East Rutherford claim to national fame is that it is the home of the Meadowlands Sports Complex which includes Continental Airlines Arena where both the NBA's New Jersey Nets and the NHL's New Jersey Devils play their home games, and Giants Stadium home of the NFL's New York Giants, New York Jets and MetroStars of Major League Soccer. This makes East Rutherford the only town of fewer than 10 000 people to be home to five professional sports teams.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 10.7 km² (4.2 mi²). 9.9 km² (3.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 8.19% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 8,716 people, 3,644 households, and 2,157 families residing in the borough. The population density is 883.3/km² (2,289.1/mi²). There are 3,771 housing units at an average density of 382.1/km² (990.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the borough is 79.68% White, 3.72% African American, 0.11% Native American, 10.69% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. 10.65% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,644 households out of which 25.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% are married couples living together, 10.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% are non-families. 33.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 3.05.
In the borough the population is spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough is $50,163, and the median income for a family is $59,583. Males have a median income of $40,798 versus $36,047 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $28,072. 9.6% of the population and 7.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.1% are under the age of 18 and 11.6% are 65 or older.