Introduction to Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 3 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey and 8 miles N of New York, New York. The town is included in the Bergen - Passaic metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 12,873 people lived in Ridgefield Park.

Ridgefield Park History

The Lenni Lenapes were among the first inhabitants in the area now known as Ridgefield Park. The Dutch began to settle here in the 17th century. The first settlements in the village of Ridgefield Park can be traced back to 1685. Hendrick Jorisen Brinkerhoff is recorded as the first settler in Ridgefield Park.

Ridgefield Park and nearby Attractions

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Ridgefield Park Free Public Library
  • Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton House
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Dahnert's Lake County Park

Things To Do In Ridgefield Park

Interesting locations in the Ridgefield Park village include the Ridgefield Park Free Public Library, the Ridgefield Park Station, and the West View Station. Apart from this, one can visit the historical sites and museums nearby, like the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the American Museum of Natural History, the New Jersey Naval Museum or the International Center of Photography.

Ridgefield Park Transportation

Air transportation is available from La Guardia Airport.

Ridgefield Park Higher Education

Residents can pursue higher educational opportunities at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Cuny City College, Columbia University, Barnard College and Bergen Community College.


Total Population 12,969
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,368
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 50.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.6%
Median Earnings25+ $43,674
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,468
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,230


Median Family Income $75,461
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 18.4%


People Living Alone 24.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,256
Median House Value $325,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.3%
Irish 11.2%

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

Ridgefield Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 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 07660
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.856
Longitude -74.021

Ridgefield Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 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 8.9 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
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

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

Ridgefield Park Public Libraries

Ridgefield Park Public Library
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
(201) 641-0689

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