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Borough of Waldwick, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Waldwick's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Waldwick, New Jersey
Coordinates: 41°0′47″N 74°7′20″W / 41.01306°N 74.12222°W / 41.01306; -74.12222Coordinates: 41°0′47″N 74°7′20″W / 41.01306°N 74.12222°W / 41.01306; -74.12222
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 1, 1919
 - Mayor Russell "Buddy" Litchult (D, 2011)
 - Administrator Gary Kratz[1]
 - Total 2.2 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 - Land 2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [2] 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2007)[3]
 - Total 9,506
 - Density 4,616.2/sq mi (1,786.1/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07463
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-76400[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0881489[6]

Waldwick is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 9,622.



Waldwick is located at 41°00′47″N 74°07′20″W / 41.013109°N 74.122311°W / 41.013109; -74.122311 (41.013109, -74.122311).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) of it is land and 0.48% is water.

Waldwick is surrounded by the boroughs of Allendale, Saddle River, Midland Park, and Ho-Ho-Kus, by the village of Ridgewood and by the township of Wyckoff.


Inhabited since pre-Columbian times by the Lenni Lenape Native American tribe, the region surrounding Waldwick was first explored by Europeans when a Dutch trading expedition landed near there c. 1610. With the creation of the Nieuw Amsterdam colony in 1624, the present site of the borough, along with the rest of northeastern New Jersey, became a Dutch possession. During the period from 1624-1664 it was sparsely developed by Dutch settlers, mainly for agricultural purposes. With the annexation of Nieuw Amsterdam by the English in 1664 came a nearly instant increase in immigration to the region and the development of several settlements in and around the present borders of the borough.

On the eve of the Opium Wars, Waldwick and the surrounding area constituted a small settlement within Franklin Township, an area that encompassed much of northwestern Bergen County. On January 1, 1886, Orvil Township was formed from portions of Hohokus Township and Washington Township[8], in honor of its chief surveyor. Not long after, the Erie Railroad created a stop in the township, bringing about the first major population boom in the region's history. Still later, around the 1870s, the area constituting modern-day Ridgewood broke away from Orvil; not too long afterwards, Orvil Township as an independent municipality began to fade. On April 7, 1919, a council of citizens voted to incorporate as the borough of "Waldwick" (A Place in the Woods), from the remaining portions of Orvil Township.[8] With the creation of the borough of Waldwick, Orvil Township was dissolved.[9]

Various derivations of the borough's name have been offered, including one that "Waldwick" is Old English, from "wald" (forest) and "wick" (settlement, place). According to the book The History Of Bergen County written in 1900 by James M. Van Valen, the name Waldwick is a Saxon word meaning "beautiful grove".[10]

Since that time, Waldwick has undergone a transformation from sleepy railroad hamlet to fat guy suburban town. The borough is home to approximately 10,000 citizens, many employed in the New York City metropolitan area. It boasts two elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 1,207
1910 970 −19.6%
1920 1,296 33.6%
1930 1,728 33.3%
1940 2,475 43.2%
1950 3,963 60.1%
1960 10,495 164.8%
1970 12,313 17.3%
1980 10,802 −12.3%
1990 9,757 −9.7%
2000 9,622 −1.4%
Est. 2007 9,506 [3] −1.2%
Population 1930 - 1990[11][12]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,622 people, 3,428 households, and 2,677 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,616.2 people per square mile (1,786.1/km2). There were 3,495 housing units at an average density of 1,676.8/sq mi (648.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.68% White, 0.59% African American, 0.04% Native American, 4.52% Asian, 1.31% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.31% of the population.

There were 3,428 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $75,532, and the median income for a family was $82,208. Males had a median income of $60,671 versus $37,145 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,733. About 1.3% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.



Local government

Waldwick operates under the Borough form of New Jersey government. The mayor is elected directly by the voters to serve a four-year term. 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.

