As the site of Holy Cross Cemetery, which has interred almost 290,000 individuals since its establishment in 1915, and with another Jewish cemetery including several thousand more burials, North Arlington has almost 20 times more dead people than living, with more burials than the living population of Newark, the state's largest city. Holy Cross has an average of 2,600 interments each year, of which about 65% are burials, with the remainder split between entombment in mausoleums or crypts and burial of cremated remains. Expansion of the mausoleum will bring its capacity to nearly 36,000 interments, with the cemetery's total capacity of about 750,000 expected to last past the year 2090. The cemetery covers 208 acres (84 ha) and was assessed at $185 million, though its non-profit status means that the municipality generates no tax revenue from a property that covers almost an eighth of the borough's land area.
North Arlington was ranked eighth by Money magazine on its list of "Best Places to Live 2017", which cited the borough's healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life.
North Arlington, together with Lyndhurst and Rutherford, was the site of the EnCap project, an effort to remediate landfills on the 785-acre (3.18 km2) site and construct homes and golf courses on top of the cleaned up site. On May 27, 2008, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission terminated its agreement with EnCap Golf Holdings, the company that had the contract to redevelop the site, after the company had missed targets to clean up the landfills as part of the project.
On November 18, 2015, North Arlington approved plans for FedEx to build a 139,000-square-foot (12,900 m2) freight distribution facility on a former steel dumping ground on Porete Avenue. FedEx pledged to build a new access road to Porete Avenue from Belleville Turnpike, complete with a signalized traffic light, as part of construction. The company planned to hire 225 people to work at the facility. FedEx planned to complete the building by early 2017.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.623 square miles (6.793 km2), including 2.561 square miles (6.633 km2) of land and 0.062 square miles (0.160 km2) of water (2.35%).
There were 6,295 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.5 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $71,232 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,829) and the median family income was $87,854 (+/- $9,834). Males had a median income of $56,437 (+/- $4,127) versus $47,794 (+/- $4,233) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $34,265 (+/- $2,555). About 4.6% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
There were 6,392 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the borough the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $51,787, and the median income for a family was $62,483. Males had a median income of $41,512 versus $34,769 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,441. About 3.4% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
According to the FBI's 2011 Uniform Crime Report, there were 263 crimes in the borough in 2011 (vs. 200 in 2010), of which 19 were violent crimes (vs. 12 in 2010) and 244 non-violent crimes (vs. 188 in the previous year). The 2011 total crime rate per thousand residents was 17.1 (vs. 13.0 in 2010), compared to 13.6 in Bergen County and 24.7 statewide. The violent crime rate was 1.2 per thousand in 2011 (up from 0.8 in the previous year), while the rate was 1.0 in the county and 3.1 in New Jersey.
Companies based in North Arlington include Pizza Land, located at 260 Belleville Turnpike, which was featured in the opening credits of The Sopranos. Additionally, in Law & Order episode 10.6, "Marathon" (1999), a pizza box from the restaurant was used by a suspect to transport and conceal firearms.
The Inline Skating Club of America is a skating facility that is the home of the New Jersey Grizzlies of the Professional Inline Hockey Association Pro Division and the Wallington Grizzlies of the Professional Inline Hockey Association Minor League.
North Arlington offers an extensive public athletic/recreation program for youth, offering a boys and girls basketball leagues, a recreation bowling league, a girls softball league, little league baseball, a soccer association, and a popular football and cheerleading program, the "Junior Vikings", named after the North Arlington High School "Vikings". Additionally, to meet the needs of a growing population of children with special needs, North Arlington recreation offers "Recreation for Developmentally Challenged Children". This program includes cooperation from neighboring towns, and consists of Spring baseball and soccer. The recreation program serves adults with an adult men's basketball league as well as an adult women's volleyball program.
Parks and recreation
Riverside County Park is a Bergen County Park covering 85 acres (34 ha), located on River Road between Lyndhurst and North Arlington. It has a playground, athletic fields, tennis courts, a Bocce ball court and fitness center.
North Arlington is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. 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 in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by North Arlington, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2019[update], the Mayor of North Arlington Borough is Republican Daniel H. Pronti, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. Mayor Pronti, who won the 2018 mayoral election, replaced Mayor Joseph P. Bianchi on the ballot, following his death on October 10, 2018, whose term of office was to end on December 31, 2018; Bianchi, a volunteer firefighter in the borough who responded to Ground Zero after the September 11 terror attacks, died of cancer he contracted at the site. Members of the North Arlington Borough Council are Council President Marijo L. Karcic Jr. (R, 2020), Council Vice President Brian A. Fitzhenry (R, 2021), Kirk Del Russo (R, 2020; appointed to serve an unexpired term), Allison C. Sheedy (R, 2021), Jean P. Williams (D, 2019) and Mark E. Yampaglia (D, 2019).
In January 2019, Kirk DelRusso was unanimously selected from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2020 that became vacant when Daniel H. Pronti was sworn in to the Mayor's position.
