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Borough of Hillsdale, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Hillsdale's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Hillsdale, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°0′27″N 74°2′33″W / 41.0075°N 74.0425°W / 41.0075; -74.0425Coordinates: 41°0′27″N 74°2′33″W / 41.0075°N 74.0425°W / 41.0075; -74.0425
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 25, 1898 as Township
April 24, 1923 as Borough
Government [1]
 - Type Borough
 - Mayor John Sapanara (R, 2011)
 - Administrator Harold Karns[2]
 - Total 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 - Land 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [3] 69 ft (21 m)
Population (2007)[4]
 - Total 9,908
 - Density 3,383.2/sq mi (1,306.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07642
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-31920[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0877122[7]

Hillsdale is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 10,087.

The populated area today known as Hillsdale took form in the mid-to-late 19th century as land speculators, led by David P. Patterson, developed subdivisons to profit from the coming of the Hackensack and New York Connecting Railroad (later New Jersey and New York Railroad). The area was incorporated as Hillsdale Township on March 25, 1898, from portions of Washington Township, which had, in turn, been set off from Harrington Township in 1840. Portions of the township were taken on April 30, 1906, to create River Vale. Hillsdale was reincorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 2, 1923, based on the results of a referendum held on April 24, 1923.[8]



Hillsdale is located at 41°00′27″N 74°02′33″W / 41.007389°N 74.042472°W / 41.007389; -74.042472 (41.007389, -74.042472).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km2), all of it land. Apparently this analysis ignores the many streams that flow through and the small portion of Woodcliff Lake that lies inside the borough.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 891
1910 1,072 20.3%
1920 1,720 60.4%
1930 2,959 72.0%
1940 3,438 16.2%
1950 4,127 20.0%
1960 8,734 111.6%
1970 11,768 34.7%
1980 10,495 −10.8%
1990 9,750 −7.1%
2000 10,087 3.5%
Est. 2007 9,908 [4] −1.8%
Population 1900 - 1990.[10][11]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 10,087 people, 3,502 households, and 2,850 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,383.2 people per square mile (1,306.9/km2). There were 3,547 housing units at an average density of 1,189.7/sq mi (459.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.41% White, 0.85% African American, 0.07% Native American, 5.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.25% of the population.

There were 3,502 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the borough the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $82,904, and the median income for a family was $90,861. Males had a median income of $65,052 versus $43,558 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,651. About 2.5% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.



Local government

Hillsdale 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]

The Mayor of Hillsdale Borough is John Sapanara (R, term of office ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Hillsdale Borough Council are Council President Donna Schiavone (R, 2012), Max Arnowitz (D, 2011), Jonathan DeJoseph (R, 2010), Marie Hanlon (R, 2012), Michael Giancarlo (R, 2010) and Andrew Weinstein (R, 2011).[12][13] William Kirk, elected in 2007, died in February 2008 and was replaced by former Councilmember Marie Hanlon.[14]

Federal, state and county representation

Hillsdale is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District.[15]

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 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the Assembly by John E. Rooney (R, Northvale) and Charlotte Vandervalk (R, Hillsdale).[16] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[17]

Bergen County's County Executive is Dennis McNerney (D).[18] 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).[19]

Other countywide elected officials are Sheriff Leo McGuire (D), Surrogate Court Judge Mike Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford).[20]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 10,138 in Hillsdale, there were 6,729 registered voters (66.4% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,133 (16.8% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,001 (29.7% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 3,592 (53.4% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were three voters registered to other parties.[21]

Emergency services


The Hillsdale Police Department has provided police services to the Borough of Hillsdale since 1921.[22 ] As of 2008, there are a total of 24 members of the department: one Chief, one Lieutenant, 18 Officers, and two Dispatchers.[22 ] The HPD is a full-time department funded by taxes. The force is responsible for all aspects of policing in the borough, including responding to fire and medical emergency calls. Each patrol car is equipped with a first aid kit, oxygen tank, and an Automated external defibrillator.

Officers of the Hillsdale Police Department are members of Hillsdale PBA Local #207 New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, Inc.


The Hillsdale Fire Department (HFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. Started in 1902, the department consists of one Chief, one Deputy Chief, one Sr. Captain, one Captain, and four Lieutenants. The HFD Headquarters is located at 383 Hillsdale Avenue, and houses three pumpers, Engine 34, Engine 33, and Engine 32; one tower ladder, Tower 31, and one rescue unit, Rescue 36. There is also a vehicle for the Chief and a vehicle for the Assistant Chief.


The Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service was started on January 5, 1954. The service is run by six officers: President, Vice President, Captain, Lieutenant, Secretary, and Treasurer.[23] The HVAS is an all-volunteer independent public emergency medical service. As such, they do not bill for services, and their equipment is not directly paid for by the borough. Funding is provided by donations and support from the township. The service provides basic life support, and is staffed primarily by certified Emergency Medical Technicians. They have one Type III ambulance, Ambulance 36.

The primary jurisdiction of the HVAS is the Borough of Hillsdale, but the service also regularly responds to requests for mutual-aid from the neighboring First Aid Squads of Old Tappan, Emerson, Washington Township, Westwood, River Vale, and Tri-Boro (Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake, and Montvale).

The HVAS is a member of the New Jersey State First Aid Council, the Pascack Valley Volunteer Ambulance Association, and the Pascack Valley Mutual Aid Group.


The Hillsdale Public Schools system (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[24]) consists of Ann Blanche Smith School, with 388 students in Pre-K through 4th grade; Meadowbrook Elementary School with 418 students in grades K-4; and George G. White Middle School with 613 students in grades 5-8.

Public school students in grades 9 - 12 attend Pascack Valley High School along with students from neighboring River Vale, as part of the Pascack Valley Regional High School District.[25]

St. John's Academy is a Catholic school serving children in prekindergarten through eighth grade which began as St. John the Baptist Parish School in 1955. In 1997 the name was changed to St. John’s Academy to better reflect its growth from a small parish school to an interparochial academic institution co-sponsored by five area parishes: St. John the Baptist, Hillsdale; St. Andrew’s Church, Westwood; Our Lady Mother of the Church, Woodcliff Lake; St. Gabriel the Archangel, Saddle River; and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Washington Township.



Hillsdale is served by New Jersey Transit on the Pascack Valley Line at the Hillsdale train station. The station is located at Broadway and Hillsdale Avenue.

The Pascack Valley Line is a single-track line with passing sidings providing service to and from Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service. The line formerly operated only during rush hour but as of October 2007, all day service is available in both directions.

Personal Automobile

County Route 503 (Kinderkamack Road) passes through Hillsdale. While the Garden State Parkway passes through Hillsdale, there is no interchange on the parkway within the borough. It is accessible via nearby interchange 168. The main east-west road in Hillsdale is Hillsdale Avenue, running nearly the length of the borough. Other main roads in Hillsdale include Pascack Road, Broadway, and Wierimus Road.


Bus service in Hillsdale is majorly provided by New Jersey Transit at the same location as the Hillsdale train station and along Kinderkamack Road. Coach USA and Red and Tan Lines also provide options at the same locations.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Hillsdale include:


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  2. ^ Administration, Borough of Hillsdale. Accessed September 18, 2007.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Borough of Hillsdale, Geographic Names Information System, accessed September 18, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Hillsdale, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 11, 2008.
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  12. ^ Borough Council and Mayor, Borough of Hillside. Accessed December 20, 2009.
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  15. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 58. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  16. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  17. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  18. ^ Bergen County Executive, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
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  22. ^ a b "Hillsdale Police History". Retrieved 2008-09-24.  
  23. ^ "Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service". Retrieved 2008-09-24.  
  24. ^ Hillsdale Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2008.
  25. ^ Pascack Valley Regional High School District 2006 School Report Card District Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 12, 2008. "The district is comprised of two high schools. Pascack Hills High School, which is located in Montvale, receives students from the towns of Montvale and Woodcliff Lake. Pascack Valley High School, located in Hillsdale, enrolls students from Hillsdale and River Vale."
  26. ^ Hague, Jim. "No confusion necessary, as author Clark visits Weehawken: Mystery writer and CBS News producer to speak about latest novel", Hudson Reporter, June 17, 2007. Accessed February 19, 2008.
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  28. ^ Harvin, Al. "Eddie Lopat, 73, Yankee Pitcher On 5 Series Championship Teams", The New York Times, June 16, 1992. Accessed March 10, 2008. "Mr. Lopat, who lived in Hillsdale, N.J., had been battling a recurrence of pancreatic cancer, his son said."
  29. ^ Kathleen Noone, Accessed January 2, 2008.
  30. ^ Wood, Gaby. "The quiet American", The Observer, September 10, 2006. Accessed June 12, 2008.
  31. ^ Effrat, Louis. "Skowron Denies He Is a Holdout; First Baseman Says He Is Happy but Wants Raise Yankee Infielder to Talk Money With Hamey Today", The New York Times, February 1, 1961. Accessed September 11, 2001.
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