to the U.S.
Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 510 km² (197
480 km² (185 mi²) of it is land and 30 km² (12
mi²) of it (5.97%) is water.
Passaic County is a county located
in the U.S.
state of New
Jersey. As of the 2000
Census, the population was 489,049. Its county
seat is Paterson6.
It is part of the New
York Metropolitan Area.
Passaic County was created in 1837
from portions of both Bergen County and Essex County.
The highest point is any one of six areas
on Bearfort Ridge in West
Milford Township at approximately 1,480 ft (451 m)
above sea level. The lowest elevation is approximately
30 ft (9 m) along the Passaic
River in Clifton.
The southeastern, more populous half of the county is
either flat near the river or mildly hilly. The northwestern
section is rugged and mountainous.
County Community College, founded in 1971, serves
students from Passaic County at campuses in Paterson,
Wanaque and Wayne.
Paterson University is a public university located
New Jersey. As of Fall 2005, there are 9,110 undergraduate
students and 1,860 graduate students enrolled in the
State University is a public university located in Montclair,
New Jersey, Little
Falls, New Jersey, & Clifton,
New Jersey. As of Fall 2004, there are about 9,600
full-time and 2,200 part-time undergraduate and 3,800