Introduction to Passaic, New Jersey

Passaic, New Jersey is 8 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The city is situated along the Passaic River in Passaic County and is approximately 10 miles from New York City. The town features several business districts and includes Latino and Eastern European communities. Passaic Park is a center of Orthodox Judaism. Impressive mansions featuring Victorian, Tudor and other types of attractive architecture are located in the city.

Passaic History

A Dutch settlement was established in 1679 along the Passaic River. Industries were established during the 19th century including textiles and metalworking. In 1871 Passaic was incorporated as a village.

A well known strike occurred in 1926 over the reduction of wages. The right of free assembly was a major issue. The city has been called "The Birthplace of Television." In 1931 the city featured the first television station to transmit to homes.

Passaic and nearby Attractions

Passaic includes churches with notable architecture such as St. John's Lutheran Church, the First Presbyterian of Passaic and the St. John's Episcopal Church. Other noteworthy attractions include:

  • Great Falls State Park
  • Lambert Castle is an impressive structure situated on a large acreage and includes an art gallery and Italianate style gardens
  • Long Pond Ironworks Museum is situated on a large wooded, scenic acreage. It includes walking trails and historic buildings
  • Skylands Manor is an impressive structure and features a notable botanical garden
  • Garret Mountain Reservation

Passaic Higher Education

William Paterson University, Montclair University and Passaic County Community College are located in the area.

Passaic Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Newark Airport. New Jersey Transit provides bus transportation for the area. The Passaic New Jersey Transit rail station offers transportation by way of the New Jersey Transit and Amtrack to Midtown Manhattan and other locations.


Total Population 70,618
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 7.9%
Employed Population 16+ 25,827
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 36.8%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $25,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,258
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,159


Median Family Income $35,791
% Above Poverty Level 68.4%
% Below Poverty Level 31.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.1%
% Using Public Transportation 18.2%


People Living Alone 24.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,092
Median House Value $302,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 80%
US/American 0%
English 0.3%
Irish 1%

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

Passaic Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Passaic
Standard Zip Codes 07055
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.856
Longitude -74.128

Passaic Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.8 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 8.2 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 9.9 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, Passaic, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dundee (07055)

Passaic Park (07055)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carlstadt 6,225 $72,049
Clifton 85,552 $80,705
East Rutherford 9,076 $103,011
Garfield 31,265 $52,356
Hasbrouck Heights 12,100 $100,423
Wallington 11,584 $64,258

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

Passaic Public Libraries

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Passaic Hospitals

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(973) 470-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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(973) 365-5000
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