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Upper Saddle River

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
Borough of Upper Saddle River

Map highlighting Upper Saddle River's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.

Census Bureau map of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Coordinates: 41°03′47″N 74°06′00″W / 41.063157°N 74.099976°W / 41.063157; -74.099976Coordinates: 41°03′47″N 74°06′00″W / 41.063157°N 74.099976°W / 41.063157; -74.099976[1][2]

Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated November 22, 1894
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Joanne L. Minichetti (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Administrator Theodore Preusch[4]
 • Clerk Rose Vido[5]
 • Total 5.281 sq mi (13.680 km2)
 • Land 5.261 sq mi (13.627 km2)
 • Water 0.020 sq mi (0.053 km2)  0.39%
Area rank 269th of 566 in state
10th of 70 in county[2]
Elevation[7] 259 ft (79 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 8,208
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 8,285
 • Rank 280th of 566 in state
46th of 70 in county[12]
 • Density 1,560.0/sq mi (602.3/km2)
 • Density rank 328th of 566 in state
62nd of 70 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07458[13]
Area code(s) 201[14]
FIPS code 3400375140[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885425[17][2]

Upper Saddle River is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,208,[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 467 (+6.0%) from the 7,741 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 543 (+7.5%) from the 7,198 counted in the 1990 Census.[18] It is not to be confused with the neighboring borough of Saddle River.


Upper Saddle River was settled in the 18th century principally by Dutch settlers who built mills along the Saddle River. The area was granted borough status in 1894 and remained principally rural until the 1950s. The suburban growth of New Jersey affected Upper Saddle River and surrounding municipalities, as the borough's population increased tenfold from 1950 to 1970. The population has remained fairly constant in the past 40 years.

Predominantly a residential community consisting of one-acre (4,000 m2) lots, Upper Saddle River also contains a library, police station, fire station, ambulance corps, municipal hall, and three primary schools. Commerce and industry are concentrated along the town's western border along Route 17. Postal service is shared with the neighboring borough of Saddle River.[13]

Upper Saddle River was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 22, 1894, from portions of Hohokus Township and Orvil Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.[19] The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Upper Saddle River's referendum passed on November 20, one day after the referendum passed for Saddle River.[20]


Upper Saddle River is located at 41°03′47″N 74°06′00″W / 41.063157°N 74.099976°W / 41.063157; -74.099976 (41.063157,-74.099976). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.281 square miles (13.680 km2), of which, 5.261 square miles (13.627 km2) of it is land and 0.020 square miles (0.053 km2) of it (0.39%) is water.[1][2] The borough is bisected by the Saddle River, a tributary of the Passaic River.

It is bounded by eight municipalities: Montvale, Saddle River, Ramsey, and Mahwah, as well as small portions of Woodcliff Lake and Allendale in Bergen County, New Jersey, and Chestnut Ridge and Airmont in Rockland County, New York.

The borough is served by several major highways, including the Garden State Parkway at exits 172 and 171 in Montvale and Woodcliff Lake, as well as Route 17, which runs through the borough, though some portions of Upper Saddle River are served by locations in Saddle River, Ramsey, as well as Mahwah.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20128,285[11]0.9%
Population sources:
1900-1920[21] 1910[22] 1910-1930[23]
1900-1990[24][25] 2000[26][27] 2010[8][9][10]

2010 Census


The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $175,399 (with a margin of error of +/- $22,259) and the median family income was $179,241 (+/- $47,207). Males had a median income of $160,795 (+/- $24,471) versus $67,885 (+/- $27,436) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $73,639 (+/- $8,085). About 1.5% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.[28]

Same-sex couples headed 13 households in 2010, an increase from the 12 counted in 2000.[29]

2000 Census

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 7,741 people, 2,497 households, and 2,242 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,462.7 people per square mile (565.0/km2). There were 2,560 housing units at an average density of 483.7 per square mile (186.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.24% White, 0.93% African American, 0.03% Native American, 6.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.18% of the population.[26][27]

There were 2,497 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.6% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.2% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.27.[26][27]

In the borough the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.[26][27]

The median income for a household in the borough was $127,635, and the median income for a family was $132,401. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $51,587 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $57,239. None of the families and 0.7% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 2.1% of those over 64.[26][27]

Along with the neighboring borough of Saddle River (ranked number 2), Upper Saddle River (at number 22) has traditionally ranked at and near the highest per-capita income in New Jersey. Recent development of low-income housing and associated population expansion has shifted the borough's standing slightly.


Local government

Upper Saddle River is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal 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 four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[6]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Upper Saddle River is Joanne L. Minichetti (R, term ends December 31, 2015). Members of the Borough Council are Council President Roger DeBerardine (R, 2014), Steve DiMartino (R, 2014), Jonathan Ditkoff (R, 2013), Vincent Durante (R, 2015), Joanne Florio (R, 2015) and Thomas Hafner (R, 2013).[30][31][32]

Federal, state and county representation

Upper Saddle River is located in the 5th Congressional District[33] and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.[9][34][35]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[36] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark)[37] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[38][39]

The 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the General Assembly by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township, Bergen County).[40] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[41] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[42]

Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders.[43] The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[44] The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January.[45] As of 2013, Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn),[46] Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee),[47] Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[48] Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[49] John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park),[50] Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington)[51] and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes).[51][52] Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).[53]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 8,362 in Upper Saddle River, there were 5,181 registered voters (62.0% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 537 (10.4% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,546 (29.8% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 3,096 (59.8% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were two voters registered to other parties.[54]

On the national level, Upper Saddle River leans strongly toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 61% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 38%.[55]


Public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Upper Saddle River School District. The schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[56]) are Robert D. Reynolds Elementary School[57] (grades PreK-2; 442 students), Edith A. Bogert Elementary School[58] (3-5; 454) and Emil A. Cavallini Middle School[59] (6-8; 480).[60]

For grades 9-12, public school students attend the Northern Highlands Regional High School in nearby Allendale, which serves students from Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Upper Saddle River, and some students from Saddle River.[61]

Rodie Child Care Center, run by the YWCA of Bergen County, is open to children from 6 weeks old to 6 years old, including an all-day private Kindergarten class, and is located on Pleasant Avenue.[62]


Route 17, West Saddle River Road, East Saddle River Road, and Lake Street are the main roads in Upper Saddle River.


Pearson Education (formerly Prentice Hall), a scholastic division of Pearson is headquartered in Upper Saddle River.[63]

The North American headquarters of Hunter Douglas are located in the borough.[64]

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of Upper Saddle river include:


External links

  • Upper Saddle River Today - community website
  • Upper Saddle River Public Schools
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Northern Highlands Regional High School
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