The Mayor of Waldwick Borough is Russell "Buddy" Litchult ( (United States)|D]], term ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Borough Council are Council President David Marino (R, 2008), Anita Bozzo (R, 2009), Chuck Farricker (R, 2009), Thomas Giordano (R, 2010), Susan O'Dwyer (R, 2008) and Donald Sciolaro (R, 2010).[1][13]

In elections held on November 6, 2007, approximately 40% of registered voters turned out to fill the position of mayor and two seats on the borough council. With Republican Mayor Rick Vander Wende not running for re-election, Democrat Russel J. Litchult (1,291 votes) took the open seat over Republican Councilmember David Marino (1,120). Republican incumbents Thomas Giordano (1,397) and Donald Sciolaro (1,263) were re-elected to second three-year terms on the council, defeating Democrat Kenneth Gurian (1,098).[14][15][16]

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters filled two three-year terms on the borough council. As of Election Day, the Mayor and council were all Republicans, in a community in which registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a nearly 3-2 margin. The Republicans won both seats, with newcomer Charles Farricker (with 1,762 votes) leading the pack, followed by incumbent Anita Bozzo (1,713) who won a second term in office, besting Democrats Arthur L. Barthold (1,522) and Kenneth N. Gurian (1,360).[17][18][19]

Federal, state and county representation

Waldwick is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District.[20]

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).[21] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[22]

Bergen County's County Executive is Dennis McNerney (D).[23] 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).[24]

Other countywide elected officials are Sheriff Leo McGuire (D), Surrogate Court Judge Mike Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford).[25]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 9,664 in Waldwick, there were 6,077 registered voters (62.9% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 988 (16.3% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,390 (22.9% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 3,691 (60.7% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were eight voters registered to other parties.[26]

On the national level, Waldwick leans toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 57% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 42%.[27]

Although often stated false. Waldwick happens to be greatly influenced by Chuck Norris. Thus making it the first ever Chucktatorship


Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 are educated in the Waldwick Public School District. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[28]) are two neighborhood elementary schools — Julia A. Traphagen School with 416 students and Crescent School with 353 students, both of which serve grades pre-kindergarten through five and emphasize individual attention and a comprehensive curriculum — Waldwick Middle School for grades 6 - 8 (387) and Waldwick High School serves grades 9 - 12 (418).

In addition, Waldwick is home of the Waldwick Seventh-day Adventist School, The Village School for Children, and The Forum School, a facility for developmentally disabled youngsters. Pre-school experiences are also offered at Rainbow Corners day school, at the Methodist Church, and at Saddle Acres School.


Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick

Waldwick is served by New Jersey Transit by both the Bergen County Line and Main Line at the Waldwick train station. The station is located at the intersection of West Prospect Street, Lafayette Place and Hewson Avenue.

The train lines runs north-south to 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 the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.

Route 17, County Route 502, and County Route 507 travel through Waldwick.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Waldwick include:


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  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Borough of Waldwick, Geographic Names Information System, accessed July 14, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Waldwick, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 10, 2008.
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  15. ^ Pries, Allison. "Waldwick election results", The Record (Bergen County), November 6, 2007. Accessed December 26, 2007.
  16. ^ Bergen County election results, The Record (Bergen County), November 7, 2007. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  17. ^ Waldwick Election Guide, The Record (Bergen County), November 1, 2006.
  18. ^ Waldwick Election Results, The Record (Bergen County), November 8, 2006.
  19. ^ Bergen County 2006 General Election Results, accessed February 1, 2007.
  20. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 65. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  21. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  22. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  23. ^ Bergen County Executive, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  24. ^ Freeholder Home Page, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  25. ^ Constitutional Officers, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed January 11, 2009.
  26. ^ "County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," dated April 1, 2006.
  27. ^ 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety: Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.
  28. ^ Data for the Waldwick Public School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 11, 2008.
  29. ^ Martha Byrne, Accessed October 27, 2007. "Martha Byrne – (July) Martha is making her Broadway debut at the age of ten. A resident of Waldwick, N.J., she attends St. Luke’s School and is the youngest of four children."
  30. ^ Rotten Tomatoes Review on Band from Utopia DVD,
  31. ^ Lange, Randy. "NINERS SIGN WALDWICK'S FIORE", The Record (Bergen County), January 20, 1999. Accessed May 2, 2007. "Dave Fiore, the San Francisco offensive tackle from Waldwick and"
  32. ^ Charles Kinsey, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  33. ^ Poster child for hope, The Record (Bergen County) by Jim Beckerman, January 8, 2006.
  34. ^ Hanley, Robert. "New Jersey Journal", The New York Times, September 12, 1982. Accessed September 25, 2007. "Just ask Allison Smith and Alyson Kirk, 12-year-old neighbors, playmates and -until both made it to stardom in Annie - classmates at Waldwick's Traphagen School."


  • "History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923;" by "Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942."
  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.

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