Oradell, New Jersey

Oradell, New Jersey
Oradell, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map highlighting Oradell's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Oradell, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°57′18″N 74°1′51″W / 40.955°N 74.03083°W / 40.955; -74.03083Coordinates: 40°57′18″N 74°1′51″W / 40.955°N 74.03083°W / 40.955; -74.03083
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 8, 1894 as Delford
Renamed November 12, 1920 as Oradell
 – Type Borough
 – Mayor Dianne Camelo Didio (2011)[2]
 – Administrator Laura J. Graham[3]
 – Total 2.55 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 – Land 2.42 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 – Water 0.13 sq mi (0.3 km2)  5.10%
Elevation[5] 30 ft (9 m)
Population (2010 Census)[6][7]
 – Total 7,978
 – Density 3,130.7/sq mi (1,208.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07649[8]
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-54990[9][10]
GNIS feature ID 0885337[11]
Website http://www.oradell.org

Oradell is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 7,978.[6] The borough's territory includes a dam on the Hackensack River that forms the Oradell Reservoir. Oradell is an affluent suburb of New York City, located approximately 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.

Oradell was originally formed on March 8, 1894, as the borough of Delford, from portions of Harrington Township, Midland Township and Palisades Township, at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County. The name "Delford" was a portmanteau created from the names of two communities within the new borough: Oradell and New Milford. On November 12, 1920, the borough's name was officially changed to "Oradell", based on the results of a referendum held ten days earlier.[12][13][14]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Oradell as the 68th best place to live in New Jersey in its 2010 rankings of the "Top Towns" in the state. This ranking also makes the borough the seventh best place to live in Bergen County.[15]



Oradell is located at 40°57′11″N 74°02′02″W / 40.953126°N 74.033799°W / 40.953126; -74.033799 (40.953126, -74.033799).[16]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.55 square miles (6.6 km2), of which 2.42 square miles (6.3 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2), or 5.10%, is water.[4]

Oradell Reservoir was formed by the Oradell Reservoir Dam placed on the Hackensack River, which was started in 1921 and finished in 1923. The reservoir is fed by the Pascack Brook and Dwars Kill in addition to the Hackensack River. The Dam has greatly reduced the amount of flooding in the eastern part of Oradell caused by the Hackensack River, though it also resulted in the loss of flora and fauna that depended on the fresh water that flowed down the river.[17] Fed by rain from Hurricane Irene in August 2011, the water level in the reservoir was two feet above the top of the dam, allowing billions of gallons of water to flow over the dam and exacerbating flooding conditions in Oradell and New Milford.[18]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 746
1910 1,005 34.7%
1920 1,286 28.0%
1930 2,360 83.5%
1940 2,802 18.7%
1950 3,665 30.8%
1960 7,487 104.3%
1970 8,903 18.9%
1980 8,658 −2.8%
1990 8,024 −7.3%
2000 8,047 0.3%
2010 7,978 −0.9%
Population sources:
1900-1990[19][20] 2000[21] 2010[7][6]

As of the 2000 United States Census[9], there were 8,047 people, 2,789 households and 2,300 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,319.0 per square mile (1,283.9/km2). There were 2,833 housing units at an average density of 1,168.5 per square mile (452.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.07% White, 0.48% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population.[21]

3.1% of Oradell's residents identified themselves as being of Armenian American ancestry. This was the 11th highest percentage of Armenian American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[22]

There were 2,789 households of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.17.[21]

Age distribution was 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.[21]

The 2000 Census showed that median household income was $91,014 and the median family income was $102,842. Males had a median income of $76,683 versus $42,318 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $39,520.[21] The 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for the borough (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars) calculated that the median household income was $119,365 and the median family income was $142,468, and that the per capita income for the borough was $49,208.[23] About 1.7% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.[21]


Local government

Oradell 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]

