Demarest, New Jersey

Demarest, New Jersey
Borough of Demarest, New Jersey
—  Borough (New Jersey)  —
Map highlighting Demarest's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Demarest, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°57′20″N 73°57′38″W / 40.95556°N 73.96056°W / 40.95556; -73.96056Coordinates: 40°57′20″N 73°57′38″W / 40.95556°N 73.96056°W / 40.95556; -73.96056
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 8, 1903
 – Type Borough (New Jersey)
 – Mayor Raymond J. Cywinski (2014)[2]
 – Total 2.07 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 – Land 2.07 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 – Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[4] 59 ft (18 m)
Population (2010 Census)[5]
 – Total 4,881
 – Density 2,358/sq mi (903.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07627[6]
Area code(s) 201/551
FIPS code 34-17530[7][8]
GNIS feature ID 0875886[9]

Demarest is a Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 4,881.[5]

Demarest was formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 8, 1903, from portions of Harrington Township and Palisades Township.[10] The borough was named for Ralph S. Demarest, who had represented the area in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate in the mid-19th century.[11]



Demarest is located at 40°57′20″N 73°57′38″W / 40.955603°N 73.960446°W / 40.955603; -73.960446 (40.955603, -73.960446).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.07 square miles (5.4 km2), all of it classified as land.[3]

At the heart of Demarest is a river, known by many residents as the Duck Pond although it is a river and it is mostly inhabited by Canadian Geese, not ducks. During rainy days the Duck Pond is often flooded, but this is rarely a problem with traffic. Although for Hurricane Irene there was enough flooding that the main roads were blocked.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 393
1910 560 42.5%
1920 654 16.8%
1930 1,013 54.9%
1940 1,165 15.0%
1950 1,786 53.3%
1960 4,231 136.9%
1970 5,133 21.3%
1980 4,963 −3.3%
1990 4,800 −3.3%
2000 4,845 0.9%
2010 4,881 0.7%
Population sources:
1900-1990[13][14] 2000[15] 2010[5][16]

As of the 2010 Census, Demarest had a population of 4,881. The median age was 43.9. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 70.2% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.0% Native American, 26.4% Asian, 0.7% some other race and 2.0% reporting two or more races. 4.4% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[16]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 4,845 people, 1,601 households, and 1,386 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,343.7 people per square mile (903.7/km2). There were 1,634 housing units at an average density of 790.4 per square mile (304.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.28% White, 0.50% African American, 0.02% Native American, 20.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.[15]

As of the 2000 census, 3.72% of Demarest's residents identified themselves as being of Japanese ancestry, which was the second highest of any municipality in New Jersey — behind Fort Lee (6.09%) — for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[17] In this same census, 2.3% of Demarest's residents identified themselves as being of Armenian-American ancestry. This was the 19th highest percentage of Armenian American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[18]

There were 1,601 households out of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.4% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.27.[15]

In the borough the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.[15]

The median income for a household in the borough was $103,286, and the median income for a family was $113,144. Males had a median income of $82,597 versus $43,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $51,939. About 0.9% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.[15]


Local government

Demarest is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. 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.[1]

As of 2011, the Mayor of Demarest Borough is Raymond J. Cywinski, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014. Members of the Borough Council are Marianne Bolduc (2011), Tom Connolly (2013), Steve Conti (2011), Joseph Gray (2014), Mary Montagne (2013) and Steve Verp (2014).[19]

Federal, state and county representation

Demarest is in the 5th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.[20] The legislative district was kept unchanged by the New Jersey Apportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 Census.[5]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

39th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township) and Charlotte Vandervalk (R, Hillsdale).[21] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[22] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[23]

Bergen County's County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[24] The Board of Chosen Freeholders is the county's legislative body and its seven members are elected at-large on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[25] As of 2011, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman John Driscoll, Jr. (R, 2012; Paramus),[26] Vice-Chairwoman Maura DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[27] Chair Pro Tempore John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park)[28] John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[29] David L. Ganz (D, 2011; Fair Lawn),[30] Robert G. Hermansen (R, 2012; Mahwah)[31] and Bernadette P. McPherson (D, 2011; Rutherford).[32][33] Other countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Elizabeth Randall (R, Westwood).[34]


As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 3,002 registered voters. Of registered voters, 995 (33.1% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 598 (19.9%) were registered as Republicans and 1,404 (46.8%) were registered as Undeclared. There were five voters registered to other parties.[35]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 54.1% of the vote here, defeating Republican John McCain, who received 45.0% of the vote, with 77.7% of registered voters participating.[35] In the 2004 election, Democrat John Kerry received 51% of the vote here, edging Republican George W. Bush, who received around 48%.[36]


The Demarest Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[37]) are County Road School with 132 Kindergarten and first grade students, Luther Lee Emerson School with an enrollment of 215 students in grades 2 - 4 and Demarest Middle School which serves 315 students in grades 5 through 8.

Students in public school grades 9-12 attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest in Demarest, together with students from Closter and Haworth. The high school is part of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan.[38] Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest was the 14th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 9th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[39]

The Academy of the Holy Angels is a private high school for girls located in Demarest. The school has an enrollment of 540 students and operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[40]


County Route 501 and County Route 505 travels through Demarest. While Demarest is a small town there are often traffic jams at around 3:00 pm when all three grammar schools let out for the day. These small traffic jams usually occur at the intersection of County Road and Hardenburgh Avenue, and sometimes require the local police to direct traffic.

Although there are no passenger rail service, the CSX freight service runs through Demarest. Demarest is also served by Rockland Coaches routes 14, 20/20T and 84, with a stop by the Duck Pond on County Route 505 which provides service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, a common shopping destination for many residents.[41]

Demarest was served by the Demarest Railroad Depot until passenger traffic stopped in 1966. After the borough purchased the site in 1978, the station has been restored and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004.[42][43]

Noted residents

Notable current and former residents of Demarest include:


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  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.


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