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Saddle River, New Jersey
Borough of Saddle River
B. C. Wandell House-The Cedars
B. C. Wandell House-The Cedars
Map highlighting Saddle River's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Saddle River's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Saddle River, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Saddle River, New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey is located in the United States
Saddle River, New Jersey
Saddle River, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Bergen County, New Jersey.gif Bergen
Incorporated November 22, 1894
Named for The Saddle River
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 4.97 sq mi (12.86 km2)
 • Land 4.91 sq mi (12.73 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)  1.03%
Area rank 276th of 565 in state
13th of 70 in county
184 ft (56 m)
 • Total 3,152
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 447th of 566 in state
65th of 70 in county
 • Density 640.2/sq mi (247.2/km2)
 • Density rank 421st of 566 in state
67th 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 3400265400
GNIS feature ID 0885384

Saddle River is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of New York City, located just over 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Manhattan. The town is known for its natural fields, farmland, forests, and rivers, and has a bucolic atmosphere, in part due in part to a minimum zoning requirement of 2 acres (0.0081 km2) for homes. The borough contains both stately historic homes and estates, as well as newer mansions. It is popular among residents seeking spacious properties in a countryside-like setting, while also having proximity to New York City.

Saddle River is one of the highest-income small municipalities in the United States and was ranked 9th in New Jersey in per capita income as of the 2010 Census. Saddle River was ranked among the Top 100 in Forbes Most Expensive Zip Codes in America in 2010. Saddle River was ranked the richest suburb in the nation among those with 2,500 or more people (based on 1989 per capita income). The town has been home to notable residents including former US Presidents, celebrities, athletes, and businessmen (See "Notable People").

The New York Times has described Saddle River as "a place where one can still keep horses - one per acre - see a deer, listen to the birds, and catch a fish in the trout stream that gives the town its name."

As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,152, reflecting a decline of 49 (−1.5%) from the 3,201 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 251 (+8.5%) from the 2,950 counted in the 1990 Census.

Saddle River is a dry town, where alcohol cannot be sold.


Saddle River was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 22, 1894, from portions of Orvil Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Saddle River's referendum passed on November 19, one day before the referendum passed for the formation of the neighboring borough of Upper Saddle River. An additional portion of Orvil Township was annexed in 1903.

The borough is named after the Saddle River, which flows through the borough and is a tributary of the Passaic River, which in turn was named for a stream and valley in Saddell, Argyll, Scotland.

Historic sites

Saddle River is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Achenbach House – 184 Chestnut Ridge Road (added 1979, burned down in 2004)
  • Ackerman House – 136 Chestnut Ridge Road (added 1983)
  • Abram Ackerman House – 199 East Saddle River Road (added 1983)
  • Garret and Maria Ackerman House – 150 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • Garret Augustus Ackerman House – 212 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • Ackerman-Dewsnap House – 176 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • Ackerman-Smith House – 171 East Allendale Road (added 1986)
  • Ackerman-Dater House – 109 West Saddle River Road (added 1983)
  • J. J. Carlock House – 2 Chestnut Ridge Road (added 1986)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saddle River and Ramapough Building – 96 East Allendale Road (added 1986)
  • Alonzo Foringer House and Studio – 107 and 107B East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • Hopper House – 45 West Saddle River Road (added 1984)
  • Joe Jefferson Clubhouse – 29 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • O'Blenis House – 220 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • Garret K. Osborn House and Barn – 88 and 90 East Allendale Road (added 1986)
  • Dr. East G. Roy House – 229 West Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • Saddle River Center Historic District – Along West Saddle River Road at jct. of East Allendale Road (added 1986)
  • Stillwell-Preston House – 9 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • Andries Thomas Van Buskirk House – 164 East Saddle River Road (added 1983)
  • Laurance Thomas Van Buskirk House – 116 East Saddle River Road (added 1983)
  • B. C. Wandell House-The Cedars – 214, 223, and 224 West Saddle River Road (added 1986)
  • F. L. Wandell Estate and Ward Factory Site – 255-261 East Saddle River Road (added 1990)
  • Dr. John Christie Ware Bungalow – 246 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.98 square miles (12.896 km2), including 4.924 square miles (12.752 km2) of land and 0.056 square miles (0.144 km2) of water (1.12%).

The borough is bounded by eight municipalities in Bergen County: the boroughs of Upper Saddle River, Woodcliff Lake, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Ramsey, Waldwick, and Allendale, and a tiny portion of Washington Township.

Mount Pleasant and Villa Marie Claire are unincorporated communities located within Saddle River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 415
1910 483 16.4%
1920 506 4.8%
1930 657 29.8%
1940 816 24.2%
1950 1,003 22.9%
1960 1,776 77.1%
1970 2,437 37.2%
1980 2,763 13.4%
1990 2,950 6.8%
2000 3,201 8.5%
2010 3,152 −1.5%
2019 (est.) 3,173 0.7%
Population sources:
1900–1920 1900–1910
1910–1930 1900–2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,152 people, 1,216 households, and 894 families residing in the borough. The population density was 640.2 per square mile (247.2/km2). There were 1,341 housing units at an average density of 272.4 per square mile (105.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 84.71% (2,670) White, 2.09% (66) Black or African American, 0.10% (3) Native American, 9.42% (297) Asian, 0.06% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.17% (37) from other races, and 2.44% (77) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.14% (162) of the population.

