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Bogota, New Jersey

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Country  United States
County  Bergen
Area  211 ha
Population  8,284 (2013)
State  New Jersey
Incorporated  November 14, 1894
Zip code  07603
Local time  Sunday 10:56 PM
Bogota, New Jersey
Named for  Bogert / Banta families
Area rank  522nd of 566 in state 69th of 70 in county
Weather  -4°C, Wind N at 6 km/h, 33% Humidity

Bogota is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,187, reflecting a decline of 62 (-0.8%) from the 8,249 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 425 (+5.4%) from the 7,824 counted in the 1990 Census.


Map of Bogota, NJ, USA

Bogota was formed on November 14, 1894, from portions of Ridgefield Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Portions of Bogota were taken in 1895 to form part of the newly created Township of Teaneck. Bogota was named in honor of the Bogert family, which had been the first to occupy the area, and may also be a portmanteau of Bogert and Banta, another early family, with an "O" added to ease pronunciation.

The borough's name is pronounced /bəˈɡtə/ buh-GO-ta, unlike Bogotá, capital city of Colombia, whose name is accented on the final syllable. Coincidentally, 1.54% of Bogota's residents are from Colombia.


Bogota is located on the east shore of the Hackensack River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.813 square miles (2.106 km2), including 0.765 square miles (1.981 km2) of land and 0.048 square miles (0.125 km2) of water (5.93%).

The borough borders Hackensack to the west, Ridgefield Park to the south and Teaneck on the north and east.

Census 2010

The 2010 United States Census counted 8,187 people, 2,773 households, and 2,080 families residing in the borough. The population density was 10,702.5 per square mile (4,132.3/km2). The borough contained 2,888 housing units at an average density of 3,775.4 per square mile (1,457.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 61.00% (4,994) White, 9.42% (771) Black or African American, 0.78% (64) Native American, 9.81% (803) Asian, 0.09% (7) Pacific Islander, 14.80% (1,212) from other races, and 4.10% (336) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 38.71% (3,169) of the population.

Out of a total of 2,773 households, 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the borough, 23.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females the census counted 91.8 males, but for 100 females at least 18 years old, it was 86.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,375 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,132) and the median family income was $96,563 (+/- $12,361). Males had a median income of $53,460 (+/- $5,549) versus $46,350 (+/- $9,142) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,844 (+/- $2,819). About 8.2% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,249 people, 2,874 households, and 2,126 families residing in the borough. The population density was 10,841.3 people per square mile (4,190.7/km2). There were 2,915 housing units at an average density of 3,831.1 per square mile (1,480.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 75.72% White, 5.73% African American, 0.15% Native American, 7.75% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.76% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.32% of the population.

There were 2,874 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $59,813, and the median income for a family was $69,841. Males had a median income of $49,347 versus $36,406 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,505. About 2.6% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Local government

Bogota is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a borough council comprising six council members, 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 consists 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 Bogota, the most common system used in the state, 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.

As of 2016, the mayor of the Borough of Bogota is Republican Christopher M. "Chris" Kelemen, serving a term of office that expires on December 31, 2019. Members of the Bogota Borough Council are Council President John Mitchell (R, 2016), Michael T. Connors (R, 2016, elected to serve an unexpired term), Daniel Fede (R, 2018), Kathy Ferris-Gates (D, 2017; appointed to serve an unexpired term), Francisco J. Miranda (R, 2018), Thomas A. Napolitano (R, 2017).

Kathryn Ferris-Gates was appointed in late 2015 to fill the seat vacated by Lisa Kohles.

The council seat expiring in 2015 held by Chris Kelemen was vacated when he took office as mayor in January 2015.

Citing the bitter political differences in the governing body and the loss of two council seats to Republican challengers in the general election that month, Mayor Patrick McHale resigned from office in November 2013 and was replaced on an acting basis by Council President Tito Jackson, who served in that role until the November 2014 election. In September 2011, the borough council appointed Wanda Uceta to fill the vacant seat of Joseph Nooto who had died earlier that month. In December 2013, Lisa Kohles was chosen to fill Jackson's vacant council seat for a term ending in December 2014.

In 2012, Democrats retained full control of borough government, as incumbent Jorge Nunez won re-election along with his running mate Robert Robbins, who won his first term in office.

In the November 2011 election Democrats gained control of all of the borough's elected positions. Patrick McHale was re-elected to a four-year term as mayor. Incumbents Michael Brophy and Tito Jackson were elected to new three-year terms, while Wanda Uceta won a two-year unexpired term and Evaristo Burdiez Jr. won his first full three-year term, after both Burdiez and Uceta had been appointed to fill vacancies.

In the 2010 General Election, Councilmen Joseph Noto and Michael Brophy won reelection, while first-time candidate Arthur Konigsberg also captured a seat. They defeated Councilwoman Anne Marie Mitchell and challengers Jared Geist and Guillermo Martinez. Brophy led the way with 1,235 votes, followed by Noto with 1,072 and Konigsberg with 1,060. Mitchell received 966 votes, while Geist and Martinez earned 847 and 775 votes, respectively. Noto and Konigsberg won three-year terms, while Brophy — who was appointed to fill a vacancy last year — will serve for an additional year to finish the uncompleted term.

