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Montclair Heights Station is a New Jersey Transit station in Montclair, New Jersey along the Montclair-Boonton Line. The name of the station comes from the nearby community, which consists of parts of both Montclair and neighboring Clifton that share the Montclair Heights name.

Montclair Heights is also the highest station in Montclair by elevation, at approximately 365 feet (111 m) above sea level, and is along the First Watchung Mountain, two blocks from Mills Reservation, a park on the top of the mountain.

Depending on from where one takes the train, it is either the first or last stop of the six train stations in Montclair. The station is mile point 14.9 on the line. The station is between 36 and 53 minutes away from New York Penn Station, depending on how many stops the train makes, and between 35 and 45 minutes from Hoboken. The station is located on Normal Avenue at Carlisle Road, near the southwestern corner of Montclair State University‘s campus, and has several signs located trackside that call the station “Home of Montclair State University”.

Prior to the construction of the Montclair State University station, Montclair Heights was used as a transfer station for trains heading west towards Dover and Hackettstown on the Montclair-Boonton Line. The reason for this was that all trains going to points north of the station were required to be diesel-powered, while trains going to New York Penn Station have to be electric because of problems with diesel fumes in the tunnels under the Hudson River.

This station is accessible with a part of its platform raised and having a ramp leading up to it.

Clifton New Jersey

Clifton is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 84,136,[8][10][11] retaining its position as the state’s 11th-largest municipality,[9] as the population increased by 5,464 (+6.9%) from the 78,672 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 6,930 (+9.7%) from the 71,742 counted in the 1990 Census.[18]

Clifton was incorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 26, 1917, replacing Acquackanonk Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.[19] Clifton is listed under five different ZIP Codes (07011 Main Avenue, 07012 Allwood, 07013, 07014 Delawanna and 07015).[20]

Clifton is located at 40°51′44″N 74°09′37″W (40.862137,-74.160393). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 11.397 square miles (29.518 km2), of which, 11.260 square miles (29.164 km2) of it is land and 0.137 square miles (0.355 km2) of it (1.20%) is water.[1][2]

Clifton is located 10 miles (16 km) west of New York City off both Route 3 and Route 46. The city is also served by the Garden State Parkway, Route 19 and Route 21.

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 84,136 people, 30,661 households, and 21,125 families residing in the city. The population density was 7,472.0 inhabitants per square mile (2,885.0 /km2). There were 31,946 housing units at an average density of 2,837.1 per square mile (1,095.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.63% (58,588) White, 4.92% (4,137) Black or African American, 0.50% (419) Native American, 8.90% (7,488) Asian, 0.03% (22) Pacific Islander, 12.44% (10,464) from other races, and 3.59% (3,018) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.92% (26,854) of the population.[8]

There were 30,661 households of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.33.[8]

In the city, 22.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.4 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.[8]

The Census Bureau’s 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $62,271 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,208) and the median family income was $76,070 (+/- $2,883). Males had a median income of $49,780 (+/- $2,391) versus $40,149 (+/- $2,057) for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,812 (+/- $1,255). About 7.2% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.[25]

Same-sex couples headed 243 households in 2010.[26]

The Clifton Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2010-11 school year, the district’s 17 schools had an enrollment of 11,452 students and 771 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.85.[56] Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment from the National Center for Education Statistics[56]) are 14 elementary schools serving grades K-5 — School 1 (319), School 2 (429), School 3 (275), School 4 (172), School 5 (371), School 8 (221), School 9 (312), School 11 (470), School 12 / School 12 Annex (594), School 13 (456), School 14 (320), School 15 (347), School 16 (213) and School 17 (530) — Christopher Columbus Middle School (1,127 students) and Woodrow Wilson Middle School (1,376) for grades 6-8, along with Clifton High School / Clifton High School Annex (3,373) for grades 9-12.[57]

With over 3,300 students enrolled at Clifton High School, it is the largest single facility high school in New Jersey; Elizabeth High School had more students, but they were spread over multiple campuses before the school was split into separate academies.[58] An additional site for roughly 500 incoming freshmen has been built and labeled “Clifton High School Annex” and was constructed at a cost of $17 million. This was initially met with strict opposition but opened in September 2009 to about 500 incoming Freshman to alleviate overcrowding.[59]

Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton, a charter school for Clifton residents that provides an education based on the classics to students in grades 6-8, was recognized in 2008 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.[60]

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