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Borough of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Franklin Lakes's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°00′25″N 74°12′28″W / 41.00694°N 74.20778°W / 41.00694; -74.20778Coordinates: 41°00′25″N 74°12′28″W / 41.00694°N 74.20778°W / 41.00694; -74.20778
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 11, 1922
Government [1]
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Maura R. De Nicola (R, 2010)
 - Administrator Gregory C. Hart[2]
 - Total 9.8 sq mi (25.5 km2)
 - Land 9.4 sq mi (24.5 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)  3.87%
Elevation [3] 558 ft (170 m)
Population (2008)[4]
 - Total 11,619
 - Density 1,102.5/sq mi (425.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07417
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-24990[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0876473[7]

Franklin Lakes is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The Franklin Lakes zip code is 07417. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 10,422. Franklin Lakes has the 18th-highest per-capita income of all 566 municipalities in the state. Nationwide, Franklin Lakes ranks 17th among the Highest-income places in the United States with a population of at least 10,000. Becton Dickinson and Medco Health Solutions both have their corporate headquarters in Franklin Lakes. Franklin Lakes was formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 11, 1922, from portions of Franklin Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 11, 1922.[8][9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.5 km2), of which, 9.4 square miles (24.5 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (3.87%) is water.



Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 375
1910 445 18.7%
1920 383 −13.9%
1930 893 133.2%
1940 1,203 34.7%
1950 2,021 68.0%
1960 3,316 64.1%
1970 7,550 127.7%
1980 8,769 16.1%
1990 9,873 12.6%
2000 10,422 5.6%
Est. 2008 11,619 [4] 11.5%
Population 1900 - 1990.[10][11]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 10,422 people, 3,322 households, and 2,959 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,102.5 people per square mile (425.8/km2). There were 3,395 housing units at an average density of 359.2/sq mi (138.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.35% White, 0.92% African American, 0.11% Native American, 6.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.74% of the population.

There were 3,322 households out of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.0% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.9% were non-families. 8.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the borough the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $132,373, and the median income for a family was $142,930. Males had a median income of $97,233 versus $45,588 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $59,763. About 2.6% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Franklin Lakes is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[1] All council meetings are held at the Borough Hall located on DeKorte Drive, formerly Municipal Drive.

The Mayor of Franklin Lakes is Maura R. De Nicola (R, term of office ends December 31, 2010). Members of the Franklin Lakes Borough Council are Michael Friscia (R, 2008), Leslie Greer (R, 2009), Nathalie Lota (R, 2010), Steve Marcus (R, 2010), Paulette Ramsey (R, 2008) and Brian Trava (R, 2009).[12][13]

The borough administrator is currently Richard F. Long, succeeding Robert Hoffmann who was responsible for the deal in which the borough purchased the Haledon Reservoir.[14]

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled two seats on the borough council and voted on the creation of a Municipal Open Space Trust Fund. Republican newcomers Steven E. Marcus (1,177 votes) and Nathalie A. Lota (1,158) were elected to the council, defeating Democrats Christine M. Ordway (682) and Ned J. Steinfeld (632). Voters again rejected a ballot initiative to establish a municipal open space tax which would have been collected at a rate of ½-cent per $100 in assessed value, this time by a margin of 1,182-527, a far stronger disapproval than 2006 when the measure failed by some 200 votes in a bid to collect one cent per $100, twice the rate proposed in 2007. Republicans will again occupy all seats on the 2008 governing body.[15][16][17]

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters filled the mayoral seat and two seats on the Borough Council, as well as voting on approval of an open space trust fund. On a council that was all Republican in a community where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a nearly 5-1 margin. Newcomer Maura R. De Nicola (2,578 votes), a councilmember, won in her bid as mayor, defeating Democrat Andrew Samson (1,179). Republican newcomers Brian Trava (2,313) and Leslie Greer (2,304) won seats on the council, defeating Democrats Lisa Sciancalepore (1,459) and Christine Ordway (1,435). Voters rejected an open space tax of 1 cent per $100 of property valuation that would have been used to acquire land for recreation and conservation by a 1,448-1,243 margin.[18][19][20]

The Franklin Lakes Fire Department is an all-volunteer department, founded in 1924. The FLFD has two locations, one known as "Headquarters" which is located off of Franklin Avenue, and the other is the "Southside" Firehouse, located on Franklin Lakes Road. The current chief of the FLFD is Charles Bohny Jr. The Assistant Chief is David Rohner.[21]

Federal, state and county representation

Franklin Lakes is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th Legislative District.[22]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, covering the northern portions of Bergen County, Passaic County and Sussex County and all of Warren County, is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 40th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kevin J. O'Toole (R, Cedar Grove) and in the Assembly by Scott Rumana (R, Wayne) and David C. Russo (R, Ridgewood).[23] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[24]

Bergen County's County Executive is Dennis McNerney (D).[25] The executive, along with the seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders administer all county business. As of 2008, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman James M. Carroll (D, Demarest), Vice-Chairwoman Julie O'Brien (D, Ramsey), Elizabeth Calabrese (D, Wallington), David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn), Bernadette P. McPherson (D, Rutherford), Tomas J. Padilla (D, Park Ridge) and Vernon Walton (D, Englewood).[26]

Other countywide elected officials are Sheriff Leo McGuire (D), Surrogate Court Judge Mike Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford).[27]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 11,260 in Franklin Lakes, there were 7,010 registered voters (62.3% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 633 (9.0% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,524 (36.0% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 3,850 (54.9% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were three voters registered to other parties.[28]

On the national level, Franklin Lakes leans very strongly toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 66% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 33%.[29] In the 2008 presidential election Republican John McCain defeated Democrat Barack Obama 63% to 35.[30]

Maura DeNicola is the mayor.


Students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Franklin Lakes Public Schools. The Franklin Lakes public schools are High Mountain Road School, Colonial Road School, and Woodside Avenue School. The middle school is Franklin Avenue Middle School. (FAMS).Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[31]) are three K-5 elementary schools — Colonial Road School (421 students), High Mountain Road School (319), Woodside Avenue School (393) — and Franklin Avenue Middle School which covers grades 6 - 8 (608).

Public school students in grades 9 - 12 attend the schools of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, a regional district consisting of two four-year public high schools serving students from Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff. Students have the option to attend either Indian Hills High School in Oakland or Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes.[32] In addition, a student may attend the Bergen Academies if accepted into the school. The Indian Hills/Ramapo school district must pay the tuition of the student.


New Jersey Transit bus route 752 serves Franklin Lakes, providing local service.[33]

Interstate 287, New Jersey Route 208, and County Route 502 travel through Franklin Lakes.


Franklin Lakes hosts the corporate headquarters of Becton Dickinson, the medical technology firm founded in 1897.[34] Medco Health Solutions, a leading pharmacy benefit manager, is also based here.[35]

Urban Farms Shopping Center is a major shopping center in the community. Franklin Lakes has The Market Basket, a supermarket/bakery/catering store.

Popular culture

Franklin Lakes was the setting of a Bravo network reality television series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which followed five affluent women from the state of New Jersey. The Market Basket, Chateau hair salon, and random scenes from the borough are evident throughout the series. Wyckoff was also a filming location for the show.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Franklin Lakes include:


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