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Borough of Bergenfield

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Bergen County
      County FIPS: 
    40°55′20″N 73°59′53″W
      Area total: 
    2.91 sq mi (7.55 km²)
      Area land: 
    2.90 sq mi (7.52 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.01 sq mi (0.02 km²)
    66 ft (20 m)
    Incorporated June 25, 1894
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    9,752.4 residents per square mile of area (3,765.4/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Bergenfield is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States census, the borough's population was 26,764, reflecting an increase of 517 (+2.0%) from the 26,247 counted in the 2000 Census. The borough was formed on the basis of a referendum held on June 25, 1894, from portions of Englewood Township and Palisades Township. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Bergenfield as its 211th best place to live in its 2010 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.NeighborhoodScout named Ber genfield as the safest municipality in the nation in 2012 with more than 25,000 residents. In both 2013 and 2014 they named it as the 2nd safest town in the USA only behind Franklin, Massachusetts. In 2019, Bergenfied has dropped in their ratings, falling to number 4. The Borough borders the municipalities of Cresskill, Dumont,Englewood, New Milford, Teaneck and Tenafly. In the 2010 Census, 17.1% of the population listed themselves as being of Filipino ancestry, and increasing further to 5,062 (18.4%) by 2016. Of the 14,224 Filipino population in the county as a whole enumerated in the2000 Census, 3,133 (22% of. the county total) lived in Ber Genfield. The median income for the borough was $35,133.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.91 square miles (7.55 km²) The borough borders the Bergen County municipalities of Cresskill, Dumont, Englewood, New Milford, Teaneck and Tenafly. The borough has a population of 1,816. It is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to the New York City and New Jersey railroads. It also borders the municipalities of Bergen, Passaic, Morris and Passaic Counties, and Union County, New Jersey. It has an area of 0.01 square miles of water (0.31 km²), including 2.90 square miles ("7.52 km²") of land and 0.02 square miles "(0.02 km²)" of water ("0.01 km²" and "0.1 km²"). The borough's population is 1,715. It was founded in 1838. It had a post office from 1838 to 1841, when it was incorporated as a town. It became a borough in 1852. It received its first post office in 1851. The last post office opened in 1872. It closed in 1883. It suffered a fire in 1881. It now has a total population of 2,814. It borders the towns of Englwood, Cress Kill, DumONT, Engelwood and New Milford.


Bergenfield has been called the Little Manila of Bergen County. Of the 14,224 Filipino population in the county as a whole enumerated in the 2000 Census, 3,133 (22% of the county total) lived in Bergenfield. The 2010 United States census counted 26,764 people, 8,852 households, and 6,816 families in the borough. Same-sex couples headed 62 households in 2010, an increase from the 51 counted in 2000. The median household income was $82,546 (with a margin of error of +/ $6,568) and the median family incomes was $99,963 (+/ $5,602). Males had a median income of $52,891 (-/ $2,058) versus $50,443 (-/$2,598) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,034 (+/ £2,133). About 3.9% of families and 5.7% of people were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 7.1% ofThose age 65 or over. The borough has a population of 26,247, with 9,200 housing units at an average density of 3,199.1 per square mile (1,235.2/km²). The racial makeup was 52.42% (14,029) White, 7.70% (2,060) Black or African American, 0.31% (84) Native American, 25.60% (6,851) Asian,0.05% (13) Pacific Islander, 10.12% (2,709) from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.52% (7,097) of the population.


Prestige Records had its offices in Bergenfield from the mid-1960s until its sale in 1972. Prestige Records was a major producer of jazz recordings that was established in 1949. The company was sold in 1972 and the offices were sold to a private company. The offices were later sold to another company. They are now in the hands of a former employee of the company, who lives in New York City. The office was closed in the 1990s and is now in a new building in the city's East Village. The former offices were in the East Village, which is now a suburb of New York. The new owner of the offices is a former resident of the city, who now lives in the West Village, New York, and has a new office in the City Center. The records company was founded in 1949 and is based in New Jersey. It is now owned by a company based in Los Angeles, which also has offices in the town. The record company was formed in 1949, and was originally based in Brooklyn, New Jersey, and later moved to New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. It was sold to an unnamed company in 1972, which was based in the New Jersey City suburb of Paramus. It has since been sold and moved to a new location in the Queens borough of Queens, Queens. The studios are now located in Queens and the city has a number of other recording studios in the area, including one in Queens that opened in the 1980s and 1990s.

Arts and culture

The infamous group suicide of the "Bergenfield Four" took place in March 1987 and received worldwide attention. The suicides are examined in sociological perspective in Donna Gaines' Teenage Wasteland (1998) The ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Bergenfield to build a home for the Llanes family on New Bridge Road. The Llanes sold their home in 2012 and went to live with relatives because their taxes increased beyond their ability to pay. Several scenes for the Harlem Globetrotter 1954 film Go, Man, Go! were filmed at Franklin School, and along nearby Prospect Avenue. Those scenes included actors Dane Clark (portraying Abe Saperstein) and Patricia Breslin (playing Sylvia Sapersstein) Many of the school's 5th grade boys were used as extras. The episode aired as the pre-season two-hour special originally broadcast on September 17, 2006. The Royal Teens were a 1950s rock and roll band from the borough that was best known as one-hit wonders for their song "Short Shorts". The Knickerbockers were a 1960s band that took their name from Knicker bockers Road in nearby Tenafly. Mucky Pup was a hardcore and heavy metal band from Ber genfield. The borough is home to the New Jersey Museum of Art, which was founded in the 1930s. The museum is located on the former site of the former New Jersey State Railroad Administration building. It is still open today.


