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Secaucus is a town in Hudson Countymarker, New Jerseymarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 15,931. The town's name is pronounced "SEE-kaw-cus", with the accent on the first syllable, not the second as often used by non-natives.

Secaucus was originally formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1900, from portions of North Bergenmarker. On June 7, 1900, Secaucus was incorporated as a town, replacing Secaucus borough, based on the results of a referendum held on June 5, 1917.

Before the 1950s, Secaucus was home to a number of pig farms, rendering plants, and junk yards, which gave the town a reputation for being one of the most odorous in the New York metropolitan areamarker. In 1963, debris from the demolition of Pennsylvania Stationmarker was dumped in the Secaucus Meadowlands. In later decades Secaucus became more a commuter town. Today it is the most suburban town in Hudson County. About 20% of the town's employed residents commute to New York Citymarker to work.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Secaucus as its 11th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.


Secaucus is located at (40.787600, -74.061784).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km2), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.3 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (9.66%) is water.

At the southern end of Secaucus is Snake Hillmarker (officially known as Laurel Hill), an igneous rock intrusion jutting up some from the Meadowlands below, near the New Jersey Turnpike.

Being partly surrounded by the Hackensack Meadowlands, Secaucus provides opportunities to observe the recovery of natural marshes in the town's post industrial, post agricultural age. Some marsh areas in the northeast part of town have been filled to provide a new commercial area, and some to build footpaths for nature walks with signs illustrating birds and other wildlife to be seen there.

Secaucus has different districts:


As of the census of 2000, there were 15,931 people, 6,214 households, and 3,945 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,706.7 people per square mile (1,044.3/km2). There were 6,385 housing units at an average density of 1,084.8/sq mi (418.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 78.54% White, 4.45% African American, 0.11% Native American, 11.80% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.79% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.26% of the population.

There were 6,214 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $59,800, and the median income for a family was $72,568. Males had a median income of $49,937 versus $39,370 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,684. About 3.9% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Secaucus is governed under the Town form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Town Council made up of six council members elected from three wards. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters. The Town Council consists of six members elected to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis.

The Mayor of the Town of Secaucus is Richard Steffens. He succeeded Dennis Elwell, who resigned amid corruption charges on July 28, 2009. The current members of the Secaucus Town Council are John Reilly, John Bueckner, Michael Gonnelli, Gary Jeffas, Dawn McAdam and John Shinnick.

Federal, state and county representation

Secaucus is in the Ninth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 32nd Legislative District.


Students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade are educated by the Secaucus Board of Education. The schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) consist of two pre-K - 6 elementary schools — Clarendon Elementary School with 566 students and Huber Street Elementary School with 498 students — Secaucus Middle School with 324 students in grades 7 and 8, and Secaucus High Schoolmarker with 536 students in grades 9 - 12.

The athletic teams of Secaucus High School are nicknamed the "Patriots."

Immaculate Conception Schoolmarker is a Catholic private day school, serving grades pre-K through 8th grade.

The Nicholas G. Hayek Watchmaking School is also located in Secaucus.


Secaucus is currently home to men's soccer team Secaucus FC. Founded in 2001 by some of the first generation of soccer players from the town, Secaucus FC now represents the town in the Garden State Soccer League, and several other tournaments and indoor leagues around the state. The team is the first ever men's soccer team to come out of Secaucus.

For the first four seasons of the league, Secaucus was the headquarters of Major League Lacrosse. The headquarters have since moved to Boston, Massachusettsmarker.

Secaucus is located 10 minutes away from Giants Stadiummarker, Meadowlands Racetrackmarker, the Izod Centermarker (formerly the Continental Airlines Arena), 15 minutes away from the Prudential Centermarker in Newark, New Jerseymarker, 20 minutes away from Madison Square Gardenmarker (across the Hudson River in Manhattanmarker and 40 minutes away from both Yankee Stadiummarker and Citi Fieldmarker during ideal traffic conditions.

The 2009 WNBA Draft was held in the city on April 9.


