North Arlington, New Jersey

North Arlington, New Jersey
Borough of North Arlington
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting North Arlington's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of North Arlington, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°47′29″N 74°7′59″W / 40.79139°N 74.13306°W / 40.79139; -74.13306Coordinates: 40°47′29″N 74°7′59″W / 40.79139°N 74.13306°W / 40.79139; -74.13306
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 9, 1896
 – Mayor Peter C. Massa (D, 2014)
 – Administrator Terence Wall[1]
 – Total 2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2)
 – Land 2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 – Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation[2] 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 – Total 15,392
 – Density 5,862.5/sq mi (2,263.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07031
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-52320[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0878821[6]

North Arlington is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 15,392.[3] As the site of Holy Cross Cemetery, which has interred over 250,000 individuals since its establishment in 1915, North Arlington has over 15 times more dead people than living.[7]

North Arlington was formed by a referendum passed on March 9, 1896, and incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 11, 1896, from area taken from Union Township.[8]



North Arlington is located at 40°47′29″N 74°07′59″W / 40.791320°N 74.133041°W / 40.791320; -74.133041 (40.791320, -74.133041).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 1.53%, is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 290
1910 437 50.7%
1920 1,767 304.3%
1930 8,263 367.6%
1940 9,904 19.9%
1950 15,970 61.2%
1960 17,477 9.4%
1970 18,096 3.5%
1980 16,587 −8.3%
1990 13,790 −16.9%
2000 15,181 10.1%
2010 15,392 1.4%
Population 1900 - 1990[10][11]

As of the census[4][5] of 2000, there were 15,181 people, 6,392 households, and 4,129 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,880.7 people per square mile (2,271.9/km2). There were 6,529 housing units at an average density of 2,529.2 per square mile (977.1/km2). The ethnic makeup of the borough was 89.61% White, 0.46% African American, 0.14% Native American, 5.61% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.29% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.57% of the population.

There were 6,392 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the borough the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $51,787, and the median income for a family was $62,483. Males had a median income of $41,512 versus $34,769 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,441. About 3.4% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 24. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.6 per 1,000 people.[citation needed]

Mayor Peter C. Massa is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[12] a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Local government

North Arlington 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 and only votes to break a tie. 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.[13]

The Mayor of North Arlington Borough is Peter C. Massa (D, term ends on December 31, 2010. Members of the North Arlington Borough Council are Council President Richard Hughes, Joseph R. Bianchi, Chris Johnson, Jon Kearney, Steven A. Tanelli and Mark Yampaglia.[citation needed]

Federal, state and county representation

North Arlington is in the 9th Congressional district. New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Steve Rothman (D, Fair Lawn). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

North Arlington is in the 36th District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Paul Sarlo (D, Wood-Ridge) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Gary Schaer (D, Passaic) and Kevin J. Ryan (D, Nutley).[14]

Bergen County's County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[15] 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.[16] As of 2011, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman John Driscoll, Jr. (R, 2012; Paramus),[17] Vice-Chairwoman Maura DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[18] Chair Pro Tempore John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park)[19] John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[20] David L. Ganz (D, 2011; Fair Lawn),[21] Robert G. Hermansen (R, 2012; Mahwah)[22] and Bernadette P. McPherson (D, 2011; Rutherford).[23][24] Other countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Elizabeth Randall (R, Westwood).[25]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 15,254 in North Arlington, there were 8,544 registered voters (56.0% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,751 (20.5% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,471 (17.2% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 5,321 (62.3% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.[26]

On the national level, North Arlington is almost evenly split. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 3,376 votes here, narrowly edging Democrat John Kerry who received 3,370 votes.[27]


Students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated by the North Arlington School District. Schools in the district (with 2008-09 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[28]) include three pre-K - 5 elementary schools — Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, with 302 students; Franklin Roosevelt Elementary School, with 200 students; and George Washington Elementary School, with 261 students — North Arlington Middle School with 343 students in grades 6 - 8, and North Arlington High School with an enrollment of 513 students in grades 9 - 12.

For 17 years North Arlington was the only school district in the entire state that featured involuntary "combined classes" whereby classes at their Roosevelt School had combined grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6, and grades 7 and 8.

In addition, Queen of Peace, a Roman Catholic parish, operates two parochial schools, Queen of Peace Elementary School (Pre-K-8th Grade) and Queen of Peace High School (9th-12th Grade).[29][30]

Another notable part of North Arlington's education system is its extensive outreach to its town's youth via a multi-faceted, public athletic/recreation program. Using athletics to build strong character education and encourage children to learn teamwork and commitment, North Arlington's Recreation program is currently headed by director Jimmy Herrmann and an eleven-person recreation committee. North Arlington Recreation currently offers boys and girls basketball leagues, a recreation bowling league, a girls softball league, little league baseball, a soccer association, and a popular football and cheerleading program, the "Junior Vikings", named after the North Arlington High School "Vikings".

