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Overview

Introduction to Clifton, New Jersey

Clifton, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 8 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. Clifton is located along the Passaic River and it's approximately ten miles away from New York City. It takes its name from a nearby cliff. The area was formerly a fur-trading center. The city is the location of numerous scenes of the well known television show The Sopranos.

History

In 1824 the state of New Jersey approved a plan by George P. McCullough to build the Morris Canal. His idea was to utilize the canal to transport cargo from the coastline to numerous inland cities. Coal was the primary freight transported in the canal. Tolls were required for goods and passengers yet the Morris Canal was a financial failure. It simply could not compete with the railroads.

The canal provided opportunities for the citizens of Clifton for canoeing, fishing and skating during winter. In 1917 the city of Clifton was incorporated. Earlier, the town was known as Acquackanock.

Attractions

  • Hamilton House Museum
  • Lambert Castle
  • Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
  • Great Falls Cultural Center
  • Museum of Modern Art Moma
  • Paterson Mall Shopping Center
  • Paramus Park Shopping Center
  • Westfield Garden State Plaza
  • 5-K Stampede Through Clifton

Activities

Clifton has an extensive trail system for joggers and bicycle riders. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Upper Montclair Country Club and the Glen Ridge Country Club. The city has a vast number of parks. Opportunities for hiking and sightseeing are available on nearby trails such as West Essex Rail Trail, Mills Reservation Trail, Weequahic Lake, High Mountain Summit Loop and Great Falls of the Passaic River. Residents have opportunities to enjoy the entertainment and attractions in nearby New York City.

Higher Education

There are numerous colleges located nearby, including William Paterson University, Bloomfield College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State College, Caldwell College and Passaic County Community College.

People

Total Population 85,552
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 42,108
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.9%
Median Earnings25+ $42,589
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,138
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,630

Wealth

Median Family Income $80,705
% Above Poverty Level 90.9%
% Below Poverty Level 9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 11.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,286
Median House Value $333,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.5%
Irish 5.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clifton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Passaic
Standard Zip Codes 07011, 07012, 07013, 07014
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07015
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.858
Longitude -74.164

Clifton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LITTLE FALLS
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station ESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
Station NEWARK INTL AP
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Clifton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Allwood (07012)

Delawanna (07014)

Main Avenue Station (07011)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Garfield 31,265 $52,356
Little Falls 14,551 $89,940
Nutley 28,596 $104,828
Passaic 70,618 $35,791
Wallington 11,584 $64,258

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Clifton, New Jersey
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973-470-2312
Serves 3,335 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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1037 ROUTE 46 EAST
973-684-5869
Serves 57 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

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