There were 1,216 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 14.1% from 25 to 44, 35.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.5 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 86.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $97,197 (with a margin of error of +/− $48,774) and the median family income was $162,500 (+/− $61,174). Males had a median income of $162,740 (+/− $30,154) versus $56,339 (+/− $25,675) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $86,812 (+/− $16,562). About 0.9% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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


2020-09-08 13 57 19 View north along New Jersey State Route 17 at the exit for Saddle River-Woodcliff Lake in Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey
Route 17 northbound in Saddle River

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 39.23 miles (63.13 km) of roadways, of which 26.40 miles (42.49 km) were maintained by the municipality, 10.88 miles (17.51 km) by Bergen County and 1.95 miles (3.14 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 17 passes through Saddle River. Other main roads include West Saddle River Road, East Saddle River Road, Allendale Road, and Chestnut Ridge Road.

Saddle River is served mainly by Route 17, which runs directly through the borough, but certain portions are served by locations in Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Upper Saddle River, and Allendale. The Garden State Parkway is within a short distance of the borough at exit 171 in Woodcliff Lake.


The Saddle River School District, serves students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at Wandell School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 165 students and 18.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.9:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Saddle River was tied for the 28th-smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 150 students.

Public school students from Saddle River attend the Ramsey Public School 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 each of the respective districts. As of the 2018–19 school year, Northern Highlands High School had an enrollment of 1,377 students and 110.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.5:1. while Ramsey High School had an enrollment of 870 students and 80.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.8:1. One of under ten districts with a dual send-receive relationship, three quarters of Saddle River's high school students attend Northern Highlands and about a quarter attend Ramsey High School.

All students in 8th grade 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.

Saddle River Day School is a K–12 private school that was founded in 1957.

Notable people

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

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

  • Francis W. H. Adams (1904–1990), lawyer who served as New York City Police Commissioner from 1954 to 1955.
  • Danny Aiello (1933–2019), actor.
  • Gary Bettman (born 1952), Commissioner of the National Hockey League.
  • Mary J. Blige (born 1971), recording artist and Grammy winner
  • Larry Blyden (1925–1975), actor.
  • Jim Burt (born 1959), former NFL player.
  • Tim Cahill (born 1979), former soccer player.
  • Nick Cannon (born 1980), actor, producer, rapper and entrepreneur.
  • Vince Carter (born 1977), formerly of the New Jersey Nets.
  • Andrew Dice Clay (born 1957), actor and comedian.
  • Vince Colletta (1923–1991), comic book artist.
  • Rocco Commisso (born 1949), billionaire, founder of Mediacom.
  • Vincent Curatola (born 1953), actor known for his role playing Johnny Sack on the television series The Sopranos.
  • James P. Dugan (born 1929), former member of the New Jersey Senate who served as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
  • Alonzo Foringer (1878–1948), painter best known for his World War I Red Cross promotional poster, "The Greatest Mother in the World".
  • Carol Haney (1924–1964), actress.
  • Mary Higgins Clark (1927 – 2020), author of suspense novels.
  • Wil Horneff (born 1979), actor.
  • Mark Jackson, (born 1965), former NBA player and former head coach for the Golden State Warriors.
  • Wyclef Jean (born 1969), three-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and politician.
  • Ajit J. Khubani (born 1949), business mogul, founder of Telebrands.
  • Jason Kidd (born 1973), former player and former head coach of the New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets
  • Joumana Kidd (born 1972), actress and journalist who is the former wife of Jason Kidd.
  • Mariusz Kolodziej (born 1966), boxing promoter and entrepreneur.
  • David Lat (born 1975), blogger.
  • Richard Nixon (1913–1994), United States President, and First Lady Pat Nixon (1912–1993), who lived there from 1981 to 1991.
  • Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor who appeared in the series Dirt.
  • Rosie O'Donnell (born 1962), comedian and television personality, homeowner since 2013.
  • Kenneth Pasternak (born 1954), businessman, entrepreneur.
  • Caroline Pennell (born 1995), singer-songwriter who was a contestant on the fifth season of The Voice.
  • Mario Perillo (1927–2003), tour operator.
  • Eleanore Pettersen (1916–2003), one of the first female architects in New Jersey.
  • Sam Raia, politician who served as Mayor of Saddle River and former Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.
  • Ja Rule (born 1976), rapper.
  • Lisa Scafuro (born 1958), documentary film maker and children's book author born in Saddle River who still resides part of the year.
  • Samantha Scarlette (born 1990), is a soft grunge / alternative rock singer-songwriter and Goth fashion designer.
  • Danielle Schulmann (born 1989), soccer player who plays as a forward for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.
  • Daniel Silna (born 1944), co-owner of the former ABA team the Spirits of St. Louis who has profited from TV revenue earned as part of the deal in which four ABA teams were merged into the NBA.
  • Joseph Simmons (born 1964), aka Reverend Run, the "Run" in Run-D.M.C. and star of his family's reality show Run's House.
  • Russell Simmons (born 1957), godfather of hip-hop, whose house has been up for sale following his divorce from Kimora Lee Simmons.
  • Ben Vereen (born 1946), Tony Award-winning actor, dancer, and singer.
  • William B. Widnall (1906–1983), politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for 24 years representing New Jersey's 7th congressional district.
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