The Team Bergenfield Roller Hockey Club is one of the longest running roller hockey clubs in the United States. The club was formed in 1994. On July 22, 2007, the team won the NARCh National Roller Hockey Championship defeating the Nor-Cal Patriots 65 in Estero, Florida. The team went 601 in the tournament en route to winning the Men's Silver Championship. It is the only roller hockey club in the U.S. to have won the National Championship in both men's and women's categories. The men's championship was won by the team from Florida, while the women's championship went to New Jersey, New York and Los Angeles. It was the first time the men's title had been won by a team from the state of Florida in the history of the national championship. The women's title was also won by Florida, with the team coming in at 601 points in the competition and the women at 601. The last time the team was victorious was in 2006, when they went 601 points and won the Women's Championship. The Men's Championship was won in 2007 by Florida's team, with a score of 601-0. The tournament was held in Florida, Florida, and the team came in 601 points. The final game of the tournament was played on July 23, 2007 at the Nor-Cal Patriots 65 in Estero. They won the game 6-0, the club's first ever victory in a national championship tournament.


Bergenfield is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district. The Borough form of government is used in 218 of the 564 municipalities in New Jersey. Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive and a Board of County Commissioners. New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term end 2025) Bergenfield's county officials are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term). As of 2022, the county executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. As of March 2011, there were a total of 14,083 registered voters in Ber genfield, which 5,139 (5,139 vs. 31,715 countywide) were registered as Democrats (3,151 vs. 2,151 countywide), and there were 14,151 registered voters as Republicans (2,151 versus 31,151) as of March 2012. The borough is governed under a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The council makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor.

Emergency services

The Bergenfield Police Department is responsible for all aspects of policing in the borough, including responding to fire and medical emergency calls. As of 2010, there are a total of 46 sworn officers in the department, 8 civilian telecommunicators, and three civilian Records Bureau employees. Each patrol car is equipped with a first aid kit, oxygen tank, and an Automated external defibrillator. BVAC was formed in 1941 as the "Bergenfield Volunteer Firemen's Ambulance Corps" It is a volunteer independent public emergency medical service. It is funded by donations from the public as well as limited funding from the borough. It has four ambulances, one first response SUV, and one EMS Support Unit. It also responds to requests for mutual-aid from the neighboring First Aid Squads of Dumont, New Milford, and Teaneck. The borough's 9-1-1 center is located at 1 Froelich Street in Bergenfied, New Jersey, and is available to the public by phone at 1-800-847-8255 or online at The Borough's fire department was founded in 1905 and has three independent fire companies and a career staff. The fire department is a member of the New Jersey State First Aid Council and is based in Dumont. It responds to calls for mutual aid from Dumont and NewMilford. The Bergenfields Volunteer Ambulances Corps was established in 1981 as an organization independent of the Bergenfire Fire Department.


As of the 202021 school year, the district, comprised of seven schools, had an enrollment of 3,666 students and 283 classroom teachers. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district. Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen county Technical Schools. The Bergen Tech campus is in Teterboro or Paramus. The school district is part of the New Jersey Department of Education, which also operates the Hackensack and Paramus high schools. Bergenfield Public Schools is a public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is one of the largest school districts in New Jersey, with more than 3,000 students enrolled in the district's seven elementary and middle schools and 1,200 students in high school. It has a student-teacher ratio of 13.0:1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2010, the school district had a total enrollment of 2,788 students. The state average for the district was 2,816 students. In 2009, the number of students enrolled was 1,827. In 2012, it had 2,917 students, and in 2013, it was 2.907. In 2014, the enrollment was 1.908.


As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 60.50 miles (97.37 km) of roadways, of which 54.75 miles (88.11 km) were maintained by the municipality. Main roads include Washington Avenue, Main Street, Prospect Avenue, River Edge Road and New Bridge Road.Until 1959, the New York Central Railroad operated passenger service through the borough on the West Shore Railroad. Service operated north along the Hudson River to Albany, New York and points west; and south to Weehawken Terminal.NJ Transit bus service is available to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 166, 167 and 186 routes.Saddle River Tours / Ameribus provides service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on route 11C. The borough is served by the Bergen County Police Department and the New Jersey Department of Public Safety, which is responsible for patrolling the borough and its surrounding areas. The New Jersey Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to New York City, runs through the Borough of Bergen. It is also served by New Jersey State Police, who patrol the borough at night and in the morning. The Bergen Township Police Department, which also serves the borough, patrols the borough in the evenings and at night. The Borough Police Department also patrols the Borough at night, when the borough is at its busiest. It also has a police department that patrols the area in the early morning and late evening, when it is in danger of being overrun by crime.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey = 15.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Bergenfield = 3.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 28,321 individuals with a median age of 39.8 age the population dropped by -1.97% in Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 9,752.4 residents per square mile of area (3,765.4/km²). There are average 2.98 people per household in the 8,627 households with an average household income of $76,494 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.70% of the available work force and has dropped -4.60% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.10%. The number of physicians in Bergenfield per 100,000 population = 440.7.


The annual rainfall in Bergenfield = 42.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 24.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 113. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 210. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 67.98%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 57 years with median home cost = $302,840 and home appreciation of -9.33%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.97 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $8,284 per student. There are 15.3 students for each teacher in the school, 1448 students for each Librarian and 345 students for each Counselor. 5.71% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 22.35% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 9.70% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Bergenfield's population in Bergen County, New Jersey of 24,458 residents in 1990 has increased 1,16-fold to 28,321 residents after 30 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.57% female residents and 48.43% male residents live in Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 40.42% are single population.

  • 32.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Bergenfield require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    71.94% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.33% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 11.64% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.79% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey, 67.98% are owner-occupied homes, another 29.46% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.55% are vacant.

  • The 71.52% of the population in Bergenfield, Bergen County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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