dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Paterson, New Jersey

The New Jersey city of Paterson is the county seat of the state's Passaic County. Located in New Jersey's Piedmont region between the Appalachian foothills and the Coastal Plain, Paterson is situated approximately 30 miles west of New York City. Commuter rail (provided by New Jersey Transit Main Line) and bus service (provided by NJ Transit) is heavily utilized in Paterson, which is also served by several surrounding highways. These include Interstate I-80; U.S. Route 46; and New Jersey State Highways 3, 19, 21, and 23.

Paterson's roots trace back to 1792, when Alexander Hamilton formed an investment group calling itself the Society of Useful Manufactures (SUM). The group's purpose was to raise funds for the development of a planned industrial city in the United States so that the nation's dependence on foreign goods could be reduced. This planned city was later to become Paterson. Its industries were centered around the 77-foot high Great Falls of the Passaic and an associated system of water raceways designed to harness its power. Dozens of mill buildings and other manufacturing structures associated with the textile industry soon sprung forward. Other industries followed, including firearms, railroad locomotive manufacturing, and silk. During the latter half of the 19th century, silk production became dominant in Paterson and was responsible for the city's most prosperous industrial period. Paterson thereupon acquired its well-earned nickname of "Silk City." Paterson became incorporated as a city in 1851.

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Paterson

One of Paterson's premiere historic landmarks is the Lambert Castle Museum. Built in 1893, the structure is the former home of Catholina Lambert, owner of a prominent silk mill in the city. Constructed in the Medieval Revival architectural style, the Castle underwent a multi-million dollar restoration in the late 1990s, resulting in a museum and library being formed using all four floors of the building. Paterson residents enjoy many opportunities throughout the year to celebrate the city's ethnic diversity. Every summer, the city celebrates an African-American Day Parade, a Puerto Rican Day Parade, a Dominican Day Parade, a Turkish-American Day Parade, and a Peruvian Day Parade. The city's Peruvian community also celebrates an annual ten-day October festival known as "El Se"or de los Milagros" (translation: "Our Lord of Miracles").

Attractions elsewhere in the New York metropolitan area abound in many forms. Within an hour from Paterson are several things to see and do. Among the more popular are the Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History, the Javits Center, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan's Central Park, the Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Battery Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building, the Bronx Zoo, the Apollo Theater, and of course, the Statue of Liberty.

New York and New Jersey are also home to several major league teams spanning multiple sports:

  • Football: New York Jets and Giants (NFL)
  • Baseball: New York Yankees and Mets (MLB)
  • Basketball: New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets (NBA)
  • Hockey: New York Rangers and Islanders; New Jersey Devils (NHL)
  • Women's basketball: New York Liberty (WNBA)
  • Soccer: Red Bull New York (MLS)
  • Lacrosse: Long Island Lizards (MLL)

Demographics

People

Total Population146,894
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens10.3%
Employed Population 16+57,579
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married33.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.4%
Median Earnings25+$28,108
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,432

Wealth

Median Family Income$38,006
% Above Poverty Level70.9%
% Below Poverty Level29.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.4%
% Using Public Transportation11.4%

Housing

People Living Alone23.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,122
Median House Value$236,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)77.1%
West Indian3%
Arab2.7%
Jamaican2.3%
Italian1.7%
Palestinian1%
African0.8%
Irish0.7%
Syrian0.5%
Turkish0.5%
German0.5%
Polish0.4%
Jordanian0.4%
Guyanese0.3%
English0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
British0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
US/American0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Scottish0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
+ Show More

Paterson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Passaic County
Standard Zip Codes7501, 7503, 7504, 7505, 7510, 7513, 7514, 7522, 7524, 7502, 7512, 7508
P.O. Box Zip Codes7509, 7533, 7543, 7544, 7511, 7538
Phone Area Codes973,862, 201
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.91
Approximate Longitude-74.16

Paterson 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
Distance4.4 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
Distance8.7 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
StationSUFFERN
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fair Lawn33,205$117,667
Haledon8,399$72,633
Hawthorne18,950$107,974
North Haledon8,490$114,554
Prospect Park5,919$60,772
Totowa10,900$110,926

Paterson Public Libraries

Paterson Free Public Library
250 BROADWAY
Paterson, New Jersey
(973) 321-1223

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Paterson Hospitals

Saint Josephs Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
703 Main Street
(973) 754-2000

