The History of Delawanna, NJ

The car accident attorneys in Delawanna, NJ at Garden State Justice Group have sponsored the following article on the area's highlights.


The neighborhood Delawanna is located 8.9 miles north of Newark and just under a 45-minute drive from Jersey City. Passaic Avenue runs through the heart of the neighborhood, and Kingsland Road makes up the southern border. The eastern border is created by the Passaic River, which runs 80 miles and ends in Newark Bay. 


Delawanna helps make up the town of Clifton, along with the following additional neighborhoods:

  • Allwood
  • Athenia
  • Botany Village
  • Albion Place 

The area is over a century old, with settlements dating back to 1679. Hans Frederick was given the area from Captahem, a Native American leader. The area was mainly farmlands until the introduction of the railroad. On September 12, 1870, the Delawanna Station was opened for service freight transport of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad's Boonton Branch. Passenger service would not begin until December 14, 1870. 

The Delewanna Station, located on Delawanna Avenue and Oak Street, was restored in 1925, and the tracks were raised throughout Clifton. Unfortunately, this building was torn down in 1970 due to neglect. Its current station has a shelter on the inbound side and two low-level platforms. It serves trains on the New Jersey Transit's Main Line. 


The Delawanna community is primarily an upper-middle-income neighborhood. Most of the residents work in executive or management positions, but the occupational breakdown is the following:

  • 46.9% executive or management
  • 20.1% manufacturing or labor
  • 19.1% sales or service
  • 13.4% assistant or tech support

With the many waterfront areas, the residents have many recreational areas to enjoy. On the Third River is the Memorial Park and Kingsland Park. On the Passaic River, there is Zelenka Park. 

Places of Interest

Ralph Lauren's corporate office is located off of Metro Boulevard in Delawanna. In addition, other companies and educational facilities that call this area their home include:

  • Aero Manufacturing Co
  • Baker Media Group
  • Seton Hall Univerity
  • Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine


In addition to the other neighborhoods that make up Clifton, the population was 84,136 in 2010 and consisted of 30,661 households. The average income per household was $62,271, and for a family, the income was $76,070. The racial breakdown of the town was:

  • 69.63% white
  • 4.92% African American
  • 31.92% Hispanic or Latino
  • 8.9% Asian
  • 0.5% Native American
  • 0.03% Pacific Islander
  • 12.44% other races
  • 3.59% two or more races

In the Delawanna neighborhood, a significant number of residents identify as Asian or with Asian ancestry. Other residents' ancestries include:

  • 17.4% Asian
  • 13.5% Italian
  • 10.5% Puerto Rican
  • 9.9% South American
  • 6.1% Irish
  • 1.2% Belgian

If you found this article interesting, continue reading: A Historical Look At The Town Of Rutherford, NJ

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