Introduction to Elmwood Park, New Jersey

Elmwood Park, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 3 miles SE of Paterson, New Jersey and 12 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The people of the town are in the Bergen - Passaic metropolitan area. Elmwood Park has a population of 18,925.

Elmwood Park History

This area was originally a Dutch colony. The English took it over from the Dutch in 1664. Until 1916 it was known as Dundee Lake and was a part of the Saddle River Township. In 1916 the residents of this area voted to secede from Saddle River and formed the Borough of East Paterson. The name Elmwood Park was officially adapted in January 1973.

Elmwood Park and nearby Attractions

  • Glen Rock Arboretum
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Bergen Museum of Art & Science
  • Lambert Castle Museum
  • Brookdale Park
  • Dahnert's Lake County Park

Things To Do In Elmwood Park

The parks of Elmwood Park have huge open spaces which have been beautifully designed and give people the opportunity to relax in the lap of nature. They also serve as excellent picnicking areas, and there are several playgrounds thar have soccer fields, basketball courts, a softball field and also a playing area for younger children.

Elmwood Park Transportation

The nearest major airport is Newark International.

Elmwood Park Higher Education

Passaic County Community College, Bergen Community College, Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University are nearby.


Total Population 19,959
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,243
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 51.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.1%
Median Earnings25+ $45,546
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,982
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,160


Median Family Income $80,154
% Above Poverty Level 90.5%
% Below Poverty Level 9.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 6.6%


People Living Alone 19.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,473
Median House Value $358,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.9%
Irish 6.2%

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

Elmwood Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07407
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.903
Longitude -74.118

Elmwood Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.2 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
Distance 9.9 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
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fair Lawn 33,164 $111,367
Garfield 31,265 $52,356
Lodi 24,590 $56,475
Maywood 9,694 $94,402
Rochelle Park 5,624 $74,607
Saddle Brook 13,954 $94,047

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

Elmwood Park Public Libraries

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