is a township
in Hudson County
, New Jersey
, United States
. As of the United States 2000 Census
, the township had a total population of 58,092.
North Bergen was incorporated as a township on April 10, 1843, by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature, from Bergen Township. Portions of the township have been taken to form Hoboken Township (April 9, 1849, now the City of Hoboken), Hudson Town (April 12, 1852, later part of Hudson City), Hudson City (April 11, 1855, later annexed by Jersey City), Guttenberg (formed within the township on March 9, 1859, and set off as an independent municipality on April 1, 1878), Weehawken (March 15, 1859), Union Township and West Hoboken Township (both created on February 28, 1861), Union Hill town (March 29, 1864) and Secaucus (March 12, 1900).
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the township has a total area of 5.6 square miles
), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (7.47%) is water. North Bergen meets with Union City
and Jersey City
at a single point.
Shaped like an inverted "L", North Bergen has a large section stretching from north to south, and a smaller section stretching from east to west. That small north-east portion of North Bergen is considered the Woodcliff section. This area is directly juxtaposed to the Braddock North Hudson Park, along Woodcliff Avenue & JFK Boulevard East. Since this small stretch of land has river exposure to the east, the park to the west, and is sandwiched between the two towns of Cliffside Park (Bergen County) to the north, and Guttenberg (Hudson county) to the south, it is in high demand. This area is considered geographically and demographically separated from the rest of North Bergen.
North Bergen also has a diverse amount of geological features. For example, a rock formation in western North Bergen (located at ) is composed of unusual serpentine rock and made up of small rock cliffs. Because of this, it is unusable by developers, and is one of the few undeveloped parts of North Bergen.
North Bergen is governed under the Walsh Act
form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of five commissioners elected at large to the Township Committee in non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis. After each election, the commissioners select one of their members to serve as mayor and each individual is assigned to head one of the five commissions. North Bergen has been governed under the Walsh Act by a five-member commission since 1931.
Members of the North Bergen Township Committee are:
Federal, state and county representation
North Bergen is split between the Ninth and Thirteenth Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 32nd Legislative District.
The North Bergen School District
serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics
) are six elementary schools —
Robert Fulton School
(1-8; 660 students),
John F. Kennedy School
Horace Mann School
(K-8; 1,048) and
(PreK-8; 461) — and
North Bergen High School
for grades 9-12 (2,399). Students from Guttenberg
attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship
with the Guttenberg Public School District
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
(HBLR) service is available at the Tonnelle Avenue
station. HBLR is a light rail
system, owned by New Jersey Transit
and operated by the 21st Century Rail Corporation, that connects the Hudson County
communities of Bayonne
, Jersey City
, Union City
and North Bergen. Service is available to Hoboken Terminal
and two stations at West Side Avenue
in Jersey City and 22nd Street
Route 495, Route 3 and U.S. Route 1/9 are major highways within the township's borders, and the New Jersey Turnpike is easily accessible.
New Jersey Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 121, 125, 127, 128, 154, 156, 158, 159, 165, 166, 168, 320 routes. The George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal is served by the 181 and 188. Jersey City is accessible via the 22, 23, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88 and 89 routes. Local routes are served by the 751.
The closest airport in New Jersey with scheduled passenger service is Newark Liberty International Airport, located 13.7 miles away straddling the border between Newark and Elizabeth. New York City's LaGuardia Airport is 16.0 miles away in Flushing, Queens, via the George Washington Bridge.
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