Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
Village
Village of Ridgewood
Map highlighting Ridgewood's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ridgewood, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°58′54″N 74°06′49″W / 40.981591°N 74.113506°W / 40.981591; -74.113506Coordinates: 40°58′54″N 74°06′49″W / 40.981591°N 74.113506°W / 40.981591; -74.113506[1][2]
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountyBergen
IncorporatedNovember 20, 1894
Government[6]
 • TypeFaulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 • MayorPaul Aronsohn (term ends June 30, 2014)[3]
 • ManagerKen Gabbert[4]
 • ClerkHeather Mailander[5]
Area[2]
 • Total5.818 sq mi (15.069 km2)
 • Land5.752 sq mi (14.898 km2)
 • Water0.066 sq mi (0.172 km2)  1.14%
Area rank263rd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county[2]
Elevation[7]85 ft (26 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total24,958
 • Estimate (2012[11])25,205
 • Rank99th of 566 in state
10th of 70 in county[12]
 • Density4,339.0/sq mi (1,675.3/km2)
 • Density rank136th of 566 in state
33rd of 70 in county[12]
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes07450-07452[13][14]
Area code(s)201[15]
FIPS code3400363000[16][2]
GNIS feature ID0885369[17][2]
Websitewww.ridgewoodnj.net
 
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
Village
Village of Ridgewood
Map highlighting Ridgewood's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ridgewood, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°58′54″N 74°06′49″W / 40.981591°N 74.113506°W / 40.981591; -74.113506Coordinates: 40°58′54″N 74°06′49″W / 40.981591°N 74.113506°W / 40.981591; -74.113506[1][2]
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CountyBergen
IncorporatedNovember 20, 1894
Government[6]
 • TypeFaulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 • MayorPaul Aronsohn (term ends June 30, 2014)[3]
 • ManagerKen Gabbert[4]
 • ClerkHeather Mailander[5]
Area[2]
 • Total5.818 sq mi (15.069 km2)
 • Land5.752 sq mi (14.898 km2)
 • Water0.066 sq mi (0.172 km2)  1.14%
Area rank263rd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county[2]
Elevation[7]85 ft (26 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total24,958
 • Estimate (2012[11])25,205
 • Rank99th of 566 in state
10th of 70 in county[12]
 • Density4,339.0/sq mi (1,675.3/km2)
 • Density rank136th of 566 in state
33rd of 70 in county[12]
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes07450-07452[13][14]
Area code(s)201[15]
FIPS code3400363000[16][2]
GNIS feature ID0885369[17][2]
Websitewww.ridgewoodnj.net

Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 24,958,[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 22 (+0.1%) from the 24,936 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 784 (+3.2%) from the 24,152 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] Ridgewood is a suburban bedroom community of New York City, located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.

The Village of Ridgewood was created on November 20, 1894, with the same boundaries as Ridgewood Township. The Village became the municipal government while the Township remained as a school district.[19] In 1902, the village added portions of Orvil Township, which were returned to Orvil Township in 1915. In 1925, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Franklin Township (now Wyckoff). On February 9, 1971, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Washington Township. On May 28, 1974, it acquired area from Ho-Ho-Kus.[20]

In 1700, Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home in Ridgewood, having purchased a 250 acres (101 ha) property in 1698.[21]

Ridgewood was ranked 26th in Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" in America, 2011.[22]

Neighborhood Scout website ranked Ridgewood as the 6th safest city in America in its 2013 rankings of the "NeighborhoodScout’s® Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.[23]

Geography[edit]

Ridgewood is located at 40°58′54″N 74°06′49″W / 40.981591°N 74.113506°W / 40.981591; -74.113506 (40.981591,-74.113506). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 5.818 square miles (15.069 km2), of which, 5.752 square miles (14.898 km2) of it is land and 0.066 square miles (0.172 km2) of it (1.14%) is water.[1][2]

Ridgewood is adjacent to eight municipalities, seven in Bergen CountyParamus, Washington Township, Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Midland Park, Wyckoff and Glen Rock − and Hawthorne in Passaic County.

