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Rochelle Park, New Jersey
Township
Township of Rochelle Park
Cornelius Demarest House
Cornelius Demarest House
Map highlighting Rochelle Park's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Rochelle Park's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Rochelle Park, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Rochelle Park, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 7, 1871 as Midland Township
Reincorporated November 5, 1929 as Rochelle Park
Named for La Rochelle, France
Area
 • Total 1.063 sq mi (2.751 km2)
 • Land 1.041 sq mi (2.695 km2)
 • Water 0.022 sq mi (0.056 km2)  2.03%
Area rank 494th of 566 in state
64th of 70 in county
Elevation 59 ft (18 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 5,530
 • Estimate (2015) 5,683
 • Rank 364th of 566 in state
58th of 70 in county
 • Density 5,313.8/sq mi (2,051.7/km2)
 • Density rank 101st of 566 in state
27th of 70 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07662
Area code(s) 201 and 973
FIPS code 3400363990
GNIS feature ID 0882307
Website rochelleparknj.gov

Rochelle Park is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 5,530, reflecting an increase of 2 (+0.0%) from the 5,528 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 59 (-1.1%) from the 5,587 counted in the 1990 Census.

What is now Rochelle Park was originally incorporated as Midland Township on March 7, 1871, from portions of New Barbadoes Township. Portions of the township were taken to form the boroughs of Delford (on March 8, 1894; now Oradell), Maywood (June 30, 1894), Riverside (also June 30, 1894; now River Edge) and Paramus (March 2, 1922). Rochelle Park was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 5, 1929, replacing Midland Township, based on the results of a referendum held on that same day that passed by a 503-69 margin. The main impetus behind the change in name was to avoid confusion with the nearby community of Midland Park. The township was named for the port city of La Rochelle, France.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 1.063 square miles (2.751 km2), including 1.041 square miles (2.695 km2) of land and 0.022 square miles (0.056 km2) of water (2.03%).

The township borders the Bergen County municipalities of Fair Lawn, Maywood, Saddle Brook, Lodi and Paramus.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,591
1890 1,829 15.0%
1900 1,298 * −29.0%
1910 1,480 14.0%
1920 2,203 48.9%
1930 1,768 * −19.7%
1940 2,511 42.0%
1950 4,483 78.5%
1960 6,119 36.5%
1970 6,380 4.3%
1980 5,603 −12.2%
1990 5,587 −0.3%
2000 5,528 −1.1%
2010 5,530 0.0%
Est. 2015 5,683 2.8%
Population sources: 1880-1920
1880-1890 1890-1910
1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,530 people, 2,087 households, and 1,455 families residing in the township. The population density was 5,313.8 per square mile (2,051.7/km2). There were 2,170 housing units at an average density of 2,085.2 per square mile (805.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 82.22% (4,547) White, 2.89% (160) Black or African American, 0.25% (14) Native American, 8.72% (482) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.89% (215) from other races, and 2.03% (112) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.35% (904) of the population.

There were 2,087 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the township, the population was spread out with 18.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.2 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 86.6 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $66,341 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,539) and the median family income was $81,113 (+/- $4,718). Males had a median income of $50,275 (+/- $2,954) versus $53,634 (+/- $11,176) for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,633 (+/- $2,836). About 2.8% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 14 households in 2010, an increase from the 12 counted in 2000.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 5,528 people, 2,061 households, and 1,393 families residing in the township. The population density was 5,287.7 people per square mile (2,032.7/km2). There were 2,111 housing units at an average density of 2,019.2 per square mile (776.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.09% White, 0.45% African American, 0.04% Native American, 6.02% Asian, 2.03% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.57% of the population.

There were 2,061 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the township the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $60,818, and the median income for a family was $74,016. Males had a median income of $43,580 versus $36,827 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,054. About 0.4% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 18.16 miles (29.23 km) of roadways, of which 13.34 miles (21.47 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.14 miles (5.05 km) by Bergen County, 1.05 miles (1.69 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.63 miles (1.01 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Route 17 and the Garden State Parkway travel through Rochelle Park. The Garden State Parkway crosses the northwest corner of the township, extending from Saddle Brook Township in the south for 0.6 miles (0.97 km) to Paramus. Route 17 extends for 1.0 mile (1.6 km) along the township's eastern border from Maywood to Paramus.

Public transportation

Rochelle Park Station
The former station for the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad in Rochelle Park.

NJ Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 144, 162, 163 and 164 routes, to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on the 175 route, and local service on the 709, 712, 758, and 770 routes.

Places of interest

The Cornelius Demarest House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, having been constructed between 1824 by 1826 by Samuel C. Demarest for his son.

The Captain William Tyson House is a historical landmark, and an exemplar of the late-19th century Italianate architectural style.

The People's Park is located on Rochelle Avenue and Central Avenue and offers swimming at the community pool, basketball, tennis, baseball, cycling, jogging and walking trails.

Westfield Garden State Plaza is located in Paramus, near the border of Rochelle Park.


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