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Guttenberg, New Jersey

Guttenberg is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 10,807.

Only four blocks wide, Guttenberg is one of the smallest municipalities in New Jersey. However, it is the most densely populated municipality in the the state, with over two times the density of New York City.

Guttenberg was formed as a town on March 9, 1859, from portions of North Bergen Township.

Recent scandals have included a former mayor, Peter LaVilla, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to misappropriating campaign funds and using the money for a private brokerage account; a councilman who resigned after being accused of receiving illegal advances on his salary; and a chief financial officer, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to misappropriation of funds. The current mayor, David Delle Donna, and his wife, a member of the town planning board, were indicted on federal extortion and mail fraud charges in September 2007.


Guttenberg is located at (40.793750, -74.006541).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), of which, 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (16.67%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 10,807 people, 4,493 households, and 2,619 families residing in the town. The population density was 21,961.1/km² (56,012.0/sq mi), making it the most densely populated municipality in North America. There were 4,650 housing units at an average density of 24,100.7/sq mi (9,449.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.98% White, 3.81% African American, 0.38% Native American, 7.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 16.42% from other races, and 7.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54.33% of the population.

There were 4,493 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,515, and the median income for a family was $47,440. Males had a median income of $38,628 versus $33,154 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,931. About 11.1% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Guttenberg operates under the Town form of New Jersey municipal government, and is governed by a mayor and a five-member council. Town council members are elected at-large to two-year terms on a staggered basis in partisan elections.

The Mayor of Guttenberg is David Delle Donna

Mayor Delle Donna was sworn into his second four-year term of office on January 1, 2004. On September 28, 2007, Delle Donna and his wife, Anna Delle Donna, a member of the Guttenberg planning board, were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The couple was convicted of conspiring to commit extortion and tax fraud, but were found not guilty on two counts of mail fraud. Each faces up to 20 years in prison on both counts and a fine of $250,000.

Members of the Guttenberg Town Council are Frank Criscione, Gerald Drasheff, Donna Florio, Adela Martinez and Efrain Velez

Federal, state and county representation

Guttenberg is in the Thirteenth Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 33rd Legislative District.

Hudson County's County Executive is Thomas A. DeGise. Guttenberg is in Freeholder District 7 of the County's Board of Chosen Freeholders, and is represented by Gerald Lange Jr. who also represents Weehawken and West New York.


For Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, 923 public school students from Guttenberg (as of 2005-06, per the National Center for Education Statistics) attend the Anna L. Klein School as part of the Guttenberg Public School District.

For grades 9 - 12, public school students attend North Bergen High School in North Bergen, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the North Bergen School District.

The Galaxy

The Galaxy Towers were built in the late 1970s. The three towers rise 415 ft (126 m). The complex is located in the southeastern corner of Guttenberg overlooking the Hudson River and contain 1,075 apartments. The Galaxy was developed by Prudential Insurance Company. The complex consists of three octagonal skyscrapers. Access to the Galaxy is via a circular tree-lined driveway (the Plaza) off Boulevard East on top of the Palisades.


Portions of Guttenberg are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide). The Guttenberg Urban Enterprise Zone covers business in the following areas:

  • Bergenline Avenue – 68th Street to 71st Street
  • Park Avenue – 68th Street to 71st Street
  • 70th Street – Park Avenue to Bergenline Avenue
  • 69th Street – Park Avenue to Boulevard East
  • 69th Street to 71st Street – Boulevard East
  • 70th Street to 71st Street – Broadway


New Jersey Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 128, 154, 156, 158, 159, 165, 166, 168 routes; to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal on the 181 and 188 routes; and to other New Jersey communities served on the 22, 23, 84/86, 88 and 89 routes.

The closest airport in New Jersey with scheduled passenger service is Newark Liberty International Airport, located 14.9 miles away in Newark / Elizabeth, about 22 minutes away. New York City's LaGuardia Airport is 17.7 miles away in Flushing, Queens via the George Washington Bridge (approximately 31 minutes).

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Guttenberg include:


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