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Wayne, New Jersey
Township of Wayne
Hobart Manor at William Paterson University
Hobart Manor at William Paterson University
Map of Wayne in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Wayne in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wayne, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Wayne, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Passaic
Incorporated April 12, 1847
Named for Anthony Wayne
 • Type Faulkner Act (mayor–council)
 • Body Township Council
 • Total 25.14 sq mi (65.11 km2)
 • Land 23.72 sq mi (61.44 km2)
 • Water 1.42 sq mi (3.67 km2)  5.64%
Area rank 107th of 565 in state
3rd of 16 in county
400 ft (100 m)
 • Total 54,717
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 29th of 566 in state
4th of 16 in county
 • Density 2,306.0/sq mi (890.4/km2)
 • Density rank 265th of 566 in state
12th of 16 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
07470, 07474
Area code(s) 862/973
FIPS code 3403177840
GNIS feature ID 0882314

Wayne is a township in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, located less than 20 miles (32 km) from Midtown Manhattan, and is home to William Paterson University. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 54,717, reflecting an increase of 648 (+1.2%) from the 54,069 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,044 (+15.0%) from the 47,025 counted in the 1990 Census.

Wayne was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 12, 1847, from portions of Manchester Township. Totowa was formed from portions of Wayne and Manchester Township on March 15, 1898. Points of interest include William Paterson University, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne Towne Center, High Mountain Park Preserve, and Dey Mansion.


In 1694 Arent Schuyler, a young surveyor, miner and land speculator, was sent into northwestern New Jersey to investigate rumors that the French were trying to incite the local Lenni-Lenape Native Americans to rebel against the English. Schuyler found no evidence of a rebellion, but discovered a rich fertile valley where the Lenni-Lenape grew a variety of crops. Schuyler reported his findings to the English and then convinced Major Anthony Brockholst, Samuel Bayard, Samuel Berry, Hendrick and David Mandeville, George Ryerson and John Mead to invest in the purchase of the land he referred to as the Pompton Valley. The seven chose Schuyler to be the negotiator with the Lenape for the rights to the area. Bayard purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) from the East Jersey Company on November 11, 1695, in what was then known as New Barbadoes Township in Bergen County.

In 1710 the area became part of Saddle River Township in Bergen County. By 1837 the residents of Wayne found themselves in Manchester Township in newly formed Passaic County. Finally, on April 12, 1847, the first Wayne Township organization meeting was held at the Henry Casey House on the Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike. The citizens voted to name the town after American Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne. The first mayor, called the Chairman of the Township Committee until 1962, was William S. Hogencamp.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Wayne remained a farming community. The Morris Canal ran through the southwestern part of Wayne, carrying produce to market and coal from Pennsylvania. The canal was replaced by the railroad at the end of the 19th century. In the early 20th century Wayne grew as a vacation retreat for wealthy New Yorkers. In the summer visitors came from Manhattan and Brooklyn to live in the summer bungalows and enjoy the rivers.

After World War II many summer bungalows were converted to year-round residences to accommodate factory workers, and farmland was converted to residential living. As Wayne grew it adopted its current form of government in 1962. Modern highways, including New Jersey Route 23, U.S. Route 46 and Interstate 80, made Wayne easily accessible, and several national firms have located here.

Historic sites

Dey Mansion 1
Dey Mansion, which served as headquarters for General Washington
Van Saun House, which served as headquarters for General LaFayette

Dey Mansion, located on Totowa Road, is a historic Georgian style mansion that was constructed between the 1740s and 1750s.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 25.174 square miles (65.202 km2), including 23.728 square miles (61.456 km2) of land and 1.446 square miles (3.746 km2) of water (5.75%).

Wayne shares its borders with 11 neighboring municipalities. Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County; Fairfield and North Caldwell in Essex County; Lincoln Park and Pequannock in Morris County; and Haledon, Little Falls, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes and Totowa in Passaic County.

Neighborhoods and lake communities

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Barbours Mills, Barbours Pond, Lower Preakness, Mountain View, Packanack Lake, Pines Lake, Point View, Pompton Falls, Preakness and Two Bridges.

Wayne has a number of lakes, with distinct communities and neighborhoods located around them. These include Packanack Lake, Pines Lake, Lions Head Lake, Tom's Lake and Pompton Lake (half of which is in Wayne). The Passaic River also flows through a portion of Wayne and often floods near Willowbrook Mall and riverside neighborhoods.