Climate data for Ridgewood, New Jersey
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)38
(3)
41
(5)
50
(10)
62
(17)
72
(22)
81
(27)
86
(30)
84
(29)
76
(24)
64
(18)
54
(12)
43
(6)
62.6
(16.9)
Average low °F (°C)19
(−7)
22
(−6)
30
(−1)
40
(4)
50
(10)
60
(16)
65
(18)
63
(17)
55
(13)
42
(6)
34
(1)
25
(−4)
42.1
(5.6)
Precipitation inches (mm)3.58
(90.9)
2.86
(72.6)
4.11
(104.4)
4.36
(110.7)
4.20
(106.7)
4.42
(112.3)
4.52
(114.8)
3.88
(98.6)
4.78
(121.4)
4.32
(109.7)
4.09
(103.9)
4.02
(102.1)
49.14
(1,248.1)
Source: [24]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
18901,047
19002,685156.4%
19105,416101.7%
19207,58040.0%
193012,18860.8%
194014,94822.6%
195017,48116.9%
196025,39145.2%
197027,5478.5%
198025,208−8.5%
199024,152−4.2%
200024,9363.2%
201024,9580.1%
Est. 201225,205[11]1.0%
Population sources: 1890-1920[25]
1890-1910[26] 1890-1930[27]
1900-1990[28][29] 2000[30][31] 2010[8][9][10]

Ridgewood ranked at #15 on Money Magazine's 2008 listing of the 25 top-earning towns in the USA.[32]

2010 Census[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,958 people, 8,456 households, and 6,756 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,339.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,675.3 /km2). There were 8,743 housing units at an average density of 1,520.0 per square mile (586.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 82.21% (20,518) White, 1.59% (398) Black or African American, 0.06% (16) Native American, 12.99% (3,242) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.06% (265) from other races, and 2.06% (515) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.27% (1,316) of the population.[8]

There were 8,456 households of which 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34.[8]

In the village, 30.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $143,229 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,530) and the median family income was $172,825 (+/- $9,197). Males had a median income of $111,510 (+/- $12,513) versus $77,651 (+/- $9,008) for females. The per capita income for the village was $67,560 (+/- $3,740). About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.[33]

Same-sex couples headed 38 households in 2010, an increase from the 22 counted in 2000.[34]

2000 Census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[16] there were 24,936 people, 8,603 households, and 6,779 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,308.9 people per square mile (1,662.8/km2). There were 8,802 housing units at an average density of 1,521.0 per square mile (587.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.82% White, 1.64% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.67% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.[30][31]

There were 8,603 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30.[30][31]

In the village, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.[30][31]

The median income for a household in the village was $104,286, and the median income for a family was $121,848. Males had a median income of $90,422 versus $50,248 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,658. 3.0% of the population and 1.8% of families are below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.[30][31]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Ridgewood is governed under Council-Manager plan B within the Faulkner Act, as implemented on July 1, 1970, by direct petition.[35] Under this form, the public elects five Council Members who act as a Board of Directors. Their principal responsibility is to hire and oversee a professional Village Manager who has full executive power for all departments. The Village Council is the governing body of the Village of Ridgewood. The government consists of five council members, with all positions elected at large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election in even-numbered years on the second Tuesday in May. At a reorganization meeting held on July 1 after newly elected council members take office, the council chooses a mayor and deputy mayor from among its members[6]

The Village Council appoints a Village Manager to oversee the day to day operations of the Village, to handle personnel, citizen inquiries and complaints, and to handle the administrative duties of the Village. The Village Council passes local laws, makes appointments to various Boards and Committees, and awards various contracts for purchases of goods and services used by the Village. They also review, amend, and adopt the annual budget for the Village prepared by the Village Manager and Chief Financial Officer. The Mayor presides over Council meetings, but has no executive authority.