In January 2015, the borough council selected Brian Fitzhenry from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the council seat that was vacated by Joseph Bianchi when he took office as mayor; Fitzhenry would serve on an interim basis until the November 2015 election. Republicans swept the November 2015 general election, giving the party full control of municipal government. Brian Fitzhenry and Allison Sheedy were elected to full three-year terms, while Mario Karcic Jr., was elected to fill the balance of Joseph Bianchi's council seat expiring in 2016.
Peter Norcia was appointed in February 2013 to fill the vacant seat of Steve Tanelli, who won a seat on the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Federal, state and county representation
North Arlington is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th state legislative district.
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January.
As of 2018[update], the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are
Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018),
Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018),
Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018),
David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020),
Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018),Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and
Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are
County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021),
Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and
Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 8,594 registered voters in North Arlington, of which 2,839 (33.0% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,603 (18.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 4,146 (48.2% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 55.8% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 67.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 3,392 votes (48.4% vs. 41.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton with 3,351 votes (47.8% vs. 54.2%) and other candidates with 269 votes (3.8% vs. 4.6%), among the 7,097 ballots cast by the borough's 9,594 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.0% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,706 votes (56.7% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,703 votes (41.3% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 55 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 6,541 ballots cast by the borough's 9,138 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.6% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,500 votes (49.1% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 3,454 votes (48.5% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 76 votes (1.1% vs. 0.8%), among the 7,124 ballots cast by the borough's 9,317 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.5% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 3,376 votes (49.3% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 3,370 votes (49.2% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 51 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 6,847 ballots cast by the borough's 9,072 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 60.0% of the vote (2,477 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 39.1% (1,613 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (38 votes), among the 4,256 ballots cast by the borough's 8,783 registered voters (128 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 48.5%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,131 votes (47.6% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,953 votes (43.6% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 295 votes (6.6% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 30 votes (0.7% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,476 ballots cast by the borough's 8,940 registered voters, yielding a 50.1% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
For 17 years, North Arlington was the only school district in the entire state that featured involuntary "combined classes" whereby classes at their Roosevelt School had combined grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6, and grades 7 and 8.
Queen of Peace, a Roman Catholic parish, operates two parochial schools, Queen of Peace Elementary School (founded in 1923 and serving PreK to 8th Grade) and Queen of Peace High School (9th-12th grade, founded in 1930) which closed after the 2016-17 school year. Despite a fundraising campaign that raised $1 million, in May 2017, the Archdiocese of Newark announced the closing of the high school as of June 30, 2017, in the wake of sharply dropping enrollment and financial challenges, though the affiliated K-8 grammar school will remain open.
The North Arlington Police Department (NAPD) protects and services the citizens of North Arlington. The Chief of Police is Scott Hedenberg. The police department is located at 214 Ridge Road.
The North Arlington Fire Department (NAFD) is an all-volunteer fire department organized in 1910. The department is staffed by 80 fully trained firefighters. There are three separate firehouses. The three separate firehouses are manned by three fire companies: Hose Company 1 (established in 1910), Schuyler Engine Company 2 (established in 1916), and Eagle Truck Company 3 (established in 1923).
Stationed at Company 1: Engine 1 and Special Service Unit 39-SSU
The North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad works with a paid staff Monday thru Friday 6am - 6pm and volunteer staff from 6pm to 6am Monday through Friday and day and night Saturday and Sunday.
The North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad (NAVES), was founded on June 2, 1972. The squad consists of 55 members(2018) ranging in ages from 16 to 58 years of age.
NAVES currently operates four ambulances and a First Responder/ Command Vehicle. Operations Staff consists of a captain and three lieutenants. There is a Crew Chief on each tour that reports to a lieutenant. Executive Board Staff Consists of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two trustees. NAVES has a youth squad and a growing Auxiliary which assist in non-riding functions such as fundraising and administrative duties.
View north along Route 17 in North Arlington
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 31.14 miles (50.11 km) of roadways, of which 25.90 miles (41.68 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.06 miles (4.92 km) by Bergen County and 2.18 miles (3.51 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
^Levin, Jay. "North Arlington's sprawling cemetery a somber source of civic pride", The Record (Bergen County), August 18, 2013. Accessed August 19, 2013. "For every living soul in North Arlington, there are 20 who have ceased to be.... Some 289,600 people are interred in Holy Cross, which sprawls over 208 manicured acres, one-eighth of the borough's area. Several blocks away are several thousand graves in a small Jewish cemetery. That makes North Arlington, population 15,500, the resting place of close to 300,000 people — greater than the population of Newark and equivalent to that of Cincinnati."
^From the Hackensacks to the Dutch, Lyndhurst Historical Society. Accessed December 15, 2011. "Since Major Kingsland was stationed on Barbados and the shape of the territory he purchased here was a neck of land between two rivers, he named his acquisition 'New Barbadoes Neck.' In June 1671, Nathaniel Kingsland sold the southern third of New Barbadoes Neck (Harrison, East Newark, Kearny and North Arlington) to William Sanford for 200 pounds."
