Moonachie is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the Hackensack River watershed. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,708, reflecting a decline of 46 (-1.7%) from the 2,754 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 63 (-2.2%) from the 2,817 counted in the 1990 Census.
Tradition is that the borough was named after Monaghie, an Iroquois chief who inhabited the local cedar forests in the 1600s. Moonachie was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1910, from portions of Lodi Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1910. On March 26, 1917, portions of Moonachie were taken to form Teterboro.
The name of the borough is pronounced "moo-NAH-kee" or "MOO-nah-kee;" however, in January 1987, then-Mayor of New York City Ed Koch pronounced it "mah-NOO-chee" when he made his now-famous quip that the New York Giants should hold their victory parade in the borough after the team had just won Super Bowl XXI. Koch had refused to grant the Giants permission to hold a parade within the city limits because the team plays its home games in New Jersey, not in New York City.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.74 square miles (4.51 km2), including 1.73 square miles (4.48 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) of water (0.69%).
The borough is approximately northwest of downtown Manhattan in New York City. Nearby is East Rutherford, in which can be found the Meadowlands Sports Complex, home to the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets, and a racetrack at which both thoroughbred horse racing and harness racing are conducted. Portions of Teterboro Airport are located in Moonachie.
The borough borders the Bergen County municipalities of Carlstadt, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, South Hackensack, Teterboro and Wood-Ridge.
As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,708, reflecting a decline of 46 (-1.7%) from the 2,754 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 63 (-2.2%) from the 2,817 counted in the 1990 Census.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $53,500 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,570) and the median family income was $67,288 (+/- $10,087). Males had a median income of $52,647 (+/- $4,166) versus $42,670 (+/- $7,039) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,918 (+/- $2,593). About 4.0% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.
Same-sex couples headed four households in 2010, the same number as was counted in 2000.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,754 people, 1,041 households, and 707 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,596.5 people per square mile (614.6/km2). There were 1,074 housing units at an average density of 622.6 per square mile (239.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.66% White, 0.94% African American, 0.11% Native American, 6.64% Asian, 2.94% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.67% of the population.
There were 1,041 households, out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.27.
The population in the borough was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $50,571, and the median income for a family was $62,163. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $32,829 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,654. About 1.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Moonachie is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 565) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of a Mayor and a Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Moonachie is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
, the mayor of Moonachie is Democrat Dennis Vaccaro, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. Members of the Borough Council are Robert J. Bauer Sr. (D, 2022), Antonio Cirillo (D, 2020), Kathleen M. Kinsella (D, 2022), Manuel Martinez Jr. (D, 2020), Bruce B. Surak (D, 2021) and John R. Wende (D, 2021).
Federal, state and county representation
Moonachie is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th state legislative district.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,465 registered voters in Moonachie, of which 632 (43.1% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 199 (13.6% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 633 (43.2% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 54.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 66.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 572 votes (49.7% vs. 54.2%), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 545 votes (47.4% vs. 41.1% countywide) and other candidates with 33 votes (2.9% vs. 4.6%), among the 1,161 ballots cast by the borough's 1,664 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.8% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 584 votes (61.1% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 349 votes (36.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 11 votes (1.2% vs. 0.9%), among the 956 ballots cast by the borough's 1,573 registered voters, for a turnout of 60.8% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 586 votes (51.3% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 539 votes (47.2% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 11 votes (1.0% vs. 0.8%), among the 1,143 ballots cast by the borough's 1,537 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 559 votes (49.9% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 542 votes (48.3% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 17 votes (1.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 1,121 ballots cast by the borough's 1,547 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.0% of the vote (369 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 33.1% (188 votes), and other candidates with 1.9% (11 votes), among the 587 ballots cast by the borough's 1,499 registered voters (19 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 39.2%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 348 ballots cast (48.6% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 296 votes (41.3% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 43 votes (6.0% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 9 votes (1.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 716 ballots cast by the borough's 1,469 registered voters, yielding a 48.7% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are served by the Moonachie School District at the Robert L. Craig School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 317 students and 30.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.3:1.
For ninth through twelfth grades, approximately 100 public school students attend Wood-Ridge High School in Wood-Ridge, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Wood-Ridge School District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 583 students and 46.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.4:1.
Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.
Roads and highways
, the borough had a total of of roadways, of which were maintained by the municipality and by Bergen County.
County Route 503 passes through Moonachie as Moonachie Road.
NJ Transit bus routes 161, 163, 164 provide service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, service to Newark is offered on the 76 route and local service is available on the 703 (rush hour) and 772 bus routes.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Moonachie include:
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