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Not to be confused with Woodbridge Township, New Jersey or Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Wood-Ridge
Map highlighting Wood-Ridge's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Wood-Ridge's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated December 6, 1894
Area
 • Total 1.097 sq mi (2.842 km2)
 • Land 1.097 sq mi (2.841 km2)
 • Water <0.001 sq mi (<0.001 km2)  0.01%
Area rank 492nd of 566 in state
63rd of 70 in county
Elevation 167 ft (51 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 7,626
 • Estimate (2015) 8,249
 • Rank 301st of 566 in state
50th of 70 in county
 • Density 6,951.6/sq mi (2,684.0/km2)
 • Density rank 63rd of 566 in state
19th of 70 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07075
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400382570
GNIS feature ID 0885451
Website www.njwoodridge.org

Wood-Ridge is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,626, reflecting a decline of 18 (-0.2%) from the 7,644 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 138 (+1.8%) from the 7,506 counted in the 1990 Census.

Wood-Ridge was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on December 6, 1894, from portions of Bergen Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. 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.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.097 square miles (2.842 km2), including 1.097 square miles (2.841 km2) of land and <0.001 square miles (<0.001 km2) of water (0.01%).

The borough is bordered by Lodi and Hasbrouck Heights to the north, Wallington to the west, Carlstadt to the south, and Moonachie to the east, along with South Hackensack.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 348
1890 575 65.2%
1900 582 1.2%
1910 1,043 79.2%
1920 1,923 84.4%
1930 5,159 168.3%
1940 5,739 11.2%
1950 6,283 9.5%
1960 7,964 26.8%
1970 8,311 4.4%
1980 7,929 −4.6%
1990 7,506 −5.3%
2000 7,644 1.8%
2010 7,626 −0.2%
Est. 2015 8,249 8.2%
Population sources: 1880-1890
1880-1920 1890-1910
1910-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,626 people, 2,939 households, and 2,072 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,951.6 per square mile (2,684.0/km2). There were 3,051 housing units at an average density of 2,781.2 per square mile (1,073.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 87.23% (6,652) White, 1.43% (109) Black or African American, 0.21% (16) Native American, 7.13% (544) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.32% (177) from other races, and 1.67% (127) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.11% (1,000) of the population.

There were 2,939 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% 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 3.16.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.3 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $90,411 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,617) and the median family income was $95,972 (+/- $7,148). Males had a median income of $64,658 (+/- $7,287) versus $46,402 (+/- $6,549) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,360 (+/- $2,759). About 3.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 20 households in 2010, an increase from the 10 counted in 2000.

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 7,644 people, 3,024 households, and 2,137 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,958.5 people per square mile (2,683.1/km2). There were 3,087 housing units at an average density of 2,810.2 per square mile (1,083.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.01% White, 0.84% African American, 0.08% Native American, 5.02% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.77% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.27% of the population.

There were 3,024 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $60,949, and the median income for a family was $72,500. Males had a median income of $48,309 versus $40,025 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,865. About 0.8% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 19.20 miles (30.90 km) of roadways, of which 16.25 miles (26.15 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.30 miles (3.70 km) by Bergen County and 0.65 miles (1.05 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Route 17 passes through Wood-Ridge.

Public transportation

Wood-Ridge Station panorama
The New Jersey Transit Wood-Ridge station, facing southbound from the lone platform

Wood-Ridge is served by NJ Transit at the Wood-Ridge train station, located at Park Place East near the intersection with Route 17. The Pascack Valley Line offers service throughout the day in both directions, with service available seven days a week, operating north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.

The Wesmont station provides train service on the Bergen County Line. The station was approved in 2008 to be constructed in Wood-Ridge. The station serves a new residential development and was opened to the public in May 2016, after years of delays.

Wood-Ridge is also served by several NJ Transit bus routes. The 76 bus runs from Hackensack along Terrace Avenue through Wood-Ridge to Newark Penn Station. The 144, 145, 148, 163 and 164 buses run from various New Jersey terminals such as Midland Park and Hackensack along Valley Boulevard through Wood-Ridge to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

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