PASSAIC COUNTY

County Offices
401 Grand Street
Paterson 973-881-4000
www.passaiccountynj.org

Chamber of Commerce
205 Route 46 West
Totowa 973-470-9300
www.northjerseychamber.org

 

Major Highways
Interstate 80, US Highway 46, Routes 23 and 3, Garden State Parkway

Passaic County is a richly historic area characterized by a diverse population and an excellent location for work, business, and pleasure. The county’s natural resources and ideal location offer new residents the choice of a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural settings with easy access to New York City. Other nearby attractions include beaches and resorts, scenic mountains, and the special events at the Meadowlands Sports & Entertainment Complex. Shaped like a bent hourglass, the county is roughly divided into two areas of striking contracts. The upper half features panoramic lakes and watersheds, stunning topography, and sparse development. The lower section supports more than 85 percent of the county’s total population.

Although manufacturing formed the traditional economic base, recent decades have seen a shift in employment to such sectors as wholesale and retail trade, healthcare, construction, finance, insurance, and the real estate industry. Unlike many New Jersey counties where commuters are the rule, the major of Passaic County residents work within the borders of the county. An impressive network of land, air, and sea transportation resources complement to the abundance of commercial real estate and quality labor force, ensuring continued prosperity and growth.

 

Services
Services are outstanding in this region, where state-of-the-art hospitals anchor a network of supportive facilities. St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital in Wayne, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and Barnert Hospital in Paterson, and St. Mary’s Hospital and PBI Regional Medical Center in Passaic bring together a remarkable array of technologies and centers of excellence. Home health, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care, family practice clinics, same-day surgery, specialists in private practice, and emergency care centers are among the strong network of supportive facilities that meet every need close to home.

Educational opportunities are exceptional in Passaic County, where public schools are known for their high standards of excellence. The crowning glory of the public educational system is the Passaic County Technical and Vocational High School, the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi River. Abundant opportunities for higher education within the county include William Paterson College, one of the state-supported universities, and Passaic County Community College. Berkley College not only offers business-related degree programs but serves the professional needs of business and industry. Passaic County residents can also look to neighboring college-town communities for expanded options like Felician College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Montclair State University.

 

Lifestyle
Revered by historians as the “Cradle of American Industry,” Passaic County is home of the Great Falls, a natural fountain of pure energy that first inspired an industrial empire. Of the many great museums in this region, the most striking is Lambert Castle with its British architectural styling, breathtaking stained-glass windows, and imposing battlement towers. Through the county, historic homes offer a glimpse of yesterday and harmonize modern development with old-world charm.

The county maintains and operates several lush parks that cover 3,332 acres with premier recreational facilities. Highlights include a 36-hole golf course, the historic Dey Mansion, and scenic hiking trails. In addition to municipal parks, communities have developed a kaleidoscope of sports facilities and amenities from tennis courts and swimming pools to recreation centers. The county enjoys easy access to state parks and deep forests for camping, fishing, hiking, jogging, biking, backpacking, and winter sports. Those who love water sports can look forward to exploring the many lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.

A host of cultural groups and associations celebrate the diverse cultures that make this area so appealing. The Shea Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of William Paterson University showcases a wide variety of performances and programs that enrich the entire community with student productions and guest artists. Colorful festivals and celebrations revolve around cultural, historic, and holiday themes to fill the annual calendar with exciting events. Shopping facilities are abundant and attractive, ranging from modern malls like Willowbrook to charming downtown districts filled with quaint boutiques and unique shops. Housing choices cater to every taste and lifestyle, from custom country homes to stately manors shaded by ancient trees. Many of the smaller communities are dominated by single-family homes in a variety of architectural styles for a family-oriented lifestyle. With its healthy economy, appealing diversity, excellent transportation, great schools, and sheer natural beauty, Passaic County is a home for all reasons.

