West Paterson

West Paterson

West Paterson, borough (1990 pop. 10,982), Passaic co., NE N.J., a suburb of Paterson; inc. 1914. Electric, electronic, and photographic products are made in the borough.
West Paterson is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 10,987.

West Paterson was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 25, 1914, from portions of Little Falls Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 1, 1914.


West Paterson is located at (40.893698, -74.198904).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (4.53%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 10,987 people, 4,397 households, and 3,025 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,715.5 people per square mile (1,433.1/km²). There were 4,497 housing units at an average density of 1,520.8/sq mi (586.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 86.53% White, 3.16% African American, 0.08% Native American, 3.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.17% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.06% of the population.

As of the 2000 census, 34.3% of West Paterson residents were of Italian ancestry, the 18th-highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and seventh-highest in New Jersey, among all places with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry.

There were 4,397 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $60,273, and the median income for a family was $67,292. Males had a median income of $47,389 versus $36,814 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,758. About 3.2% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

The Borough of West Paterson was chartered by the State of New Jersey to function under a variation of the Faulkner Act's, Small Municipality Plan C of the Option Municipal Charter Law form of 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 three-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with elections take place in a three-year cycle, with the mayor elected one year and three council seats up for election in years two and three. A government reorganization takes place on January 1 of every year, at which time a mayor-elect or newly elected council members are sworn in.

The Mayor exercises executive power and appoints department heads with Council approval. The Council may adopt the municipal budget proposed by the Mayor, but revisions may be required by a majority of the governing body before final approval.

The Mayor of West Paterson Borough is Pat Lepore (D), whose current term of office ends December 31, 2008, and who also serves on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Members of the West Paterson Borough Council are Council President Keith Kazmark (D, 2010), Ruth Patterson (D, 2009), Tina Gatti (D, 2009), Rita Pascrell (D, 2010), Dominick Di Domenico (D, 2009), Joseph Spinelli (D, 2010).

Federal, state and county representation

West Paterson is in the Eighth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 34th Legislative District.


Students in public school for Kindergarten through eighth grade are educated by the West Paterson School District. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) is one K-2 elementary school — Beatrice Gilmore School with 232 students and the 3-4 Charles Olbon School with 321 students — and Memorial School with an enrollment of 396 students in grades 5-8.

For grades 9 - 12, public students attend Passaic Valley Regional High School. The high school serves students from Little Falls Township, Totowa Borough and West Paterson. The school facility is located in Little Falls Township.

The Garrett Mountain campus of Berkeley College is located in West Paterson.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of West Paterson include:


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