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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population54,920
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens17.9%
Employed Population 16+27,120
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married54.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.5%
Median Earnings25+$60,648
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,005
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,332

Wealth

Median Family Income$128,525
% Above Poverty Level95.7%
% Below Poverty Level4.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation6.9%

Housing

People Living Alone20.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,461
Median House Value$445,200

Ancestry

Italian26.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.8%
Irish14.2%
German11.4%
Polish7.3%
English4.5%
Russian3.7%
Arab3.4%
Dutch3.3%
French Except Basque1.7%
Syrian1.6%
Hungarian1.5%
Greek1.4%
Scottish1.1%
Albanian1%
Ukrainian1%
Norwegian0.9%
Turkish0.8%
Austrian0.8%
Serbian0.7%
Jordanian0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Egyptian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
US/American0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
African0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Haitian0.1%
British0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
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Wayne Almanac

CategoryValue
County Passaic County
Standard Zip Codes7470
P.O. Box Zip Codes7474
Phone Area Codes862,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.94
Approximate Longitude-74.24

Wayne 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
Distance3.7 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
Distance6.4 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
StationCHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance10.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 36 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip52.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Haledon8,399$72,633
Lincoln Park10,488$94,290
North Caldwell6,519$194,548
Pequannock15,504$117,533
Totowa10,900$110,926

Wayne Public Libraries

Wayne Public Library
461 VALLEY ROAD
Wayne, New Jersey
(973) 694-4272

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Wayne Hospitals

Kindred Hospital New Jersey At Wayne Hospital
(Proprietary)
224 Hamburg Turnpike
(973) 636-7200
Saint Josephs Wayne Hospital
(Non-profit)
224 Hamburg Turnpike
(973) 942-6900

Wayne Public Schools

Albert Payson Terhune Elementary
40 Geoffrey Way
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3150
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Anthony Wayne Middle School
201 Garside Avenue
ZIP: 7470
(973) 389-2120
Middle
Total Enrollment 695
George Washington Middle School
68 Lenox Road
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3140
Middle
Total Enrollment 589
James Fallon Elementary School
51 Clifford Drive
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3125
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
John F Kennedy Elementary School
1310 Ratzer Road
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3160
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
Lafayette Elementary School
100 Laauwe Avenue
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3165
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Packanack Elementary School
190 Oakwood Drive
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3170
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Passaic County Technical Institute
45 Reinhardt Road
ZIP: 7470
(973) 790-6000
High
Total Enrollment 3355
Pcesc Academy At Preakness
1006 Hamburg Turnpike
ZIP: 7470
(973) 832-4097
High
Total Enrollment 9
Pines Lake Elementary School
511 Pines Lake Drive
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3175
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Randall Carter Elementary School
531 Alps Road
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3145
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Ryerson Elementary School
30 Mc Clelland Avenue
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3180
Primary
Total Enrollment 250
Schuyler-colfax Middle School
1500 Hamburg Turnpike
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3130
Middle
Total Enrollment 686
Theunis Dey Elementary School
55 Webster Drive
ZIP: 7470
(973) 633-3155
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Wayne Hills High School
272 Berdan Avenue
ZIP: 7470
(973) 317-2000
High
Total Enrollment 1379
Wayne Valley High School
551 Valley Road
ZIP: 7470
(973) 317-2200
High
Total Enrollment 1332

Wayne Private Schools

Apple Montessori Of Wayne
25 Nevins Rd
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 132
Benway School
620 Valley Rd
ZIP: 7470
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Calvary Christian Academy
1111 Preakness Ave Ste 2
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Clearview School
45 Urban Club Rd
ZIP: 7470
Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
Donna Reid's Child Development Center
970 Black Oak Ridge Rd
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Immaculate Heart Of Mary School
580 Ratzer Rd
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 139
Kinder Care Learning Centers
23 Barbour Pond Dr
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Lakeview Learning Center
970 Black Oak Ridge Rd
ZIP: 7470
Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Rainbow Montessori School-wayne
970 Black Oak Ridge Rd
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy
1799 Hamburg Tpke
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
The Goddard School
2086 Hamburg Tpke
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
The Learning Experience
1784 Hamburg Tpke
ZIP: 7470
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
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