Introduction to Hawthorne, New Jersey

Hawthorne, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 1 mile NE of Paterson, New Jersey and 14 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Bergen - Passaic metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 18,218 people lived in Hawthorne.

Hawthorne History

Dutch immigrants came to this area in the 18th century and settled as farmers. It was later established as a part of Manchester Township. However, at the turn of the century, the residents decided that they wanted to establish an independent town, which led to its separation from Manchester. Hawthorne was officially incorporated in 1898.

Hawthorne and nearby Attractions

  • Brookdale Park
  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
  • Great Falls Cultural Center
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Apollo Theater
  • Fritz Dietl Ice Skating Rink

Things To Do In Hawthorne

Hawthorne provides opportunities for a full range of activities. The town has its own events and festivities organized by the recreation department. It also has parks, camping areas and hiking trails, all of which are nearby. One can also visit any of the several museums in the area to learn about the rich and interesting history of the area.

Hawthorne Transportation

Flights are available from Newark International Airport.

Hawthorne Higher Education

The area offers numerous opportunities for obtaining higher education at Passaic County Community College, William Paterson University and Bergen Community College, among others.


Total Population 18,944
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 10,027
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 51%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.7%
Median Earnings25+ $50,934
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,669


Median Family Income $98,545
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%


People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,404
Median House Value $365,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.8%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.5%
Irish 18.2%

Hawthorne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Passaic
Standard Zip Codes 07506
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07507
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.949
Longitude -74.154

Hawthorne 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 10.5 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
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fair Lawn 32,962 $113,858
Glen Rock 11,784 $168,889
Haledon 8,397 $74,063
North Haledon 8,478 $102,175
Paterson 146,341 $38,377
Prospect Park 5,915 $56,064

Hawthorne Public Libraries

Louis Bay 2nd Library
Hawthorne, New Jersey
(973) 427-5745
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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