Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 18,110. It is an inner-ring suburb of New York City, located 8 miles (13 km) west of Midtown Manhattan. Rutherford was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 21, 1881, from portions of Union Township, based on the results of a referendum held on the previous day. Rutherford has been called the "Borough of Trees" and "The First Borough of Bergen County".