Dumont, New Jersey

Dumont, New Jersey
Borough of Dumont
—  Borough (New Jersey)  —
Map highlighting Dumont's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Dumont, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°56′43″N 73°59′36″W / 40.94528°N 73.99333°W / 40.94528; -73.99333Coordinates: 40°56′43″N 73°59′36″W / 40.94528°N 73.99333°W / 40.94528; -73.99333
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated July 20, 1894
 – Type Borough (New Jersey)
 – Mayor Matthew P. McHale (2011)[2]
 – Administrator John P. Perkins[3]
 – Total 1.99 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 – Land 1.99 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 – Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[5] 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2010 Census)[6]
 – Total 17,479
 – Density 8,705.8/sq mi (3,361.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07628[7]
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-18400[8][9]
GNIS feature ID 0876003[10]
Website http://www.dumontnj.gov

Dumont is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The population was 17,479 at the 2010 Census.[6]

Dumont was formed on July 20, 1894, as the Borough of Schraalenburgh from portions of Harrington Township and Palisades Township, at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. On June 13, 1898, the borough's name was changed to Dumont in honor of Dumont Clarke, the borough's first mayor.[11][12][13]



Dumont is located at 40°56′43″N 73°59′36″W / 40.945173°N 73.993425°W / 40.945173; -73.993425 (40.945173, -73.993425).[14]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.99 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.[4]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 643
1910 1,783 177.3%
1920 2,537 42.3%
1930 5,861 131.0%
1940 7,556 28.9%
1950 13,013 72.2%
1960 18,882 45.1%
1970 20,155 6.7%
1980 18,334 −9.0%
1990 17,187 −6.3%
2000 17,503 1.8%
2010 17,479 −0.1%
Population sources:
1900-1990[15][16] 2000[17] 2010[6][18]

As of the 2010 Census, Dumont had a population of 17,479. The median age was 41.8. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 75.9% White, 2.5% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 15.0% Asian, 4.1% some other race and 2.3% reporting two or more races. 14.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[18]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 17,503 people, 6,370 households, and 4,758 families residing in the borough. The population density was 8,812.6 people per square mile (3,396.0/km2). There were 6,465 housing units at an average density of 3,255.1 per square mile (1,254.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 83.77% White, 1.49% African American, 0.10% Native American, 10.96% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.94% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.36% of the population.[17]

There were 6,370 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.24.[17]

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.[17]

The median income for a household in the borough was $65,490, and the median income for a family was $73,880. Males had a median income of $47,402 versus $35,331 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,489. About 2.0% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.[17]


Local government

Dumont is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[1]

As of 2011, the Mayor of the Borough of Dumont is Matthew P. McHale, whose term of office ends December 31, 2011. Members of the Dumont Borough Council are Council President Carl Manna (2011), Matthew M. Carrick (2012), Marty Caspare (2011), Kenneth Freeman (2012), Harry Stylianou (2013) and Ellen Zamechansky (2013).[19][20]

Federal, state and county representation

Dumont is in the 5th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.[21] The legislative district was kept unchanged by the New Jersey Apportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 Census.[6]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

39th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township) and Charlotte Vandervalk (R, Hillsdale).[22] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[23] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[24]

Bergen County's County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[25] The Board of Chosen Freeholders is the county's legislative body and its seven members are elected at-large on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[26] As of 2011, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman John Driscoll, Jr. (R, 2012; Paramus),[27] Vice-Chairwoman Maura DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[28] Chair Pro Tempore John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park)[29] John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[30] David L. Ganz (D, 2011; Fair Lawn),[31] Robert G. Hermansen (R, 2012; Mahwah)[32] and Bernadette P. McPherson (D, 2011; Rutherford).[33][34] Other countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Elizabeth Randall (R, Westwood).[35]


As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 9,927 registered voters. Of registered voters, 2,984 (30.1% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 1,782 (18.0%) were registered as Republicans and 5,156 (51.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were five voters registered to other parties.[36]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 52.3% of the vote here (4,240 ballots cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received 46.6% of the vote 3,776 ballots), with 82.1% of registered voters participating.[36] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 49.7% of the vote in Dumont (4,122 cast), ahead of Republican George W. Bush, who received around 49.2% (4,077 votes), with 8,286 ballots cast among the borough's 1,0345 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.1%.[37] However, in the 2009 Gubernatorial Election, Republican Chris Christie received 48% of the vote, defeating Democrat Jon Corzine, who received around 45%.[38]

Emergency services

The Dumont Police Department operates out of the Boro Hall and protect and serves the community around the clock. The police department also includes volunteer reserve officers. The department's Chief of Police is Brian A. Venezio.[39]

The fire department is manned by approximately 80 volunteer firefighters located at four different fire houses throughout the borough. The DFD is equipped with eight pieces of apparatus (four engines, one ladder, one rescue, one squad, and a utility truck)

  • Squad Co. 1/ Engine Co. 1 which is located on Madison Avenue
  • Truck Co. 2/ Squad Co. 2 which is located on Prospect Avenue
  • Engine Co. 3/ Rescue Co. 3 which is located on Rucereto Avenue
  • Independent Hose Co. (Engine 4 / Engine 5) which is located on Veterans Plaza

The Dumont Fire Department responds to about 400 calls per year, including mutual aid to towns such as Tenafly, Bergenfield, Cresskill, New Milford, Oradell, River Edge and Haworth when needed.[40]

The Dumont Volunteer Ambulance Corps is located on Brook Street and renders aid with two ambulances Units 28 & 29, as well as a support vehicle (Ford Explorer) Unit 281. DVAC responds to roughly 1,400 requests for aid per year.[41]


The Dumont Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[42]) are Grant School (K-5) with 421 students, Honiss School (K-8) with 711 students, Lincoln School (K-5) with 216 students, Selzer School (K-8) with 537 students) and Dumont High School with 919 students.

Newbury Academy is a private alternative high school for students in grades 9-12 that was founded in Teaneck, New Jersey in 2001 and moved to Dumont in 2003. As of September 2008, Newbury Academy has become a virtual school with all classes being conducted online, with teachers making weekly visits to students' homes.[43]

Recreation and sports

Dumont has two major parks in the town. Memorial Park is located on the east side of town. It is made up of five ball parks, one tennis court, a basketball court, and a pavilion. The park is used throughout the year mostly for Little League and Dumont High School Baseball. During the summer Memorial Park is used for the Dumont Summer Recreation Program. The other park in Dumont is Twin Boro Field, located on the opposite side of town. Twin Boro is a huge field which is used for recreational football and soccer. There is also a softball field that is used for the Dumont Men's Softball League. Right next to Twin Boro is Gina's Field which consists of two girls softball fields and a playground. To the right of Twin Boro Field is the Dumont Swim Club. The Swim Club's parking lot doubles as a roller hockey rink for Dumont's Hockey League. Memorial Park and Twin Boro Fields are two of the largest parks in Dumont.[44]

Dumont recreational sports consist of Dumont Little League, Dumont Girls Softball, Dumont Football, Dumont Soccer, Dumont Basketball, Dumont Roller Hockey, Dumont Swim Team.


The New Jersey Transit 166 and 167 bus route provides service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 186 serves the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; and local service is available on the 753 and 772 routes.[45]

Main roads in Dumont include Madison Avenue and Washington Avenue.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Dumont include:


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