Introduction to Prospect Park, New Jersey

Prospect Park, New Jersey, in Passaic County, is 1 mile N of Paterson, New Jersey and 13 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The town has a population of 5,779.

Prospect Park History

Prospect Park was established on March 13, 1901 from portions of Manchester Township. It was named after the park in Brooklyn, New York. Passaic County was created on February 7, 1837 from parts of the Bergen and Essex counties.

Prospect Park and nearby Attractions

  • American Labor Museum
  • Alwood Branch
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Ramapo Valley County Reservation
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Campgaw Mountain

Things To Do In Prospect Park

Local parks include Prospect Park, Battery Park, Blauvelt State Park and Pascack Brook County Park. The Meadowlands Museum, the American Labor Museum, the Bergen Museum of Art & Science, the New Jersey Children's Museum, and the New Jersey Naval Museum are some of the popular museums accessible from Prospect Park. The Bergen County Zoological Park, the Glen Rock Arboretum, and the Brooklyn Borough Hall are all nearby as well.

Prospect Park Transportation

Flights are available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Prospect Park Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include William Paterson University, Bergen Community College, Passaic County Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Felician College.


Total Population 5,915
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,996
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 37%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.8%
Median Earnings25+ $31,333
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,802
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,383


Median Family Income $56,064
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 7.6%


People Living Alone 19%
Median Gross Rent $1,280
Median House Value $265,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.6%
US/American 0.4%
English 0.1%
Irish 2.1%

Prospect Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 0 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Passaic
Standard Zip Codes 07508
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07538
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.936
Longitude -74.174

Prospect 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 4.8 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 9.1 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 12.5 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

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Location Population Median Family Income
Fair Lawn 32,962 $113,858
Haledon 8,397 $74,063
Hawthorne 18,944 $98,545
North Haledon 8,478 $102,175
Paterson 146,341 $38,377
Totowa 10,872 $101,290
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