Ramsey, New Jersey
|Ramsey, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 10, 1908|
|• Mayor||Christopher C. Botta (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Clerk||Meredith Bendian|
|• Total||5.591 sq mi (14.480 km2)|
|• Land||5.520 sq mi (14.297 km2)|
|• Water||0.071 sq mi (0.183 km2) 1.26%|
|Area rank||266th of 566 in state
9th of 70 in county
|Elevation||351 ft (107 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||173rd of 566 in state
22nd of 70 in county
|• Density||2,621.9/sq mi (1,012.3/km2)|
|• Density rank||237th of 566 in state
46th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885364|
Ramsey is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of New York City, located 26 miles (42 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 14,473, reflecting an increase of 122 (+0.9%) from the 14,351 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,123 (+8.5%) from the 13,228 counted in the 1990 Census.
Ramsey was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1908, from portions of Hohokus Township (now Mahwah). Additional territory was annexed from Waldwick in 1921, and portions of the borough were ceded to Saddle River in 1925.
Ramsey is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.591 square miles (14.480 km2), of which, 5.520 square miles (14.297 km2) of it is land and 0.071 square miles (0.183 km2) of it (1.26%) is water.(41.059136,-74.145931). According to the
|Population sources: 1910
2010 Census 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,473 people, 5,363 households, and 3,926 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,621.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,012.3 /km2). There were 5,550 housing units at an average density of 1,005.4 per square mile (388.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.45% (12,946) White, 0.65% (94) Black or African American, 0.12% (17) Native American, 6.66% (964) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.89% (274) from other races, and 1.23% (178) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.98% (866) of the population.
There were 5,363 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% 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 3.21.
In the borough the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.0 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $111,549 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,131) and the median family income was $136,475 (+/- $2,642). Males had a median income of $90,326 (+/- $5,483) versus $63,234 (+/- $6,177) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,491 (+/- $36,084). About 1.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 14,351 people, 5,313 households, and 3,947 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,583.2 people per square mile (996.6/km2). There were 5,400 housing units at an average density of 972.0 per square mile (375.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.62% White, 0.78% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.
There were 5,313 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the borough the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $88,187, and the median income for a family was $104,512. Males had a median income of $75,017 versus $43,205 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,964. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
Based on the data from 1997 when the population of Ramsey was 14,429, Ramsey had the following number of business establishments in total, and per 100,000 of population in comparison to the New Jersey state average.
- Manufacturing: 17 (Per 100,000 population: 117, State average - 53)
- Wholesale trade: 84 (Per 100,000 population: 582, State average - 32)
- Retail trade: 110 (Per 100,000 population: 762, State average - 69)
- Real estate & rental & leasing: 26 (Per 100,000 population: 180, State average - 18)
- Professional, scientific & technical services: 106 (Per 100,000 population: 734, State average - 52)
- Administrative & support & waste management & remediation service: 37 (Per 100,000 population: 256, State average - 21)
- Educational services: 6 (Per 100,000 population: 41, State average - 4)
- Health care & social assistance: 39 (Per 100,000 population: 270, State average - 45)
- Arts, entertainment & recreation: 8 (Per 100,000 population: 55, State average - 6)
- Accommodation & food services: 52 (Per 100,000 population: 360, State average - 36)
- Other services (except public administration): 37 (Per 100,000 population: 256, State average - 37)
Local government 
Ramsey 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.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of the Borough of Ramsey is Christopher C. Botta. Members of the Ramsey Borough Council are Council President Vanessa Jachzel, Bruce Vozeh, Deirdre A. Dillon, William J. Jones, Ken Tyburczy, and Harry Weber.
Federal, state and county representation 
New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the General Assembly by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township, Bergen County). 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 9,213 registered voters. Of registered voters, 2,134 (23.2% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 2,624 (28.5%) were registered as Republicans and 4,448 (48.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were seven voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 55.3% of the vote here (4,118 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 43.6% of the vote (3,248 ballots), with 80.9% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 58.4% of the vote in Ramsey (4,606 cast), ahead of Democrat John Kerry, who received around 40.7% (3,207 votes), with 7,886 ballots cast among the borough's 9,754 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.8%.
Students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the schools of the Ramsey Public School District. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Wesley D. Tisdale Elementary School with 451 students in grades PreK–3, Mary A. Hubbard Elementary School with 423 students in grades K–3, John Y. Dater Elementary School with 459 students in grades 4–5, Eric Smith Middle School with 849 students in grades 6–8 and Ramsey High School with 925 students in grades 9–12.
Students from Saddle River attend the district's middle school and then have the option of attending either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands Regional High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with the Saddle River School District and each of the respective districts.
Ramsey High School was the 30th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 33rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 13th in 2008 out of 316 schools.
In addition to both public and private schools, Ramsey 8th grade students have the option of applying to attend Bergen County Academies, a public school operated on a countywide basis which accepts students based on a competitive application process and was selected as one of the five Gold Medal schools in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report and ranked 39th nationwide in 2011 by the magazine.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark oversees the operation of St. Paul Interparochial School, a K-8 school, Don Bosco Preparatory High School, an all-boys Roman Catholic high school for grades 9-12 is overseen by the Salesians of Don Bosco.
A number of roadways serve Ramsey and its neighboring communities, providing the borough with easy driving access to New York State (including New York City) and other points within New Jersey. NJ Route 17 and County Route 507 intersect the areas east and north of Ramsey's downtown business district, while I-287 and U.S. Route 202 pass through the Darlington section of Mahwah to the west and the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) and NY Route 59 run through Suffern, New York to the north.
