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Welcome to Passaic County

Passaic County SealPassaic County was created out of parts of Essex and Bergen Counties with the same legislation that created Atlantic County in 1837. Passaic County borders New York State on the north and is surrounded on the other sides by Sussex, Morris, Essex and Bergen counties in New Jersey. Passaic County has 193.81 square miles making it the 18th in size among New Jersey’s counties. On the basis of population, it ranks as the 9th most populous county in New Jersey. The 2019 population of Passaic County was estimated by the US Census Bureau as 501,826. 

Passaic County is shaped like a bent hourglass with the area above the neck running generally north and south and the portion below, east to west. The upper half of Passaic County is characterized by large lakes and watershed areas with low-density development. The lower half of Passaic County contains more than 85% of the population in a third of the area. Passaic County has 16 municipalities. West Milford Township, at the northern tip of Passaic County, is the largest in size with 78.30 square miles of land. The Borough of Prospect Park is the smallest with .45 square miles of land.

The highest point in Passaic County is Bearfort Mountain in West Milford with an elevation of 1,484 feet. Passaic County’s lowest spots are tidal lands along the Passaic River in Passaic and Clifton. Passaic County has over 40 lakes and ponds with areas in excess of 20 acres, as well as nine reservoirs.

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NOTABLE RESIDENTS OF PASSAIC COUNTY

Jack Mulhall (1887-1979) Silent film and talkie actor
Lou Costello (1906-1959) Comedian and actor of the comedy duo Abbott and Costello
Sherwood Schwartz (1916-2011) TV Producer, best known for creating Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) Poet and writer
Robert Smithson (1938-1973) Artist
Michael J. Pollard (1939-2019) Actor
Loretta Swit (born 1937) Actress, best known for her role on M*A*S*H
Millie Perkins (born 1938) Actress, best known for her lead role in the film The Diary of Anne Frank
David Chase (born 1945) Screenwriter, producer and director. Best known for The Sopranos
Alan Rosenberg (born 1950) Actor, Screen Actors Guild President (2005-2009)
Joe Piscopo (born 1951) Comedian and radio talk show host
Mitch Albom (born 1958) Author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Patrick Warburton (born 1964) Actor
Paul Rudd (born 1969) Actor
Vera Farmiga (born 1973) Actress, director and producer
Zoe Saldana (born 1978) Actress
Fetty Wap (born 1991) Hip hop singer
John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (1926-2020) Jazz guitarist
Donald Fagen (born 1948) Musician of the band Steely Dan
Gerry Polci (born 1952) Singer and drummer of The Four Seasons
The Happenings   Musicians of the 1960s
The Shirelles   Musicians of the 1960s
Bill Mokray (1907-1974) Basketball statistician and historian. Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
Lou Duva (1922-2017) Boxing trainer, manager and promoter. Member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame
Larry Doby (1923-2003) Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player who broke the color barrier in the American League
Jack Tatum (1948-2010) National Football League safety
Craig Heyward (1966-2006) National Football League fullback
Dick Vitale (born 1939) Basketball sportscaster
Larry Hand (born 1940) National Football League player
Bruce Arians (born 1952) National Football League coach
Perry Williams (born 1961) Cornerback for the New York Giants
Donna Weinbrecht (born 1965) Olympic gold medalist (freestyle skiing)
Kevin Walker (born 1965) National Football League player
Dave Szott (born 1967) National Football League player and coach
Mark DeRosa (born 1975) Major League Baseball player
Lennie Friedman (born 1976) National Football League player
Mike Adams (born 1981) National Football League player and coach
Victor Cruz (born 1986) Wide Receiver for the New York Giants
Danny Szetela (born 1987) Professional soccer player
Laurene Powell Jobs (born 1963) Founder of Emerson Collective
Evelyn Dubrow (1911-2006) Labor lobbyist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner (born 1960) Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court