Madison, New Jersey
—  borough  —
Nickname(s): The Rose City
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Madison highlighted in Morris County Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the state of New Jersey
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Census Bureau map of Madison, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 74°25′04″W / 40.758044, -74.417807Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 74°25′04″W / 40.758044, -74.417807
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Morris
Incorporated December 27, 1889
 • Type Borough (New Jersey)
 • Mayor Mary-Anna Holden (2011)[1]
 • Administrator Raymond M. Codey[2]
 • Total 4.218 sq mi (10.926 km2)
 • Land 4.205 sq mi (10.891 km2)
 • Water 0.013 sq mi (0.035 km2)  0.32%
Elevation[4] 262 ft (80 m)
Population (2010 Census)[5]
 • Total 15,845
 • Density 3,800/sq mi (1,500/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07940[6]
Area code(s) 862/973
FIPS code 34-42510[7][8]
GNIS feature ID 0885287[9]

Madison is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 15,845.[5] It also is known as "The Rose City".


Madison is located at 40°45′29″N 74°25′04″W / 40.758044, -74.417807 (40.758044,-74.417807). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.218 square miles (10.926 km2), of which, 4.205 square miles (10.891 km2) of it is land and 0.013 square miles (0.035 km2) of it (0.32%) is water.[10]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 4,658
1920 5,523 18.6%
1930 7,481 35.5%
1940 7,944 6.2%
1950 10,417 31.1%
1960 15,122 45.2%
1970 16,710 10.5%
1980 15,357 −8.1%
1990 15,850 3.2%
2000 16,530 4.3%
2010 15,845 −4.1%
Population sources:1910-1930[11]
1930-1990[12] 2000[13] 2010[5]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 16,530 people, 5,520 households, and 3,786 families. The population density was 3,935.6 people per square mile (1,519.6/km2). There were 5,641 housing units at an average density of 1,343.1 per square mile (518.6/km2). The racial makeup of the population was 89.69% White, 3.00% African American, 0.13% Native American, 3.77% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.97% of the population.[13]

There were 5,520 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05.[13]

The population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 17.6% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.[13]

The median income for a household was $82,847 and the median income for a family was $101,798. Males had a median income of $62,303 versus $42,097 for females. The per capita income was $38,416. About 2.0% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.[13]


Amerinds occupied the areas that would become New Jersey and Madison following the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier for many thousands of years. Settlements of the Lenape Indians were agriculturally-based following matrilineal lines. Occupation changed with the seasons, the variable nature of the climate, and to preserve the fertility of the rich soil. Their fishing and hunting territories were wide-ranging and similarly divided among the three clans of the matrilineal culture in this Eastern Woodland environment. Trade with these native peoples for food and furs was conducted by the Dutch during the period of colonization of New Netherlands. Although the European principle of land ownership was not recognized by the Lenape, Dutch West India Company policy required their colonists to purchase land that they settled, but typically, trading relationships were established in this area, rather than Dutch settlements.

During the British colonial period, the earliest settlers of European descent arrived in this portion of the colony of New Jersey. Traditional native trails and pathways were followed as settlement began. Pressures upon the Lenape constantly drove them westward. About 1715 the village of Bottle Hill was established at the crossing of Ridgedale Avenue and Kings Road. Village governance principles followed the British model. The Luke Miller house at 105 Ridgedale Avenue is thought to be the oldest remaining home, having been built around 1730. Kings Road had been just that, during British colonial times it was a toll road whose fees were levied by the government appointed by the English king. Farther south was the Shunpike, a road with a parallel path that was used deliberately by colonists to avoid the fees.

Morris County, created in 1739, was divided into three townships. The portion of the village north of Kings Road was put under the governance of Hanover Township and the portion to the south, under the governance of Morris Township. A meeting house for the Presbyterian Church of South Hanover, as Madison was called at that time, was started in 1747 where the Presbyterian Cemetery still exists between Kings Road and Madison Avenue. With the Treaty of Easton in 1758, the Lenape were required to vacate their lands in colonial New Jersey and to move westward. Later, their leaders allied with the colonists during the American Revolution in hopes of regaining former lands, but that was never realized.

Following the revolution, changes to governing methods in the former colonies occurred eventually as the new nation organized herself. The state of New Jersey formed its government and debated best policies. During the reorganization of Morris County in 1806, Chatham Township was formed as the governmental entity to include three existing pre-revolutionary villages (the current municipalities of Chatham, Florham Park, and Madison) as well as all of the lands still governed by the current Chatham Township, and thus the governmental division of Bottle Hill was ended and it was reunited as far as governance was concerned.

In 1834, the name of the village was changed to Madison.[14] On December 27, 1889, based on the results of a referendum passed on December 24, 1889, the village seceded from Chatham Township and adopted the newly created, borough form of government (when it first became available), in order to develop a local water supply system for its population of 3,250. Madison annexed additional portions of Chatham Township in 1891, and again each year from 1894–1898, which was followed by an exchange of certain lands in 1899 with Chatham Township.[15]

Influence of early railroad Edit

Madison New Jersey downtown

Downtown Madison

Madison's growth accelerated after the Civil War A railroad provided good transportation for farm produce grown at Madison. Later, the railroad made possible the establishment of a flourishing rose growing industry, still commemorated in Madison's nickname, The Rose City.[16] The rail service connected the commerce to the markets of Manhattan. The Morris and Essex Lines became one of America's first commuter railroads, attracting well-to-do families from Manhattan (many of whom already owned large parcels land in the area for farming, hunting, and recreation) and contributing to the development of "Millionaire's Row," which stretched from downtown Madison to downtown Morristown. Greenhouses dotted the countryside. Talented horticulturalists were attracted to the area for employment at the many wealthy estates in the immediate area and to establish related businesses. One of the first grand houses to be built on "Millionaire's Row" was the Ross Estate.

