Ramsey, New Jersey facts for kids
|Ramsey, New Jersey|
|Borough of Ramsey|
The historic Old Stone House in Ramsey.
Map highlighting Ramsey's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ramsey, New Jersey
|Incorporated||March 10, 1908|
|Named for||Peter J. Ramsey|
|• Total||5.591 sq mi (14.480 km2)|
|• Land||5.520 sq mi (14.297 km2)|
|• Water||0.071 sq mi (0.183 km2) 1.26%|
|Area rank||266th of 566 in state
9th of 70 in county
|Elevation||351 ft (107 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2015)||15,102|
|• 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||Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)|
|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 (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%).
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.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 14,351 people, 5,313 households, and 3,947 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,583.2 people per square mile (996.6/km2). There were 5,400 housing units at an average density of 972.0 per square mile (375.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.62% White, 0.78% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.
There were 5,313 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $88,187, and the median income for a family was $104,512. Males had a median income of $75,017 versus $43,205 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,964. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
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.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], 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 has two NJ Transit train stations which provide mass transit access to 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.
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.
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The Ramsey Route 17 station serves Main Line and Bergen County Line trains, as well as select Port Jervis Line trains.
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