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Overview

Introduction to Totowa, New Jersey

Totowa, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 2 miles SW of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center) and 11 miles N of Newark, New Jersey.

Totowa History

The area now known as Totowa was originally purchased as a tract of land by George Willocks, who named it "Willocks Patent." He sold it to Anthony Brockholls and the Van Houtens. It was renamed "Totowa's Patent." Some say that the name "Totowa" is derived from an Indian term which is alternately translated as "where you begin," "between a river and a mountain," and "to dive and disappear." The brothers Joseph and Robert Boyle were instrumental in creating the borough of Totowa which was officially incorporated on March 15th, 1898. It was formed from parts of Wayne Township and Manchester Township.

Totowa and Nearby Attractions

  • American Labor Museum
  • Grover Cleveland Birthplace
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Glen Rock Arboretum
  • Lambert Castle Museum

Things To Do In Totowa

Lambert Castle Museum features historical artifacts displayed in a 19th century castle. The American Labor Museum is housed in the former home of a silk mill worker, Pietro Botto. Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Van Riper-Hopper House, Israel Crane House, Hamilton House Museum, and Paterson Museum are also located nearby. Passaic County Golf Course, and Blue Course provide opportunities for playing golf. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking at the Saddle River County Park, Edgemont Memorial Park, Brookdale Park, and Dahnert's Lake County Park. Among other popular destinations within 10 miles of Totowa are Glen Rock Arboretum, Bergen County Zoological Park, Eagle Rock Reservation, and Turtle Back Zoo.

Totowa Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest major airport.

Totowa Higher Education

Colleges close to Totowa are Passaic County Community College, Montclair State University, and Seton Hall University.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,900
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens18.9%
Employed Population 16+5,130
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married47.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.5%
Median Earnings25+$52,843
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree$52,100

Wealth

Median Family Income$110,926
% Above Poverty Level92.5%
% Below Poverty Level7.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone19.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,501
Median House Value$369,600

Ancestry

Italian36.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.3%
Irish9.7%
German7.9%
Polish6.1%
English4.3%
Arab2.3%
Dutch2.1%
Scottish1.4%
Russian1.3%
Hungarian1.1%
Turkish1%
Syrian0.9%
Slovak0.9%
Macedonian0.7%
Serbian0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Lebanese0.7%
French Except Basque0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Brazilian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
US/American0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Canadian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Totowa Almanac

CategoryValue
County Passaic County
Standard Zip Codes7512, 7502
P.O. Box Zip Codes7511
Phone Area Codes862, 973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.9
Approximate Longitude-74.22

Totowa 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
Distance1.9 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
Distance6.3 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
Distance13.2 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
Haledon8,399$72,633
Little Falls14,493$107,625
North Haledon8,490$114,554
Paterson146,894$38,006
Prospect Park5,919$60,772

Totowa Public Libraries

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
537 TOTOWA ROAD
Totowa, New Jersey
(973) 790-3265

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Totowa Public Schools

Memorial School
294 Totowa Road
ZIP: 7512
(973) 956-0010
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Passaic Regional School
160 Minnisink Rd
ZIP: 7512
(973) 256-3337
Washington Park School
10 Crews Street
ZIP: 7512
(973) 956-0010
Primary
Total Enrollment 671

Totowa Private Schools

Academy Of St Francis Of Assisi
400 Totowa Rd
ZIP: 7512
Elementary
Total Enrollment 226
Kiddie Academy Of Totowa
80 Commerce Way
ZIP: 7512
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Mount Saint Joseph Childrens Center
124 Shepherds Ln
ZIP: 7512
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
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