Introduction to Rutherford, New Jersey

Rutherford, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 2 miles SE of Passaic, New Jersey and 7 miles NE of Newark, New Jersey. The town is in the Bergen - Passaic area. There are 18,110 residents in Rutherford.

Rutherford History

Walling Van Winkle was the first European settler in this area. He arrived in 1687. In its earlier years, the area that is now referred to as Rutherford was a part of the New Barbadoes Township. The area had its first post office in 1876. The Borough of Rutherford was established in 1881.

Rutherford and nearby Attractions

  • William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts
  • Meadowlands Museum
  • Nereid Boat Club
  • Rutherford Memorial Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art

Things To Do In Rutherford

The Rutherford Memorial Park is spread over an area of 30 acres and has a football stadium, five tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two basketball courts, five softball diamonds, a Little League baseball Filed and three playgrounds. The town also has a rowing club and a museum which focuses on the local history.

Rutherford Transportation

The Newark International Airport can be reached in a few minutes.

Rutherford Higher Education

The area has a number of institutions offering higher education like the Montclair State University, The Hudson County Community College and Rutgers University at Newark, among others.


Total Population 18,297
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 9,735
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 54.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.9%
Median Earnings25+ $53,799
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,771
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,192


Median Family Income $100,982
% Above Poverty Level 94%
% Below Poverty Level 6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 16.3%


People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,373
Median House Value $422,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.3%
Irish 18.8%

Rutherford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SE of Passaic, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles NE of Newark, New Jersey
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07070
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.826
Longitude -74.107

Rutherford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 7.7 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 7.9 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
Carlstadt 6,189 $73,707
East Rutherford 9,298 $89,063
Hasbrouck Heights 11,989 $101,282
Lyndhurst 21,207 $85,636
Passaic 70,651 $34,772
Wallington 11,487 $65,000

Rutherford Public Libraries

Rutherford Free Public Library
Rutherford, New Jersey
(201) 939-8600
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