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Wallington, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Wallington
Police Station / Courthouse
Police Station / Courthouse
Map highlighting Wallington's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Map highlighting Wallington's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Wallington, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Wallington, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated December 31, 1894
Named for Walling Van Winkle
Area
 • Total 1.034 sq mi (2.679 km2)
 • Land 0.983 sq mi (2.546 km2)
 • Water 0.051 sq mi (0.132 km2)  4.93%
Area rank 496th of 566 in state
65th of 70 in county
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2010 census)
 • Total 11,335
 • Estimate (2015) 11,716
 • Rank 217th of 566 in state
31st of 70 in county
 • Density 11,528.6/sq mi (4,451.2/km2)
 • Density rank 22nd of 566 in state
7th of 70 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07057
Area code(s) 201 and 973
FIPS code 3400376490
GNIS feature ID 0885430
Website www.wallingtonnj.org

Wallington is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,335, reflecting a decline of 248 (-2.1%) from the 11,583 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 755 (+7.0%) from the 10,828 counted in the 1990 Census.

Wallington was created as a borough on January 2, 1895, based on a referendum held on December 31, 1894, from area taken from Bergen Township and Saddle River Township. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through New Jersey, in which 26 boroughs were formed in Bergen County alone in 1894, with Wallington the last of the 26 to be formed by an 1894 referendum. Sections of Wallington were ceded to Garfield in 1898. The borough is said to have been named for Walling Van Winkle (1650–1725), who built a home in the future borough.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.034 square miles (2.679 km2), including 0.983 square miles (2.546 km2) of land and 0.051 square miles (0.132 km2) of water (4.93%).

The borough borders Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Garfield, South Hackensack and Wood-Ridge in Bergen County, and the city of Passaic in Passaic County across the Passaic River.

The borough is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,812
1910 3,448 90.3%
1920 5,715 65.7%
1930 9,063 58.6%
1940 8,981 −0.9%
1950 8,910 −0.8%
1960 9,261 3.9%
1970 10,284 11.0%
1980 10,741 4.4%
1990 10,828 0.8%
2000 11,583 7.0%
2010 11,335 −2.1%
Est. 2015 11,716 3.4%
Population sources:
1900-1920 1900-1910
1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,335 people, 4,637 households, and 2,991 families residing in the borough. The population density was 11,528.6 per square mile (4,451.2/km2). There were 4,946 housing units at an average density of 5,030.5 per square mile (1,942.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 85.48% (9,689) White, 3.23% (366) Black or African American, 0.16% (18) Native American, 5.57% (631) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.86% (438) from other races, and 1.70% (193) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.81% (1,225) of the population.

There were 4,637 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 91.6 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $58,724 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,808) and the median family income was $66,414 (+/- $7,756). Males had a median income of $46,632 (+/- $3,029) versus $40,968 (+/- $2,962) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,350 (+/- $1,947). About 7.0% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 25 households in 2010, a decrease from the 30 counted in 2000.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 11,583 people, 4,752 households, and 3,041 families residing in the borough. The population density was 11,632.5 people per square mile (4,472.2/km2). There were 4,906 housing units at an average density of 4,927.0 per square mile (1,894.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 87.60% White, 2.67% African American, 0.09% Native American, 4.98% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.32% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.70% of the population.

There were 4,752 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the borough the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,656, and the median income for a family was $55,291. Males had a median income of $40,077 versus $30,503 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,431. About 4.8% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

The most common ancestries were Polish (51.5%), Italian (15.0%), Irish (7.1%) and German.

At 51.5%, Wallington has one of the highest per capita levels of Polish ancestry in the area. Wallington was ranked seventh nationwide and first in New Jersey among municipalities in the United States by percentage of population with Polish ancestry as of the 2000 Census.

Arts and culture

  • Each December, Wallington holds a holiday parade. Fire departments and ambulances from the surrounding area (including the Wallington Fire Department) put Christmas lights on their trucks. There is a contest to determine which department's apparatus has the best Christmas lights. The winning department gets a trophy.

Parks and recreation

Samuel Nelkin County Park is located on Parkview Drive, covering 17 acres (6.9 ha). It has a playground, tennis courts, athletic fields, a dog park, picnic areas, and a shallow, artificial pond for fishing.

Wallington Lanes is a bowling alley that has 48 lanes, an arcade, restaurant and bar.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 18.93 miles (30.46 km) of roadways, of which 16.07 miles (25.86 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.86 miles (4.60 km) by Bergen County.

State Route 21 passes through the very small portion of Wallington that is located across the Passaic River from the rest of the borough. In its path through Wallington, County Route 507 forms one of the borough's main roads. Three bridges, the Gregory Avenue Bridge, the Market Street Bridge, and the Eighth Street Bridge cross the Passaic River from Wallington to the city of Passaic.

Public transportation

NJ Transit's Bergen County Line passes through, but does not stop in, Wallington. New Jersey Transit bus routes 160 and 161 provide service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, with local service offered on the 703, 707, and 780 routes.


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