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Overview

Introduction to Leonia, New Jersey

Leonia, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 4 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center) and 8 miles N of New York, New York. About 8,914 people live in Leonia.

Leonia History

Leonia was settled in 1668 by Dutch and English farmers. African slaves formed a majority of the farming community's population. The area was known as the "English Neighborhood" during the Revolutionary War. Following the arrival of the train in 1859, the community was renamed "West Fort Lee". In 1864, the settlement was given the name "Leonia" in honor of General Charles Lee who played a significant role in the Revolutionary War. The area experienced a sudden burst of cultural and economic growth in the late 1800s. Gradually, transportation facilities increased, and Leonia attracted many creative thinkers, including five Nobel Prize winners.

Leonia and Nearby Attractions

  • Bergenfield Museum
  • Civil War Drill Hall
  • Sylvan Park
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Central Park Zoo
  • New York Aquarium

Things To Do In Leonia

Leonia is home to several places of historic interest including the Cole-Allaire House, Civil War Drill Hall and Armory, and Vreeland House. Artifacts of historic importance are showcased in the Bergenfield Museum, New Jersey Naval Museum, and Fort Lee Historic Park & Museum. Sylvan Park, Overpeck County Park, Lakeview Park, and Wood Park are popular parks in Leonia. Opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking are also available at the nearby Branch Brook Park, Palisades Interstate Park, and Dahnert's Lake County Park. In addition, the community celebrates the Leonia Day festival in May every year.

Leonia Transportation

Air transportation is available from Stewart International Airport.

City Higher Education

Colleges near Leonia are Fairleigh Dickinson University, CUNY City College, Yeshiva University, and Columbia University.

People

Total Population 9,051
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,448
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 61.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.7%
Median Earnings25+ $53,287
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,303
Median Earnings With High School Degree $43,447

Wealth

Median Family Income $100,283
% Above Poverty Level 89.1%
% Below Poverty Level 10.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 22%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,477
Median House Value $479,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.9%
Irish 9.1%

Leonia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07605
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.861
Longitude -73.988

Leonia 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 5.5 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
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 SCARSDALE
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bogota 8,277 $83,561
Englewood 27,435 $89,022
Fort Lee 36,048 $87,289
Palisades Park 20,066 $70,462
Ridgefield 11,191 $80,246
Ridgefield Park 12,875 $78,516

Leonia Public Libraries

Library
Leonia Public Library
227 FORT LEE RD.
Leonia, New Jersey
(201) 592-5770

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Leonia High Schools

LEONIA HIGH
100 CHRISTIE HGTS ST
201-461-7441
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 588 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

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