Introduction to Allendale, New Jersey

Allendale, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 8 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center) and 21 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. About 6,699 people live in Allendale.

Allendale History

The area now known as Allendale was a wilderness terriotry inhabited only by Native Indians until the 1700s. Gradually, a community was established, and named "Allendale" after a surveyor of the Erie Railroad, Col. William C. Allen. The region underwent considerable development and growth following the arrival of the Paterson & Ramapo Railroad in 1848. Allendale was formally established on November 8th, 1894, during the Boroughitis phenomenon which was sweeping through Bergen County. It was created from parts of the Orvil Township, the Hohokus Township, and the Franklin Township.

Allendale and Nearby Attractions

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
  • Crestwood Park
  • Glen Rock Arboretum
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Allendale

Allendale offers easy access to numerous museums and historical sites. The American Museum of Natural History has more than 40 permanent exhibition halls and research laboratories with over 32 million specimens. The American Folk Art Museum features 18th and 19th century paintings and sculptures as well as contemporary works of art. The Old Stone House Museum, the Pascack Historical Society Museum, the Schoolhouse Museum, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, Ringwood Manor, and the Van Riper-Hopper House are also close by. Allendale is home to the Celery Farm, a nature preserve with numerous animals and exotic birds including Pileated Woodpeckers, Bald Eagles, deer, rabbits, and turtles. Crestwood Park, located in the borough, includes a man-made lake, three beaches, a recreational barn, four tennis courts, and baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer fields. Among other popular attractions in the area are Bergen County Zoological Park, the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Botanical Garden, and the Glen Rock Arboretum.

Allendale Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Allendale Higher Education

Ramapo College of New Jersey, Rockland Community College, Bergen Community College, and Passaic County Community College are among the colleges near Allendale.


Total Population 6,717
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,875
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 60.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $153,333
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 9.8%


People Living Alone 21.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,690
Median House Value $690,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 1.7%
English 11.3%
Irish 29.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Allendale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07401
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.041
Longitude -74.129

Allendale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ramsey 14,889 $160,386
Saddle River 3,229 $138,542
Upper Saddle River 8,335 $188,906
Waldwick 9,902 $121,492
Woodcliff Lake 5,818 $185,650
Wyckoff 17,045 $161,417

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 12

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