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Overview

Introduction to Ridgefield, New Jersey

Ridgefield, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 2 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey and 6 miles N of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Bergen - Passaic metropolitan area.

Ridgefield History

The earliest English immigrants settled in this area sometime around 1603. The first permanent English settler was Robert Earle. The present town of Ridgefield was originally a part of the Ridgefield Township, but was officially incorporated as a separate borough in May of 1892.

Ridgefield and nearby Attractions

  • George Washington Bridge
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Overpeck County Park
  • Riverbank State Park
  • Fort Lee Historic Park & Museum

Things To Do In Ridgefield

New York is only a few minutes away from Ridgefield, so it's easy to visit the various attractions of New York that are famous all over the world. The local recreation department is active at organizing educational and recreational programs including sporting events, personality development classes and holiday celebrations.

Ridgefield Transportation

La Guardia Airport is a short drive away.

Ridgefield Higher Education

There are various educational institutions near Ridgefield including Columbia University, Barnard College, Cuny City College and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

People

Total Population 11,256
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,579
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.1%
Median Earnings25+ $43,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,115
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,039

Wealth

Median Family Income $79,818
% Above Poverty Level 93.2%
% Below Poverty Level 6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 11.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,356
Median House Value $459,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.7%
US/American 1.8%
English 0.8%
Irish 9.6%

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

Ridgefield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07657
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.834
Longitude -74.009

Ridgefield 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 4.2 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 NEW YORK LA GUARDIA AP
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 60 F
Jul Temp 70 to 85 F
Oct Temp 51 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.3 inches
Station NEWARK INTL AP
Distance 11.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Morsemere (07657)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cliffside Park 24,493 $71,754
Edgewater 11,935 $120,526
Fairview 14,233 $61,565
North Bergen 62,570 $58,509
Palisades Park 20,364 $73,622
Ridgefield Park 12,969 $75,461

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

Ridgefield Public Libraries

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Ridgefield Free Public Library
526 ABBOTT AVENUE
Ridgefield, New Jersey
(201) 941-0192
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WALNUT ST.
201-945-4455
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Serves 705 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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