, New York to the north.

Ramsey, NJ, train station
The older Ramsey NJ Transit Station, on Main Street, is the oldest operating passenger rail station in New Jersey and serves both Main Line and Bergen County Line trains.

Public transportation

Ramsey has two NJ Transit train stations which provide mass transit access to and from Hoboken Terminal with connections available at Secaucus Junction to Penn Station New York in Midtown Manhattan and other NJ Transit lines. Located on Main Street just east of Central Avenue in the borough's downtown area, the Ramsey Main Street station was constructed in 1868 by the Paterson and Ramapo Railroad and is the oldest operating passenger station in service in New Jersey. The Ramsey Route 17 station, which opened on August 22, 2004, is a park-and-ride facility and regional commuter hub located along Route 17 South in the northern section of town. Both of these stations are stops along NJ Transit's Main Line and Bergen County Line.

Short Line provides bus service along Route 17 (with limited service at other local stops) to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

Popular culture

Scenes from the The Happy Wanderer episode of the HBO series The Sopranos were shot at the Maple Shade Motel and scenes from the episode "Bust Out" were filmed at the Ramsey Outdoor store.

Some scenes from the 2006 film World Trade Center were filmed in a house in Ramsey.

A segment from the second episode of Rescue 911 features two residents from Ramsey who were saved from an oncoming freight train.


The Ramsey Farmers Market includes vendors offering locally sourced produce, foods, beverages and flowers at the Ramsey NJ Transit Station on Main Street every Sunday throughout the year.

Corporate residents of Ramsey have included:

  • Flight Centre, parent company of Liberty Travel and GOGO Worldwide Vacations, was located at 69 Spring Street. The company announced in February 2016 that they were relocating to Montvale.
  • Konica Minolta's U.S. offices are in Ramsey.
  • Okonite, based in Ramsey.

The most common industries for females in Ramsey, according to, from 2008 to 2012:

  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)

The most common industries for males in Ramsey, according to, from 2008 to 2012:

  • Finance and insurance (17%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)


Ramsey has a highly educated population. Based on data from the American Community Survey, it was ranked as one of the top 15 most educated municipalities in New Jersey with a population of at least 10,000, placing No. 2 on the list. With 40.3% of residents having a bachelor's degree or higher, the borough was second only to Hoboken (with 50.2%).

Dater School - 2006 Ramsey, NJ
The new John Y. Dater Elementary School was built in 2006.

The Ramsey Public School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of five schools, had an enrollment of 2,804 students and 248.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. Schools in the district (with 2017–18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Mary A. Hubbard Elementary School with 381 students in grades PreK–3, Wesley D. Tisdale Elementary School with 406 students in grades PreK–3, John Y. Dater Elementary School with 400 students in grades 4–5, Eric S. Smith Middle School with 742 students in grades 6–8 and Ramsey High School with 838 students in grades 9–12.

Students from Saddle River's Wandell School attend the district's middle school and then have the option of attending either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands Regional High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with the Saddle River School District and each of the respective districts.

Ramsey High School was the 30th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 33rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 13th in 2008 out of 316 schools.

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.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark oversees the operation of the Academy of St. Paul, a K-8 school and Don Bosco Preparatory High School, an all-boys Roman Catholic high school for grades 9–12 founded in 1915 and overseen by the Salesians of Don Bosco. In 2015, the Academy of St. Paul was one of 15 schools in New Jersey, and one of six private schools, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the exemplary high performing category by the United States Department of Education.

Notable people

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

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

Ramsey Route 17 NJT station
The Ramsey Route 17 station serves Main Line and Bergen County Line trains, as well as select Port Jervis Line trains.
  • Danny Aiello (1933–2019), stage and film star lived in Ramsey for many years during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Adrienne Asch (1946–2013), blind bioethicist who was founding director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University.
  • Tom Austin, drummer and lyricist for the 1950s / 1960s rock band The Royal Teens, best known for their one hit "Short Shorts".
  • Edd Cartier (1914–2008), pulp magazine illustrator.
  • John Colaneri (born 1981), television presenter, reality TV show host and home makeover expert.
  • Mike Dietze (born 1989), professional soccer player who played for the Philadelphia Fury of the American Soccer League.
  • Louise Eisenhardt (1891–1967), early neuropathologist who was the first woman to serve as president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
  • Jeremiah Fraites (born 1986), co-founder and drummer of the musical group The Lumineers.
  • Thomas E. Franklin (born 1966), Award-winning photographer for The Record, perhaps best known for his photograph Raising the Flag at Ground Zero.
  • Jonathan Halyalkar, child actor who played Billy on the 1980s sitcom Who's the Boss?
  • Henry Herx (1933–2012), film critic whose reviews were intended for Catholic moviegoers.
  • Charles Ernest Hosking Jr. (1924–1967), United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient; Hosking Way, a road off Darlington Avenue, is named in his honor.
  • Walter Johnsen (born 1950), Chairman and CEO of Acme United Corporation.
  • Bridget Anne Kelly, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie.
  • Mike Laga (born 1960), former professional baseball player who is the only player to hit a foul ball completely out of Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.
  • Maria LaRosa, on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
  • Bob McAdoo (born 1951), former New York Knicks player lived in Ramsey during the 1970s/1980s/1990s.
  • Ryan McGinley (born 1977), photographer named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine.
  • Bill Pellington (1927–1994), linebacker who played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts.
  • Jimmie Rivera (born 1989), professional mixed martial artist who competes in UFC as a bantamweight.
  • Ariel A. Rodriguez (1947–2017), judge who served as acting Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • Pete Rohrman (born 1970), political activist and the New Jersey Libertarian Party nominee in New Jersey's 2017 gubernatorial election.
  • Wesley Schultz (born 1982), guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers.
  • Tommy Sweeney (born 1995), tight end for the Buffalo Bills.
  • Justin Trattou (born 1988), defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings and former player on the New York Giants.
  • Buck Williams (born 1960), NBA All-Star who lived in Ramsey during the 1980s while playing for the New Jersey Nets.
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