Introduction to Ridgewood, New Jersey

Ridgewood, New Jersey is 4 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey and 17 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Bergen county. The town is part of the Bergen - Passaic metro area. The population of Ridgewood is 24,936.

Ridgewood History

Johannes Van Emburgh is said to have been the first modern settler who built a home in Ridgewood. At that time the area was called Hochaos. It was named Paramus in 1725. The Paterson and Ramapo Railroad was established in this area in 1848, which lead to rapid development. Ridgewood was established as a town in November of 1894.

Ridgewood and nearby Attractions

  • Ridgewood Public Libary
  • Ridgewood Historical & Preservation Society
  • Wild Duck Pond
  • Veterans Memorial Field
  • Graydon Park
  • Van Neste Square

Things To Do In Ridgewood

The Wilsey Square provides great opportunities for shopping and dining. The Bergen County Public Park has heavily wooded paths, a pond and a dog park, all of which make it a very popular destination.

Ridgewood Transportation

The Newark Liberty International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Ridgewood Higher Education

Higher education is provided at the Bergen Community College.


Total Population 25,270
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 11,206
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 63.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 74.9%
Median Earnings25+ $81,073
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $35,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,744


Median Family Income $169,490
% Above Poverty Level 95.5%
% Below Poverty Level 4.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 8.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 19.9%


People Living Alone 17.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,900
Median House Value $695,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.5%
US/American 1%
English 8.6%
Irish 20%

Ridgewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07450, 07452
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07451
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.979
Longitude -74.116

Ridgewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9 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
Distance 9.7 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 14.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fair Lawn 32,962 $113,858
Glen Rock 11,784 $168,889
Hawthorne 18,944 $98,545
Midland Park 7,229 $118,182
Paramus 26,612 $114,250
Waldwick 9,808 $122,301

Ridgewood Public Libraries

Ridgewood Public Library
Ridgewood, New Jersey
(201) 670-5600
Library Web Site

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Ridgewood Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(201) 447-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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