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A Historical Look At The Town Of Rutherford, NJ

The worker's comp lawyers in Rutherford, NJ at NJ Injury Guys present the following on the area's history.


Rutherford was the first borough to be named in Bergen County. The Passaic River creates its eastern border. Park Avenue runs through the center of the 1,779.2-acre town. The town is approximately 12.3 miles from Manhattan, NY crossing the Hudson River through the Lincoln Tunnel. 

Early History

The borough Rutherford was named after early settler and farmland owner John Rutherfurd. Rutherfurd was a U. S. Senator and a former New Jersey legislator. His farm was located by the Passaic River that is on the western side of the town. Ruthefurd would be the name of the town until the post office began spelling it Rutherford in 1876. It is unknown why the spelling of the name was changed, but speculators believe it was to closely relate to the 19th United States President, Rutherford B. Hayes.

Historical Landmarks

Other historical homesteads in Rutherford are the following:

  • 1668 - Yereance-Berry House
  • 1770 - Kip Homestead
  • 1869 - Iviswold "The Castle" 
  • 1913 - William Carlos Williams House


Housing prices in the neighborhood are substantially higher than in other communities in New Jersey. This is a predominantly white-collar area, with 52.99% of residents holding a four-year or more college degree. Some of the local schools and colleges of the area include the following:

  • Felician University
  • Rutherford Montessori School
  • Washington School
  • Lincoln School
  • St. Mary's Elementary School
  • Rutherford Education Center
  • Rutherford High School
  • Pierrepoint School

The following is the occupational breakdown:

  • 19.51% management or executive 
  • 11.92% office or administrative support
  • 11.57% sales or service


As of 2010, Rutherford's population was 18,061 and consisted of 6,949 households. The average income per household was $85,783, with men averaging $70,071 and women $55,080. More than 26.8% of the residents were born outside of the United States. The ethnic breakdown of the town was the following:

  • 77.57% white
  • 2.92% African American
  • 14.08% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.07% Native American
  • 13.08% Asian 
  • 0.01% Pacific Islander
  • 3.68% other races 
  • 2.68% two or more races

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Gabriel A. DiLeonardo, Sr., Esq.
Date Published: April 28, 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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