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Glen Rock, New Jersey

Glen Rock is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 11,546.

Glen Rock was formed on September 14, 1894 from portions of both Ridgewood Township and Saddle River Township, "that being the year the county went crazy on boroughs.


Glen Rock is located at (40.961109, -74.125766).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.37% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 11,546 people, 3,977 households, and 3,320 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,246.1 people per square mile (1,638.9/km²). There were 4,024 housing units at an average density of 1,479.9/sq mi (571.2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.07% White, 1.81% African American, 0.16% Native American, 6.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.

There were 3,977 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $104,192, and the median income for a family was $111,280. Males had a median income of $84,614 versus $52,430 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,091. About 2.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Glen Rock 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. The council appoints a professional borough administrator who is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Borough, responsible to the Mayor and Council.

The Mayor of Glen Rock is John van Keuren (R, term ends December 31, 2010). Borough Council Members are Council President Art Pazan (R, 2008) Byron Arnao (D, 2009), Carol Knapp (R, 2008), Michael O'Hagan (R, 2010), Joan Orseck (D, 2009) and Mary Jane Surrago (R, 2010).

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled an open mayoral seat and two seats on the borough council. Incumbent Republican John van Keuren (2,090 votes) ran unopposed. Republican newcomer Mary Jane Surrago (1,748) and her running mate, incumbent Michael O'Hagan (1,733), both won seats on the council, unseating Democratic incumbent Mark McCullough (1,685). Council control shifted from a 3-3 split in 2007 to a 4-2 Republican majority when the new council was seated in January 2008.

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters filled two open seats on the borough council that was at the time occupied with five Republicans and a single Democrat, with the two seats up for election held by Republicans not running for re-election. Key issues in the election were leadership, sharing services with the Board of Education and other municipalities, taxes and communication with residents. Newcomers Joan Orseck (2,536 votes) and Byron Arnao (2,392), both Democrats, defeated Republicans Jon Osborn (2,230) and Douglas Arpert (2,108), leaving a 3-3 split on the Borough Council for 2007.

Federal, state and county representation

Glen Rock is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 35th Legislative District.


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 11,525, Glen Rock has 7,682 registered voters (66.7% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,405 (18.3% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,673 (21.8% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 4,603 (59.9% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.

On the national level, Glen Rock is almost evenly split. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 51% of the vote, edging Republican George W. Bush, who received around 48%.

Recently, an issue has been made of underage drinking occurring in the town. The Glen Rock Police Department, along with the high school administration and the local media have brought to the attention of parents an event known as the "keg race," a competitive beer drinking competition between graduating classes. In recent years, the police have broken up several parties in which teens were consuming alcohol.


The Glen Rock Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district consists of six schools (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) which include four K-5 elementary schools — Richard E. Byrd School (223 students), Central Elementary School (310), Clara E. Coleman School (332) and Alexander Hamilton Elementary School (276) — Glen Rock Middle School for grades 6-8 (617) and Glen Rock High School for grades 9-12 (714). In the Glen Rock High School graduating classes of 2004 through 2006, over 95% of students indicated that they would move on to a two-year or four-year college.

There is one parochial school, Academy of Our Lady which is affiliated with St. Catharine's Roman Catholic church located in Glen Rock and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in neighboring Ridgewood.


Glen Rock is served by two separate train stations, at Glen Rock (Main Line) on the Main Line and the Glen Rock (Boro Hall) on the Bergen County Line.

New Jersey Transit provides bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 148 (on Route 208), 164 and 196 (also on 208) bus lines, service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal on the 175, and local service on the 722 (on Lincoln Avenue) and 746 bus lines.

Route 208 travels through Glen Rock.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Glen Rock include:

Popular culture

  • The TV show Ed filmed some scenes in Glen Rock.
  • In October 2005, many scenes of prominent locations in town were shot for the film World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Oliver Stone
  • This town is probably famous among video gamers, mainly because it is the headquarters of the game developer Imagineering, once a developer of console games. In every game they had produced, the following message always appears in the title screen and in the instruction booklet: "Developed by Imagineering Inc., Glen Rock N.J.". This blatant advertising practice of displaying their hometown in their games is considered a very rare practice among game developers and is probably why Glen Rock became famous among video gamers.
  • Absolute Entertainment was a video game developer and publisher founded in Glen Rock that produced titles for the Amiga, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game consoles, as well as for the PC. The company was formed in 1986 by former Activision employees, and lasted until the founding fathers finally pulled the plug in 1995.
  • Glen Rock, New Jersey is also referenced in the Apple App Store game "Beer Bounce (Quarters)" that was released in August, 2008. When the player misses a shot in the game, the AI will randomly say, "Where did you learn how to play, Glen Rock, New Jersey?" Beer Bounce Game Page
  • Unlike most suburban towns whose names have little or nothing to do with reality, Glen Rock was actually settled around an enormous rock left by retreating glaciers in a small valley (glen). From a 1985 The New York Times article, "Glen Rock is named for a 570-ton boulder, believed to have been deposited by a glacier, that stands at the northern end of Rock Road, the town's main street. Called Pamackapuka, or Stone from Heaven, by the Delaware (Lenape) Indians, it served as a base for Indian signal fires and later as a trail marker for colonists. Notwithstanding this article, Rock Road runs almost due East/West, so there is no "northern end"—nor is the rock at the end of Rock Road, which runs nearly another half mile to its western end. Also, while the Rock lies at the intersection of Rock Road and Doremus Avenue, the Rock is actually on Doremus, not Rock.

Places of interest



  • "History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923;" by "Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942."
  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.

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