Getting to Know the History of Elmwood Park, NJ

The dog bite lawyers in Elmwood Park, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group, present the following information about the area and its history.

Elmwood Park

The borough is situated in the western region of Bergen County, New Jersey. The Passaic River forms the western border, and the eastern border follows along the NJ Transit line that separates it from Saddle Brook. Christopher Columbus Highway and the Garden State Parkway cut across the town while Mola Boulevard runs north and south through the center. 


The area originally was part of Saddle River Township and was called Dundee Lake. In 1916, residents voted in favor of forming their own borough called the Borough of East Paterson. However, in 1972 the area was renamed, Elmwood Park. The area follows the blue laws along with the rest of Bergen County. This requires that certain businesses remain closed on Sundays and can include the restriction of sales of the following items:

  • cars
  • groceries
  • office supplies 
  • housewares

A historical landmark in the area includes the Van Houten-Hillman House located on River Road. The house was built in 1782 for Cornelius J. Van Houten before being sold to Herman Hillman in 1898. In 1983 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Another historical landmark is the Marcal Paper Plant on Market Street. The plant was founded in 1932 by Italian Nicholas Marcalus. The plant was taken out by a severe fire in 2019 but was rebuilt and reopened a year later. The firm exceeds $200 million in sales of paper towels and other products yearly. 


The town's population was 19,403 and consisted of 7,032 households and 5,140 families. The area saw an increase of 2.5% from 2000 to 2010. The racial breakdown of the residents was: 

  • 46.67% white
  • 24.44% African American
  • 35.31% Hispanic or Latino
  • 10.30% Asian
  • 0.56% Native American
  • 0.02% Pacific Islander
  • 13.59% other races
  • 4.42% two or more races

Out of the residents, 31.78% were born in countries outside of the United States. In addition to English, several of the residents speak Spanish and Polish. Some of the ancestries that the residents identify with include:

  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Irish
  • German
  • Macedonian

The education level in the town is fairly high with as many as 29.65% having at least a bachelor's degree. The median household income was $66,719 in 2010, an increase from the median income of $52,319 in 2000. The occupational breakdown of the employed residents is the following:

  • 15.36% technical, office, and administrative support positions
  • 11.24% service and sales occupations
  • 8.59% business, executive, and management roles

Some of the local schools that the residents attend include:

  • Elmwood Park Memorial High School
  • Sixteenth Avenue Elementary School
  • Gilbert Avenue Elementary School
  • The Goddard School of Elmwood Park 

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