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
Upper Saddle River
Location in Bergen County
Upper Saddle River
Location in New Jersey
Upper Saddle River
Location in the United States
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||November 22, 1894|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Joanne L. Minichetti (R, term ends December 31, 2019)|
|• Administrator||Theodore Preusch|
|• Municipal clerk||Rose Vido|
|• 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
|Elevation||259 ft (79 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||280th of 566 in state|
46th of 70 in county
|• Density||1,560.0/sq mi (602.3/km2)|
|• Density rank||328th of 566 in state|
62nd of 70 in county
|Time zone||UTC−5:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885425|
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 since 1970.
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.
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. 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. The name of the river, and hence the borough, is thought to come from early explorers who thought that the geography of the area resembled that of the Sadle Burn, the valley surrounding a stream in the Scottish area of Argyll.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.281 square miles (13.680 km2), including 5.261 square miles (13.627 km2) of land and 0.020 square miles (0.053 km2) of water (0.39%). The borough is bisected by the Saddle River, a tributary of the Passaic River.
Upper Saddle River is bounded by seven municipalities: Montvale, Saddle River, Ramsey, and Mahwah, as well as small portions of Woodcliff Lake in Bergen County, New Jersey, and Chestnut Ridge and Airmont in the Town of Ramapo 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, and Route 17, which runs through the borough, though some portions of Upper Saddle River are served by roads located in Saddle River, Ramsey and Mahwah.
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.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,208 people, 2,639 households, and 2,298.569 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,560.0 per square mile (602.3/km2). There were 2,776 housing units at an average density of 527.6 per square mile (203.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 86.55% (7,104) White, 1.44% (118) Black or African American, 0.13% (11) Native American, 10.09% (828) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.48% (39) from other races, and 1.30% (107) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.33% (355) of the population.
There were 2,639 households out of which 48.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.3% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.9% were non-families. 10.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.37.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.9 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.8 males.
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.
As of the 2000 United States Census 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Upper Saddle River is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body 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 in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Upper Saddle River, the most common system used in the state, is 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 mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2019, the Mayor of Upper Saddle River is Republican Joanne L. Minichetti, whose term of office ends December 31, 2019. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Vincent M. Durante (R, 2021), Roger B. DeBerardine (R, 2020), Steven F. DiMartino (R, 2020), Jonathan W. Ditkoff (R, 2019), Joanne Florio (R, 2021) and Douglas Rotella (R, 2019; appointed to serve an unexpired term).
In March 2019, the Borough Council selected Douglas Rotella from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that was held by Thomas H. Hafner until he resigned from office the previous month.
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 39th Legislative 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 Robert Auth (R, Old Tappan).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January. As of 2018, the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018), Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018), Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018), David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020), Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018), Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021), Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,587 registered voters in Upper Saddle River, of which 996 (17.8% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,840 (32.9% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,746 (49.1% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 68.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 98.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 2,726 votes (65.3% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,405 votes (33.7% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 22 votes (0.5% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,174 ballots cast by the borough's 5,987 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.7% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 2,565 votes (58.1% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,788 votes (40.5% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 29 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 4,415 ballots cast by the borough's 5,648 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.2% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,671 votes (61.5% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,635 votes (37.6% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 24 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 4,345 ballots cast by the borough's 5,319 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.7% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 78.0% of the vote (1,817 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 21.2% (493 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (19 votes), among the 2,369 ballots cast by the borough's 5,699 registered voters (40 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 41.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,830 votes (63.8% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 899 votes (31.3% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 115 votes (4.0% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 9 votes (0.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 2,869 ballots cast by the borough's 5,620 registered voters, yielding a 51.0% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Upper Saddle River School District. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its three schools had an enrollment of 1,256 students and 108.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. The schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Robert D. Reynolds Primary School (grades PreK-2; 342 students), Edith A. Bogert Elementary School (3-5; 428) and Emil A. Cavallini Middle School (6-8; 478).
For ninth through twelfth grades, 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. As of the 2013-14 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,349 students and 117.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.5:1. As of the 2014-15 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,373 students and 115.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.9:1.
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, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. 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.
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.
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 60.00 miles (96.56 km) of roadways, of which 51.56 miles (82.98 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.83 miles (12.60 km) by Bergen County and 0.61 miles (0.98 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Upper Saddle River include:
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Hopper House may refer to:
in the United States(by state, then city)
Hopper Court, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in Christian County, Kentucky
Ackerman-Hopper House, Glen Rock, New Jersey, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bergen County, New Jersey
Andrew H. Hopper House, Glen Rock, New Jersey, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bergen County, New Jersey
Garret Hopper House, Glen Rock, New Jersey, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bergen County, New Jersey
Hendrick Hopper House, Glen Rock, New Jersey, NRHP-listed
John Hopper House, Hackensack, New Jersey, NRHP-listed
Terhune-Hopper House (Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey), listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bergen County, New Jersey
Hopper-Van Horn House, Mahwah, New Jersey, NRHP-listed
Demarest-Hopper House, Oakland, New Jersey, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bergen County, New Jersey
Hopper House (Saddle River, New Jersey), NRHP-listed
Hopper House (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey), NRHP-listed
Hopper-Goetschius House, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, NRHP-listed
Terhune-Hopper House (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey), listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bergen County, New Jersey
Van Riper-Hopper House, Wayne, New Jersey, NRHP-listed
Isaac T. Hopper House, New York, New York, NRHP-listed
Edward Hopper Birthplace and Boyhood Home, Nyack, New York, NRHP-listed
Hopper-Snyder Homestead, Watsontown, Pennsylvania, NRHP-listedHopper House (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey)
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New North Reformed Low Dutch Church (also known as Saddle River Reformed Church and The Old Stone Church) is a historic Reformed church on East Saddle River Road at Old Stone Church Road in Upper Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The church was built in 1789 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 15, 1982.Saddle River (Passaic River tributary)
For the municipalities named for the river, see Saddle River, New Jersey and Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
The Saddle River flows south through much of Bergen County, New Jersey. The river runs through densely populated suburban areas for much of its course. The river takes its name from the river near Saddell in Argyll and Bute in Scotland.The headwaters of the Saddle River are in the piedmont terrain of Rockland County, in southern New York state. Streams from this area flow south, forming the Saddle River at their confluence, two miles south of the New York state border, in the town of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
From its feeder streams in Upper Saddle River and the source in Airmont, New York, the Saddle River continues south for 16.3 miles, passing through the towns of Saddle River, Waldwick, Ho-Ho-Kus, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Paramus, Fair Lawn, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook, Lodi, Garfield, and Wallington.
The Ho-Ho-Kus Brook, a major tributary, joins the Saddle River at the Dunkerhook area of Saddle River County Park. Their confluence marks the border of four Bergen County towns: Ridgewood, Paramus, Glen Rock and Fair Lawn.
The terminus of the Saddle River is at Garfield and Wallington, where the waterway empties into the Passaic River. The Passaic River drains at Newark Bay and via Arthur Kill and Kill van Kull to the Atlantic Ocean. he northern part of the Saddle River watershed drains an area between the Ramapo River watershed to the west, and the Hackensack River watershed to the east.
Fish species in the Saddle River include largemouth bass, pickerel, bullhead catfish, sunfish and different varieties of trout. Most of the trout are stocked by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, although the uppermost reaches of the river and some of its tributaries hold wild brown trout. These wild trout are threatened by increased residential use of lawn fertilizer which contributes to algae and weed growth.Upper Saddle River School District
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