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A Closer Look at Totowa, NJ

The personal injury lawyers in Totowa, NJ at NJ Injury Guys kindly present the following details about the town's history.


The borough of Totowa is located in Passaic County in the state of New Jersey. The 2,611.2-acre borough sits along the Passaic River. Christopher Columbus Highway and Route 46 travel through the southeastern section of the town. Some other roadways are Totowa Road, Minnisink Road, Union Boulevard, and Riverview Drive. Hillcrest is to the northeast of the borough, while Singac is to its south. Mountain View and Preakness are west of the area, and Woodland Park and Stoney Road are to the east. 


The borough's name comes from the language of the Native Americans as they described the Great Falls of the Passaic River. It means sinking or falling waters or possibly between mountains and water. 

George Willocks, a land speculator from Scottland, purchased the tract of land then known as Willock's Patent in 1696. This land included most of the present-day borough. The land was resold to Anthony Brockholls, an English Commander-in-Cheif, and the Van Houten family. The land was renamed the "Totowa Patent."


Within the borough are four cemeteries, and many say there are more dead people than living in the neighborhood. These cemeteries include: 

  •  Holy Sepulchre Roman Catholic Cemetery 
  • Laurel Grove Memorial Park
  • Mount Nebo Jewish Cemetery
  • A.M. White Lodge Jewish Cemetery

Traveling down Union Boulevard, you come across many businesses and dining options, such as:

  • Joey's Peruvian Cuisine and Grill
  • Murph's Tavern
  • Sombrero Tacoria
  • Spiga
  • Casa Mia Pizzeria & Ristorante


The borough's population was 10,804 in 2010, which consisted of 3,783 households and 2,826 families. This was an increase of 9.2% from 2000. The ethnic makeup of the residents was the following:

  • 85.44% white 
  • 2.30% African American
  • 14.35% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.10% Native American
  • 5.92% Asian
  • 0.00% Pacific Islander
  • 4.22% other races
  • 2.02% two or more races

Approximately 22.03% of the residents in the community were born outside of the country. Some commonly found ancestries found in the townspeople aside from Hispanic and Asian populations, were: 

  • Italian
  • Irish
  • German
  • Polish
  • English

The median annual income was $72,568 per household and $82,750 per family. Men's median income was approximately $58,750 versus women that averaged of $42,641. The following is a breakdown of the occupations most commonly held by the residents:

  • 15.60% office and administrative support roles
  • 11.15% service and sales positions
  • 9.95% management and executive professions

For more interesting facts on the next community: Getting to Know Preakness, NJ

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Gabriel A. DiLeonardo, Sr., Esq.
Date Published: June 10, 2021
Gabriel DiLeonardo, Esq. is a New Jersey licensed attorney-at-law. He helps people who suffer injuries get justice through personal injury lawsuits.
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