Introduction to River Vale, New Jersey

River Vale, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 7 miles NW of Yonkers, New York (center to center) and 17 miles N of New York, New York. The town is home to some 9,449 residents.

River Vale History

In the 1800s, the area was known as "Over Kill Neighborhood" and it was a part of the Harrington Township. On April 30, 1906, River Vale was incorporated as a township in Bergen County. It was created from parts of Hillsdale and Washington Township. However, on July 15, 1929, Park Ridge acquired a part of this community. A portion of Montvale was annexed to River Vale on May 20, 1959. In 1967, it was discovered that River Vale was the site of the Baylor Massacre which took place in 1778, during the Revolutionary War. The town contained a mass grave site which later became a county park.

River Vale and Nearby Attractions

  • Baylor Massacre Burial Site
  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
  • Museum of American Financial History
  • Rockland Lake State Park
  • Museum of Television & Radio
  • Tallman Mountain State Park

Things To Do In River Vale

River Vale is home to the Baylor Massacre Burial Site, a place of historic interest. The town also offers easy access to several museums and historic sites such as the Bergenfield Museum, New Jersey Children's Museum, Schoolhouse Museum, Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic, and DeWint House. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Emerson Golf Club, Hackensack Golf Club, and Valley Brook Golf Club. A variety of recreational opportunities are available at the Campgaw Mountain Reservation, Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Tallman Mountain State Park, Palisades Interstate Park, and Dahnert's Lake County Park. In addition, within 10 miles of River Vale are popular destinations like the George Washington Bridge, Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, Bergen County Zoological Park, and Glen Rock Arboretum.

River Vale Transportation

Teterboro Airport is the closest major airport.

River Vale Higher Education

Bergen Community College, Rockland Community College, and Yeshiva University are some of the colleges near River Vale.


Total Population 9,841
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 4,519
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 67.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62.1%
Median Earnings25+ $76,406
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $44,944


Median Family Income $155,173
% Above Poverty Level 96.7%
% Below Poverty Level 3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.4%


People Living Alone 16.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,763
Median House Value $606,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.5%
US/American 0.5%
English 4.3%
Irish 22.5%

River Vale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Yonkers, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07675
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.995
Longitude -74.012

River Vale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.4 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 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 14.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Rivervale (07675)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Emerson 7,538 $119,500
Harrington Park 4,736 $150,500
Haworth 3,419 $166,369
Hillsdale 10,381 $130,160
Old Tappan 5,835 $149,632
Westwood 11,056 $114,915

River Vale Public Libraries

River Vale Public Library
River Vale, New Jersey
(201) 291-2323

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