As of 2011, the Mayor of Oradell is Dianne Camelo Didio, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2011. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Joseph L. Murray, Jr. (2011), Donna Risse Alonso (2012), Michael P. Harte (2011), James G. Koth (2012), Garrie Murphy (2013) and Eric Shuler (2013).[24]

Federal, state and county representation

Oradell is in the 5th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.[25] The city was relocated to the 38th state legislative district by the New Jersey Apportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 Census.[6] The new district is in effect for the June 2011 primary and the November 2011 general election, with the state senator and assembly members elected taking office in the new district as of January 2012.[25]

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).[26] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[27] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[28]

Bergen County's County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[29] 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.[30] As of 2011, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman John Driscoll, Jr. (R, 2012; Paramus),[31] Vice-Chairwoman Maura DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),[32] Chair Pro Tempore John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park)[33] John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),[34] David L. Ganz (D, 2011; Fair Lawn),[35] Robert G. Hermansen (R, 2012; Mahwah)[36] and Bernadette P. McPherson (D, 2011; Rutherford).[37][38] Other countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Elizabeth Randall (R, Westwood).[39]


As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 5,444 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,294 (23.8% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 1,768 (32.5%) were registered as Republicans and 2,379 (43.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were three voters registered to other parties.[40]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 52.8% of the vote here (2,289 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 46.3% of the vote 2,008 ballots), with 79.8% of registered voters participating.[40] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 55.5% of the vote in Oradell (2,592 cast), ahead of Democrat John Kerry, who received around 43.5% (2,034 votes), with 4,672 ballots cast among the borough's 5,696 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.0%.[41]


The Oradell Public School District serves students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. As of the 2009-10 school year, Oradell Public School served 794 students.[42]

Oradell and neighboring River Edge share a combined public school district for 7th through 12th grades, River Dell Regional School District which was established in 1958. Students attend River Dell Regional Middle School in River Edge and River Dell Regional High School in Oradell.[43]

Oradell is home to Bergen Catholic High School, a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland, under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[44] Oradell is also home to St. Joseph Elementary School, a Catholic school that serves children from Pre-K through grade 8, as part of the Newark Archdiocese.[45]


Oradell has two Boy Scout troops - Troop 36 and Troop 142 - as well as two Cub Scout packs; Pack 136 and Pack 142.

Troop 36 was established on April 11, 1911. Originally known as Troop 1, it was one of the first Boy Scout troops chartered in the United States and the second troop chartered in New Jersey. Sponsored by American Legion Post 41 since 1919, Troop 36 is currently the second-oldest continually operating troop in the United States and is one of the largest and most decorated troops in New Jersey. In January 2007, Troop 36 had 127 Eagle Scouts.

Troop 142 was reestablished in 1999. Currently, it has over 40 members and over 20 Eagle Scouts.


Oradell is served by New Jersey Transit on the Pascack Valley Line at the Oradell train station. The station is located at Oradell and Maple Avenues. This line runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.

NJ Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 165 route, while local service is offered on the 762 bus line.[46]

Places of interest

  • The New Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water Company was a water filtration and pumping plant located on Van Buskirk Island, an artificially created island in the Hackensack River.
  • A small park in the center of town was created in the 1960s to honor Walter M. Schirra, Jr., astronaut, marked by a plaque that reads "Home of Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN, the first Jerseyman to orbit the Earth, Oct 3, 1962".[47]
  • Riverdell Hospital was located on Kinderkamack Road. Opened in 1959, it closed in 1981 after it became known as the site of the alleged killings in the "Dr. X" murder trial of Mario Jascalevich and was torn down in 1984.[48]
  • Memorial Field is a large park and field located across from Oradell Public School. Many recreational sport games are hosted on these fields, and the elementary school utilizes the park.

Media appearances

In the 2004 movie Taxi, a map read by Detective Washburn (Jimmy Fallon) shows a fictional uncompleted highway off the Garden State Parkway in Oradell. The approximate location of the uncompleted highway is the location of the Bergen Regional Medical Center.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Oradell include:


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