North Arlington is a
borough in Bergen
As of the United States 2000 Census
borough population was 15,181. As the site of Holy Cross Cemetery, which has interred over 250,000 individuals since
its establishment in 1915, North Arlington has over 15 times more
dead people than living.
North Arlington was formed by a referendum passed on March 9, 1896,
and incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature
on March 11,
1896, from area taken from Union
North Arlington is located at (40.791320, -74.133041).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the borough has a total area of
2.6 square miles (6.8 km2
), of which,
2.6 square miles (6.7 km2
) of it is land and
0.04 square miles (0.1 km2
) of it (1.53%) is
As of the census
of 2000, there were 15,181
people, 6,392 households, and 4,129 families residing in the
borough. The population density
was 5,880.7 people per square mile (2,271.9/km2
were 6,529 housing units at an average density of
2,529.2/sq mi (977.1/km2
). The racial makeup of the
borough was 89.61% White
0.14% Native American
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 2.29% from
, and 1.87%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 10.57% of the
There were 6,392 households out of which 24.5% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples
living together, 11.1% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families.
30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the borough the population was spread out with 18.0% under the
age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45
to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $51,787, and
the median income for a family was $62,483. Males had a median
income of $41,512 versus $34,769 for females. The per capita income
for the borough was
$24,441. About 3.4% of families and 5.1% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 6.2%
of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was
The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent
crime rate was 1.6 per 1,000 people.
Mayor Peter C. Massa is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal
, a bi-partisan
with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal
guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor
Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael
North Arlington 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
of North Arlington Borough is Peter
C. Massa (D
ends on December 31, 2010. Members of the North Arlington Borough
Council areCouncil President Steven
(D, 2008),Joseph R. Bianchi (R
, 2010), Sal
(D, 2009), James
(D, 2008), Albert
(D, 2009) and[http://northarlington.org/hughesbio.html
Richard T. Hughes (R, 2010).
In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled two seats on
the borough council. Republicans Joseph R. Bianchi (1,433) and
Richard T. Hughes (1,390) unseated Democratic Party incumbents
Philip Spanola (1,277) and Mark E. Yampaglia (1,289). The election
results mean that the 2008 council will now have a 4-2 Democratic
On Election Day, November 7, 2006, Democrats swept all three open
seats, with Councilmember Peter C. Massa elected mayor (2,436),
defeating Republican Peter J. Norcia (1,988). Salvatore DiBlasi
(2,231) and Albert Granell Jr. (2,269) won election to the Borough
Council, defeating Republicans Joseph Bianchi (2,091) and James
Bocchino (2,047), with Independent Eileen Sheedy trailing the pack
(190). Voters also approved a ballot initiative calling on the
Council to enact an ordinance restricting the use of eminent domain
for private development by a
2,567-711 margin. All three took office in their new roles as of
January 1, 2007.
Federal, state and county representation
North Arlington is in the Ninth Congressional District and is part
of New Jersey's 36th Legislative District.
As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of
15,254 in North Arlington, there were 8,544 registered voters
(56.0% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of
registered voters, 1,751 (20.5% vs. 20.7% countywide) were
registered as Democrats
, 1,471 (17.2% vs.
19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans
(62.3% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared
. There was one voter
registered to another party.
On the national level, North Arlington is almost evenly split. In
, Republican George W. Bush
received 3,376 votes here, narrowly edging Democrat John Kerry
who received 3,370 votes.
Students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated by
the North Arlington
. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 school
enrollment data from the National Center for
Education Statistics) include three pre-K - 5 elementary
schools — Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, with 336
students; Franklin Roosevelt Elementary School, with 169
students; and George Washington Elementary School, with 169
students — North Arlington Middle School with 365 students in
grades 6 - 8, and North Arlington High School with an enrollment of 498 students in grades 9 -
addition, Queen of Peace, a Roman
Catholic parish, operates two parochial schools, Queen of Peace Elementary
School (Pre-K-8th Grade) and Queen of
Peace High School (9th-12th Grade).
The North Arlington Fire Department (NAFD) is an all-volunteer fire department
department is staffed by 80 fully-trained firefighters
. There are three separate firehouses
and Route 17
both pass through North
Arlington, meeting at the intersection of Ridge Road (Rt. 17) and
the Belleville Turnpike (Rt. 7).
New Jersey Transit
serve North Arlington.
- North Arlington was founded as "New Barbadoes Neck".
- Copper was mined here in the 18th and
19th centuries. It was the first true copper mine in North
- In 1754, the first steam engine in
North American was constructed in North Arlington. The Newcomen steam engine was imported
from England by John Schuyler pump water out of his copper mine. He
hired engineer Josiah Hornblower
to assemble the machinery.
Arlington, together with Lyndhurst and Rutherford was the site of the EnCap
project, an effort to remediate landfills on the 785-acre site and
construct homes and golf courses on top of the cleaned up
site. On May 27, 2008, the New Jersey Meadowlands
Commission terminated its agreement with EnCap Golf Holdings,
the company that had the contract to redevelop the site, after the
company had missed targets to cleanup the landfills as part of the
- Arlington Diner in North Arlington was used in the making of
the 2006 film Running
Notable current and former residents of North Arlington include:
- Holy Cross Cemetery, Roman Catholic Archdiocese
of Newark. Accessed February 15, 2007.
- "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John
P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey;
1969. p. 82.
- 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book,
Rutgers University Edward
J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005,
- Meet the Mayor, Borough of North Arlington. Accessed
February 15, 2007.
- "County of Bergen: 2008 County and Municipal
Directory", Bergen County, New Jersey,
p. 54. Accessed July 5, 2008.
- North Arlington Borough Council, Borough of North
Arlington. Accessed July 7, 2008.
- "North Arlington municipal elections",
The Record , November 3,
2007. Accessed November 28, 2007.
- "North Arlington election results",
The Record , November 6,
2007. Accessed November 28, 2007.
- Tarrazi, Alexis. "NA GOP wins council seats", The
Leader, November 7, 2007. Accessed December 25, 2007.
- Bergen County election results,
The Record , November 7,
2007. Accessed November 10, 2007.
- North Arlington election guide,
The Record , November 8,
- Bergen County 2006 General Election Results,
accessed February 1, 2007.
- 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New
Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 61.
Accessed September 30, 2009.
- "County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward &
District," Bergen county, New Jersey, dated
April 1, 2006.
- 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen
County, New Jersey
Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Elections,
dated December 13, 2004.
- North Arlington School District, National Center for
Education Statistics. Accessed December 23, 2007.
- Bergen County Catholic Elementary Schools,
Roman Catholic Archdiocese
of Newark. Accessed July 7, 2008.
- Catholic Secondary Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese
of Newark. Accessed July 7, 2008.
- Fire Departments Accessed May 12, 2009
- Routes by County: Bergen County, New Jersey
Transit. Accessed August 8, 2008.
- Schuyler Copper Mine, accessed December 29, 2006.
- Manuscript Group 1508, Stoudinger-Alofsen-Fulton
Drawings, New Jersey Historical Society.
Accessed December 29, 2006.
- Belson, Ken. "Meadowlands Commission Cuts Ties With
Developer", The New York Times, May 8, 2008.
Accessed May 25, 2008.
- "MERMEN GO THEIR OWN WAY, SWIMMINGLY", The
Record , June 14, 1996.