Clifton, a city in Passaic County located northeast of Montclair, is the state’s 11th-largest municipality with over 84,000 residents. Clifton is located along the Passaic River and lies just 10 miles west of the Lincoln Tunnel and New York City. Residents living on the higher elevations of Clifton enjoy clear views of the Manhattan skyline.

Clifton offers a full range of housing options, including attractive older homes in long-established neighborhoods and newer single family and condo developments. Its housing stock is primarily a mix of post-war colonials, capes and split-level homes.

The Route 3 corridor in Clifton has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance of late, with old factories and warehouses being torn down and replaced by new shopping centers anchored by prominent national retailers.


In 1917 the city of Clifton was incorporated, taking its name from a nearby cliff. Clifton began as an old fur-trading center and still maintains a sizeable manufacturing presence today.

The dawn of the 1950s signaled a boom time for Clifton, ranking as the state’s fastest-growing city following World War II. Clifton’s farms were transformed into a new suburbia, fanned in part by its proximity to New York and the highways that crossed its border.


The Clifton Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district’s 17 schools have an enrollment of approximately 11,000 students. Schools in the district are 14 elementary schools serving grades K-5, Christopher Columbus Middle School and Woodrow Wilson Middle School for grades 6-8, along with Clifton High School for grades 9-12.

With over 3,300 students enrolled at Clifton High School, it is the largest single facility high school in New Jersey.

The Commute

There are two train stations in Clifton – the main Clifton Station located at the border of the Athenia and Dutch Hill sections of the city, and a second station located in the Delawanna section. Both stations follow the New Jersey Transit Main Line to Suffern and Hoboken Terminal. Riders must transfer in Secaucus for trains to midtown Manhattan.

New Jersey Transit provides bus service into New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. A large commuter parking lot is located on Allwood Road, adjacent to Route 3.

Clifton provides an ideal location for those commuting by car, with Routes 3, 46 and the Garden State Parkway all intersecting the city.

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