Paterson (New Jersey)

Passaic County

34-57000

Paterson is with 146 199 inhabitants ( 2010) is the third largest city in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located about 25 km north of Newark (New Jersey) in the northeast of the State of New Jersey. Paterson is the county seat ( county seat ) of Passaic County.

The city was named after William Paterson. By William Carlos Williams's poem cycle " Paterson " the place is one of the most memorable places in the American literary history.

Attractions

The historic waterfalls of the Great Falls (also known as Argus Mill ) on the Passaic River, are registered in the NRHP with the number 86,001,507.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.6 km ², of which 21.9 km ² of land and 0.8 km ² ( 3.32% ) is water.

Demography

According to the census of 2000, there are 149 222 people, 44 710 households and 33 353 families residing in the city. The population density is 6826.4 persons per km ². 30.77 % of the population are White, 32.90 % African American, 0.60 % Native American, 1.90 % Asian, 0.06 % Pacific Islander, 27.60 % from other races, and 6.17% mixed race. 50.11 % are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 44 710 households 40.9 % have children under 18 years. 39.4 % are married couples living together, 26.8 % are single mothers, 25.4% are non-families, 20.4% consist of all households and 7.9% in people older than 65, the average household size is 3, 25, the average family size is 3.71.

29.8 % of the population are under the age of 18, 11.2 % from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 18.7 % between 45 and 64, 8.3% older than 65 is the average age 30 years. The ratio of women to men is 100:94,4, for people older than 18 years, the ratio 100:91,1.

The median household income is $ 32,778, and the median income for a family $ 35,420. Males have a median income of $ 27,911, women $ 22,733. The per capita income for the city is $ 13,257. 22.2 % of the population and 19.2 % of families are below the poverty line, including 29.0 % have children younger than 18 years and 19.1 % of people older than 65

Population Development

¹ 1980 - 2010: census results of the U.S. Census Bureau

Religion

Paterson is the seat of the Roman Diocese of Paterson.

In the arts

  • The feature film Hurricane starring Denzel Washington plays partly in Paterson.
  • Several scenes of the Sopranos play in Paterson.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Alexander Berzin, Author ( b. 1944 )
  • Gaetano Bresci, Anarchist (1869-1901)
  • Lou Costello, actor, producer and comedian (1906-1959)
  • Victor Cruz, football player ( born 1986 )
  • Sidney Geist, painter, sculptor, author and Professor of Art (1914-2005)
  • Allen Ginsberg, author (1926-1997)
  • Percy Goetschius, music theorist, and composition teacher (1853-1943)
  • Jemal Johnson, football player ( born 1985 )
  • Walt Levinsky, musician, arranger and composer (1929-1999)
  • Don Martin, cartoonist (1931-2000)
  • Ed Masry, lawyer (1932-2005)
  • Ed Polcer, jazz musician ( b. 1937 )
  • Frederick Reines, Physicist (1918-1998)
  • George Rochberg, Composer (1918-2005)
  • Stephanie Rothman, a film director ( b. 1936 )
  • Frankie Ruiz, salsa singer (1958-1998)
  • Kathryn Dwyer " Kathy " Sullivan, former U.S. astronaut ( b. 1951 )
  • Joseph Weber, a physicist (1919-2000)
  • Carl Weinrich, organist and music teacher (1904-1991)
  • Patrick Warburton, actor ( b. 1964 )
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