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.


Total Population 8,820
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,993
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $128,382
% Above Poverty Level 96.8%
% Below Poverty Level 3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 9.6%


People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $1,511
Median House Value $518,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.9%
US/American 3.2%
English 3.6%
Irish 19.4%

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

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hillsdale 10,452 $126,250
Montvale 8,199 $119,663
Old Tappan 5,922 $147,262
Saddle River 3,229 $138,542
Westwood 11,140 $107,792
Woodcliff Lake 5,818 $185,650

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

Park Ridge Public Libraries

Park Ridge Free Public Library
Park Ridge, New Jersey
(201) 391-5151

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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