Introduction to Old Tappan, New Jersey

Old Tappan, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 7 miles NW of Yonkers, New York and 18 miles N of New York, New York. The town’s population is approximately 5,482.

Old Tappan History

Old Tappan originally belonged to the Lenni Lenape Indians. The new settlers purchased land from the tribe on March 7, 1682. In 1687, a legal title of Tappan Patent was granted to thirteen Dutchman and three African Americans by the governor of New York. For 86 years, the area was a part of Orangetown, belonging to the Orange County. The name of the community is taken from an Indian term, meaning cold stream. Old Tappan was incorporated on October 18, 1894 from portions of Harrington Township.

Old Tappan and nearby Attractions

  • Belskie Museum of Art and Science
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Blauvelt State Park
  • Central Synagogue
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Sterling Forest

Things To Do In Old Tappan

Oakes Park, Stone Point Park, Gallagher Field, and Chestnut Field are some of the local parks and recreational spots. Local museums include the Belskie Museum of Art and Science, the Bergen Museum of Art & Science, and the Bergenfield Museum. Historic sites nearby include the DeWint House, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic. The Bergen County Zoological Park and Glen Rock Arboretum are nearby as well.

Old Tappan Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark International Airport.

Old Tappan Higher Education

Dominican College of Blauvelt, Saint Thomas Aquinas College, and Sunbridge College are some of the colleges accessible from Old Tappan.


Total Population 5,922
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,616
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 64.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 58.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $147,262
% Above Poverty Level 96.1%
% Below Poverty Level 3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 12.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 17.9%
Median Gross Rent $2,432
Median House Value $747,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.6%
US/American 1.9%
English 4.5%
Irish 16.5%

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

Old Tappan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Yonkers, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07675
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.01
Longitude -73.991

Old Tappan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.3 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 15.8 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 19.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Rivervale (07675)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Harrington Park 4,764 $145,417
Hillsdale 10,452 $126,250
Northvale 4,763 $107,411
Norwood 5,823 $114,327
River Vale 9,883 $159,479
Westwood 11,140 $107,792

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

Old Tappan Public Libraries

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Old Tappan, New Jersey
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