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Borough of Totowa

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Passaic County
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    40°54′12″N 74°13′11″W
      Area total: 
    4.08 sq mi (10.56 km²)
      Area land: 
    4.00 sq mi (10.36 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.08 sq mi (0.20 km²)
    262 ft (80 m)
    Incorporated March 15, 1898
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,766.3 residents per square mile of area (1,068.1/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Totowa (pronounced "TO-tuh-wuh") is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States census, the borough's population was 10,844, reflecting an increase of 912 (+9.2%) from the 9,892 counted in the 2000 Census. Totowa was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 15, 1898, from portions of Wayne Township and the now-defunct Manchester Township. The name of Totowa comes from the Native American name for the Great Falls of the Passaic River in nearby Paterson, and literally means "sinking or falling water", or "between mountains and water" The borough had a total area of 4.08 square miles (10.56 km²), including 4.00 square miles of land and 0.08 sq miles (0.20 km²) of water (1.86%) in the 2010 U.S. Census. The borough has a population of 10,804 people, 3,783 households, and 2,826 families in the borough. The median household income for the borough was $380, (+4.4%) and the median family income was $82,750 (+13,750) as of 2010 Census. In the borough, the average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.19.20. In Totowa, the median age was 43.3 years. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.8 males.


Totowa is the primary city name, but also Paterson are acceptable city names or spellings, Totowa Boro on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Borough of Totowa. The name of Totowa comes from the Native American name for the Great Falls of the Passaic River in nearby Paterson. Totowa literally means "sinking or falling water", or "between mountains and water". Totowa is located in New Jersey's Hudson River valley. The town has a population of about 2,000. It is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to New York City and New Jersey by the Hudson River. The city's name is derived from Totowa, a Native American word for falling water, and means "to sink or to fall" or "to fall between water and mountains" The town's name also means "the place of the falling water" and "to be between the mountains and the water" It is also known as "Totowa" by the Native Americans, who used the word to refer to the Falls of Passaic in the area. The name is also used for the town of Paterson, New Jersey, which is also on the Turnpikes, and has a similar name, "T Totowa", which means "The Place of the Falling Water" in Native American language. It also means to be "between the Mountains and the Water" or to "be between the Water and the Mountains" in Lakota language. In English, the town is known as Totowa or "Towowa" and means to "sink or fall" in English, and "Towerowa" means "between water and the mountains".


In 1696, George Willocks, a Scottish land speculator, purchased a tract of land known as Willock's Patent, which included most of modern-day Totowa, Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) and Little Falls. In 1895, residents of the southern section of Manchester Township began to become disenchanted with governing officials, and following the election of 1896, many independent municipalities were formed. The formation of the Borough of Totowa was discussed at the Willard Park Hotel on Totowa Avenue, and headed by brothers Joseph and Robert Boyle. On March 15, 1898, the Borough was officially incorporated under Chapter 56 of the Laws of New Jersey, signed by Governor John Griggs. On April 12, 1898 the first election was held at the hotel, which would become the unofficial town hall until the municipal building was completed in 1910. The first election of the borough was held in 1898 at the Hotel, and was held on the same day as the first vote in Totowa. The Borough was incorporated on March 15th, 1898. The borough was originally called the "Totowa Patent", and was divided into three parcels, and more land was acquired through the "Garret Mountain Purchase" The borough's name was changed to Totowa in 1910, when the borough's first post office was opened. It is located in the western part of the township, in the area known as Manchester Township, and is located on the New Jersey Turnpike. The town's name is derived from the word "totowa", which means "towards" or "west".


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.08 square miles (10.56 km²) The borough borders the Passaic County communities of Haledon, Little Falls, Paterson, Wayne and Woodland Park. The borough has a population of 2,856. It has a land area of 5.00 square miles and a water area of 0.20 square miles. The town has a total population of 3,854. It is located in New Jersey's Passaic and Bergen Counties. The city's population is 2,744. It also borders the towns of Paterson and Little Falls and the town of Woodland, New Jersey, with a total of 4,845 residents. The population of the borough is 2.844. The area has a water surface of 0,084 square miles, and a total water area (4.36 square miles) of 0, 08 square mile (0.20 km²), making it one of the smallest boroughs in the state. Its population is 1,844, with an area of 1,741 square miles or 4.36 km². The county's population was 2,632, with the total area being 4,723 square miles/10.36 km². It borders the boroughs of Wayne and Paterson on the west, and the borough of Little Falls on the east. The community has a little more than 1,000 residents.


The 2010 U.S. census counted 10,804 people, 3,783 households, and 2,826 families in the borough. The racial makeup of the borough was 93.40% White, 1.12% African American, 0.02% Native American, 2.26% Asian and 1.97% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.37% of the population. Same-sex couples headed 25 households in 2010, almost double the 13 counted in 2000. As of the 2000 Census, 37.2% of town residents were of Italian ancestry, the seventh-highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and second-highest in New Jersey (behind Hammonton, at 45.9%), among all places with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry. The median household income was $72,568 (with a margin of error of +/ $11,834) and the median family income was$82,750 (+/ $13,865). Males had a median income of $58,750 (-/ $10,202) versus $42,641 (-/$10,936) for females. About 4.3% of families and 9.8% of residents were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those age 65 or over. In the borough the family size was 3.63 and the average household size was 2.73. The population was spread out with 183% under the age of 18, 7.3%. from 18 to 24, 25.2%. from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females, the population had 94.7 males.