Additionally, to meet the needs of a growing population of children with special needs, North Arlington recreation offers "Recreation for Developmentally Challenged Children". This program includes cooperation from neighboring towns, and consists of Spring baseball and soccer. The current contact for this program is Ms. Micki Prokop.

As a testament to their commitment to the importance of athleticism, the recreation program extends itself to adults with an adult men's basketball league as well as an adult women's volleyball program.[31]

Emergency services



The North Arlington Fire Department (NAFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. The department is staffed by 80 fully trained firefighters.[32] There are three separate firehouses.


North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad proudly protects approximately 14,000 people living in an area of 2 square miles (5.2 km2). They operate and protect a primarily residential area. The department works with a paid staff Monday thru Friday 6am - 6pm and Volunteer staff from 6pm to 6am Monday through Friday and day and night Saturday and Sunday.

North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad, also known as NAVES, was founded on June 2, 1972 by John Cooney and is celebrating its 33rd year of service to the community. The squad consists of 28 members ranging in ages from 16 to 68 years of age. NAVES has a very successful Youth Squad which is the future of our organization as well as a growing Auxiliary which assist in non-riding functions such as fundraising and administrative duties.[33]


Route 7 and Route 17 both pass through North Arlington, meeting at the intersection of Ridge Road (Rt. 17) and the Belleville Turnpike (Rt. 7).

New Jersey Transit bus routes 30, 40 and 76 serve North Arlington.[34]


  • North Arlington was founded as "New Barbadoes Neck".
  • Copper was mined here in the 18th and 19th centuries.[35] It was the first true copper mine in North America.
  • In 1754, the first steam engine in North American was constructed in North Arlington. The Newcomen steam engine was imported from England by John Schuyler pump water out of his copper mine. He hired engineer Josiah Hornblower to assemble the machinery.[36]
  • North Arlington, together with Lyndhurst and Rutherford was the site of the EnCap project, an effort to remediate landfills on the 785-acre (3.18 km2) site and construct homes and golf courses on top of the cleaned up site. On May 27, 2008, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission terminated its agreement with EnCap Golf Holdings, the company that had the contract to redevelop the site, after the company had missed targets to cleanup the landfills as part of the project.[37]
  • Arlington Diner in North Arlington was used in the making of the 2006 film Running Scared.
  • Pizzaland in North Arlington was in the opening credits of the Sopranos.
  • Fatso's and Jim Dandy's in North Arlington was used in 2 Dave Chappell skits

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of North Arlington include:


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  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of North Arlington, Geographic Names Information System, accessed April 16, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), North Arlington borough, New Jersey". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Holy Cross Cemetery, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed February 15, 2007.
  8. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 82.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  11. ^ Historical Population Trends in Bergen County (1900 - 2000), Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed December 23, 2007.
  12. ^ "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members". 
  13. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 154.
  14. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  15. ^ Bergen County Executive, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  16. ^ What Is a Freeholder?, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 6, 2011.
  17. ^ Freeholder John Driscoll, Jr., Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2011.
  18. ^ Maura R. DeNicola, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2011.
  19. ^ John D. Mitchell, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2011.
  20. ^ John A. Felice, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2011.
  21. ^ Freeholder David L. Ganz, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2011.
  22. ^ Freeholder Robert G. Hermansen, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2011.
  23. ^ Freeholder Bernadette P. McPherson, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2011.
  24. ^ Freeholder Home Page, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  25. ^ Constitutional Officers, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 3, 2011.
  26. ^ "County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," Bergen county, New Jersey, dated April 1, 2006.
  27. ^ 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.
  28. ^ North Arlington School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 20, 2011.
  29. ^ Bergen County Catholic Elementary Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed July 7, 2008.
  30. ^ Catholic Secondary Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed July 7, 2008.
  31. ^
  32. ^ Fire Departments Accessed May 12, 2009
  33. ^ North Arlington Website Accessed February 24, 2010.
  34. ^ Routes by County: Bergen County, New Jersey Transit. Accessed August 8, 2008.
  35. ^ Schuyler Copper Mine, accessed December 29, 2006.
  36. ^ Manuscript Group 1508, Stoudinger-Alofsen-Fulton Drawings, New Jersey Historical Society. Accessed December 29, 2006.
  37. ^ Belson, Ken. "Meadowlands Commission Cuts Ties With Developer", The New York Times, May 8, 2008. Accessed May 25, 2008.
  38. ^ "MERMEN GO THEIR OWN WAY, SWIMMINGLY", The Record (Bergen County), June 14, 1996.

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