Clifton NJ Information

About Clifton NJ

The city of Clifton was incorporated in 1917, It was formerly known as Acquackanonk Township.  At incorporation, Clarence Finkle, Sr. became the interim mayor. In 1918, George F. Schmidt became the first elected mayor. For a timeline of town history from 1917 to 2005 see the Clifton Historical Commission website at

In the 1920 census — the first after incorporation — the city population was 26,470 people. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of just under 85,000 people, showing  the population increased by 6.9%, approximately  5,500 new residents, since the 2000 census.

Clifton is located in Passaic County, in northern NJ.  Major highways through town are the Garden State Parkway, Route 3, Route 46 and Route 21.  Neighboring towns include Montclair, Passaic and Nutley.

There are major shopping corridors along Routes 3 and 46 and on Main Ave.  A new medical school being established by Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health will be located at the former Hoffmann-La Roche biomedical campus which straddles the border with Nutley.

Perhaps the most well known sites in town are the several anonymous local places used in

NJ MET is located at 1240 Main Ave. in Clifton, NJ.

filming the Sopranos. The movie Donnie Brasco (1996), starring  Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, was filmed partly in town.  The iconic New Jersey diner, the Tick Tock Diner, is located on Allwood Road and Route 3.

Local Climate

Clifton, NJ, gets an average of 50 inches of rain per year and the average annual snowfall is 31 inches.  The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 121. On average, there are 205 sunny days per year in town.  The July high is around 87 degrees. The January low is 23.

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