 

Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes
Municipal Offices
Bloomingdale 973-838-0778
http://www.bloomingdalenj.net/
Pompton Lakes 973-835-0143
www.pomptonlakesgov.com

Chamber of Commerce
Totowa 973-470-9300
www.northjerseychamber.org

A lovely bedroom community nestled in a hilly and heavily wooded region, Bloomingdale Borough is conveniently located near Routes 23 and Interstate 287. Commuters also appreciate the availability of bus service to New York City. The community offers a peaceful residential haven as well as easy access to a number of bustling urban employment centers. Nearby Pompton Lakes Borough is characterized as a scenic hometown that harmonizes residential neighborhoods with limited industry and commerce for a balanced community. Willowbrook Mall in Wayne provides expanded shopping opportunities for residents of both communities. Regional parks and preserves encourage virtually unlimited outdoor adventure around the four seasons. Even closer to home, lush local parks, tennis courts, playgrounds, athletic fields, league sports, and supervised programs offer diverse recreational opportunities.

 

Clifton
Municipal Offices
Clifton 973-470-5800
www.cliftonnj.org

Chamber of Commerce
Totowa 973-470-9300
www.northjerseychamber.org

Offering efficient bus and rail commuter service to New York City, Clifton is a highly developed community in its own right. The full range of housing includes attractive older home in long-established neighborhoods, newer single-family homes, and contemporary multi-family developments. Residents can choose from a number of local shopping areas, enjoy first-rate cultural amenities, dine at any number of fine restaurants, and participate in a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Lakes, streams, county parks, and the premier Meadowlands Sports and Entertainment Complex are all nearby. Other highlights include a recreation center, numerous parks and playgrounds, tennis courts, private swimming pools, a public golf course, YMCA and YWCA facilities, and a wide variety of special programs. Regional highways combine with the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 80 to ensure efficient links to key destinations.

 

Haledon, Prospect Park
Municipal Offices
Haledon 973-595-7766
www.haledonboronj.com
Prospect Park 973-790-7902
www.prospectpark.net

Chamber of Commerce
Totowa 973-470-9300
www.northjerseychamber.org

Just minutes from the bustling urban amenities and cultural attractions in the highly developed communities of Wayne and Paterson, Haledon offers a small-town atmosphere and serene residential haven. Affordable housing and scattered retail conveniences make this tranquil borough an ideal choice for commuters or those who appreciate the friendly spirit of small-town living. Prospect Park blends a limited commercial sector with attractive residential neighborhoods of well-kept, older homes. Both communities enjoy the beauty of a hilly region and the close proximity of Willowbrook Mall, one of the finest shopping centers in the state. Transportation efficiencies include easy access to Interstate 80 and Route 20, although New Jersey Transit bus service is available to key destinations. Tennis courts, playgrounds, athletic fields, league sports, a nature area, and special programs for children are among the recreational opportunities close to home.

 

Hawthorne, North Haledon
Municipal Offices
Hawthorne 973-427-5555
www.hawthornenj.org
North Haledon 973-427-7793
www.northhaledon.com

Chamber of Commerce
Totowa 973-470-9300
www.northjerseychamber.org

The welcoming residential community of Hawthorne is home to very active service and civic organizations that add to the quality of life and give newcomers an opportunity to become immediately acquainted and involved. Known for its colorful celebrations, festivities, and a vital chamber of commerce, Hawthorne provides a warm and friendly hometown atmosphere. The spirit of the community is embodied in its pride for the Hawthorne Caballeros marching band, a group that has garnered international, national, and state championship titles. North Haldeon offers a serene bedroom community at the base of High Mountain with predominantly single-family homes in a variety of architectural styles. Transportation efficiencies are anchored by Route 208, providing access to Interstate 287. Local parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, league sports, and a public swimming pool are among the recreational facilities.