Secaucus has exceptionally good road and rail transportation. The town is divided into four by the intersecting roads of NJ 3, which runs east and west, and the eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike (part of Interstate 95), which runs north-south, with an interchange (16E/17) at NJ Route 3 and a new interchange 15X, near the Secaucus Junction Station , which opened in late 2005.

Because of this, many shipping warehouses and truck freight transfer stations are located in Secaucus, both for shipping companies such as UPSmarker and for numerous retailers. For example, Barnes & Noble's "same day delivery" service to Manhattanmarker is run out of a warehouse in Secaucus. The town also has a large rail yard run by Conrail/CSX/Norfolk Southern where loads are switched between trains or transferred to or from trucks.

Secaucus is also the site of New Jersey Transit's Secaucus Junctionmarker (also known as the Frank R. Lautenberg Station, and sometimes known as Secaucus Transfer Station or Allied Junction. Currently there is no track junction, although one is planned for the future). The transfer station links all of NJT's long-distance train lines except the Raritan Valley Line and the Atlantic City Line. Access to the station from the rest of Secaucus is limited (it is in the southeast corner of Secaucus), via County Avenue or via NJ Turnpike Interchange 15X.

Numerous New Jersey Transit bus lines serve Secaucus, including the 124, 129, 190 and 320 buses to the Port Authority Bus Terminalmarker in Midtown Manhattan, the 78 to Newarkmarker, the 2 and 85 to Jersey Citymarker and local service provided on the 772 route. There is a bus park-and-ride at the northeast corner of Secaucus.

In the first half of the 20th Century a trolley line ran through the then main business district of Secaucus, on Paterson Plank Road from Jersey Citymarker and across the Hackensack River to East Rutherfordmarker. The extent to which the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will resurrect this service is undecided.

The closest airport with scheduled passenger service is Newark Liberty International Airportmarker in Newarkmarker / Elizabethmarker.

There are three taxicab services located within the town of Secaucus. Each taxicab service is licensed and inspected by the Secaucus Chief of Police and each individual driver of these licensed services undergo fingerprinting, motor vehicle record check and a complete background check each year.

Retail hub

Harmon Meadow Plaza.
There are several large retail areas in Secaucus.

Secaucus Plaza is the "downtown" area of Secaucus. It is just off of NJ-3. The Outlets are a collection of outlet shops selling discounted name-brand merchandise in southwest Secaucus.

Many factory retail outlets are scattered throughout the Harmon Cove industrial section, often located in warehouses or converted factories. Harmon Cove Outlet Center is the largest outlet mall, on Enterprise Avenue. It once housed a four screen Loews Theatres complex, which closed shortly before the Meadow Six opened and was replaced by more stores.

The Mill Creek Mallmarker (officially, the Mall at Mill Creek) is a moderate-level mall on NJ-3 on the west side of the Turnpike. The AMC Loews Theatres Plaza 8 theater, open at the time of the opening of the mall, is now closed to make room for an LA Fitness gym, currently under construction.

Wal-Martmarker and Sam's Club are located east of the NJ Turnpike, near NJ 3 and Interchange 16E.

Best Buy, Raymour & Flanigan, Ashley Furniture, Home Depot and Daffy's are located on Paterson Plank Rd in Secaucus NJ off Interchange 16E.

Pier 1 is located at Harmon Meadow Plazamarker, where the only theater left in town is open, a six-screen AMC Loews theater known as the Meadow Six, scheduled to close in the summer of 2009 and to be replaced by a 14-screen Showplace Theatres complex currently being built in the parking lot adjacent to the Meadow Six.

Poetry References

Secaucus has been the subject of numerous artistic works. Poetry by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes and Charles Bukowski has focused on the natural beauty of Secaucus. The three-stanza, free verse poem "Secaucus", published by Bukowski in 1981, is inscribed on a plaque in the main lobby of city hall :

"A square one type of gal has my head squarelyby the ponytail heldand fists handfuls of the toxic Secuacusrunoff down myresistant mouth.