Climate data for Wayne, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38
Average low °F (°C) 20
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.14


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,162
1860 1,355 16.6%
1870 1,521 12.3%
1880 1,757 15.5%
1890 2,004 14.1%
1900 1,985 −0.9%
1910 2,281 14.9%
1920 2,302 0.9%
1930 4,469 94.1%
1940 6,868 53.7%
1950 11,822 72.1%
1960 29,353 148.3%
1970 49,141 67.4%
1980 46,474 −5.4%
1990 47,025 1.2%
2000 54,069 15.0%
2010 54,717 1.2%
2019 (est.) 53,369 −2.5%
Population sources:
1850–1920 1850–1870
1850 1870 1880–1890
1890–1910 1910–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 54,717 people, 19,127 households, and 14,230 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,306.0 per square mile (890.4/km2). There were 19,768 housing units at an average density of 833.1 per square mile (321.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 86.07% (47,097) White, 2.28% (1,247) Black or African American, 0.09% (51) Native American, 8.18% (4,478) Asian, 0.02% (11) Pacific Islander, 1.80% (985) from other races, and 1.55% (848) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.92% (4,335) of the population.

There were 19,127 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the township, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 88.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $100,638 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,630) and the median family income was $117,745 (+/- $5,252). Males had a median income of $80,420 (+/- $5,367) versus $54,413 (+/- $2,379) for females. The per capita income for the township was $40,875 (+/- $1,473). About 2.2% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 105 households in 2010, an increase from the 75 counted in 2000.

While Wayne has been and remains predominantly White, it has increased in diversity over the years. From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of every minority group has gone up. Some of the prevalent ethnic minority groups include Indian Americans at 3.0% and Korean Americans at 2.0%, while Puerto Ricans were 2.3% of the population.

Arts and culture

The indie rock band Fountains of Wayne took their name from a lawn ornament store of the same name that was located in the township on the westbound side of U.S. Route 46, though no members of the band are from the town. The store is now out of business. The same store was featured in an episode of HBO's The Sopranos.

In a Hans and Franz sketch from Saturday Night Live, the pair says they are opening up a gym in Wayne. The fact that Wayne's ZIP code, 07470, is a palindrome, was noted on an episode of the television series Full House in the seventh-season episode "Smash Club: The Next Generation".

Trees from Wayne have been selected to serve as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City in 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2006. One of the largest, the 2005 tree, was a Norway Spruce that stood 74 feet (23 m) tall, spreading 42 feet (13 m) wide and weighing in at 9 short tons (8,200 kg) that was removed from the backyard of a Wayne resident.


2021-06-16 15 18 31 View east along Interstate 80 (Bergen-Passaic Expressway) from the overpass for northbound New Jersey State Route 23 in Wayne Township, Passaic County, New Jersey
I-80 eastbound past Route 23 in Wayne

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 229.48 miles (369.31 km) of roadways, of which 180.59 miles (290.63 km) were maintained by the municipality, 41.05 miles (66.06 km) by Passaic County and 7.84 miles (12.62 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Wayne is crisscrossed by several major roadways, including Interstate 80, U.S. Route 46, U.S. Route 202, Route 23, County Route 502, and County Route 504.

Public transportation

Wayne is served by NJ Transit at the Mountain View and Wayne Route 23 stations, offering service to Hoboken Terminal, with connections to Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan on the Montclair-Boonton Line. Wayne-Route 23 station opened in January 2008 and offers train service via the Montclair-Boonton Line. There is regular bus service into the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 194 Newfoundland-New York route and the 198 William Paterson University-New York route on weekends, with local service on the 748 Paterson-Willowbrook route (except Sunday).

NJ Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 191, 193, 194, 195 and 324; to Newark on the 11 and 28 (Saturday and Sunday only) routes, with local service provided on the 873, 704, 705, 712, 744, 748, 970 and 971 routes. In September 2012, as part of budget cuts, NJ Transit suspended service to Newark on the 75 line.

Wayne is 25.9 miles (41.7 km) from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth, and 30 miles (48 km) from LaGuardia Airport in Flushing, Queens.