In addition, Ramsey has two New Jersey Transit train stations which provide mass transit access to Manhattan via Hoboken Terminal or Secaucus Junction. Located on Main Street just east of Central Avenue in the borough's downtown area, the Ramsey Main Street station was built in 1868 and is the oldest passenger station in service in New Jersey. The Ramsey Route 17 station, which opened on August 22, 2004, is a park-and-ride facility and regional commuter hub located along Route 17 South in the northern section of town. Both of these stations are stops along NJ Transit's Main Line and Bergen County Line.
Popular culture 
Notable people 
Notable current and former residents of Ramsey include:
- Danny Aiello (born 1933), stage and film star lived in Ramsey for many years during the 1980s and 1990s.
- Tom Austin, drummer and lyricist for the 1950s / 1960s rock band Royal Teens, best known for their one hit Short Shorts.
- Edd Cartier (1914–2008), pulp magazine illustrator.
- Jonathan Halyalkar, child actor who played Billy on the 1980s sitcom Who's the Boss?
- Henry Herx (1933–2012), film critic for Catholic moviegoers.
- Charles Ernest Hosking, Jr. (1924–1967), United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honor awardee, who was recognized with the nation's highest military honor for events that took place in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam, on March 21, 1967. He was awarded the honor for stopping a Viet Cong prisoner in possession of a live grenade by grabbing him in a "bear hug" and forcing the prisoner to the ground, taking the full force of the grenade's blast and saving several of his commanders. Hosking Way, a road off Darlington Avenue, is named in his honor.
- Bob McAdoo (born 1951), former New York Knicks player lived in Ramsey during the 1970s/1980s/1990s.
- Ryan McGinley (born 1977), photographer.
- Bill Pellington (1927–94), linebacker who played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts.
- Wesley Schultz (born ca. 1982), guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers.
- Justin Trattou (born 1988), defensive end on the New York Giants practice squad and former player on the Florida gators football team.
- George Verwer (born 1938), founder and international director of Operation Mobilisation, a Christian missions organization.
Corporate residents 
- Flight Centre, parent company of Liberty Travel and GOGO Worldwide Vacations, is located at 69 Spring Street.
- Konica Minolta's U.S. offices are in Ramsey.
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- Ramsey Schools Overview, Saddle River School District. Accessed April 12, 2011. "Following graduation from Fifth grade, students enter Eric Smith Middle School in Ramsey, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Eighth grade students may attend Ramsey High School."
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- Golden, Tim. "FILM; Danny Aiello Journeys Along The Blue-Collar Road to Stardom", The New York Times, February 10, 1991. Accessed December 28, 2011. "Though friends say he is cashing paychecks of close to $1 million, Mr. Aiello and his wife, Sandy, live in the same split-level house in Ramsey, N.J., that they bought a decade ago for $125,000."
- Koscs, Jim. "Once Coveted, Now Orphaned", The New York Times, November 25, 2010. Accessed December 28, 2011. "But Tom Austin remembers when it was. Four years ago, he bought a 1953 Mercury Monterey, a car that was still fairly hot in 1957 when, as a high school student, he co-wrote and recorded the hit song “Short Shorts” with the Royal Teens. Now a real estate appraiser in Ramsey, N.J., Mr. Austin shares the old-car hobby with his two sons."
- Grimes, William. "Edd Cartier, 94, Pulp Illustrator, Dies", The New York Times, January 8, 2009. Accessed December 28, 2011. "Edd Cartier, whose noirish illustrations for the pulp magazine The Shadow and action-packed, often whimsical illustrations for stories by L. Ron Hubbard, Isaac Asimov and other writers made him one of the leading science-fiction and horror artists of his time, died on Dec. 25 at his home in Ramsey, N.J. He was 94."
- April 25, 1985 in History, BrainyHistory.com. Accessed June 5, 2008. "Jonathan Halyalkar, born in Ramsey, New Jersey, actor, Billy-Who's the Boss".
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- Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient: M/Sgt. Charles Ernest Hosking Jr., U.S. Army Special Forces, Medal of Honor. Accessed May 29, 2007.
- "Nets, McAdoo Stuck On Contract Terms", The New York Times, March 13, 1981. Accessed December 28, 2011. "McAdoo, who lives in Ramsey, N.J., has said he wants to finish his career near his home."
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- Bowen, George via Associated Press. "Pellington in Final Season With Baltimore", Reading Eagle, October 7, 1964. Accessed January 20, 2011.
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- Justin Trattou, Florida Gators football. Accessed September 20, 2011. "Hometown: Ramsey, N.J., School: Don Bosco Prep. Helped lead Don Bosco to a perfect 12-0 record and its first state title since 2003 during his senior year with 82 tackles and 17 sacks"
- About Us, Send The Light Distribution. Accessed July 5, 2012. "This was the original name George Verwer used to describe the literature distribution arm he formed at Operation Mobilization in 1957. Verwer converted to Christianity while a high school student in Ramsey, NJ."
- Terrero, Ruthanne. "GOGO Set to Expand", TravelAgentCentral.com, September 1, 2008. Accessed January 30, 2012. "Flight Centre Limited, a giant global retailer based in Australia, announced it had agreed to purchase Ramsey, NJ-based LibGo last year, which includes wholesaler GOGO and its corresponding retail travel agency arm, Liberty Travel, late last year. The transaction included the purchase of 193 retail travel locations along the East Coast, Chicago and Florida and 40 wholesale locations in 22 states."
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