Passaic County Information

General Info

Clifton is situated in Passaic County, a thriving center of commerce, perfect for business and family alike. Incorporated as a city in 1917, it replaced Acquackanonk Township by referendum, an Act of the New Jersey Legislature. With a population of over 78,000, Clifton is a great place to raise a family, start a business and enjoy the good life with your neighbors.

From the Clifton Arts Center to the Statue of Liberty that’s less than 12 miles away, Clifton is just waiting for you to join them! For more information visit:


people waiting on train.JPGWith the name change Acquackanonk Township to Clifton, the City of Clifton was created and Clarence Finkle became interim Mayor, serving until George F. Schmidt became its first elected Mayor. By 1921 the population had grown to over 26,000 residents and by 1925, the first Clifton high school opened.
By 1940 the population had risen to almost 49,000 people and then to over 64,000 by 1950. Businesses continues to start and grow and people made Clifton their home bringing the population up to over 80,000 by the 70’s. In 1972, the Botany Village restoration was complete and Clifton’s Historic Botany District was born. Shops and area businesses work with in the district to make Clifton’s past present and future a great place to live and do business.
Always working toward the betterment of their city, Clifton residents wait to welcome you, whether you’re visiting or preparing to move there. For more information about the history of Clifton, visit:

Attractions & Activities

Historic Hamilton-Van Wagoner Museum

Enjoy a walk through time when you enter this 18th century Dutch gambrel roofed homestead, once the home of the Van Wagoner and Hamilton families. Filled with items from the golden era of the home, you’ll see a way of life that no longer exists. To learn more, visit:

Clifton Arts Center Mission Statement: The Clifton Arts Center provides an interactive environment in which the arts can thrive. It is a haven in the heart of the City where our diverse community can come together to experience and celebrate art in all its forms.

Housed in two renovated barns of the former U.S. Animal Quarantine Station, the brick barns are on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to a sculpture garden, the CAC is located in the Clifton Municipal Complex. To learn more, visit:

Statue of Liberty

Visit this icon of American freedom, less than 12 miles away from Clifton and make the climb up to check out the view of America from a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. For more information, visit:

Upper Montclair Country Club

Golfer2.jpgA member owned golf club, Upper Montclair Country Club is located a mere 12 miles from midtown Manhattan. Twenty seven holes of championship golf, designed by premier architects, Tillinghast and Jones, the course promises a challenging golf game for all golfers, whether new or seasoned hands with a golf club. For more information, visit:


Boy playing tennis.JPGPassaic County Recreation


With 37 parks available, there will be one that fit you like a glove, offering amenities from tennis to pools, hiking trails to picnic areas. For a complete list of parks,






Events Calendar

From the State Fair to the Talent Search, Clifton has year round events for you and the whole family! For more information, visit:

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