Introduction to Edgewater, New Jersey

Edgewater, New Jersey, in Bergen County, is 2 miles NE of North Bergen, New Jersey and 6 miles N of New York, New York. The town’s population is approximately 7,677.

Edgewater History

Lenni Lenape and Tappan Native Americas originally inhabited this area. Captain David Pietersz Devries, a Dutch navigator, became the first European settler in the region in 1640. He established the community, which was then known as Vriessendael. It was Bergen County's first known colony, but the settlement was destroyed by Kieft's War in 1643. It was later reestablished as a colony of fishermen, and incorporated on December 7, 1894 as Undercliff. Hackensack Turnpike, now known as River Road, was an important route in the region. On November 8, 1899, the area was reincorporated as Edgewater. According to tradition, the community was named because of its location on the Hudson River.

Edgewater and nearby Attractions

  • African American Museum
  • New Jersey Naval Museum
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Brooklyn Bridge

Things To Do In Edgewater

Edgewater offers easy access to a large number of historic sites and museums. The Fort Lee Historic Park & Museum includes a reconstructed 18th century soldier hut, gun batteries, a campsite and a museum. The American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Jewish Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Museum of the City of New York showcase various exhibits reflecting the history, culture, and art of the region. Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park features a 9-acre waterfront park and the Empire Fulton Ferry. The Van Saun Park and Saddle River County Park provide opportunities for biking, fishing and picnicking.

Edgewater Transportation

Air transportation is available from La Guardia Airport.

Edgewater Higher Education

CUNY City College, Barnard College, Columbia University, and CUNY-Hostos Community College are some of the colleges and universities accessible from Edgewater.


Total Population 11,935
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,192
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 70.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $120,526
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 43 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 40.6%


People Living Alone 40.5%
Median Gross Rent $2,137
Median House Value $534,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 2.7%
Irish 6.4%

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

Edgewater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07020
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.826
Longitude -73.976

Edgewater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.1 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 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cliffside Park 24,493 $71,754
Fairview 14,233 $61,565
Fort Lee 36,251 $90,844
North Bergen 62,570 $58,509
Palisades Park 20,364 $73,622
Ridgefield 11,256 $79,818

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

Edgewater Public Libraries

Edgewater Free Public Library
Edgewater, New Jersey
(201) 224-6144

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