In July 2006, then-Mayor Lonegan created a controversy when he engineered a borough council resolution requesting the removal of a Spanish-language billboard in town advertising McDonald's iced coffee. Lonegan said the billboard was "divisive." The story received national publicity, occurring concurrently with a national debate on illegal immigration. The 2003 mayoral election won by Lonegan was the subject of the documentary Anytown, USA.

Federal, state and county representation

Bogota is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 37th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Bogota had been part of the 9th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).

For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 37th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Loretta Weinberg (D, Teaneck) and in the General Assembly by Valerie Huttle (D, Englewood) and Gordon M. Johnson (D, Englewood). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).

Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. As of 2015, the County Executive is James J. Tedesco III (D, Paramus; term ends December 31, 2018). The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January. Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2017; Fort Lee), Vice Chairman Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2016; River Edge), David L. Ganz (D, 2017; Fair Lawn), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes) Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, 2015; serving the unexpired term of office that had been occupied by James Tedesco before he was sworn in as County Executive) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale), Sheriff Michael Saudino (R) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill).


As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,345 registered voters in Bogota, of which 1,549 (35.7% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 735 (16.9% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,060 (47.4% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 53.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 69.6% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).

On the national level, Bogota leans strongly toward the Democratic Party. In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 2,454 votes (63.1% vs. 54.2% countywide), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 1,230 votes (31.6% vs. 41.1% countywide) and other candidates with 122 votes (3.1% vs. 3.0% countywide), among the 3,890 ballots cast by the borough's 5,244 registered voters for a turnout of 74.2% (vs. 73% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,308 votes (66.7% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,085 votes (31.4% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 30 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 3,458 ballots cast by the borough's 4,796 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.1% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,291 votes (63.3% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,270 votes (35.1% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 26 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 3,619 ballots cast by the borough's 4,759 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.0% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,009 votes (57.2% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,458 votes (41.5% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 16 votes (0.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 3,511 ballots cast by the borough's 4,646 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.6% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.2% of the vote (1,178 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 42.8% (913 votes), and other candidates with 2.0% (42 votes), among the 2,243 ballots cast by the borough's 4,694 registered voters (110 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 47.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,151 ballots cast (53.1% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 856 votes (39.5% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 119 votes (5.5% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 9 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 2,168 ballots cast by the borough's 4,549 registered voters, yielding a 47.7% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).


Students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated in the Bogota Public Schools. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 1,143 students and 87.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.08:1. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics.) are E. Roy Bixby School with 291 students in grades K - 6, Lillian M. Steen School which served 301 students in grades K - 6, and Bogota High School with an enrollment of 551 students on grades 7 through 12.

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.

Saint Joseph Academy is a Catholic school serving students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 17.67 miles (28.44 km) of roadways, of which 14.90 miles (23.98 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.39 miles (3.85 km) by Bergen County and 0.38 miles (0.61 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Interstate 80 passes through the southern tip of the borough, continuing from Ridgefield Park in the west onto its terminus in Teaneck to the east, and is accessible at Exit 67 in Ridgefield Park, just south of Bogota. Route 4 is accessible in Teaneck. These highways provide access to the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and other portions of the area's transportation network. There are several bridges, including the Court Street Bridge and the Midtown Bridge that span the Hackensack River to Hackensack.

Public transportation

Several NJ Transit bus lines travel through Bogota between Hackensack, Jersey City, Paramus and New York City. NJ Transit bus service is available to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 155 and 168 routes; to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on the 182 route; and to other New Jersey communities served on the 83 (to Jersey City), 751 and 755 routes.

There is no passenger rail service, but the right of way for freight lines of New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad and the CSX River Subdivision (formerly the West Shore Railroad) run along the riverbank on the west side of town.

Popular culture

The 2005 documentary film Anytown, USA focused on the 2003 mayoral race between Republican Steve Lonegan, Democrat Fred Pesce and independent Dave Musikant. The film was screened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival on April 9, 2005, where it won the award for Best Documentary.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Bogota include:

  • Jimmy Gnecco (born 1973), musician from the Ours.
  • Steve Lonegan (born 1956), conservative activist who served for 12 years as Mayor of Bogota and was candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 2005 and 2009, and was the 2013 U.S. Senate candidate in an off-year election to replace the deceased Frank Lautenberg.
  • Norman Pittenger (1905–1997), Anglican theologian who was one of the first acknowledged Christian defenders for the open acceptance of homosexual relations among Christians.
  • Stanley Foster Reed (1917–2007), entrepreneur.
  • Pat Schuber, served for four years as Mayor of Bogota, represented the district in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1982–1990 and served 12 years as the County Executive of Bergen County.
  • Vin Scully (born 1927), sportscaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • References

    Bogota, New Jersey Wikipedia

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