Clifton, New Jersey

Clifton, New Jersey
—  City  —

Map of Clifton in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Clifton, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°52′4″N 74°9′16″W / 40.86778°N 74.15444°W / 40.86778; -74.15444Coordinates: 40°52′4″N 74°9′16″W / 40.86778°N 74.15444°W / 40.86778; -74.15444
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Passaic
Incorporated April 26, 1917
 - Type 1923 Municipal Manager Law
 - Mayor James Anzaldi (term ends 2014)[2]
 - Manager Albert Greco[3]
 - Total 11.4 sq mi (29.5 km2)
 - Land 11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation[4] 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2010 Census)[5][6]
 - Total 84,136
 - Density 7,380.4/sq mi (2,852.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 07011-07015
Area code(s) 862/973
FIPS code 34-13690[7][8]
GNIS feature ID 0885188[9]

Clifton is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 84,136.[6] The 2010 population represented an increase of 5,464 residents (a gain of 6.9%) from its population of 78,672 in the 2000 Census, making it the state's 11th largest municipality.[5]

Clifton was incorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 26, 1917, replacing Acquackanonk Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.[10] Clifton is listed under five different zip codes (07011 Main Avenue, 07012 Allwood, 07013, 07014 Delawanna and 07015).[11]



Clifton is located at 40°52′04″N 74°09′16″W / 40.867899°N 74.154520°W / 40.867899; -74.154520 (40.867899, -74.154520).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), of which, 11.3 square miles (29 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.88%) is water.

Clifton is located 10 miles west of New York City off both Route 3 and Route 46. The city is also served by the Garden State Parkway, Route 19 and Route 21.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 46,875
1940 48,827 4.2%
1950 64,511 32.1%
1960 82,084 27.2%
1970 82,437 0.4%
1980 74,388 −9.8%
1990 71,742 −3.6%
2000 78,672 9.7%
2010 84,136 6.9%
Population sources:
1930-1990[13] 2000[14] 2010[5][6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 78,672 people, 30,244 households, and 20,354 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,965.2 people per square mile (2,688.1/km2). There were 31,060 housing units at an average density of 2,749.9 per square mile (1,061.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 66.22% White, 2.89% African American, 0.24% Native American, 6.44% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.60% from other races, and 4.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.84% of the population.[14]

There were 30,244 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.20.[14]

In the city the population was 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.[14]

The median income for a household in the city was $50,619, and the median income for a family was $60,688. Males had a median income of $40,143 versus $32,090 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,638. About 4.3% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.[14]

The largest ancestry groups in Clifton are Italian American (17%), Polish American (13%), Irish American (9%) and German American (8%).[15] Many Turkish, Albanian, and Ukrainian immigrants also live in Clifton. There are significant populations of Hispanics, Arabs, Filipinos, Chinese, and Indians as well.


Local government

The city of Clifton is governed under the 1923 Municipal Manager Law. The government consists of a City Council comprising seven council members, with all positions elected at large in nonpartisan elections to four-terms of office on a concurrent basis.[1]

As of 2011, the Mayor of Clifton is James Anzaldi. Members of the City Council are Peter C. Eagler, Matthew Grabowski, Steven Hatala, Jr., Joseph C. Kolodziej, Mary Sadrakula and Matthew J. Ward .[3]

Federal, state and county representation

Clifton is in the 8th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 34th state legislative district.[16] The legislative district was kept unchanged by the New Jersey Apportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 Census.[6]

New Jersey's Eighth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

34th District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Nia Gill (D, Montclair) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Thomas P. Giblin (D, Montclair) and Sheila Y. Oliver (D, East Orange).[17] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[18] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[19]

Passaic County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected to staggered three-year terms office on an at-large basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[20] As of 2011, Passaic County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce James (D, term ends December 31, 2011; Clifton), Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Lepore (D, 2013; Woodland Park), Deborah E. Ciambrone (R, 2012; Wayne), Terry Duffy (D, 2013; West Milford), Greyson P. Hannigan (D, 2011; Paterson), Michael Marrotta (R, 2012; Wayne) and Edward O'Connell (R, 2012; Wanaque).[21]

Emergency services



The Clifton Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2009-10 school year, the district's 17 schools had an enrollment of 10,852 students and 778 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.95.[22] Schools in the district are 14 elementary schools serving grades K-5, Christopher Columbus Middle School (1,161 students) and Woodrow Wilson Middle School (1,308) for grades 6-8, along with Clifton High School (3,336) for grades 9-12.[23]

Clifton High School's Marching Band, "The Showband of the Northeast", is well-known internationally.

With over 3,300 students enrolled at Clifton High School, it is the largest single facility high school in New Jersey; Elizabeth High School has more students, but they are spread over multiple campuses.[24] An additional site for roughly 500 incoming freshmen has been built and labeled "Clifton High School Annex" and was constructed at a cost of $17 million. This was initially met with strict opposition but opened in September 2009 to about 500 incoming Freshman to alleviate overcrowding.[25]

Popular culture references

  • The character of Rupert Pupkin in Martin Scorsese's film The King of Comedy comes from Clifton.[26]
  • The movie Donnie Brasco, which starred Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, was filmed partially in Clifton in 1996.[27]
  • Many scenes from The Sopranos were filmed in town, including the parking lot of the Valley Regency on Valley Road, Main Memorial Park, and Clifton High School. The golf scenes were filmed at the Upper Montclair Country Club.
  • New York Yankee Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto owned a bowling alley in Clifton called "Rizzuto-Berra Bowling Lanes."[28] The alley, later known as Astro Bowl, was located in the Styertowne Shopping Center in the Allwood section of town and remained open until 1999.
  • The Upper Montclair Country Club was home to the NFL Golf Classic. The Sybase Classic golf tournament is held there ever year.[29]
  • Baseball Hall of Famer Honus Wagner played his last two seasons (1896–97) of minor league baseball for the Paterson Silk Sox. While the team was named Paterson, their stadium was within the Clifton city limits. Doherty Field was located off of Main Avenue behind the Doherty Silk Mill.
  • An abandoned sewerage system, known as the "Gates Of Hell" is located in Clifton. Upon reaching a certain depth in the sewer, it becomes so dark that it is impossible to see anything, including shadows. Adventurers wander in with video cameras, and some upload them to YouTube. The walls are full of vandalism and various artworks. "The Gates of Hell" were featured in Weird New Jersey.[30]


  • The now defunct Linens 'n Things, bedding and home furnishings retailer, was headquartered in Clifton.
  • Clifton Commons, a shopping center located near Route 3, featuring several stores and a 16-screen AMC theater
  • Promenade Shops at Clifton is a new upscale mall located on Route 3 West.
  • The Hot Grill, a popular hot dog restaurant located on Lexington Avenue.
  • Rutt's Hut, another popular hot dog restaurant is located at the east end of Delawana Avenue.
  • The Hearth, a popular char-grill restaurant is located on Route 46 West.
  • The Tick-Tock Diner, a popular diner located on Route 3 West.
  • Trains at the Clifton station and Delawanna station follow the New Jersey Transit Main Line to Suffern and Hoboken.

Notable natives and residents


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