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Overview

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. It is part of the surrounding Bergen - Passaic metro area.

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 Greeks 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.

People

Total Population 36,251
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 22.8%
Employed Population 16+ 17,206
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 55.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.5%
Median Earnings25+ $53,318
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,948
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,958

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,844
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 22.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,563
Median House Value $333,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.8%
US/American 1.2%
English 1.5%
Irish 3.5%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station NEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
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
Station DOBBS FERRY ARDSLEY
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
Station ESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Cliffside Park 24,493 $71,754
Edgewater 11,935 $120,526
Englewood Cliffs 5,369 $158,191
Leonia 9,129 $99,861
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/.

Fort Lee Public Libraries

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

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