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Overview

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.

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 Library
  • 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.

People

Total Population 25,370
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 11,282
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 65%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 75.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $176,673
% Above Poverty Level 96.5%
% Below Poverty Level 3.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 19.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,981
Median House Value $716,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.9%
US/American 0.8%
English 8.6%
Irish 21%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station LITTLE FALLS
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
Station SUFFERN
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
Station DOBBS FERRY ARDSLEY
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 33,164 $111,367
Glen Rock 11,859 $172,330
Hawthorne 18,989 $102,687
Midland Park 7,269 $120,045
Paramus 26,760 $118,960
Waldwick 9,902 $121,492

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

Ridgewood Public Libraries

Library
Ridgewood Public Library
125 N. MAPLE AVENUE
Ridgewood, New Jersey
(201) 670-5600
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Ridgewood Hospitals

VALLEY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
223 N VAN DIEN AVENUE
(201) 447-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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RIDGEWOOD HIGH
627 EAST RIDGEWOOD AVE
201-670-2800
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,571 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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