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Rockleigh, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Rockleigh
Haring-Corning House
Haring-Corning House
Map highlighting Rockleigh's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Rockleigh's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Rockleigh, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Rockleigh, New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey is located in the United States
Rockleigh, New Jersey
Rockleigh, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 10, 1923
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.69%
Area rank 498th of 565 in state
66th of 70 in county
Elevation
49 ft (15 m)
Population
 • Total 531
 • Estimate 
(2019)
529
 • Rank 554th of 566 in state
69th of 70 in county
 • Density 548.1/sq mi (211.6/km2)
 • Density rank 437th of 566 in state
68th of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07647
Area code(s) 201 exchanges: 750, 767, 768, 784
FIPS code 3400364170
GNIS feature ID 0885375

Rockleigh (pronounced ROCK-lee) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 531, reflecting an increase of 140 (+35.8%) from the 391 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 121 (+44.8%) from the 270 counted in the 1990 Census. Bordering Alpine, a community ranked America's most expensive ZIP Code by Forbes, Rockleigh has a similar residential character, with large single-family homes on large plots of land.

Rockleigh was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 13, 1923 (based on the results of a referendum held on April 10, 1923) from portions of Northvale. The borough was named for a property in Virginia that had been owned by the borough's first mayor.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Rockleigh as its 13th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.976 square miles (2.528 km2), including 0.969 square miles (2.509 km2) of land and 0.007 square miles (0.019 km2) of water (0.75%). It is about 25 miles (40 km) from Manhattan in New York City.

The borough borders Alpine, Northvale and Norwood in Bergen County and Tappan in the Town of Orangetown in Rockland County, New York.

Saint Josephs Village is an unincorporated community located within Rockleigh.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 32
1910 44 37.5%
1920 58 31.8%
1930 86 48.3%
1940 79 −8.1%
1950 110 39.2%
1960 430 290.9%
1970 308 −28.4%
1980 192 −37.7%
1990 270 40.6%
2000 391 44.8%
2010 531 35.8%
2019 (est.) 529 −0.4%
Population sources:
1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 531 people, 75 households, and 58 families residing in the borough. The population density was 548.1 per square mile (211.6/km2). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 88.8 per square mile (34.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 95.10% (505) White, 2.07% (11) Black or African American, 0.19% (1) Native American, 1.51% (8) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.19% (1) from other races, and 0.94% (5) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.77% (20) of the population.

There were 75 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 16.2% under the age of 18, 2.8% from 18 to 24, 8.9% from 25 to 44, 15.1% from 45 to 64, and 57.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 73.8 years. For every 100 females there were 58.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 47.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $137,778 (with a margin of error of +/- $87,096) and the median family income was $139,861 (+/- $77,779). Males had a median income of $76,719 (+/- $48,274) versus $70,3136 (+/- $43,416) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,771 (+/- $23,965). About none of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed none of the borough's households in either 2000 or 2010.

Transportation

2018-07-22 15 31 26 View south along Bergen County Route 501 (Piermont Road) just north of Conklin Lane in Rockleigh, Bergen County, New Jersey
View south at the north end of County Route 501 in Rockleigh

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 4.56 miles (7.34 km) of roadways, of which 2.74 miles (4.41 km) were maintained by the municipality and 1.82 miles (2.93 km) by Bergen County.

County Route 501 passes through Rockleigh. This road's northern terminus is in Rockleigh, where it continues into New York as New York State Route 340.

Public transportation

Saddle River Tours / Ameribus provides service on routes 20 and 84 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.

Economy

Corporate residents of Rockleigh include:

  • Crestron Electronics, a company that manufactures high-end systems for home automation and conference room control, is headquartered in Rockleigh.
  • Volvo Car USA, LLC., a Swedish company that manufactures safety-oriented luxury automobiles, maintains an American headquarters in Rockleigh.

Education

Students from Rockleigh, a non-operating school district, attend the Northvale Public Schools in the Borough of Northvale as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The Rockleigh Borough Board of Education is a five-member board with the members appointed by the mayor since 2005. The district's last elected term expired in 2007 at which time the board consisted entirely of mayoral appointees. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 532 students and 47.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.2:1. As of the 2012–13 school year, Thomas Jefferson School (for grades K-4) and Nathan Hale School (for grades 5-8) were combined to create the Northvale Public School, as part of an effort to reduce costs associated with running two separate schools that shared a common campus and corridor.

Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, together with students from Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan, with students from Rockleigh attending the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The school is one of the two schools of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from the neighboring communities of Closter, Demarest, Haworth at the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest. During the 1994-96 school years, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. As of the 2017–18 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,250 students and 104.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.9:1.

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.

Notable people

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

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

See also

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