About Emerson

Emerson is frequently referred to as “The Family Town” and upon entering the borough considered the ‘gateway’ to the beautiful Pascack Valley area of Bergen County from any direction, it is not hard to see why.Beautiful parks and recreation areas abound and the shopping centers are modern and bustling with activity offering a multitude of purchasing opportunities.The public schools offer challenging and dynamic curriculum's and the popular public library provides numerous free programs that enhance and extend that commitment to education to the entire community.Residents volunteer with enthusiasm and pride to the many varied Boards and Commissions such as Recreation and Historic Preservation that encourage youth participation and restore and maintain the American values of yesteryear.

Despite Emerson’s commitment to those virtues, it is a leader in planned municipal growth and progress addressing the needs of its growing population by undertaking major improvements to its Central Business District along the main thoroughfare, Kinderkamack Road, to provide a safe and varied alternative to shopping and eateries besides the malls and 'big box' stores.

A haven for commuters, the Emerson train station is an essential portal of NJ Transit and the many bus stops that traverse the main arteries leading in and out of town provide quick and easy access to major business areas, Newark Airport and NYC.

When you come to Emerson, slow down for the many pedestrians strolling about its neat and attractive streets and shopping areas and for the children on bikes making their way to the various parks and recreation areas.Enjoy a 'latte' at one end of town and pick your own organic vegetables on the other side.Catch a Little League baseball game on Friday night. Explore the vast natural preserve, Emerson Woods, on Main Street and picnic later in Centennial Park at the other end. Bundle up for the Annual Holiday Tree-lighting Ceremony and warm your hands on a cup of hot chocolate with Santa afterwards at the Fire Station. And don’t miss the fireworks display in June on the great lawn of Hillman Park with friends and family.

Welcome to Emerson! A small town with a Big Personality!




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Emerson is a borough in the Pascack Valley of Bergen County, New Jersey. According to the 2010 United States Census, the population is 7401, having increased from 7197 in 2000. Emerson was formally incorporated on April 8, 1903 from parts of Washington Township. The borough is 2.4 square miles; water comprises .2 square miles in area.

Emerson is in the fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District. To reach your New Jersey legislative representatives, please click on the link below.

Emerson is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of the Mayor and six Borough Council members who serve three year staggered terms. Two seats come up for election each year. The Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie.

The Borough of Emerson has three public schools: Memorial School is for students from Pre-K through second grade. Villano School educates students from third through sixth grade. Emerson Junior/Senior High School educates students from grade seven through twelve.
Emerson is ideally located for commuters interested in mass transportation. The Emerson train station is centrally located and is served by New Jersey Transit Rail and Bus service, Coach USA and Rockland Coaches provide bus transportation. All forms of mass transit provide commuters quick and easy access to points in New Jersey including Newark Airport and New York City.


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