Big M, a privately held American clothing retailer which operates the brands Mandee, Annie Sez and Afaze, is based in Totowa. Big M filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013, precipitated by damage from Hurricane Sandy. The headquarters of Greater Community Bancorp was located in the borough. The bank operated 16 branches in North Jersey until its 2008 acquisition by Valley National Bank. The borough is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, which was founded in the town of Totowa in the early 20th century. It is also the home of the New Jersey State College of Art and Design, which opened its doors in the 1930s. The town is also home to New Jersey's oldest public school, which dates back to the 17th century and opened its first branch in 1837. It was later the site of the state's first high school, where students were educated from 17 to 24 years old. The city's population was 1.2 million in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has a population of 2.3 million. It also has a long history of being a center for the development of the arts and culture, particularly in the New York and New Jersey areas. It's also the birthplace of the American football team, which won its first World Series in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as numerous other sports teams. It hosted the New Year's Eve celebration in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the town was the scene of the first New Jersey Super Bowl, which took place in New Jersey.


The Totowa Police Athletic League (PAL) is a volunteer organization that offers several sports to the children of Totowa from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. These include baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey, and cheerleading. Meetings, registrations, and events are held at the PAL building, built in 1963 and located on Chamberlain Avenue. In 1961-1962, the New York Gladiators of the short-lived National Bowling League rolled its home matches at "Gladiator Arena", a converted movie theater in Totowa. The Totowa PAL is independent from the Borough, but uses fields and facilities owned by the municipality. The PAL strives to provide children throughout the borough with the fellowship of sports. It was established in 1952 and now has over 1,000 members. It is based in the borough's old police station, which was built in the early 20th century and is still in use today. It also has its own gym, which opened in the late 1950s and is located in the Borough's former police station building. It has been the site of PAL meetings since the early 1960s, when it was first established. It now has a membership of about 1,200 people, and has a Facebook page with more than 2,000 followers. It offers sports such as football, baseball, basketball and soccer to children of all ages and abilities. In 2012, the PAL celebrated its 50th anniversary with a celebration of the organization's 25th anniversary.


Totowa is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The borough council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis. Passaic County is governed by Board of County Commissioners, comprised of seven members who are elected at-large on a partisan basis. New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Mikie Sherrill (D, Montclair) New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term end 2025) For the 2022-2023 session, the 40th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature isrepresented in the State Senate by Kristin Corrado (R, Totowa) and in the General Assembly by Christopher DePhillips (R, Wyckoff) and Kevin J. Rooney (R), both of whom are from Totowa. As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,355 registered voters in Totowa, of which 1,519 (19% vs. 503%) were registered as Democrats and 3,030 (643 vs. Un3%) as Republicans. The town is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New York State's 40th state legislative district. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the council's advice and consent. In the event of a tie, the mayor can veto ordinances.

Emergency services

The Borough of Totowa Police Department is responsible for law enforcement. The Totowa Fire Department is an entirely volunteer fire department. During the day, emergency services are provided by mutual aid agreements with surrounding municipalities or private ambulance companies. The First Aid Squad was founded in 1951 to provide a free, volunteer based service to the residents of the borough. The Office of Emergency Management recruits volunteers of various disciplines to respond to local disasters and collaborates with both county and state officials in the event of a disaster. The borough is home to the New York State Medical Examiner's Office and the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Forensic Sciences. The town's motto is "Totowa is the place to be, not the city to be". The town has a population of 4,000. The city is located on the banks of the Susquehannock River, which runs through the center of the town. It is the largest city in the state, with a population in excess of 3,000 people. It also has one of the highest crime rates in the United States, with more than 30 murders per 100,000 residents in 2010. It has a high school graduation rate of over 80 per cent. It was the first city in New Jersey to have its own police force. The first fire department was established in April 1908. It consists of four "companies": Volunteer Fire Company #1, Lincoln Fire Company, Riverview Fire Company and Fire Rescue Company #4. The TFD consists of 98 volunteer firefighters.


Public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are educated by the Totowa Borough Public Schools. As of the 201819 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 1,014 students and 78.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 13.0:1. For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Passaic Valley Regional High School, which also serves students from Little Falls Township and Woodland Park. The Academy of St. Francis of Assisi is a K8 Catholic school that operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. The seats on the high school district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with three seats assigned to Totowa. Students going into high school also have the ability to apply for Passaic County Technical Institute, a high school in Wayne that is available to most children living within Passaic county. An estimated 80 students from Totowa attend PCTI (Passaic County technical Institute) as of 2018. The school itself is free but does require acceptance to attend, and students apply for different trades within the application for the school. The high school facility is located inLittle Falls Township. The district has a population of 1.4 million people, according to the 2010-11 New Jersey State Census. It is the largest school district in the state, with Totowa having the second-largest population.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey = 25.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 20. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Totowa = 3.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 11,065 individuals with a median age of 44.9 age the population grows by 9.68% in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,766.3 residents per square mile of area (1,068.1/km²). There are average 2.64 people per household in the 3,845 households with an average household income of $67,480 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 11.20% of the available work force and has dropped -4.60% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.60%. The number of physicians in Totowa per 100,000 population = 177.2.


The annual rainfall in Totowa = 49 inches and the annual snowfall = 20.3 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 124. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 210. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 20.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 78.35%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 52 years with median home cost = $351,250 and home appreciation of -4.26%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $25.05 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,539 per student. There are 13.5 students for each teacher in the school. 9932.73% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 13.95% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.30% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • The population development of Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey.

    Approximately 52.54% female residents and 47.46% male residents live in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 42.90% are single population.

  • 22.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Totowa require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    80.73% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.38% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.51% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.59% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey, 78.35% are owner-occupied homes, another 17.68% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.97% are vacant.

  • The 46.93% of the population in Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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