 

Little Falls, Woodland Park, Totowa
Municipal Offices
Little Falls 973-256-0170
www.lfnj.com
Woodland Park 973-345-8100
http://www.wpnj.us/
Totowa 973-956-1000
www.totowanj.org

Chamber of Commerce
Paterson 973-881-7300
www.greaterpatersoncc.org

The residential township of Little Falls offers a variety of housing opportunities that include multi-family developments for a low-maintenance lifestyle. This progressive and well-balanced area still preserves a small-town flavor and appeal. Bordering Little Falls, the boroughs of Woodland Park and Totowa expand the residential settings. Woodland Park shares many characteristics with Little Falls, while Totowa is home to a significant commercial and industrial sector. Sprawling Willowbrook Mall in Wayne expands the shopping facilities for all three communities. Transportation efficiencies include Routes 23 and 46, bus service to new York City from Totowa, and bus or train service to Newark and Manhattan from Little Falls. Garret Mountain Reservation and Rifle Camp Park anchor recreational amenities that include local parks, athletic fields, team sports, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a youth center.

 

Paterson
Municipal Offices
Paterson 973-321-1600
www.patersonnj.gov

Chamber of Commerce
Paterson 973-881-7300
www.greaterpatersoncc.org

As the county seat and one of New Jersey’s largest cities, Paterson boasts a long and illustrious business history. New enterprises continue to be attracted to Paterson with its prime location and quality work force. In conjunction with the rebirth of the Historic District and Greta Falls area, former mills have been converted into attractive offices, services, stores, and even residences. Enhancing the widespread economic revitalization, expansion of Route 19 ensures direct access to downtown Paterson from all major highways surrounding the city. Accessible transportation includes the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, Route 19, and bus or train service to New York City. YMCA facilities, a recreation center, numerous local parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, and a swimming pool are just a few of the recreation amenities.

 

Ringwood, Wanaque
Municipal Offices
Ringwood 973-962-7037
www.ringwoodnj.net
Wanaque 973-839-3000
www.wanaqueborough.com

Chamber of Commerce
Totowa 973-470-9300
www.northjerseychamber.org

Balancing commercial, industrial, and residential sectors, Ringwood is a well-balanced community that covers 27 square miles. Although local shopping meets the daily need for goods and services, the outstanding shops and malls in Wayne and Paramus are close by. Wanaque Borough has very little industrial or commercial development, and a few condominiums combine with neighborhoods of single-family homes. The naturally hilly terrain is enhanced by Wanaque Reservoir, while the close proximity of lush county parks combine with regional state parks for premier recreational opportunities. Ringwood Manor State Park and Shepherd Lake encourage hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and boating. Transportation efficiencies include Interstate 287 and bus service to New York City.

 

Wayne
Municipal Offices
Wayne 973-694-1800
www.waynetownship.com

Chamber of Commerce
Totowa 973-470-9300
www.northjerseychamber.org

The expansive, well-established community of Wayne Township is nestled in the heart of Passaic County. Approximately half of the residents are commuters, while the remainder are employed locally. Serving as a corporate center in its own right, Wayne offers the excitement of a business hub without the congestion of an urban environment. Known for some of the finest shopping centers in the state, Wayne creates a county-like atmosphere in the midst of a sprawling, suburban town. Transportation efficiencies are provided by Route 23, but this area also enjoys easy access to Interstate 80. Bus and train service are available to New York City for commuting convenience. More than 2,500 acres of lush parks are available for passive and active recreation. Other facilities include a recreation center, supervised programs, sports fields, league play for all ages, and tennis courts.

 

West Milford
Municipal Offices
West Milford 973-728-7000
www.westmilford.org

Chamber of Commerce
West Milford 973-264-9622
www.westmilford.com

Those who appreciate natural beauty, open spaces, and outdoor adventure will find an idyllic home in West Milford Township nestled in the “heart of the highlands.” Breathtaking terrain dotted with nearly 40 lakes is crisscrossed by narrow roads that run long scenic valleys and ridges. Most homes surround the lakes, many of them conversions of summer resort cottages. Many newer homes have sprung up over the years, including elegant manors on multi-acre lots and contemporary condominiums. More than 29,000 acres of state parks and the Newark Watershed ensure a variety of recreational opportunities and wilderness experiences. Popular pastimes include hiking, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, water sports, and winter sports. Many other recreational facilities are available within the community, from swimming pools to sports fields and a famously popular teen coffee house. Route 2 winds along the southern boundary to provide efficient links to regional arteries.

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