The historic railroad station was donated to the community by the Dodges. The tracks were elevated through the downtown and no established roadways were hindered by crossing delays. The station included baggage and cargo facilities readily accessible by wagons as well as the stationmaster offices, a newsstand, and waiting facilities featuring extensive banks of high-backed wooden seating. Weeping Mulberry trees were planted among the landscaping and in natural areas in the parking area.

The rose industry and the large estates in the area attracted working class people of all kinds. As a result, Madison developed a diverse population very early, both in terms of socioeconomic status and ethnic background. The original settlers were of British stock; French settlers came after the American Revolution; African Americans have been members of the community from early in the nineteenth century; Irish came in the mid-nineteenth century; and then Germans and Italians arrived around the turn of the twentieth century. To this day there is a substantial population of Italian descent in Madison. Today Madison also remains a diverse community, with many of the more recent newcomers arriving from Central America, South America, and Asia.


Local governmentEdit

Harley Dodge Memorial in Madison NJ

Hartley Dodge Memorial, donated by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, houses Madison's local government seat and faces a railroad station she also donated to the community

Madison is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a mayor and a borough Council, comprising six members, with all positions elected at large. 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.[17]

As of 2012, the mayor of Madison is Robert H. Conley (term ends December 31, 2015). Members of the borough council are President Jeannie Tsukamoto (2014), Vincent A. Esposito (2012), Donald R. Links (2012), Robert G. Catalanello (2013), Robert Landrigan (2014) and Carmela Vitale (2014).[18]

Federal, state and county representationEdit

Madison is in the 11th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 27th state legislative district.[5][19]

New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Template:NJ Legislative 27 The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[20] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[21]

Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year.[22] As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton),[23] Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township),[24] Gene F. Feyl (Denville),[25] Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills),[26] Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville),[27] John J. Murphy (Morris Township)[28] and Margaret Nordstrom (Washington Township).[29][30]


Public schoolsEdit

The Madison Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[31]) consist of three elementary schools — Central Avenue School[32] (K-5, 487 students), Kings Road School [33] (K-5, 243 students) and Torey J. Sabatini School [34] (K-5, 262 students) — Madison Junior School [35] (6,7,and 8, 531 students) and Madison High School (grades 9-12, 752 students).

Students from Harding Township, New Jersey attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Harding Township School District.[36]

Private schoolsEdit

Saint Vincent Martyr School (SVMS) is a Catholic parochial school that serves students in grades PK-3 through seven, operated under the auspices of the Saint Vincent Parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.[37] SVMS is a recipient of the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon award for 2005-2006.[38]

Higher educationEdit

Seton Hall College was established in Madison in 1856. The campus was relocated to its current location in South Orange, New Jersey in the late nineteenth century.

In 1867, Drew University was founded and continues to operate in Madison, on a wooded campus near downtown that previously was a private residence.

A portion of Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham is located in Madison on the former Vanderbilt estate.


New Jersey Transit's Madison station provides commuter service on the Morristown Line, with trains heading to Hoboken Terminal, and to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via the Kearny Connection.


Madison's downtown is supported by the Madison Downtown Development Commission and a downtown manager. Many historical buildings remain in the community. The Madison Civic Commercial Historic District, which includes much of "downtown" as well as the borough hall and the train station, is listed on the State Register of Historic Places. The borough hall and the train station were donated to the community by Geraldine R. Dodge and Marcellus Hartley Dodge, Sr. as a memorial to their son who died in an automobile crash shortly after his graduation from Princeton University. Vacant commercial space is a rarity. In recent years Madison has become noted for the number and quality of its restaurants.

Giralda Farms, a planned office development, occupies 175 acres (0.708 km2) of the former Geraldine R. Dodge estate in Madison (she and her husband had separate estates). Five of a possible seven projects have been completed. These include the corporate headquarters of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, Maersk Lines, Quest Diagnostics, Wyeth, and the offices of Schering-Plough. Development regulations for the former estate require that 85% of the land be maintained as open space with almost all vehicle parking being required to be built underground.

Sister cityEdit

Madison, New Jersey has three sister cities: Madison, Connecticut, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, and Marigliano, Campania, Italy.[39]

Points of interestEdit

Film and televisionEdit

  • Episodes of the television series, The Sopranos, were filmed in Madison.[40] A scene was filmed on the Drew University campus. Another scene was filmed at Rod's Steak House, just west of the borough limits in Convent.
  • Portions of A Beautiful Mind were filmed at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  • The Madison train station played the role of Cranford, New Jersey in the 2005 film, Guess Who starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher. The train station, the Hartley-Dodge Memorial building, and the center of Madison, serve as backdrops to this movie. An entire panorama of the town is shown during the final credits.
  • Hartley Dodge Memorial (Borough Hall) appears in a scene of The World According to Garp starring Glenn Close and Robin Williams.[40]
  • Scenes from Rich and Famous (1981), George Cukor's final film, were shot on Lincoln Place, and show the Madison Theatre and the train station as backdrops.
  • Scenes from The Family Stone (2005) were shot downtown at the intersection of Main Street and Waverly Place and Drew University. Despite the fact that the fictional town is supposed to be in New England, one may see a train, clearly marked New Jersey Transit, crossing through Waverly Place in one of the scenes.[40]
  • Robert Ludlum's novel The Bourne Identity mentions "a private airfield in Madison, New Jersey". The 2002 film version does not include this reference.
  • An episode of Friday Night Lights was filmed in parts of Madison.

Notable residentsEdit

Notable current and former residents include:


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