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Paramus, New Jersey

Paramus, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Paramus
Welcome to Paramus
Welcome to Paramus
Map highlighting Paramus' location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Paramus' location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Paramus, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Paramus, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°56′50″N 74°04′16″W / 40.947309°N 74.070989°W / 40.947309; -74.070989Coordinates: 40°56′50″N 74°04′16″W / 40.947309°N 74.070989°W / 40.947309; -74.070989
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 4, 1922
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Mayor Richard LaBarbiera (term ends December 31, 2018)
 • Administrator Joseph O. D'Arco
 • Clerk Annemarie Krusznis
Area
 • Total 10.520 sq mi (27.246 km2)
 • Land 10.470 sq mi (27.117 km2)
 • Water 0.050 sq mi (0.129 km2)  0.47%
Area rank 205th of 566 in state
2nd of 70 in county
Elevation 49 ft (15 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 26,342
 • Estimate (2015) 26,974
 • Rank 93rd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county
 • Density 2,516.0/sq mi (971.4/km2)
 • Density rank 249th of 566 in state
50th of 70 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 07652-07653
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400355950
GNIS feature ID 0885340
Website www.paramusborough.org

Paramus (/pəˈræməs/ pə-RAM-əs, with the accent on the second syllable) is a borough in Bergen County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 26,342, reflecting an increase of 605 (+2.4%) from the 25,737 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 670 (+2.7%) from the 25,067 counted in the 1990 Census. A suburb of New York City, Paramus is located 15 to 20 miles (24 to 32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan and approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of Upper Manhattan. In 2013, it was named as a "New Jersey Healthy Town" under the state's Mayor's Wellness Campaign.

Paramus was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 2, 1922, and ratified by a referendum held on April 4, 1922, that passed by a vote of 238 to 10. Paramus was created from portions of Midland Township, which now exists as Rochelle Park. The name is usually said to be of Native American origin, derived from words meaning "land of the turkey" or meaning "pleasant stream."

The borough is one of the largest shopping destinations in the country, generating over $5 billion in annual retail sales, more than any other ZIP code in the United States. Paramus has some of the most restrictive blue laws in the nation, banning nearly all white-collar and retail businesses from opening on Sundays except for gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores, and a limited number of other businesses. More than 63% of Bergen County voters rejected a referendum on the ballot in 1993 that would have repealed the county's blue laws, though the Paramus restrictions would have remained in place.


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