Introduction to Bogota, New Jersey

Bogota, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 5 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center) and 9 miles N of New York, New York. As of the 2000 census, 8,249 people lived in Bogota.

Bogota History

Originally, Bogota was home to the Hackensack Native Americans. The European connection began when Henry Hudson, an Englishman, arrived in 1609, to claim the land for the Dutch, who employed him. Sarah Kiersted was the first non-native American to own land, and Joannes Winckelman was the first resident. Initially named 'Winckelman,' the name 'Bogota' took hold during the 1870's. The present name came from the Bogert family, who were one of the earliest settlers. It is also believed that the name might have been a portmanteau of Bogert and Banta. Banta was another early settler of Bogota. Bogota was formed on November 14, 1894 by adding portions of the Ridgefield Township.

Bogota and Nearby Attractions

  • American Irish Historical Society
  • Dahnert's Lake County Park
  • Campgaw Mountain
  • Belmont Park race track
  • Bergen County Zoological Park

Things To Do In Bogota

The American Irish Historical Society, the Meadowlands Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History provide historical information about Bogota. Historical sites nearby are the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Liberty Hall, and the Bartow-Pell Mansion. Outdoor recreational opportunities are available at Central Park, Dahnert's Lake County Park, and Riverbank State Park. Popular attractions nearby include Belmont Park race track, Bergen County Zoological Park, and the Glen Rock Arboretum.

Bogota Transportation

The Newark International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Bogota Higher Education

Colleges close to Bogota include Barnard College, Boricua College, and Columbia University.


Total Population 8,329
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,013
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 48.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.2%
Median Earnings25+ $47,143
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,289
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,866


Median Family Income $81,738
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 21.1%


People Living Alone 23.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,205
Median House Value $318,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.9%
US/American 0.7%
English 2.7%
Irish 11.3%

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

Bogota Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07603
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.876
Longitude -74.03

Bogota Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 51 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
Distance 10.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hackensack 44,035 $67,256
Leonia 9,129 $99,861
Little Ferry 10,856 $80,278
Ridgefield Park 12,969 $75,461
South Hackensack 2,705 $66,646
Teaneck 40,569 $111,088

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

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