Borough of East Rutherford, NJ

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About East Rutherford

Welcome signEast Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,913, reflecting an increase of 197 (+2.3%) from the 8,716 counted in the 2000 Census. It is an inner-ring suburb of New York City, located 7 miles (11 km) west of Midtown Manhattan.

By an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 17, 1889, a portion of the old Union Township was incorporated under the name of Boiling Springs Township. The new township took its name from a spring in the community. On March 28, 1894, the Borough of East Rutherford was created, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day, and Boiling Springs Township was dissolved. While there was no change in its borders, the name and form of government were changed. The borough was the second formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.

East Rutherford is the home of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which includes the Izod Center, the former home of the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association and the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, and current home of the Ticket-City Legends Classic and Fordham Rams basketball as well as concerts and other events; and MetLife Stadium, home of the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets and the site of Super Bowl XLVIII, which made East Rutherford the smallest city ever to host a Super Bowl, and the site of WrestleMania 29, as well as the former site of Giants Stadium, which hosted the Giants, Jets and the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. East Rutherford is the only municipality with fewer than 10,000 residents to have been home to five professional sports teams simultaneously.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.052 square miles (10.494 km2), of which, 3.709 square miles (9.606 km2) of it was land and 0.343 square miles (0.889 km2) of it (8.47%) was water.

East Rutherford is bounded on the north by the boroughs of Carlstadt and Wallington and to the south by the borough of Rutherford in Bergen County; by Secaucus in Hudson County; and by Passaic in Passaic County. The Passaic River is the western boundary, and the Hackensack River is the eastern boundary. The area in which East Rutherford is located is the valley of the Passaic and Hackensack rivers.


At the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,913 people, 3,792 households, and 2,226 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,403.2 per square mile (927.9/km2). There were 4,018 housing units at an average density of 1,083.4 per square mile (418.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 73.04% (6,510) White, 4.50% (401) Black or African American, 0.22% (20) Native American, 13.93% (1,242) Asian, 0.03% (3) Pacific Islander, 5.83% (520) from other races, and 2.43% (217) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 17.54% (1,563) of the population.

There were 3,792 households, of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the borough, 18.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.8 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $62,471 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,225) and the median family income was $71,357 (+/- $10,225). Males had a median income of $57,511 (+/- $8,669) versus $48,502 (+/- $2,269) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,467 (+/- $2,752). About 5.9% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 19 households in 2010, a decline from the 27 counted in 2000.

Local Government

East Rutherford is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. 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 in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by East Rutherford, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.


As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,484 registered voters in East Rutherford, of which 1,233 (27.5% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,190 (26.5% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,058 (45.9% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 50.3% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 61.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).


Public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the East Rutherford School District. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's two schools had an enrollment of 772 students and 62.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.35:1.[81] Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[82]) are McKenzie School (PreK–5; 474 students) and Alfred S. Faust School (6–8; 298 students).

For grades ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend the Henry P. Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, which serves high school students from both Carlstadt and East Rutherford. The school is part of the Carlstadt-East Rutherford Regional School District.

Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.

Roads and Highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 30.53 miles (49.13 km) of roadways, of which 20.21 miles (32.52 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.20 miles (6.76 km) by Bergen County and 4.44 miles (7.15 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.68 miles (2.70 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

State Routes include Route 17, Route 120 and Route 3. The only interstate that passes through and serves East Rutherford is Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike Western Spur) at Exit 16W.

Public Transportation

The Rutherford station, which is located on the Rutherford - East Rutherford border, provides train service on New Jersey Transit's Bergen County Line.

The Meadowlands station offers service on the Meadowlands Rail Line, which began in June 2009, providing access between the Meadowlands Sports Complex and Secaucus Junction, and from there to other New Jersey Transit lines with trains operating before and after games and other events at the complex.

New Jersey Transit buses include the 160, 163, 164 and 322 routes serving the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 76 to Newark; and local service on the 703 route.

Notable People

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with East Rutherford include:

  • E. J. Barthel (born 1985), fullback who played for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.
  • Fireman Ed (born 1959, nickname of Edwin M. Anzalone), superfan of the New York Jets.
  • Alfred Byrd Graf (1901–2001), botanist known for his richly illustrated books on the subject of plants.
  • Henry Helstoski (1925–1999), represented New Jersey's 8th congressional district, served as councilman of East Rutherford in 1956 and as mayor from 1957 to 1965.
  • Harold C. Hollenbeck (born 1938), politician who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1983.
  • Henry Hook (born 1955), crossword creator.
  • Bobby Jones (born 1972), former pitcher who played for the New York Mets.
  • Diane Ruggiero, screen writer for Veronica Mars.
  • Patty Shwartz (born 1961) is a United States Circuit Judge of United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Dick Vitale (born 1939), sports broadcaster who attended high school and coached at his alma mater, East Rutherford High School; inducted into the East Rutherford Hall of Fame in 1985.

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