Introduction to Wayne, New Jersey

Wayne, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 14 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. Mid-town Manhattan is less than 20 miles away. It has a large geographic acreage. Wayne includes numerous lakes which have distinct communities built around them. The Passaic River flows through the municipality. It's part of the New York metro area.

Wayne History

The Lenni-Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1710 the area was part of the Saddle River Township. The city was named in tribute to Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary War General. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was primarily a farming community. The Morris Canal transported the local produce to markets and brought coal from Pennsylvania.

By the end of the 19th century the railroad arrived and replaced the canal as the primary mode of transportation. During the early stages of the 20th century, Wayne became a prominent vacation area for prosperous New Yorkers. During World War II the vacation bungalows became residences for the local factory workers. After World War II ended the farming land was covered with homes.

Wayne Attractions

  • Willowbrook Mall
  • Wayne Towne Center
  • Wayne Hills Mall
  • High Mountain Park Preserve
  • Ice Vault ice rink
  • Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival
  • Van Riper-Hopper Historic House Museum offers a view into the farm life of the early days
  • Meas-Van Duyne Historic House Museum is a pre-Revolutionary home
  • Schuyler-Colfax Historic House Museum is a colonial homestead and is recognized as the oldest home in Wayne
  • George Washington Colfax Barn Museum
  • Dey Mansion/Washington's Headquarters Museum

Wayne Activities

The nearby lakes are popular with residents and visitors. The city features numerous parks for outdoor activities. The nearby Garret Mountain Reservation Loop Trail offers scenic views. The popular Tourne Park Trail is close by. Residents enjoy the activities and entertainment in nearby New York City.

Wayne Higher Education

The city is home to the Passaic County Technical Institute, the William Patterson University and a campus of the Passaic County Community College.

Wayne Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest major airport.


Total Population 55,110
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 27,026
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.8%
Median Earnings25+ $59,320
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,366
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,064


Median Family Income $123,923
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 6.9%


People Living Alone 20.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,443
Median House Value $445,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.8%
Irish 14.3%

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

Wayne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Passaic
Standard Zip Codes 07470
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07474
Company Zip Codes 07477
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.925
Longitude -74.276

Wayne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.7 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 6.4 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 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Wayne, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lionshead Lake (07470)

Mountain View (07470)

Packanack Lake (07470)

Pines Lake (07470)

Preakness (07470)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Haledon 8,412 $69,680
Lincoln Park 10,478 $92,252
North Caldwell 6,415 $201,250
Pequannock 15,550 $111,359
Totowa 10,931 $101,645

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

Wayne Public Libraries

Wayne Public Library
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(973) 694-4272

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Wayne Hospitals

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(973) 942-6900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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