Later, the railroad opened a station closer to the river, at Carlton Hill.At the time, much of the property in Rutherford was farmland owned by the estate of John Rutherfurd, a former New Jersey legislator and U. Senator, whose homestead was along the Passaic River, near present-day Rutherford Avenue.The racial makeup of the borough was 77.57% (14,010) White, 2.92% (527) Black or African American, 0.07% (13) Native American, 13.08% (2,362) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 3.68% (664) from other races, and 2.68% (484) from two or more races.Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.08% (2,543) of the population.In the 1870s, the area began to be called "Rutherford".The definitive reason for the change in spelling of the final syllable from "furd" to "ford" is unknown, though the change may have been the result of name recognition of the Ohio politician Rutherford B.Males had a median income of ,071 ( /− ,275) versus ,080 ( /− ,045) for females.The per capita income for the borough was ,662 ( /− ,383).
William Carlos Williams, the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet who died in 1963, was born in Rutherford in 1883.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the borough was ,820, and the median income for a family was ,120.
Males had a median income of ,376 versus ,950 for females. About 2.3% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.) site and construct homes and golf courses on top of the remediated site.
In 1826, the land became part of Lodi Township (of which today's remaining portion is now South Hackensack).
When Hudson County was formed in 1840, the area that is today North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford and East Rutherford became part of Harrison Township (of which today's remaining portion is Harrison town).