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The History of Clifton, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Clifton, NJ, at NJ Injury Guys have sponsored the following overview of the Clifton area.


The city of Clifton is located in Passaic County in New Jersey. It is located 12.2 miles north of Newark and 16.9 miles northwest of Manhattan, New York. The main roads that run through the town are the Garden State Parkway, NJ Route 3, and US 46.


The area was initially lead by Captahem, a Native American. He gave 11,000 acres to Hans Frederick. The town was named after the Garrett Mountain cliffs that border the northwestern section of the area. A lookout parking section has been constructed for visitors to enjoy.

The area was mainly used for agriculture and, in 1903, became the home to the U. S. Animal Quarantine Station. The station would serve as a primary location for the East Coast and would regulate the following incoming foreign animals being brought into the United States:

  • poultry
  • horses
  • cattle
  • zoo animals

The station closed in the late 1970s and has since become home to the Clifton Arts Center Gallery and Studio and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Other historical places in the area include:

  • Ploch's Farm
  • City Green Farm Eco Center
  • Hamilton House Museum


The Clifton area consists of a good mix of blue-collar and white-collar occupations, and the average income per household was $62,271. More than 32% of the residents have a bachelor's degree or higher. The occupational breakdown of its people are:

  • 12.02% office and administrative support
  • 11.1% sales jobs
  • 7.74% management occupations


In 2010 the population of Clifton was 84,136, including 30,661 households and 21,125 families. More than 36% of the population was born outside of the county. Other languages spoke aside from English are Spanish and Arabic. The racial breakdown of the area is the following:

  • 69.63% white
  • 4.92% African American
  • 8.9% Asian
  • 31.92% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.5% Native American
  • 0.03% Pacific Islander
  • 12.44% other races
  • 3.59% two or more races

The area has a diverse ancestry, and the most common in the area include the following:

  • 17% Italian
  • 13% Polish
  • 9% Irish 
  • 8% German

However, there are many from that identifies with the following:

  • Puerto Rican
  • Dominican 
  • Arab
  • Filipino
  • Chinese
  • Indians
  • Turkish 
  • Albanian
  • Ukrainian

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Gabriel A. DiLeonardo, Sr., Esq.
Date Published: April 7, 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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