Introduction to Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Glen Ridge, New Jersey, in Essex county, is 2 miles N of East Orange, New Jersey and 5 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. There are an estimated 7,271 people in the town.

Glen Ridge History

In 1666, sixty-four families from Connecticut purchased land in the area and named it New Ark. Prior to that, Lenni Lenape Native American tribes occupied this region. The territory of New Ark comprised the present-day towns of Montclair, Nutley, Bloomfield and Belleville. In 1812, Bloomfield was incorporated as a separate township. At that time, Glen Ridge was a rural community consisting of woodlands and farms. The Newark and Bloomfield Railroad arrived in the area in 1856, followed by the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway in 1872, leading to significant development of the Glen Ridge region. It gradually emerged as a suburbal residential community. On February 13, 1895, Glen Ridge was officially incorporated. Singer Connie Francis and actor Tom Cruise once resided in Glen Ridge, which was also the filming location for movies like "Stepmom," "Mona Lisa Smile," and "Winter Solstice."

Glen Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • Castle Clinton National Monument
  • American Labor Museum
  • Israel Crane House
  • New Jersey Historical Society Museum
  • Dahnert's Lake County Park
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Things To Do In Glen Ridge

The New Jersey Historical Society Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the New Jersey Historical Society Museum, and the American Labor Museum are some of the museums that showcase historically important artifacts and memorabilia. The Castle Clinton National Monument, which was built during the War of 1812 and served as an immigrant landing station in the 19th century, is a historic site located nearby. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Dahnert's Lake County Park, Edgemont Memorial Park, Brookdale Park and West Essex Park are some of the popular parks in the area.

Glen Ridge Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is nearby.

Glen Ridge Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Montclair State University, Rutgers University-Newark and Essex County College.


Total Population 7,606
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,570
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 66%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 75%
Median Earnings25+ $88,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree $47,159


Median Family Income $200,216
% Above Poverty Level 97.7%
% Below Poverty Level 2.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 9.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 32.9%


People Living Alone 15.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,493
Median House Value $569,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23%
US/American 0.3%
English 8.7%
Irish 19.4%

Glen Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles N of East Orange, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 5 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 07028
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.805
Longitude -74.204

Glen Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 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
Distance 6.4 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 12.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bloomfield 47,616 $84,746
Montclair 37,934 $132,440
Nutley 28,551 $104,727
Verona 13,508 $136,739
West Orange 46,703 $116,186

Glen Ridge Public Libraries

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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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