Fort Lee, New Jersey

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Fort Lee, New Jersey

Introduction to Fort Lee, New Jersey

Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 3 miles NE of North Bergen, New Jersey and 7 miles N of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Bergen - Passaic metro area, Fort Lee is home to some 35,461 residents.

Fort Lee History

Fort Lee was named after General Charles Lee, who played an important role in defending New York City during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington and his troops are said to have walked down the road in Fort Lee, which is now called the Main Street. Fort Lee is also the New Jersey entrance to the George Washington Bridge. Initially, there were significant immigrant communities centered in Fort Lee, including Greeka and Italians. However, recent times have seen a surge of Korean residents, which has led to the conversion of a large part of the town into "Koreatown." The township of Fort Lee was officially incorporated on March 29, 1904.

Fort Lee and nearby Attractions

  • Free Public Library of the Borough of Fort Lee
  • Fort Lee Museum at the Judge Moore House
  • Hazards Dock
  • Hazard Beach
  • Sepharadic Synagogue of Fort Lee
  • Coytesville Park

Things To Do In Fort Lee

The historical and cultural backdrop of Fort Lee find expression in the various memorial buildings around the town. One can pay a visit to the public library to learn more about the town. The beautiful Hazard Beach is also nearby, and here one can enjoy a variety of water and sand sports. The town of Fort Lee has a number of churches like the Congregation Young Israel of Fort Lee, the Sepharadic Synagogue of Fort Lee, the Bethany United Methodist Church and the Madonna Roman Catholic Church, among others. Visitors with small children can also enjoy the amusement facilities provided at the various recreational parks around the town like Westview Place Park, Coytesville Park, and Whitey Lang Park.

Fort Lee Transportation

La Guardia Airport is the closest major airport to Fort Lee.

Fort Lee Higher Education

The Cuny City College offers educational facilities to the residents of the area.

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High Points

Fort Lee strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Jersey):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Fort Lee Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Fort Lee Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Fort Lee Well-Paid Single Men
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Fort Lee Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Fort Lee Low Violent Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Fort Lee College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 11% Fort Lee Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Fort Lee Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Fort Lee, New Jersey

Comparing Fort Lee to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 3
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 9 6
People in Middle Class or Better 7 4
People Above Poverty 6 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Housing Recently Built 5 8
Affordability of Rents 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 7
Low Property Crime 10 7

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Fort Lee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07024
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.85
Longitude -73.97

Fort Lee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.7 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 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
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
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Fort Lee Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 35,461 100%
Male 16,569 46.7%
Female 18,892 53.3%
Under 18 6,200 17.5%
18+ 29,261 82.5%
65+ 7,151 20.2%
Median Age 41.6
Average Family Size 2.88
White 22,253 62.8%
African-American 615 1.7%
Asian 11,146 31.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 25 0.1%
Other 600 1.7%
Mixed Race 802 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,791 7.9%

Estimated Fort Lee Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 37,175
Growth 1,714
Growth % 4.8%

Fort Lee Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.1%
Italian 11.7%
Russian 7.9%
US/American 4.1%
Greek 4%
Irish 3.9%
Polish 3%
German 2.9%
Armenian 1.7%
Hungarian 1.2%
Croatian 1.1%
English 1%
Austrian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Iranian 0.7%
Eastern European 0.7%
Turkish 0.5%
Romanian 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Other Arab 0.3%
Egyptian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
European 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Brazilian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fort Lee, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Palisade (07024)
West Fort Lee (07024)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fort Lee 35,461 $72,140
Cliffside Park 23,007 $54,915
Edgewater 7,677 $72,692
Englewood Cliffs 5,322 $113,187
Leonia 8,914 $84,591
Palisades Park 17,073 $54,503
Ridgefield 10,830 $66,330

Fort Lee Public Libraries

Fort Lee Free Public Library
Fort Lee, New Jersey
(201) 592-3614

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Starbucks in Fort Lee

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136-38 Linwood Plaza
Fort Lee
1605 Lemoine Ave.
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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