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Saddle River, New Jersey
Borough
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
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated November 22, 1894
Named for The Saddle River
Area
 • Total 4.980 sq mi (12.896 km2)
 • Land 4.924 sq mi (12.752 km2)
 • Water 0.056 sq mi (0.144 km2)  1.12%
Area rank 276th of 566 in state
13th of 70 in county
Elevation 184 ft (56 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 3,152
 • Estimate (2015) 3,255
 • 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 Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)
ZIP code 07458
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400265400
GNIS feature ID 0885384
Website www.saddleriver.org

Saddle River is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. 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 one of the wealthiest small municipalities in the United States and was ranked 9th in New Jersey in per capita income as of the 2010 Census. Based on 1989 per capita income, Saddle River was ranked the richest suburb in the nation among those with 2,500 or more people.

Despite being fairly close to Manhattan, a bucolic atmosphere pervades in town, due in part to a minimum zoning requirement of 2 acres (0.0081 km2) for homes. The borough contains both newer mansions and stately older homes on vast tracts of land.

It is a dry town, where alcohol cannot be sold.

History

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)

Geography

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.

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 3,255 3.3%
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 893.8 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 0.0% of those age 65 or over.

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

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,201 people, 1,118 households, and 926 families residing in the borough. The population density was 642.6 people per square mile (248.2/km2). There were 1,183 housing units at an average density of 237.5 per square mile (91.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.85% White, 0.75% African American, 7.15% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 1,118 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.6% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.1% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 22.5% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $134,289, and the median income for a family was $152,169. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $61,458 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $85,934. About 2.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

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.


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