Park Ridge, New Jersey

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Park Ridge, New Jersey

Introduction to Park Ridge, New Jersey

Park Ridge, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 10 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center) and 20 miles N of New York, New York. The town has a population of 8,708.

Park Ridge History

The earliest white settlers included Dutch and Scottish people who arrived in the 18th century. The area was incorporated as the Borough of Park Ridge in 1894 from portions of Washington Township. The residents displayed a penchant for independence from the beginning; they built a dam across the Pascack Brook and installed a hydro-generator to provide electricity to 17 consumers in 1904. In 1977, the Borough’s Board of Public Works built a 26 KVA substation for transforming and distributing power bought from Public Service Electric and Gas to more than 3000 businesses and homes.

Park Ridge and Nearby Attractions

  • American Irish Historical Society
  • Langston Hughes House
  • Bear Mountain State Park
  • Central Park Zoo
  • New York Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Park Ridge

The Blue Mountain Reservation is home to a county park and includes picnic areas, playground, camping areas and hiking trails. Facilities for fishing and mountain biking are also available. The Queens Zoo features over 400 animals belonging to nearly 70 species. The Lambert Castle Museum has historical exhibits on display in the castle which was built in 1892.

Park Ridge Transportation

One can find air transportation from the O" Hare International Airport.

Park Ridge Higher Education

Higher education programs are available at Bergen Community College, Montclair State University, New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Park Ridge Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Park Ridge Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Park Ridge Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Park Ridge People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Park Ridge Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Park Ridge Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Park Ridge Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Park Ridge Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Park Ridge College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Park Ridge, New Jersey

Comparing Park Ridge 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 9
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Age of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 7 8
Racial Diversity 7 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Female Share of the Population 6 7
Male Share of the Population 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
Median Family Income 10 9
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Short Commute Times 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Housing Recently Built 4 6
People Living Alone 3 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 2


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

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Park Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07656
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.037
Longitude -74.041

Park 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 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 11.1 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 17 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
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Park Ridge Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,708 100%
Male 4,178 48%
Female 4,530 52%
Under 18 2,044 23.5%
18+ 6,664 76.5%
65+ 1,408 16.2%
Median Age 40.9
Average Family Size 3.12
White 8,140 93.5%
African-American 75 0.9%
Asian 336 3.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 12 0.1%
Other 64 0.7%
Mixed Race 79 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 463 5.3%

Estimated Park Ridge Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,959
Growth 251
Growth % 2.9%

Park Ridge 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
Italian 25.9%
Irish 18.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
German 10.8%
English 4.1%
Russian 3.9%
Polish 2.6%
Scottish 1.8%
US/American 1.8%
Swedish 1.8%
Greek 1.6%
Hungarian 1.4%
Arab/Arabic 1.4%
Dutch 1.2%
Norwegian 0.9%
Lebanese 0.9%
Armenian 0.8%
Slovak 0.8%
European 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Danish 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Turkish 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Syrian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
British 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Jamaican 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Park Ridge 8,708 $97,294
Hillsdale 10,087 $90,861
Montvale 7,034 $104,047
Old Tappan 5,482 $106,772
Saddle River 3,201 $152,169
Westwood 10,999 $77,105
Woodcliff Lake 5,745 $133,925

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Park Ridge Free Public Library
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(201) 391-5151

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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