As of 2013, members of the Ridgewood Village Council are Mayor Paul Aronsohn (term on council ends June 30, 2016; term as mayor ends June 30, 2014), Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli (2016), Gwenn Hauck (2016), Thomas M. Riche (2014) and Bernadette Walsh (2014).[36][37][38]

Of the 565 municipalities statewide, Ridgewood is one of only four municipalities in New Jersey with the village type of government, joining Loch Arbour, Ridgefield Park and South Orange.[39]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Ridgewood is located in the 5th Congressional District[40] and is part of New Jersey's 40th state legislative district.[9][41][42]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[43] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)[44][45] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[46][47]

The 40th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kevin J. O'Toole (R, Cedar Grove) and in the General Assembly by Scott Rumana (R, Wayne) and David C. Russo (R, Ridgewood).[48] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[49] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[50]

Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders.[51] The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[52] The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January.[53] As of 2013, Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn),[54] Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee),[55] Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[56] Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[57] John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park),[58] Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington)[59] and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes).[59][60] Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).[61]

Politics[edit]

As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 15,243 registered voters. Of registered voters, 4,734 (31.1% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 4,057 (26.6%) were registered as Republicans and 6,447 (42.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were five voters registered to other parties.[62]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 54.9% of the vote here (6,597 ballots cast), defeating Republican John McCain, who received 44.2% of the vote (5,306 votes), with 79.0% of registered voters participating.[62] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 51% of the vote here, defeating Republican George W. Bush, who received around 48%.[63]

Education[edit]

The Ridgewood Public Schools consist of nine public schools and two more additional school facilities, which house a BOE-run pre-school program and a private day care center. The district consists of nine public schools and one additional school facility, which houses a BOE-run pre-school program and a private day care center. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[64]) are Glen School[65] (Pre-School and Private Day Care Center), six K-5 elementary schools – Henrietta Hawes Elementary School[66] (400), Orchard Elementary School[67] (339), Ridge Elementary School[68] (493), Irwin B. Somerville Elementary School[69] (501), Ira W. Travell Elementary School[70] (392) and Willard Elementary School[71] (485) – Benjamin Franklin Middle School[72] (689) and George Washington Middle School[73] (663) for grades 6-8 and Ridgewood High School[74] (1,668) for grades 9-12.[75] The high school was the 28th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 20th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[76]

According to the New Jersey Department of Education, Ridgewood is a socioeconomic District Factor Group of J, the highest of eight categories.[77] Ridgewood Public Schools is the largest school district in Bergen County, New Jersey, with an enrollment of 5,568 students as of the 2006-07 school year.[78]

The Holmstead School serves students of high school age with high intellectual potential who have not succeeded in traditional school settings. Students are placed in the school by referral from their home public school districts, with tuition paid for by the school district.[79]

Pre-schools in Ridgewood include West Side Presbyterian, First Presbyterian School, and the Montessori Learning Center.

Local media[edit]

The village of Ridgewood is served by two weekly community newspapers – The Ridgewood News and the Ridgewood Suburban News. The papers are published by North Jersey Media Group. The daily newspaper for the region is The Record which is also published by North Jersey Media Group. The company's website, NorthJersey.com, has a Ridgewood town page that includes local coverage all three of these papers. Patch Media provides Ridgewood with its own daily news website, which offers news, events, announcements and Local Voices.[80]

Transportation[edit]

The Ridgewood station is served by the New Jersey Transit Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line.[81][82] The station features three platforms. The first is for all trains headed south toward Hoboken Terminal. The second is for Bergen County Line trains headed in the same direction, and the third is for Main Line trains headed toward Suffern and Port Jervis. NJTransit trains on both the Bergen and the Main Lines go to Hoboken, stopping at Secaucus Junction, for transfers to trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and other destinations served by the station. Parking is limited near the Ridgewood train station. There are usually taxicabs available right at the train station, as the taxi building is on the northbound platform.

New Jersey Transit buses in Ridgewood include the 148, 163 and 164 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, and local service offered on the 722 (to Paramus Park and Paterson), 746 (to Paterson, as Ridgewood is its terminus) and 752 (to Hackensack) routes.[83]

The southern terminus of Franklin Turnpike is in Ridgewood. Other roads that pass through Ridgewood are New Jersey Route 17 and County Route 507.

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Ridgewood include:

Historic sites[edit]

Ridgewood is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:[142]

References[edit]

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