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Overview

Introduction to Irvington, New Jersey

Irvington, New Jersey, in Essex county, is 3 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The city is situated along the Elizabeth River. The acreage located east of the river has a rolling plain landscape. The west side of the river includes a portion of the Orange Mountains.

The vast majority of the citizens are African Americans. The city is known for its high violent crime rate. Irvington is part of the New York metro area. Parts of Irvington have been designated as Urban Enterprise Zones.

Irvington History

The area was named Camptown until the mid-1800s. In 1850 the citizens were concerned that the actions mentioned in the well known song Camptown Races would be part of the reputation of the town. It was renamed in honor of Washington Irving and was incorporated as a village in 1874. In 1898 it was incorporated as a town. During the first three quarters of the 20th century Irvington experienced significant growth due to the arrival of immigrants.

The 1967 Newark riots causes a large number of residents to leave Newark and move to nearby Irvington. The city had been prominently a white community but the vast majority of the citizens are now African Americans. A crack epidemic occurred in Irvington in the 1980s.

Irvington and nearby Attractions and Activities

  • Branch Brook Park
  • Eagle Rock Reservation
  • Montclair Art Museum
  • Weequahic Park
  • NJ Capoeira Arts Center
  • Irvington Park
  • New Jersey Historical Society Museum
  • Essex County Roller Skating Rink
  • Brookdale Park
  • Liberty Hall Museum
  • South Mountain Reservation
  • Edgemont Memorial Park

Irvington Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. New Jersey Transit provides bus services.

Demographics

People

Total Population54,303
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens10.7%
Employed Population 16+24,340
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married27.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.2%
Median Earnings25+$30,823
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,581
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,771

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,650
% Above Poverty Level76.6%
% Below Poverty Level23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.9%
% Using Public Transportation21.1%

Housing

People Living Alone37.9%
Median Gross Rent$967
Median House Value$181,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56%
West Indian23.4%
Haitian14.9%
African7%
Jamaican6.3%
Guyanese3.3%
Nigerian1.9%
Ghanaian1.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.8%
Italian0.6%
Polish0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
British0.3%
Irish0.2%
Arab0.2%
German0.2%
Belizean0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Slovak0.1%
English0.1%
Greek0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
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Irvington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes7111
Phone Area Codes862
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.72
Approximate Longitude-74.23

Irvington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance3.8 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
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance7.4 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
StationNY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 86 F
Oct Temp47 to 66 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hillside21,800$69,994
Maplewood24,414$146,533
Newark280,139$38,720
South Orange Village16,282$148,992
Union57,766$91,465

Irvington Public Libraries

Irvington Public Library
CIVIC SQUARE
Irvington, New Jersey
(973) 372-6400

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Irvington Public Schools

Augusta Preschool Academy
97 Augusta Street
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Berkeley Terrace
787 Grove Street
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6850
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Burch Charter School Of Excellence
100 Linden Ave
ZIP: 7111
(973) 373-3223
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Chancellor Avenue School
844 Chancellor Avenue
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6935
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Florence Avenue School
1324 Springfield Avenue
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6861
Primary
Total Enrollment 607
Grove Street School
594 Grove Street
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6865
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Independence High School
15 Smalley Place
ZIP: 7111
(973) 372-5601
High
Irvington High School
1253 Clinton Ave
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6897
High
Total Enrollment 1391
Madison At Chancellor South
36 Mt. Vernon Avenue
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6870
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Mt. Vernon Avenue School
54 Mt Vernon Avenue
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6874
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Thurgood Marshall School
141 181 Montgomery Avenue
ZIP: 7111
(973) 416-3824
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Union Avenue Middle School
427 Union Ave
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6885
Middle
Total Enrollment 650
University Elementary School
1 University Place
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6826
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Universiy Middle School
255 Myrtle Ave
ZIP: 7111
(973) 399-6877
Middle
Total Enrollment 640

Irvington Private Schools

Harmony Day Care Center And Special Programs
1160 Clinton Ave Bldg 150 New
ZIP: 7111
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Learn To Love
23 Mill Rd
ZIP: 7111
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Mont-vail Daycare Center
865 Sanford Ave # 71
ZIP: 7111
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
St Leo/sacred Heart Interparochial School
123 Myrtle Ave
ZIP: 7111
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
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