Paterson, New Jersey

Paterson: The third most populous city in New Jersey. It is located on the Passaic River in northeastern New Jersey. Paterson is known for its many silk mills, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Paterson Great Falls and the Paterson Museum.

About

Paterson is a city located in the county of Passaic in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Its population at the 2010 census was 146,199 and a population density of 6,483 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 144,801 inhabitants.

The city was created 232 years ago in 1791.

Paterson is a city located in northeastern New Jersey within the New York City metropolitan area. With a population of over 145,000, it is the third largest city in New Jersey. Paterson sits along the Passaic River.

History

Paterson was founded in 1791 by Alexander Hamilton who envisioned it as the cradle of American industry because of the available water power sites. Paterson became an industrial boomtown throughout the 19th century churning out textiles, firearms, locomotives and silk.

Immigrants from Europe provided factory labor, giving Paterson a multicultural character. Silk production became Paterson's specialty, earning it the nickname “Silk City.”

Decline and Renewal

Paterson fell into decline and poverty in the mid 20th century as industries left. But preservation efforts in recent decades have revitalized sections of the city, especially the historic Great Falls district.

The Great Falls were restored with hydroelectric plants and pedestrian walkways providing scenic views of the magnificent 77-foot high waterfalls.

Current Features

Some additional aspects of modern-day Paterson include:

  • A strong African American and Hispanic cultural heritage
  • Renowned culinary traditions like the hot dog which originated in Paterson
  • Hinchliffe Stadium - Historic 10,000 seat stadium and national landmark
  • Numerous art galleries and live music venues
  • The Paterson Museum displaying American industrial history

Paterson exemplifies both the grandeur and hardships of an iconic American manufacturing city. But its diverse community and resolve help guide its reemergence.

Paterson locator map
Location of Paterson on New Jersey map.

Quick Facts about Paterson

Population : 144,801 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : New Jersey (United States)
County : Passaic County
Postal code : 07501, 07510, 07522, 07544, 07543, 07533, 07509, 07514, 07503, 07504, 07501, 07513, 07502, 07505, 07510
Phone Area Codes : 973, 201
Area : 22.55 km2
Altitude : 105 feet / 32 meters
Capital city : Paterson is capital of Passaic County
Establishment : January 01, 1792 (232 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 22:55:15 (21st February 2024)
Density : 6,421 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -0.97% (2010-2020)
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Geography

Paterson is located at 40°55'0"N 74°10'19"W (40.9167700, -74.1718100). It has 7 neighbors: Clifton, Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn, Haledon, Hawthorne, Prospect Park and Totowa.

Paterson map

Paterson has 7 neighbours.

  • Clifton The most populous city in Passaic County, New Jersey. It is located on the Passaic River in northeastern New Jersey. Clifton is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Clifton Public Library and the Clifton Historical Society.
  • Elmwood Park borough in Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Fair Lawn borough in New Jersey
  • Haledon town in Passaic County, New Jersey
  • Hawthorne Hawthorne is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey
  • Prospect Park borough in Passaic County, New Jersey
  • Totowa town in Passaic County, New Jersey

Demographics

According to census records, the population of Paterson decreased by 0.97% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
1840 7,596 - demographic balance
1850 11,334 32.98% demographic balance
1860 19,586 42.13% demographic balance
1870 33,579 41.67% demographic balance
1880 51,031 34.2% demographic balance
1890 78,347 34.87% demographic balance
1900 105,171 25.51% demographic balance
1910 125,600 16.27% demographic balance
2010 146,199 14.09% census
2011 145,593 -0.42% estimation process
2012 146,111 0.35% estimation process
2013 146,049 -0.04% estimation process
2014 145,911 -0.09% estimation process
2015 145,928 0.01% estimation process
2016 145,773 -0.11% estimation process
2017 146,015 0.17% estimation process
2018 145,594 -0.29% estimation process
2019 145,233 -0.25% estimation process
2020 144,801 -0.3% estimation process

Paterson zip code is 07501. County name: Passaic, County fips: 34031

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People born in Paterson (200)

People born in Paterson, including writer and television producer J. Michael Straczynski, physicist Frederick Reines, football player, wide receiver Victor Cruz, .