Willowbrook Mall - Wayne, New Jersey
Interior of Willowbrook Mall

Wayne was home to the Toys "R" Us United States corporate headquarters, before it filed for Chaper 11 bankruptcy in September 2017 and ceased to operate as an independent, publicly-traded firm. Brands associated with the former toy-retailer firm were acquired by Tru Kids. The former Toys "R" Us headquarters at One Geoffrey Way is now home to medical device manufacturer Getinge, housing their United States sales, service and training operations. Wayne continues to host the headquarters of the Valley Bank (formerly Valley National Bank) corporate headquarters. JVC has their US office in Wayne and employ approximately 19,040.

Willowbrook Mall is a two-level indoor shopping mall in the township, the fourth-largest mall in the state, featuring 200 retail establishments and a gross leasable area (GLA) of 1,514,000 square feet (140,700 m2). The Willowbrook Mall went through a renovation in 2018–2019 that saw new flooring, lighting, seating and a few new restaurants added. Sears was closed and a Sears Tire Center was demolished; a 12-screen state-of-the-art Cinemark movie theater was built in its place. Adjacent to it is the Wayne Towne Center regional shopping center, which features a movie theater under the AMC brand.

Wayne Today is a local weekly magazine.


Wayne is the home of the 1970 Little League World Series Champions. The Preakness Stakes, a race in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, was named after a race horse from Wayne's Preakness Stud, who won the Dinner-Stakes race at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club on October 25, 1870.

Wayne is home to the Ice Vault ice rink, where world-class figure skaters such as Johnny Weir and Stéphane Lambiel train and 1992 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Viktor Petrenko coaches. The rink is also home to hockey teams such as the New Jersey Bandits, the New Jersey Hitmen and the William Paterson University ice hockey team.

Noted golf course architect Willie Tucker designed the Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne. Formed as a club in 1926, the golf course was completed in 1929.


Public schools

The Wayne Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of 14 schools, had an enrollment of 7,895 students and 666.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Randall Carter Elementary School (334 students; in grades K–5), Theunis Dey Elementary School (437; PreK-5), James Fallon Elementary School (381; K-5), John F. Kennedy Elementary School (416; K-5), Lafayette Elementary School (301; K-5), Packanack Elementary School (441; PreK-5), Pines Lake Elementary School (380; PreK-5), Ryerson Elementary School (273; K-5), Albert P. Terhune Elementary School (399; PreK-5), Schuyler-Colfax Middle School (693; 6–8), George Washington Middle School (653; 6–8), Anthony Wayne Middle School (555; 6–8), Wayne Hills High School (1,285; 9-12 – for students living on and north of Ratzer Road) and Wayne Valley High School (1,250; 9-12 – for students living south of Ratzer Road).

Passaic County Technical Institute is a regional vocational public high school that serves students from Passaic County. In 2018 PCTI inaugurated a new building specifically for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Private schools

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, recognized in 2007 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, serves students in K-8 and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy Catholic School and DePaul Catholic High School serves students in grades 9-12, both operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.

Al-Ghazaly High School, an Islamic high school for students in seventh through twelfth grades, opened at a new facility in Wayne in September 2013, relocating from a site in Teaneck, where the school had been based since 1984.

Pioneer Academy, a Turkish private school, is a regionally accredited independent school that serves grades K–12.

Post-secondary education

William Paterson University, founded in 1855, has over 11,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Passaic County Community College's Public Safety Academy (PSA) on Oldham Road offers training and facilities for fire fighting and emergency medical personnel. Adjacent to it is the Passaic County Police Academy, where police recruits and alternate route candidates are given basic police training.