Paterson Public Schools

Alexander Hamilton Academy
11 27 16th Avenue
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0320
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
Community Charter School Of Paterson
75 Spruce St
ZIP: 7501
(973) 413-2057
Primary
Total Enrollment 810
Dale Avenue
295-315 Ellison Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0410
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Edward W Kilpatrick
295-315 Ellison Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0330
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
International High School
200 Grand Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-2280
High
Total Enrollment 550
John P. Holland Charter School
190 Oliver Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 345-2212
Primary
Total Enrollment 199
New Roberto Clemente
482-506 Market Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0240
Middle
Total Enrollment 678
Roberto Clemente
434 Rosa Parks Blvd
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0340
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
School 11 (newcomers)
350 Market Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0110
Middle
Total Enrollment 219
School 15
98 Oak Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0150
Primary
Total Enrollment 771
School 2
22 Passaic Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0020
Primary
Total Enrollment 602
School 29
88 Danforth Avenue
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0290
Primary
Total Enrollment 280
School 3
448 Main Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0030
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
School 6/academy Of Performing Arts
137 Carroll Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0060
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
School 7
106 Ramsey Street
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-0070
Middle
Total Enrollment 261
School Of Culinary Arts Hospitality And Tourism
150 Park Avenue
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-2489
High
Total Enrollment 690
School Of Government & Public Administration
150 Park Avenue
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-2488
High
Total Enrollment 685
School Of Information Technology
150 Park Avenue
ZIP: 7501
(973) 321-2490
High
Total Enrollment 682
Don Bosco Academy
202 Union Avenue
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0580
Middle
Total Enrollment 592
School 19
31 James Street
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0190
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
School 27
250 Richmond Ave
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0270
Primary
Total Enrollment 812
School 5
430 Totowa Avenue
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0050
Primary
Total Enrollment 832
School Of Architecture And Construction Trades
61-127 Preakness Avenue
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0500
High
Total Enrollment 529
School Of Buisiness Technology
61-127 Preakness Avenue
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0500
High
Total Enrollment 583
School Of Education And Training
61-127 Preakness Avenue
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0500
High
Total Enrollment 543
School Of Science Technology Engg & Maths
61-127 Preakness Avenue
ZIP: 7502
(973) 321-0500
High
Total Enrollment 599
Charles J Riley School 9
6 Timothy Street
ZIP: 7503
(973) 321-0090
Primary
Total Enrollment 1244
Paterson Charter School For Science/technology
276 Wabash Avenue
ZIP: 7503
(973) 873-0003
Other
Total Enrollment 1046
School 25
287 Trenton Avenue
ZIP: 7503
(973) 321-0250
Primary
Total Enrollment 710
School 8
35 Chadwick Street
ZIP: 7503
(973) 321-0080
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
School 13
690 East 23rd St
ZIP: 7504
(973) 321-0130
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
School 20
500 East 37th Street
ZIP: 7504
(973) 321-0200
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
Academy High School
151 Ellison Street
ZIP: 7505
(973) 321-0568
High
Total Enrollment 74
Norman S Weir
152 College Boulevard
ZIP: 7505
(973) 321-0750
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
School Of Earth And Space Science
201 Memorial Drive
ZIP: 7505
(973) 321-2290
High
Total Enrollment 191
School Of Health Science
175 Main Street
ZIP: 7505
(973) 321-0560
High
Total Enrollment 276
Youth Engaged In Success
45 Smith Street
ZIP: 7505
(973) 321-0570
Other
Total Enrollment 266
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Educational Complex
851 E 28th Street
ZIP: 7513
(973) 321-0300
Primary
Total Enrollment 788
School 24
50 Nineteenth Avenue
ZIP: 7513
(973) 321-0160
Primary
Total Enrollment 891
Paterson Arts And Science Charter School
764 11the Ave
ZIP: 7514
(862) 336-1550
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Rosa L. Parks School Of Fine And Performing Arts
413 12th Avenue
ZIP: 7514
(973) 321-0520
High
Total Enrollment 278
School 1
589 11th Avenue
ZIP: 7514
(973) 321-0490
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
School 21
322 Tenth Avenue
ZIP: 7514
(973) 321-0210
Primary
Total Enrollment 785
School 26
1 East 32nd Street
ZIP: 7514
(973) 321-0260
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Rev Dr Frank Napier Jr School
55 Clinton Street
ZIP: 7522
(973) 321-0040
Primary
Total Enrollment 497
School 12
121 North Second Street
ZIP: 7522
(973) 321-0120
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
School 14
522 Union Avenue
ZIP: 7522
(973) 321-0140
Primary
Total Enrollment 228
School 28
200 Presidential Boulevard
ZIP: 7522
(973) 321-0280
Primary
Total Enrollment 525
Urban Leadership Academy
112 N 5th Street
ZIP: 7522
(973) 321-2520
Primary
Total Enrollment 156
School 10
48 Mercer Street
ZIP: 7524
(973) 321-0100
Primary
Total Enrollment 609
School 18
51 E 18th Street
ZIP: 7524
(973) 321-0180
Primary
Total Enrollment 1103

Paterson Private Schools

Dawn Treader Christian School
1 Market St
ZIP: 7501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
Great Commission Christian Academy
53-57 Marshall St
ZIP: 7501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
Madison Avenue Baptist Academy
900 Madison Ave
ZIP: 7501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 124
Al-huda School
7 Veterans Place
ZIP: 7505
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 53
Dr Fh Lagarde Sr Academy
535 Martin Luther King Jr Way
ZIP: 7514
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Gilmore Memorial Christian Academy
131 Haledon Ave
ZIP: 7522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
St Gerard Majella School
10 Carrelton Dr
ZIP: 7522
Elementary
Total Enrollment 224
Blessed Sacrament School
277 6th Ave
ZIP: 7524
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
Sources :
Additional Details
Paterson Colleges
Paterson colleges and trade schools.
Paterson Graduate Schools
Paterson Graduate and Business Schools
Study Online in Paterson
Historic Paterson

photo

Passaic Falls c1900

Select a photo to view (Source):

Passaic Falls c1900

Passaic Falls between 1890 and 1901

Passaic Falls between 1890 and 1901

Additional Resources
Info for Paterson Government Officials


Are you an official in the Paterson government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.