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Overview

Introduction to Clifton, New Jersey

Clifton, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 8 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. Clifton is located along the Passaic River and it's approximately ten miles away from New York City. It takes its name from a nearby cliff. The area was formerly a fur-trading center. The city is the location of numerous scenes of the well known television show The Sopranos.

History

In 1824 the state of New Jersey approved a plan by George P. McCullough to build the Morris Canal. His idea was to utilize the canal to transport cargo from the coastline to numerous inland cities. Coal was the primary freight transported in the canal. Tolls were required for goods and passengers yet the Morris Canal was a financial failure. It simply could not compete with the railroads.

The canal provided opportunities for the citizens of Clifton for canoeing, fishing and skating during winter. In 1917 the city of Clifton was incorporated. Earlier, the town was known as Acquackanock.

Attractions

  • Hamilton House Museum
  • Lambert Castle
  • Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
  • Great Falls Cultural Center
  • Museum of Modern Art Moma
  • Paterson Mall Shopping Center
  • Paramus Park Shopping Center
  • Westfield Garden State Plaza
  • 5-K Stampede Through Clifton

Activities

Clifton has an extensive trail system for joggers and bicycle riders. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Upper Montclair Country Club and the Glen Ridge Country Club. The city has a vast number of parks. Opportunities for hiking and sightseeing are available on nearby trails such as West Essex Rail Trail, Mills Reservation Trail, Weequahic Lake, High Mountain Summit Loop and Great Falls of the Passaic River. Residents have opportunities to enjoy the entertainment and attractions in nearby New York City.

Higher Education

There are numerous colleges located nearby, including William Paterson University, Bloomfield College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State College, Caldwell College and Passaic County Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population85,578
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens14%
Employed Population 16+42,789
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married47.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.3%
Median Earnings25+$43,605
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,923
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,097

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,795
% Above Poverty Level91.2%
% Below Poverty Level8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation12.5%

Housing

People Living Alone25.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,329
Median House Value$330,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)48.4%
Italian11.5%
Polish8.9%
Arab5.6%
German5.5%
Irish5.2%
English1.8%
Palestinian1.7%
Jordanian1.7%
West Indian1.6%
Hungarian1.3%
Russian1.1%
Ukrainian1.1%
Turkish1%
Dutch0.8%
Haitian0.8%
Jamaican0.7%
Slovak0.6%
Egyptian0.5%
Albanian0.5%
Scottish0.5%
French Except Basque0.5%
Syrian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Macedonian0.3%
Guyanese0.3%
Serbian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
British0.2%
Croatian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
African0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Clifton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Passaic County
Standard Zip Codes7011, 7012, 7013, 7014
P.O. Box Zip Codes7015
Phone Area Codes862
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.88
Approximate Longitude-74.14

Clifton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLITTLE FALLS
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip51.5 inches
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance6.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance9.8 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 85 F
Oct Temp48 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Garfield31,456$54,897
Little Falls14,493$107,625
Nutley28,586$109,464
Passaic70,536$37,663
Wallington11,618$65,050

Clifton Public Libraries

Clifton Public Library
292 PIAGET AVENUE
Clifton, New Jersey
(973) 772-5500

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Clifton Public Schools

Christopher Columbus Middle School
350 Piaget Avenue
ZIP: 7011
(973) 470-2360
Middle
Total Enrollment 1162
Garfield Auxiliary Ms/hs
43 Clifton Ave
ZIP: 7011
(973) 272-7465
Other
Total Enrollment 63
School #1
158 Park Slope
ZIP: 7011
(973) 470-2370
Primary
Total Enrollment 298
School #11
147 Merselis Avenue
ZIP: 7011
(973) 470-2401
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
School #12
165 Clifton Avenue
ZIP: 7011
(973) 470-2404
Primary
Total Enrollment 671
School #15
700 Gregory Avenue
ZIP: 7011
(973) 470-2418
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
School #17
361 Lexington Avenue
ZIP: 7011
(973) 458-6017
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
School #3
365 Washington Avenue
ZIP: 7011
(973) 470-2390
Primary
Total Enrollment 292
School #4
194 West Second Street
ZIP: 7011
(973) 470-2382
Primary
Total Enrollment 167
School #14
99 St Andrews Boulevard
ZIP: 7012
(973) 470-2411
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
School #9
25 Brighton Road
ZIP: 7012
(973) 470-2396
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Classical Academy Charter School Of Clifton
20 Valley Road
ZIP: 7013
(973) 278-7707
Middle
Total Enrollment 8
Clifton High School
333 Colfax Avenue
ZIP: 7013
(973) 470-2312
High
Total Enrollment 3156
School #13
782 Van Houten Avenue
ZIP: 7013
(973) 470-2410
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
School #16
755 Grove Street
ZIP: 7013
(973) 470-2420
Primary
Total Enrollment 241
School #2
1270 Van Houten Avenue
ZIP: 7013
(973) 470-2380
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
School #5
136 Valley Road
ZIP: 7013
(973) 470-2386
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
1400 Van Houten Avenue
ZIP: 7013
(973) 470-2348
Middle
Total Enrollment 1228
School #8
41 Oak Street
ZIP: 7014
(973) 470-2392
Primary
Total Enrollment 220

Clifton Private Schools

Passaic County Elks Cp Center & High School
1481 Main Ave
ZIP: 7011
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 395
Pioneer Academy Of Science
1255 Main Ave
ZIP: 7011
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 156
Rainbow Montessori - Clifton
22 Varettoni Pl
ZIP: 7011
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
St Brendan Catholic School
154 E 1st St
ZIP: 7011
Elementary
Total Enrollment 320
St Andrew Elementary School
418 Mount Prospect Ave
ZIP: 7012
Elementary
Total Enrollment 187
The Magical Palace Of Knowledge
733 Passaic Ave
ZIP: 7012
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Jin-a Child Care Center
77 Jay St
ZIP: 7013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
New Hope School
780 Clifton Ave
ZIP: 7013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
St Philip The Apostle School
797 Valley Rd
ZIP: 7013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 370
The Learning Center For Exceptional Children
37 Speer Ave
ZIP: 7013
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 81
The New Bairn School
66 Mount Prospect Ave
ZIP: 7013
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Mesivta Of Clifton
338 Delawanna Ave
ZIP: 7014
Secondary
Total Enrollment 76
St Clare Elementary School
39 Allwood Rd
ZIP: 7014
Elementary
Total Enrollment 156
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