List

  • Zoogz Rift (American musician and professional wrestler) he was born in 10/07/1953
  • Mindy Sterling (American actress) she was born in 11/07/1953
  • Essence Carson (American basketball player) she was born in 28/07/1986
  • Percy Goetschius (American composer) he was born in 30/08/1853
  • Sybil (American singer) she was born in 02/06/1965
  • Adeva (American musician) she was born in 13/12/1960
  • Dave Sime (American Olympic sprinter, multi-sport athlete, and a pioneering ophthalmologist, who won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the 1960 Olympic Games) he was born in 25/07/1936
  • Robert Torricelli (American politician) he was born in 27/08/1951
  • Patrick Warburton (American actor) he was born in 14/11/1964
  • Anthony Davis (American pianist and composer) he was born in 20/02/1951
  • Gilbert Warrenton (American cinematographer) he was born in 07/03/1894
  • Susan Misner (Dancer and actress) she was born in 08/02/1971
  • Kathryn D. Sullivan (American geologist and NASA astronaut) she was born in 03/10/1951
  • Mark L. Polansky (American astronaut, pilot) he was born in 02/06/1956
  • Amos H. Radcliffe (American politician (1870-1950)) he was born in 16/01/1870
  • Carl Weinrich (American organist) he was born in 02/07/1904
  • Michael Hossack (Drummer for The Doobie Brothers) he was born in 17/10/1946
  • Frank Lautenberg (U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1924-2013)) he was born in 23/01/1924

Schools in Paterson

College & universities near Paterson, NJ

Code Name City ZIP
186034 Passaic County Community College Paterson (NJ) 07505-1179
184746 Hohokus School of Trade and Technical Sciences Paterson (NJ) 07513
183789 Berkeley College-Woodland Park Woodland Park (NJ) 07424
363077 Capri Institute of Hair Design-Clifton Clifton (NJ) 07011
187444 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne (NJ) 07470

Stations (16)

Amtrak & bus stations near Paterson, NJ

Code Name Address Type
NWK Pennsylvania Station 1 Raymond Plaza West RAIL
YNY Yonkers station 5 Buena Vista Ave. RAIL
NYP Pennsylvania Station 8th Ave 31st Street / 8th Ave 33rd Street RAIL
EWR Newark Liberty International Airport Newark Liberty International Airport RAIL
NRO New Rochelle station 1 Railroad Plaza RAIL

Post offices near Paterson

Post Office Name City ZIP
Paterson Post Office Paterson (NJ) 07510
Haledon Post Office Haledon (NJ) 07508
Park Post Office Paterson (NJ) 07513
South Paterson Post Office Paterson (NJ) 07503
River Road Post Office Fair Lawn (NJ) 07410

Other cities in Passaic County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Passaic County , NJ.

City Name Population Title
Clifton 85,025 The most populous city in Passaic County, New Jersey.
Passaic 69,340 The most populous city in Passaic County, New Jersey.
Wayne 53,163 Township in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States
West Milford 26,242 Township of New Jersey
Hawthorne 18,667 Hawthorne is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey
Little Falls 14,412 City in Morrison County, Minnesota
Woodland Park 12,655 Borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States
Ringwood 12,157 Borough in Passaic County, New Jersey
Wanaque 11,717 Town in Passaic County, New Jersey
Pompton Lakes 10,931 Town in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States
Totowa 10,797 Town in Passaic County, New Jersey
North Haledon 8,362 Borough of New Jersey, United States
Haledon 8,261 Town in Passaic County, New Jersey
Bloomingdale 8,035 Town in Passaic County, New Jersey
Haskell 4,942 Township in Passaic County, New Jersey, New Jersey

Distance to Other Cities

Paterson distances to largest New Jersey cities