Prospect Park, New Jersey

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Not to be confused with Prospect Park in Ewing Township, Mercer County.
Prospect Park, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Prospect Park
Map of Prospect Park in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Prospect Park in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Prospect Park, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Prospect Park, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°56′29″N 74°10′28″W / 40.94152°N 74.174435°W / 40.94152; -74.174435Coordinates: 40°56′29″N 74°10′28″W / 40.94152°N 74.174435°W / 40.94152; -74.174435[1][2]
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Passaic
Incorporated March 13, 1901
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Mohamed Khairullah (term ends December 31, 2018)[3]
 • Clerk Yancy Wazirmas[4]
Area[1]
 • Total 0.478 sq mi (1.238 km2)
 • Land 0.475 sq mi (1.230 km2)
 • Water 0.003 sq mi (0.008 km2)  0.61%
Area rank 548th of 566 in state
16th of 16 in county[1]
Elevation[6] 236 ft (72 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 5,865
 • Estimate (2013)[10] 5,913
 • Rank 352nd of 566 in state
16th of 16 in county[11]
 • Density 12,347.2/sq mi (4,767.3/km2)
 • Density rank 19th of 566 in state
3rd of 16 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 07508, 07538[12][13]
Area code(s) 973[14]
FIPS code 3403161170[1][15][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885362[1][17]
Website www.prospectpark.net

Prospect Park is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,865,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 86 (+1.5%) from the 5,779 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 726 (+14.4%) from the 5,053 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

The borough of Prospect Park was formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 13, 1901, from portions of the now-defunct Manchester Township.[19] It is a dry town, where alcohol cannot be sold, as affirmed by an ordinance passed in 1978.[20][21]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Prospect Park borough had a total area of 0.478 square miles (1.238 km2), of which, 0.475 square miles (1.230 km2) of it was land and 0.003 square miles (0.008 km2) of it (0.61%) was water.[1][2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 2,719
1920 4,292 57.9%
1930 5,909 37.7%
1940 5,714 −3.3%
1950 5,242 −8.3%
1960 5,201 −0.8%
1970 5,176 −0.5%
1980 5,142 −0.7%
1990 5,053 −1.7%
2000 5,779 14.4%
2010 5,865 1.5%
Est. 2013 5,913 [10][22] 0.8%
Population sources: 1910-1920[23]
1910[24] 1910-1930[25]
1930-1990[26] 2000[27][28] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,865 people, 1,797 households, and 1,456 families residing in the borough. The population density was 12,347.2 per square mile (4,767.3/km2). There were 1,931 housing units at an average density of 4,065.2 per square mile (1,569.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 51.07% (2,995) White, 19.86% (1,165) Black or African American, 1.50% (88) Native American, 3.21% (188) Asian, 0.10% (6) Pacific Islander, 18.21% (1,068) from other races, and 6.05% (355) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 52.09% (3,055) of the population.[7]

There were 1,797 households, of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 26.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.26 and the average family size was 3.59.[7]

In the borough, 28.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.7 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $63,194 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,308) and the median family income was $65,625 (+/- $6,456). Males had a median income of $43,109 (+/- $6,443) versus $30,142 (+/- $9,427) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,993 (+/- $2,145). About 12.0% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.[29]

Same-sex couples headed 8 households in 2010, a decline from the 11 counted in 2000.[30]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] there were 5,779 people, 1,822 households, and 1,432 families residing in the borough. The population density was 12,043.7 people per square mile (4,648.5/km2). There were 1,889 housing units at an average density of 3,936.8 per square mile (1,519.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 61.17% White, 13.65% African American, 0.42% Native American, 3.15% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 13.70% from other races, and 7.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.26% of the population.[27][28]

There were 1,822 households out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.56.[27][28]

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.[27][28]

The median income for a household in the borough was $46,434, and the median income for a family was $49,405. Males had a median income of $31,951 versus $26,569 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,410. About 7.9% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.[27][28]

As part of the 2000 Census, 1.7% of Prospect Park's residents identified themselves as being of Albanian ancestry. This was the 11th-highest percentage of Albanian American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[31] In the same census, 3.2% of Prospect Park's residents identified themselves as being of Arab American ancestry. This was the sixth-highest percentage of Arab American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[32]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Prospect Park is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. 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 in a three-year cycle.[5] The Borough form of government used by Prospect Park, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.[33][34]