Notable people

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

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

  • David Ackroyd (born 1940), actor, who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World.
  • Marina Alex (born 1990), professional golfer.
  • Ann Althouse (born 1951), law professor and blogger.
  • Bill Brennan, former firefighter, lawyer, gadfly and activist.
  • Joseph Bubba (born 1938), politician who served for five terms in the New Jersey Senate, from 1982 to 1998.
  • Jonathan Cahn (born 1959), Messianic Jewish minister of the Beth Israel Worship Center who resides in Wayne.
  • Peter Cammarano (born 1977), 37th Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, serving from July 1 until July 31, 2009, resigning shortly after his arrest in the conspiracy probe known as Operation Bid Rig.
  • Chris Carter (born 1959), founding member and bass player of the alternative rock band Dramarama.
  • Mike Chlasciak (born 1971), guitarist for heavy metal band Halford.
  • Jay Della Valle (born 1979), filmmaker, singer and songwriter.
  • Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959), film director, producer (The Ten Commandments).
  • Nickolette Driesse (born 1994), soccer midfielder who plays for Orlando Pride of National Women's Soccer League.
  • Lou Duva (born 1922), Hall of Fame boxing trainer and manager.
  • John Easdale (born 1961), lead singer and songwriter for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
  • Lisa Edelstein (born 1966), American actress known for her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the television drama House. Currently stars in the television show Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.
  • Theodore Ellenis, keyboard player for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
  • Mark Englert, guitarist for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
  • Lou Esa (born 1952), former professional heavyweight boxer.
  • Jesse Farbman, drummer for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
  • Jazmine Fenlator (born 1985), bobsledder who was one of three pilots of the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
  • John A. Ferraro (1946–2010), actor, television director and stage director.
  • Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968), French pioneer, first female filmmaker.
  • Paulie Harraka (born 1989), stock car racing driver.
  • Daniel Im (born 1985), professional golfer.
  • Brandon Jacobs (born 1982), running back who played for the New York Giants.
  • Jonathan Lebed (born 1984), stock trader prosecuted by the SEC at age 15 for stock manipulation.
  • Felicia Lee (born 1992), competition swimmer who has been a member of the U.S. National Team.
  • Barry Littlefield (1871–1936), thoroughbred racehorse trainer inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
  • Tom Longo (1942–2015), defensive back who played three seasons in the National Football League with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Ronny Machuga, drummer for the alternative rock band Dramarama.
  • Marc Maron (born 1963), stand-up comedian, podcaster, writer and actor.
  • Pellegrino Matarazzo (born 1977), soccer coach.
  • Gene Mayer (born 1956), former tennis player from the United States who won fourteen singles titles during his career. At Wayne Valley, he went unbeaten in his two years on the tennis team.
  • Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels (born 1964), American musician and hip hop artist (Run-D.M.C.).
  • Bryan Miller (born 1983), retired professional ice hockey defenseman.
  • Pete Muller, hedge fund manager and quantitative trader who founded PDT Partners in 1993 as part of Morgan Stanley's trading division.
  • Ryan Neill (born 1982), football long snapper and defensive end for the Buffalo Bills.
  • Greg Olsen (born 1985), tight end for the Carolina Panthers.
  • Jessielyn Palumbo (born 1992), Miss New Jersey USA 2016, competed at MISS USA 2016 on FOX.
  • Chris Pantale (born 1990), tight end for the New York Jets.
  • Sam Porcello (c. 1936 – 2012), food scientist who developed the Oreo cookie filling.
  • Queen Latifah (born 1970), singer and actress.
  • Storm Queen (stage name of Morgan Geist), DJ who released the single "Look Right Through" which topped the charts in the UK and Ireland in 2013.
  • Ryan Quigley (born 1990), punter for the New York Jets.
  • Norman M. Robertson (born 1951), Republican Party politician and attorney who served a single term in the New Jersey Senate, from 1998 to 2002.
  • Robert A. Roe (1924–2014), former member of the United States House of Representatives who served as mayor of Wayne from 1956 to 1961.
  • Scott Rumana (born 1964), member of the New Jersey General Assembly, former mayor of Wayne (2002–2007) and councilman.
  • Francesca Russo (born 1995), fencer who represented Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, competing as part of the Women's Sabre team.
  • Cynthia Paige Simon (born 1970), visually impaired retired Paralympic judoka who competed in international level events.
  • Danielle Staub (born 1962), cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Major General Guy C. Swan III (born 1954), commanding general of the United States Army North.
  • Holly Taylor (born 1997), actress and dancer who performed in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical as Sharon Percy (Ballet Girl) and plays the role of Paige Jennings in the FX television series The Americans.
  • Albert Payson Terhune (1872–1942), author, dog breeder.
  • David Tyree (born 1980), wide receiver for the New York Giants and a 2005 Pro Bowl selection.
  • Kathy Wakile (born 1965), cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Louise Currie Wilmot (born 1942), retired United States Navy rear admiral who was the first woman to command a United States Naval base and was the highest-ranking female Naval officer at the time of her retirement.
  • Vikki Ziegler (born c. 1972, class of 1990), lawyer and author who was the focus of the reality television show Untying the Knot.

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