The most noteworthy local historical site is the Old Stone House, which is, as its name describes, both old and constructed of stone, though its construction materials in the early 1700s also included hog's hair. It was originally a Dutch farmhouse and served as a tavern during the American War. Legend has it that Aaron Burr even slaked his thirst at this site, on his way to courting the woman who would become his wife in Ho-Ho-Kus. The structure opened as a historic site in 1960 with a riveting display of old pitchers.
Ramsey is named after Peter J. Ramsey, a 19th-century landowner who died circa 1854, who had sold the land that became the site of a railroad station called "Ramsey's" in 1848.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.591 square miles (14.480 km2), including 5.520 square miles (14.297 km2) of land and 0.071 square miles (0.183 km2) of water (1.26%).
There were 5,363 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.0 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $111,549 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,131) and the median family income was $136,475 (+/- $2,642). Males had a median income of $90,326 (+/- $5,483) versus $63,234 (+/- $6,177) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,491 (+/- $36,084). About 1.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
There were 5,313 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $88,187, and the median income for a family was $104,512. Males had a median income of $75,017 versus $43,205 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,964. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
The most common industries for females in Ramsey, according to City-data.com, from 2008–2012:
Health care and social assistance (22%)
Educational services (16%)
Finance and insurance (11%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
Retail trade (8%)
Other services, except public administration (5%)
The most common industries for males in Ramsey, according to City-Data.com, from 2008–2012:
Finance and insurance (17%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
Retail trade (8%)
Wholesale trade (7%)
Educational services (7%)
Arts and culture
Ramsey has an old-style downtown cinema with two screens. It closed in 2013, but reopened in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign raised the funds needed for updated projection systems.
Ramsey has six houses of worship. These include: First Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, St. Paul's Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, and Grace Baptist Church.
Parks and recreation
Ramsey Golf and Country Club, located on Lakeside Drive, has an 18-hole golf course, the Lakeside Grille restaurant, swimming pool, picnic area, playground, tennis courts and a banquet room.
Finch Park, located on Church Street, Gertzen Plaza, and Island Avenue, has a playground, picnic areas, eight baseball and softball fields, a street hockey rink, and basketball courts. There is a memorial for the attacks on September 11, 2001, with its own parking area located on Gertzen Plaza. The park is headquarters of the Ramsey Recreation Commission, and home fields of the Ramsey Baseball and Softball Association. In the summer months, the Rec Commission has a summer camp in Finch Park for Ramsey students in kindergarten to 7th grade.
The Ramsey Municipal Pool, located on East Oak Street, has a newly renovated pool and waterslides, a recreational field and pavilion, and beach volleyball and basketball courts.
Behind Ramsey High School, there are five tennis courts and a running track that are open to public use. The RHS football field and the newly build Creamer Field are two of the four fields with night lights in Ramsey, the other two are located at the MacFarran Field complex on Williams Drive, overlooking Route 17.
Behind Tisdale Elementary School, there are two softball fields that are open to the community.
Suraci Pond, located on Woodland Avenue, is a small lake with areas to fish, picnic benches, and hiking trails. A similar recreational area exists at Garrison Pond on Lake Street. An Eagle Scout Project from Ramsey's Troop 31 installed picnic tables and restored the flower bed.
Ramsey 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 in Ramsey, 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 2016[update], the Mayor of the Borough of Ramsey is Republican Deirdre A. Dillon, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Members of the Ramsey Borough Council are Council President Peter Kilman (R, 2018), Michael Gutwetter (R, 2020) Vanessa Jachzel (R, 2019), William J. Jones (R, 2018), Joseph Verdone (R, 2020) and Harry Weber (R, 2019).
In January 2015, the Borough Council selected Peter Kilman from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in 2015 that held by Deirdre A. Dillon vacant since she was sworn in as mayor that month. In November 2015, Kilman was elected to serve a full three-year term.
Joseph Verdone was chosen in August 2012 to fill the vacant seat expiring in December 2014 of Bruce Vozeh following his resignation the previous month to become the municipal administrator.
Federal, state and county representation
Ramsey is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 9,705 registered voters in Ramsey, of which 2,133 (22.0% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,712 (27.9% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 4,849 (50.0% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 11 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 67.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 91.3% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 4,333 votes (57.0% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 3,167 votes (41.7% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 62 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 7,598 ballots cast by the borough's 10,342 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.5% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 4,417 votes (54.7% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 3,556 votes (44.0% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 59 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 8,076 ballots cast by the borough's 10,046 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 4,606 votes (58.4% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 3,207 votes (40.7% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 52 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 7,886 ballots cast by the borough's 9,754 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.8% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 69.9% of the vote (3,162 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 29.1% (1,316 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (48 votes), among the 4,599 ballots cast by the borough's 9,948 registered voters (73 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 46.2%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,945 votes (55.8% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,945 votes (36.8% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 343 votes (6.5% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 24 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 5,280 ballots cast by the borough's 9,866 registered voters, yielding a 53.5% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The new John Y. Dater Elementary School was built in 2006.
Ramsey High School was the 30th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 33rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 13th in 2008 out of 316 schools.
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 65.32 miles (105.12 km) of roadways, of which 51.82 miles (83.40 km) were maintained by the municipality, 11.45 miles (18.43 km) by Bergen County and 2.05 miles (3.30 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
In a five-year span, the borough saw the deaths of three Ramsey High School graduates who were serving in the United States Armed Forces: Corporal Michael Jankiewicz (Class of 2006), Staff Sgt. Eric Christian (Class of 1993), and Staff Sgt. Timothy McGill (Class of 2001).
^ abCheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living in: Ramsey", The New York Times, May 19, 1991. Accessed September 21, 2015. "The roots of the northern New Jersey borough date to 1848, when the Paterson and Ramapo Railroad opened a line to connect Paterson with ferries crossing the Hudson River to New York. One stop along the way was named Ramsey's, after Peter J. Ramsey, a farmer who sold the land for the station to the railroad."
^ ab"Jerseyans Save Colonial House". New York Times. April 3, 1960.
^Terrero, Ruthanne. "GOGO Set to Expand", TravelAgentCentral.com, September 1, 2008. Accessed January 30, 2012. "Flight Centre Limited, a giant global retailer based in Australia, announced it had agreed to purchase Ramsey, NJ-based LibGo last year, which includes wholesaler GOGO and its corresponding retail travel agency arm, Liberty Travel, late last year. The transaction included the purchase of 193 retail travel locations along the East Coast, Chicago and Florida and 40 wholesale locations in 22 states."
^Scully, Christina. "Ramsey Council appoints new member", Ramsey Suburban News, February 5, 2015. Accessed April 18, 2015. "Fourteen-year resident Peter Kilman was chosen to the fill the council seat vacated by Deirdre Dillon when she became mayor, and was sworn to the post at the Jan. 28 session."
^Carrera, Catherine. "Ramsey Borough Council vacancy filled", Ramsey Suburban News, August 10, 2012. Accessed November 3, 2013. "Joseph Verdone, 71, was chosen to fill the term vacated by Bruce Vozeh last month, when he assumed the position of borough administrator."
^About Ramsey Schools, Ramsey Public School District. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Ramsey's 2,700+ students are educated in two K-3 schools, one 4-5 upper elementary school, a middle school for grades 6-8 and a 9-12 high school. In addition to serving the residents of Ramsey, the District educates the students of Saddle River in grades 6-12 through a send-receive relationship."
^Ramsey Public Schools 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Ramsey’s 2900 students are educated in two K-3 primary schools, one 4-5 upper elementary school, a middle school for grades 6-8 and a 9-12 comprehensive high school. In addition to serving the residents of Ramsey, the District educates the students of Saddle River in grades 6-12 through a send-receive relationship."
^Ramsey Schools Overview, Saddle River School District. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Following graduation from Fifth grade, students enter Eric Smith Middle School in Ramsey, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Eighth grade students may attend Ramsey High School."
^Northern Highlands High School Overview, Saddle River School District. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Northern Highlands High School is located in Allendale New Jersey and is one of the two high schools Saddle River students may elect to attend."
^Mueller, Mark. "Which N.J. schools were named National Blue Ribbon schools?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 29, 2015. Accessed November 14, 2016. "Fifteen New Jersey schools have been recognized by the federal government as National Blue Ribbon Schools, a designation that celebrates excellence in academics or progress in closing the achievement gap among groups of students.... Each of the 15 New Jersey schools was chosen for the 'exemplary high performing' category, which weighs state or national tests, high school graduation rates and the performance of subgroups of students, such as those who are economically disadvantaged."
^"It Started with the Train Station", Postcards of Historical Ramsey, NJ, April 29, 2004. Accessed November 3, 2013. "Built in 1868, it is the oldest passenger rail station in service in New Jersey. Within a couple of years the Paterson & Ramapo was sold to the New York & Erie, later just the Erie Railroad, one of the most important companies during the golden age of American railroads."
^Erminio, Vinessa. "Seasons 1 & 2 locations: Exit here", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 23, 2016. Accessed July 11, 2018. "Locations: Davey's store, Ramsey Sport and Outdoors, is actually Ramsey Outdoor at 240 Rt. 17 North in Ramsey."
^Koscs, Jim. "Once Coveted, Now Orphaned", The New York Times, November 25, 2010. Accessed December 28, 2011. "But Tom Austin remembers when it was. Four years ago, he bought a 1953 Mercury Monterey, a car that was still fairly hot in 1957 when, as a high school student, he co-wrote and recorded the hit song 'Short Shorts' with the Royal Teens. Now a real estate appraiser in Ramsey, N.J., Mr. Austin shares the old-car hobby with his two sons."
^Grimes, William. "Edd Cartier, 94, Pulp Illustrator, Dies", The New York Times, January 8, 2009. Accessed December 28, 2011. "Edd Cartier, whose noirish illustrations for the pulp magazine The Shadow and action-packed, often whimsical illustrations for stories by L. Ron Hubbard, Isaac Asimov and other writers made him one of the leading science-fiction and horror artists of his time, died on Dec. 25 at his home in Ramsey, N.J. He was 94."
^Fox, Ron. "Ramsey resident signs with Fort Lauderdale Strikers", Ramsey Suburban News, April 18, 2013. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Ramsey's Mike Dietze in his Fort Lauderdale Strikers jersey.... He had 13 goals and 10 assists as a Don Bosco senior, but the season was abruptly ended when he suffered a broken leg."
^Staff. "The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West", NPR, May 26, 2012. Accessed November 14, 2012. "The Denver folk group The Lumineers was founded in 2002 by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, who grew up together in the New Jersey suburb of Ramsey."
^Justin Trattou, Florida Gators football. Accessed September 20, 2011. "Hometown: Ramsey, N.J., School: Don Bosco Prep. Helped lead Don Bosco to a perfect 12-0 record and its first state title since 2003 during his senior year with 82 tackles and 17 sacks"
^Carrera, Catherine. "Ramsey honors fallen Staff Sgt. Timothy Raymond McGill with homecoming", Ramsey Suburban News, October 3, 2013. Accessed November 24, 2015. "'I sure hope this is the last procession we have to do,' Botta said, referring to memorial processions the borough has witnessed for fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, and Army Ranger Michael Jankiewicz, 23, both graduates of the high school also killed while serving in Afghanistan."
Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.