is a village
in Bergen County
, New Jersey
, United States
. The population was 12,873 at the 2000 census.
Out of 566 municipalities statewide, Ridgefield Park is only one of four villages in New Jersey, joining Loch Arbour, Ridgewood and South Orange.
Ridgefield Park is located at (40.857119, -74.024272).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (9.90%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 12,873 people, 5,012 households, and 3,242 families residing in the village. The population density
was 7,435.7 people per square mile (2,873.0/km²). There were 5,134 housing units at an average density of 1, 145.8/km² (2,965.5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the village was 78.20% White
, 4.10% African American
, 0.22% Native American
, 7.85% Asian
, 0.03% Pacific Islander
, 6.50% from other races
, and 3.09% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 22.24% of the population.
There were 5,012 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $51,825, and the median income for a family was $62,414. Males had a median income of $44,507 versus $35,217 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,290. About 4.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
Ridgefield Park has been governed under the Walsh Act
since 1912. The Board of Commissioners consists of five members, elected at large in non-partisan
elections to serve four-year terms on a concurrent basis. The commissioners elect one commissioner as mayor, however the mayor is only responsible for his or her departments and serves as the chair of the commission.
The members of the Ridgefield Park Board of Commissioners, whose terms of office all end in 2012, are:
In elections held on May 13, 2008, the four incumbents running for re-election — George D. Fosdick (1,210 votes), Maggie Boyd (1,142), John H. Anlian (1,063) and Hugo R. Poli (1,006) — all won new terms in office. Challenger Adam MacNeill received 1,037 votes to win the seat vacated by Joseph Storer, with Frank Scerbo (653) and Junior Hernandez (458) falling short.
Federal, state and county representation
Ridgefield Park is in the Ninth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 37th Legislative District.
Out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 11,005 in Ridgefield Park, there were 5,434 registered voters (49.4% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,364 (25.1% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats
, 1,142 (21.0% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans
and 2,927 (53.9% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared
. There was one voter registered to another party.
On the national level, Ridgefield Park leans toward the Democratic Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55% of the vote here, defeating Republican George W. Bush, who received around 44%.
The Ridgefield Park 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
) are three K-6 elementary schools —
(223 students), Lincoln School
(362) — and
Ridgefield Park High School
for grades 7-12 (1,063). Students from Little Ferry
attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship
with the Little Ferry Public Schools
that has been in place since 1953.
New Jersey Transit
bus routes 155
provide service between Ridgefield Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal
in Midtown Manhattan
, and the 83
route provides service to Hackensack
and the Journal Square Transportation Center
in Jersey City
Interstate 80, Interstate 95, and U.S. Route 46 pass through Ridgefield Park.
Notable current and former residents of Ridgefield Park include: