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South Hackensack, New Jersey
Township of South Hackensack
Entering South Hackensack
Entering South Hackensack
"Bergen County's Original Small Town"
Map highlighting South Hackensack's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting South Hackensack's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of South Hackensack, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of South Hackensack, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°51′53″N 74°02′53″W / 40.864785°N 74.0481°W / 40.864785; -74.0481Coordinates: 40°51′53″N 74°02′53″W / 40.864785°N 74.0481°W / 40.864785; -74.0481
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated November 5, 1935
 • Type Township
 • Body Township Committee
 • Total 0.741 sq mi (1.919 km2)
 • Land 0.718 sq mi (1.860 km2)
 • Water 0.023 sq mi (0.060 km2)  3.11%
Area rank 529th of 566 in state
70th of 70 in county
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total 2,378
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 475th of 566 in state
67th of 70 in county
 • Density 3,311.7/sq mi (1,278.7/km2)
 • Density rank 200th of 566 in state
41st of 70 in county
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP code
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400368970
GNIS feature ID 0882226

South Hackensack is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 2,378, reflecting an increase of 129 (+5.7%) from the 2,249 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 143 (+6.8%) from the 2,106 counted in the 1990 Census.

South Hackensack was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 15, 1935, replacing Lodi Township, based on the results of a referendum held November 5, 1935, which passed by a margin of 309 to 15. The township's name derives from its location relative to Hackensack.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 0.741 square miles (1.919 km2), including 0.718 square miles (1.860 km2) of land and 0.023 square miles (0.060 km2) of water (3.11%).

As a result of the formation of boroughs within its previous limits, South Hackensack is split into three sections. The northeastern, primary residential section is adjacent to Hackensack, Little Ferry and Teterboro. A small section western portion is sandwiched in between Garfield, Lodi, Wallington and Wood-Ridge, while a southern sliver containing only industrial properties lies in the Meadowlands between Carlstadt, Moonachie, and Ridgefield.

Along with other municipalities in the Bergen County area, South Hackensack is a suburb of New York City.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 229
1910 693 202.6%
1920 987 42.4%
1930 1,294 31.1%
1940 1,241 −4.1%
1950 1,503 21.1%
1960 1,841 22.5%
1970 2,412 31.0%
1980 2,229 −7.6%
1990 2,106 −5.5%
2000 2,249 6.8%
2010 2,378 5.7%
2015 (est.) 2,465 3.7%
Population sources: 1910-1920
1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,378 people, 845 households, and 613 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,311.7 per square mile (1,278.7/km2). There were 879 housing units at an average density of 1,224.1 per square mile (472.6/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 72.08% (1,714) White, 5.34% (127) Black or African American, 0.34% (8) Native American, 5.30% (126) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 14.05% (334) from other races, and 2.90% (69) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.31% (792) of the population.

There were 845 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the township, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $70,500 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,389) and the median family income was $81,919 (+/- $8,497). Males had a median income of $55,250 (+/- $13,321) versus $33,472 (+/- $11,009) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,777 (+/- $2,660). About 3.4% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 5 households in 2010, an increase from the 4 counted in 2000.


Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 11.16 miles (17.96 km) of roadways, of which 8.57 miles (13.79 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.60 miles (2.57 km) by Bergen County and 0.99 miles (1.59 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Interstate 80 crosses the main portion of the township, while U.S. Route 46 skirts its southern border and County Route 503 goes along its eastern border.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provides bus service between the township and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 161 and 165 routes, to Newark on the 76 route, with local service offered on the 772 route.


South Hackensack is home to "School of Rock East," a musical school and venue that features pop rock and indie rock bands on a regular basis.

  • Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.
  • Clayton, W. Woodford; and Nelson, William. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882.
  • Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (ed.), Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900.
  • Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900.
  • Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1923.
  • South Hackensack School District's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
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