Moonachie, New Jersey
|Moonachie, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||May 3, 1910|
|• Mayor||Dennis Vaccaro (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Total||1.678 sq mi (4.345 km2)|
|• Land||1.665 sq mi (4.312 km2)|
|• Water||0.013 sq mi (0.033 km2) 0.76%|
|Area rank||434th of 566 in state
55th of 70 in county
|Elevation||3 ft (0.9 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||461st of 566 in state
66th of 70 in county
|• Density||1,626.5/sq mi (628.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||320th of 566 in state
61st of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885307|
Moonachie (//; moo-NAH-kee) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the Hackensack River watershed. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,708, reflecting a decline of 46 (-1.7%) from the 2,754 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 63 (-2.2%) from the 2,817 counted in the 1990 Census.
Moonachie was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1910, from portions of Lodi Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1910. On March 26, 1917, portions of Moonachie were taken to form Teterboro. Legend is that Moonachie was named after Chief Monaghie, a member of the Iroquois who inhabited the local cedar forests.
The name of the borough is typically pronounced "moo-NAH-kee;" however, in January 1987, then-Mayor of New York City Ed Koch pronounced it "mah-NOO-chee" when he made his now-famous quip that the New York Giants should hold their victory parade in the borough after the team had just won Super Bowl XXI. Koch had refused to grant the Giants permission to hold a parade within the city limits because the team plays its home games in New Jersey, not in New York City.
Moonachie is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.678 square miles (4.345 km2), of which, 1.665 square miles (4.312 km2) of it is land and 0.013 square miles (0.033 km2) of it (0.76%) is water.(40.841361,-74.057656). According to the
It is approximately 9 miles (14 km) northwest of downtown Manhattan in New York City. Nearby is East Rutherford, in which can be found the Meadowlands Sports Complex, home to the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets, and a racetrack at which both thoroughbred horse racing and harness racing are conducted.
1900-1990 2000 2010
2010 Census 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,708 people, 1,005 households, and 702.5 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,626.5 inhabitants per square mile (628.0 /km2). There were 1,053 housing units at an average density of 632.5 per square mile (244.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 76.59% (2,074) White, 1.40% (38) Black or African American, 0.11% (3) Native American, 10.04% (272) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 8.57% (232) from other races, and 3.29% (89) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.37% (660) of the population.
There were 1,005 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $53,500 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,570) and the median family income was $67,288 (+/- $10,087). Males had a median income of $52,647 (+/- $4,166) versus $42,670 (+/- $7,039) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,918 (+/- $2,593). About 4.0% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,754 people, 1,041 households, and 707 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,596.5 people per square mile (614.6/km2). There were 1,074 housing units at an average density of 622.6 per square mile (239.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.66% White, 0.94% African American, 0.11% Native American, 6.64% Asian, 2.94% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.67% of the population.
There were 1,041 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.27.
The population in the borough was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $50,571, and the median income for a family was $62,163. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $32,829 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,654. About 1.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Local government 
Moonachie 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.
Federal, state and county representation 
New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 36th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Paul Sarlo (D, Wood-Ridge) and in the General Assembly by Marlene Caride (D, Ridgefield) and Gary Schaer (D], Passaic). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014). The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January. As of 2013[update], Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn), Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee), Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes), John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park), Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).
As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 1,368 registered voters. Of registered voters, 429 (31.4% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 196 (14.3%) were registered as Republicans and 743 (54.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 51.8% of the vote here (566 ballots cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received 47.0% of the vote (513 ballots), with 80.1% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 49.9% of the vote in Moonachie (559 cast), ahead of Democrat John Kerry, who received around 48.3% (542 votes), with 1,121 ballots cast among the borough's 1,547 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.5%.
Public school students in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Robert L. Craig School which served 273 students (based on 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) as part of the Moonachie School District.
For grades nine through twelve, approximately 100 public school students attend Wood-Ridge High School in Wood-Ridge, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Wood-Ridge School District.
County Route 503 passes through Moonachie as Moonachie Road.
New Jersey Transit bus routes 161, 163, 164 provide service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, service to Newark is offered on the 76 route and local service is available on the 703 (rush hour) and 772 bus routes.
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- Robert L. Craig School
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- Moonachie First Aid and Rescue Squad