Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Borough of Englewood Cliffs
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Englewood Cliffs' location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°52′57″N 73°57′9″W / 40.8825°N 73.9525°W / 40.8825; -73.9525Coordinates: 40°52′57″N 73°57′9″W / 40.8825°N 73.9525°W / 40.8825; -73.9525
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated May 10, 1895
 – Type Borough
 – Mayor Joseph C. Parisi, Jr. (term ends 2011)[2]
 – Administrator Susan Spohn[3]
 – Total 3.38 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 – Land 2.09 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 – Water 1.29 sq mi (3.3 km2)  38.17%
Elevation[5] 361 ft (110 m)
Population (2010 Census)[6]
 – Total 5,281
 – Density 1,554.3/sq mi (600.1/km2)
Time zone U.S. Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) U.S. EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07632[7]
Area code(s) 201/551
FIPS code 34-21510[8][9]
GNIS feature ID 0876197[10]
Website www.englewoodcliffsnj.org

Englewood Cliffs is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 census, the borough population was 5,281.[6] The borough houses the world headquarters of CNBC and the American headquarters of Unilever, and is home to both Ferrari and Maserati North America.[11][12]

Englewood Cliffs was formed as a borough on May 10, 1895, from portions of Englewood Township and Palisades Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.[13][14]



Englewood Cliffs is located at 40°52′57″N 73°57′09″W / 40.882622°N 73.952498°W / 40.882622; -73.952498 (40.882622, -73.952498).[15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.38 square miles (8.8 km2), of which 2.09 square miles (5.4 km2) is land and 1.29 square miles (3.3 km2), or 38.17%, is water.[4]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 218
1910 410 88.1%
1920 534 30.2%
1930 809 51.5%
1940 888 9.8%
1950 966 8.8%
1960 2,913 201.6%
1970 5,938 103.8%
1980 5,698 −4.0%
1990 5,634 −1.1%
2000 5,322 −5.5%
2010 5,281 −0.8%
Population sources:
1900-1990[16][17] 2000[18] 2010[6][19]

As of the 2010 Census, Englewood Cliffs had a population of 5,281. The median age was 47.2. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 56.4% White, 2.1% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 38.5% Asian, 0.8% some other race and 2.2% reporting two or more races. 6.0% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[19]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 5,322 people, 1,818 households, and 1,559 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,544.3 people per square mile (983.2/km2). There were 1,889 housing units at an average density of 903.1 per square mile (349.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 66.84% White, 1.37% African American, 0.04% Native American, 29.69% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.89% of the population.[18]

As of the 2000 census, 11.76% of Englewood Cliffs' residents identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry, which was the tenth highest in the United States and eighth highest of any municipality in New Jersey, for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[20] The 2000 census found that 3.4% of Englewood Cliffs residents identified themselves as being of Armenian-American ancestry, the eighth highest percentage of Armenian American people in any place in the United States.[21] In the 2000 census, 8.42% of Englewood Cliffs' residents identified themselves as being of Chinese ancestry. This was the third highest percentage of people with Chinese ancestry in any place in New Jersey with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[22] In this same census, 2.91% of Englewood Cliffs' residents identified themselves as being of Japanese ancestry, which was the fifth highest of any municipality in New Jersey — behind Fort Lee (6.09%), Demarest (3.72%), Edgewater (3.22%) and Leonia (3.07%) — for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[23]

There were 1,818 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.2% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.16.[18]

In the borough the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.[18]

The median income for a household in the borough was $106,478, and the median income for a family was $113,187 in 2000. In 2008, the estimated median income had risen to $134,419. Males had a median income of $79,501 versus $42,019 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $57,399. About 1.4% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.[18]

In 2006, Englewood Cliffs was ranked 78th on the list of most expensive zip codes in the USA by Forbes, with a median house price of $1,112,500.[24]


Borough administration office building

Local government

Englewood Cliffs 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 and only votes to break a tie. 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][25]

As of 2011, the Mayor of the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey is Joseph Parisi, Jr. (D, term ends December 31, 2011), who succeeded his father, Joseph Parisi Sr., 79, who was mayor for 29 years, and was halfway through a four-year term when he died on November 15, 2005.[26] Members of the Englewood Cliffs Borough Council are Council President Robert Agresta (R, 2011), Martin Asatrian (R, 2012), Carrol McMorrow (R, 2012), Eric Petrone (R, 2011), Ilan Plawker (D, 2013) and Melanie Simon (D, 2013).[27][28]

Federal, state and county representation

Englewood Cliffs is in the 9th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 37th state legislative district.[29] The legislative district was kept unchanged by the New Jersey Apportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 Census.[6]

New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Steve Rothman (D, Fair Lawn). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

37th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Loretta Weinberg (D, Teaneck) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Valerie Huttle (D, Englewood) and Gordon M. Johnson (D, Englewood).[30] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[31] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[32]

Bergen County's County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[33] 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.[34] As of 2011, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman John Driscoll, Jr. (R, 2012; Paramus),[35] Vice-Chairwoman Maura DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[36] Chair Pro Tempore John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park)[37] John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[38] David L. Ganz (D, 2011; Fair Lawn),[39] Robert G. Hermansen (R, 2012; Mahwah)[40] and Bernadette P. McPherson (D, 2011; Rutherford).[41][42] Other countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Elizabeth Randall (R, Westwood).[43]


As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 3,378 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,100 (32.6% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 743 (22.0%) were registered as Republicans and 1,533 (45.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were two voters registered to other parties.[44]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 52.4% of the vote here (1,300 ballots received), outpolling Democrat Barack Obama, who received 46.4% of the vote (1,152 ballots cast), with 73.9% of registered voters participating.[44] In the 2004 election, Republican George W. Bush received 52.1% of the vote here (1,457 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John F. Kerry, who received 47.0% of the vote (1,316 ballots), with 2,799 of the 3,598 registered voters participating (for turnout of 77.9%).[45]

On the local level, Englewood Cliffs has predominantly elected Democratic candidates for the past 30 years. Historically a number of notable local Republicans have consistently challenged the Democrats. Included among these are Robert Agresta, Eric Petrone, Diane Sank and Angelo Mungioli.[citation needed]


  • Joseph Parisi, Jr. 2008 to 2011.
  • Joseph Parisi, Sr. 1976 to 2005.
  • Thomas E. Stagnitti (1923-2006) 1963 to 1976.[46]
  • William Outis Allison (1849-1924) 1895 to ?. He was the first Mayor of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.


Unilever building

CNBC,[47] LG USA,[48] and Unilever North America are headquartered in Englewood Cliffs.[49]


The Englewood Cliffs Public Schools serve children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[50]) are North Cliff School with 182 students in grades K–2 and Upper School with 263 students in grades 3–8.

The school district has a sending/receiving relationship with the Englewood Public School District that enables students to attend public high school at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood.[51]

Since 1975, Englewood Cliffs has been home to a campus of Saint Peter's College, where evening and weekend classes are offered for Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, and graduate degrees. The college's nursing program for registered nurses is also located at the campus. Previously, the campus had been home to Englewood Cliffs College, which closed in 1974.[52]


New Jersey Transit bus route 156 serves the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and the 186 terminates at the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.[53]

U.S. Route 9W, the Palisades Parkway, and County Route 505 travels through Englewood Cliffs. Motorists can also take a scenic drive along Henry Hudson Drive at the Palisades Interstate Park.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Englewood Cliffs include:


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