Emerson is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, a suburb in the New York metropolitan area. Emerson is the most southern town in an area of the county referred to as the Pascack Valley. What is now Emerson was originally formed on April 8, 1903, from portions of Washington Township as the Borough of Etna, the name of a railroad station in the community. The name was changed to Emerson as of March 9, 1909. The name came from author Ralph Waldo Emerson. Pascack Valley Shopping Center is a shopping center located on Kinderkamack Road. It formerly had a movie theater and bowling alley.
The median income for a household in the borough was $75,556, and the median income for a family was $83,521. Males had a median income of $52,450 versus $36,818 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,506. About 1.3% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Emerson School District serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district’s three schools had an enrollment of 1,190 students and 91.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.95:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Memorial Elementary School with 285 students in PreK-2, Patrick M. Villano Elementary School with 362 students in grades 3-6 and Emerson Junior-Senior High School with 543 students in grades 7-12.
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