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Paterson is a city in Passaic County, in the New York metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after William Paterson, governor, senator and U.S. Supreme Court justice
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New Jersey named Paterson. For links to other places called Paterson, NJ, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Paterson is 40.916N. The longitude is -74.172W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 85 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 150,782.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$32,778
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Paterson demographic reports
Paterson is on the Passaic River
Planned industrial community. Scene of major textile strike in 1910

Samuel Colt manufactured weapons here

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,241. The number of murders and homicides was 20. The violent crime rate was 8.2 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "Hurricane"
· 1996 movie, "The Preacher's Wife"
· TV series, "The Sopranos"
Census 2000 highlights: Second most crowded city in the U.S., with 17,764 people per square mile
Well-known residents have included:
· Lou Costello, comedian
· Frederick Reines, winner of Nobel Prize in physics
· Bette Midler, singer, actress
· Allen Ginsberg, poet
· Edna Buchanan, author
Nearby parks & recreation: Great Falls, Garret Mountain Reservation
Historic sites and museums: Lambert Castle Museum, Great Falls Visitor?s Center, Paterson Museum
Colleges and universities: Passaic County Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 139
Quotes:
Paterson lies on the valley under the Passaic Falls / its spent waters forming the outline of his back. / He lies on his right side, head near the thunder of the water filling his dreams!
-- Paterson
William Carlos Williams

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Paterson demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Passaic County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Bergen-Passaic area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 07504 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

1% of Paterson residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Paterson ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Paterson was $13,257, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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8% of Paterson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Paterson include Great Falls Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Paterson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $611.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,476.


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Libraries in Paterson include First Ward Branch, Paterson Free Public Library, South Paterson Branch, Totowa Branch ... View libraries

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TV stations in Paterson include WXTV.

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Passaic County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Paterson political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Paterson workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 27 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Paterson between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Paterson, NJ

Pros: Great Falls are beautiful...

Cons: Parts of the city still haven't recovered from industry collapse, riots, and white flight...

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“ Paterson lies on the valley under the Passaic Falls / its spent waters forming the outline of his back. / He lies on his right side, head near the thunder of the water filling his dreams! ”
~ Paterson
William Carlos Williams

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