Can I trust you anymore?

The same stranger with estuarial eyesglances at the mise-en-scène.Deliverance has comewith patiencepurchase promised."

Corporate residents

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents include:

Pop culture references

  • Secaucus was mentioned by the Beastie Boys on their first two singles, "Rock Hard" and "The New Style" on Def Jam Records in the mid 1980s.
  • Secaucus was frequently derided by various characters in the television sitcom, Will and Grace.
  • Secaucus is mentioned as the place of origin of Clare Raymond, a 20th century woman thawed after being cryogenically frozen for four centuries in "The Neutral Zone", the first season finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which aired on May 16, 1988.
  • In a scene in Goodfellas, when Tommy (Joe Pesci) tells a story about how he got in a fight with a cop in an interrogation room, he mentions that the cop picked him up when he was lying down in the weeds in Secaucus.
  • CBS TV show How I Met Your Mother mentions Secaucus in episode 3, entitled "I love NJ," of season 4.

See also


  1. Page, Jeffrey. "Our towns challenge our tongues", The Record , June 17, 2005. Accessed June 19, 2007. "You can always tell newcomers to Secaucus. Because most words are pronounced with emphasis on the next-to-last syllable, they say they live in see-KAW-cus - although the ones who fear their friends might recall that Secaucus used to be pig-farming country might say they live in South Carlstadt, which doesn't exist. If I said 'see-KAW-cus' to someone local, they'd think I didn't know what I was talking about, said Dan McDonough, the municipal historian. Of course it's SEE-kaw-cus. Everybody knows that."
  2. "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 147-148.
  3. Mullins, Michael D.; "'Redevelopment' was the word in 07"; The Hudson Reporter: Year in Review; December 30, 2007; Page 34
  4. "Best Places To Live - The Complete Top Towns List 1-100", New Jersey Monthly, February 21, 2008. Accessed February 24, 2008.
  5. 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 142.
  6. Elected Officials, Town of Secaucus. Accessed July 28, 2008.
  7. 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 64. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  8. Secaucus Board of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 9, 2008.
  9. Harrington, Shannon D. "Enter Exit 15", The Record , November 30, 2005. Accessed June 19, 2007. "Exit 15X, the new $250 million Secaucus interchange on the New Jersey Turnpike, will open to motorists Thursday night."
  10. Hudson County Bus/Rail Connection, New Jersey Transit. Accessed June 23, 2007.
  11. About Us, WWOR-TV. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  12. MLB Network’s Harlem plans an unnecessary distraction
  13. Contact Us, Goya Foods. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  14. InterServer Completes Construction of new . Datacenter, accessed May 12, 2007.
  15. Daytek Online takes space in Secaucus, NJ Building, accessed May 12, 2007.
  16. Vernon, Joan. "Secaucus, N.J.-Based Children's Place Seeks to Convert Browsers into Buyers.", The Record , February 27, 2004. Accessed July 16, 2008.
  17. Hanc, John. "Lifting for Life: Dave Draper, a 1960s bodybuilding star is back—and touting the rewards of strength building.", AARP Bulletin, October 2006. Accessed June 23, 2007. "Except the muscles: they were real. Draper had been developing those since he was 12, not on a West Coast beach but in the basement of his parents' home in Secaucus, N.J."
  18. Livio, Susan K.; and Graber, Trish G. "Former N.J. Assemblyman Anthony Impreveduto dies at 61", The Star-Ledger, August 6, 2009. Accessed August 7, 2009.
  19. Poor Man's Candidate, Time March 17, 1952. "Massive (6 ft., 240 lbs.) Henry B. Krajewski of Secaucus, N.J. has a five-acre farm with 4,000 pigs, a flourishing saloon ("Tammany Hall Tavern") and political ambitions."
  20. Annotated Lyrics to Licensed To Ill by The Beastie Boys
  21. "The Neutral Zone" at
  22. How I Met Your Mother, Season 4 Episode 3

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