As of 2015, the Mayor of Prospect Park is Democrat Mohamed Khairullah, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2018. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Cristina Peralta (D, 2016), Robert Artis (D, 2017), Richard Esquiche (D, 2015), Samir Hayek (D, 2015), Felicia Ortiz (D, 2017) and Adnan Zakaria (D, 2016).[35][36][37][38][39][40]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Prospect Park is located in the 9th Congressional District[41] and is part of New Jersey's 35th state legislative district.[8][42][43] Prior to the 2010 Census, Prospect Park had been part of the 8th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.[44]

New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson).[45] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021)[46] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).[47][48]

The 35th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nellie Pou (D, North Haledon) and in the General Assembly by Shavonda E. Sumter (D, Paterson) and Benjie E. Wimberly (D, Paterson).[49] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[50] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[51]

Passaic County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to staggered three-year terms office on a partisan basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At a reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members to serve for a one-year term.[52] As of 2015, Passaic County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Hector C. Lora (D, term ends December 31, 2015; Passaic),[53] Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James (D, 2017; Clifton),[54] John W. Bartlett (D, 2015; Wayne),[55] Theodore O. Best, Jr. (D, 2017; Paterson),[56] Ronda Cotroneo (D, 2015; Ringwood),[57] Terry Duffy (D, 2016; West Milford),[58] and Pat Lepore (D, 2016; Woodland Park).[59][60][61] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Kristin M. Corrado (R, 2019),[62] Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik (2016)[63] and Surrogate Bernice Toledo (2016).[64][65][66]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,139 registered voters in Prospect Park, of which 1,710 (54.5% vs. 31.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 345 (11.0% vs. 18.7%) were registered as Republicans and 1,084 (34.5% vs. 50.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.[67] Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 53.5% (vs. 53.2% in Passaic County) were registered to vote, including 74.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 70.8% countywide).[67][68]

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 82.9% of the vote (1,744 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 16.5% (348 votes), and other candidates with 0.6% (12 votes), among the 2,130 ballots cast by the borough's 3,402 registered voters (26 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 62.6%.[69][70] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 1,721 votes (75.9% vs. 58.8% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 474 votes (20.9% vs. 37.7%) and other candidates with 15 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 2,267 ballots cast by the borough's 3,387 registered voters, for a turnout of 66.9% (vs. 70.4% in Passaic County).[71] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 1,325 votes (64.8% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 655 votes (32.0% vs. 42.7%) and other candidates with 22 votes (1.1% vs. 0.7%), among the 2,046 ballots cast by the borough's 3,270 registered voters, for a turnout of 62.6% (vs. 69.3% in the whole county).[72]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 62.3% of the vote (690 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 36.0% (398 votes), and other candidates with 1.7% (19 votes), among the 1,143 ballots cast by the borough's 3,502 registered voters (36 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 32.6%.[73][74] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 743 ballots cast (66.1% vs. 50.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 310 votes (27.6% vs. 43.2%), Independent Chris Daggett with 33 votes (2.9% vs. 3.8%) and other candidates with 9 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 1,124 ballots cast by the borough's 3,116 registered voters, yielding a 36.1% turnout (vs. 42.7% in the county).[75]

Education[edit]

The Prospect Park School District serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade at Prospect Park Elementary School. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 883 students and 69.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.80:1.[76] The school population was made up of Hispanic (54%), White (22%), Black (22%), and Other (2%).[77]

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Manchester Regional High School, which serves students from Haledon, North Haledon, and Prospect Park.[78][79] The school is located in Haledon. Students from North Haledon attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the North Haledon School District.[80] The Manchester district participates in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, which allows non-resident students to attend the district's schools without cost to their parents, with tuition paid by the state. Available lots are announced annually by grade.[81]

Students are also eligible to attend the Passaic County Technical Institute, a countywide program located in Wayne.[82]

Transportation[edit]

Roads and highways[edit]

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 8.10 miles (13.04 km) of roadways, of which 6.56 miles (10.56 km) were maintained by the municipality and 1.54 miles (2.48 km) by Passaic County.[83]

Public transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit provides local bus service on the 722 and 744 routes.[84]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Prospect Park include:

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