New Jersey Stinks

Haworth Police

October 28, 2019

This article uses data from the 2018 U.S. Census, linked here:

The Problem

A report by Zendrive, a driving analytics company, ranked Haworth Public School, Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, Midland Elementary School in Paramus and Prospect Park Public School among the worst schools in the state in terms of driver behavior.

The following quote, taken from this news article, must be a bit alarming if you’re familiar with the area. To understand why this study is reflective of a larger, more serious problem, let’s start by looking at the geography of these schools, starting with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff

Wyckoff

As the map above shows, the Wyckoff school is located right next to a highway, route 208. It’s also worth noting the population of Wyckoff, NJ, according to the 2018 US Census report, is 17,068. Now let’s look at Paramus.

Midland Elementary School in Paramus

Paramus

The Midland Elementary School in Paramus is located near two major highways, the Garden State Parkway and route 17. According to the 2018 US Census report, the population of Paramus was estimated at 26,558. Time to look at Prospect Park.

Prospect Park Public School

Prospect Park

As you can see this is a much more urban area. According to the 2018 US Census report, the population was estimated at 5,964. It’s worth nothing the median income in Prospect Park is estimated at approximately $50,938. Contrast this with the median incomes of Wyckoff and Paramus, which are $147,463 and $105,114, respectively. Now the big reveal — let’s look at Haworth:

Haworth Public School

Haworth

Hmmm…despite being zoomed out much further than the other schools, there seems to be much less major roadways. In fact, I can see a total of zero highways around the school. Well, surely this must be a population issue right? And while there is no census data for Haworth, according to Data USA, in 2017 the population was estimated at 3,473 people with a median income of $170,417.

Haworth

How does one make sense of this? In contrast to Paramus and Wyckoff, there is much less traffic and people surrounding the essentially lone school in Haworth. Similarly, as the photo above indicates, Haworth is very far from an urban area and has a median income that exceeds all of the towns by a significant margin. With this in mind, why can’t the police properly patrol something as simple as a public school?


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