Glen Ridge is a small town (7,527) with a highly educated and sophisticated population. In 1895 Glen Ridge came into incorporation by separating itself from Bloomfield. In 1982, the official name was changed to “Township of Glen Ridge Borough” in order to take part in a federal revenue sharing policy. In 1993 the original name of Glen Ridge Borough was restored. Glen Ridge is one of very few towns with operating gaslights (665).
A population boom between 1920 and 1930 increased the population by 55 percent bringing the total population to 7365 people. Since that time, the population peaked at 8518 people in the 70’s and falling to around 7000 people in the 1990’s.
There is a community pool in Glen Ridge (Bloomfield Avenue at 35 Clark Street). The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor day. The pool requires a joiner fee of $1,250. The annual dues are $775 (family), $515 (couple) and $360 (single). There is a 10% discount for seniors and children under the age of 3 are free.
There are 408 acres of hills, streams, valleys and trails just a nine minute car ride, one hour walk, or twenty minute bike ride, from Glen Ridge.
The Glen Ridge government is in Borough form. There is a Mayor and Borough Council (six members). The Mayor is elected by the voters to a four-year term. The Borough Council’s six members are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis.
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