^NA History, Borough of North Arlington. Accessed September 10, 2015. "In the 1750's, it was the site of the first working steam engine in America, used to pump water from the copper mine located there."
^Na, Myles. "FedEx to build distribution center in North Arlington", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, November 18, 2015, updated January 17, 2019. Accessed October 3, 2019. "The borough has approved plans for FedEx to build a 139,000-square-foot freight distribution facility on a former steel dumping ground on Porete Avenue."
^Sheldon, Chris. "9/11-related cancer claims life of North Arlington mayor 17 years after attack", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 10, 2018. Accessed October 11, 2018. "North Arlington Mayor Joseph Bianchi, a lifelong borough resident and longtime firefighter, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, borough officials confirmed.... Pronti said Bianchi, who was a 26-year member of North Arlington Fire Department, died of '9/11-related cancer.' Bianchi, with the rest of the fire department, responded to Ground Zero on Sept. 11."
^Canessa, Kevin. "A Solemn Oath — Del Russo replaces Pronti on N.A. Council", The Observer Online, January 23, 2019. Accessed October 3, 2019. "When Daniel Pronti became North Arlington’s mayor in November, having succeeded the late Mayor Joseph Bianchi, he knew he would have to give up his vote and council seat once he took office. And, that opening was filled last week when the Borough Council voted 5-0, across party lines, to appoint real estate agent and NJ Turnpike Authority Supervisor Kirk Del Russo to the seat effective immediately."
^Croce, Zachary. "NA Council fill vacant seat", South Bergenite, January 25, 2015. Accessed May 20, 2016. "The North Arlington borough council voted unanimously to appoint Brian Fitzhenry to the council seat vacated by Mayor Joe Bianchi."
^Croce, Zachary. "Republicans sweep the council election in North Arlington; McDermott re-elected to Board of Education", South Bergenite, November 9, 2015. Accessed May 20, 2016. "North Arlington will have an all-Republican council after a close race. Republican Councilman Brian Fitzhenry and newcomer Allison Sheedy defeated Democratic incumbents Al Granell and Tom Zammatore while Republican Mario Karcic beat out Democrat Kelly Velez for the one-year unexpired term of Joe Bianchi, who was elected mayor last year."
^Biography, Congressman Bill Pascrell. Accessed January 3, 2019."A native son of Paterson, N.J., Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. has built a life of public service upon the principles he learned while growing up on the south side of the Silk City."
^Wildstein, David (January 24, 2018). "Calabrese unopposed for Caride seat". Politics DW. Retrieved February 9, 2018. Caride resigned last week, following Gov. Phil Murphy’s inauguration. She is currently the Acting Commissioner of Banking and Insurance as she awaits State Senate confirmation.
^Grant, Meghan. "It's official: Queen of Peace High School to close in June", The Record (Bergen County), May 8, 2017. Accessed September 24, 2017. "The class of 2017 will be the last to graduate from the 86-year-old Queen of Peace High School. The school, which raised $1 million in just over a month last year to stay open, will be closing its doors at the end of June, the Archdiocese of Newark announced Monday.Archdiocese officials said the Catholic high school in North Arlington would cease operations as of June 30, due to low projected enrollment and 'financial shortfalls.' The K-8 Queen of Peace Grammar School will remain open."
^Staff. "Heinrich Gebhard, Pianist And Teacher", The New York Times, May 6, 1963. Accessed August 26, 2018. "North Arlington, N. J., May 5 - Heinrich Gebhard, pianist, teacher and composer, died here today at the age of 84. He had lived with his daughter, Mrs. John Petrick of 5 Millar Place."
^Mills, Cliff. "Derek Jeter", p. 15. Infobase Publishing, 2009. ISBN9781438100456. Accessed December 11, 2013. "When Derek was four years old, his family moved from North Arlington, New Jersey, to Kalamazoo, Michigan."
^Weinraub, Bernard. "Jersey Girl Makes It Big, at Least on TV", The New York Times, June 20, 2000. Accessed November 25, 2012. "After years of struggling as a writer and working as a waitress and bartender in and around the working- and middle-class North Jersey towns North Arlington and East Rutherford, Ms. Ruggiero (ROUGE-ear-oh) has been plucked from obscurity to write and help produce a new autobiographical television comedy series, That's Life, on CBS.... At the moment, Ms. Ruggiero, who is candid, funny and self-deprecating, is temporarily moving from her big $600-a-month apartment in North Arlington ('If I had the same apartment in Manhattan I'd have to, like, hire call girls to work for me so I could afford it') to Los Angeles."
^Staff. "Bergenfield Film Festival set for May 6", Twin-Boro News, April 22, 2010. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Marshall, an internationally recognized expert on fiction writing, is collaborating with filmmaker Billy Tooma of North Arlington on a film titled Seeking Nirvana."
^James Zadroga, Detectives' Endowment Association of New York City. Accessed October 23, 2012. "Zadroga grew up in North Arlington, New Jersey where his father was a police chief."