Introduction to Westwood, New Jersey

Westwood, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 8 miles NW of Yonkers, New York and 17 miles N of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Bergen - Passaic metro area, Westwood is home to some 10,999 residents.

Westwood History

The early permanent settlers in this area started arriving from the mid 1700s onwards. Among the first major landowners was Isaac Bogert, who bought 500 acres and settled down here with his family. In the early years of the 19th century, this area was known as Pleasantville. Its name was changed to Westwood in 1875. The borough was officially incorporated in May of 1894 and Isaac Bogert was named as its first mayor.

Westwood and nearby Attractions

  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Glen Rock Arboretum
  • Pascack Brook County Park
  • Saddle River County Park
  • Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
  • Pascack Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Westwood

There are a number of places which provide opportunities for interesting activities in Westwood, like parks and museums.

Westwood Transportation

La Guardia Airport can be reached within a short drive.

Westwood Higher Education

Places offering higher education nearest to the town are the Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Manhattan College.


Total Population 11,140
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,240
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 56.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.3%
Median Earnings25+ $55,324
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,987
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,627


Median Family Income $107,792
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 10.3%


People Living Alone 26.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,481
Median House Value $424,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.8%
US/American 0.7%
English 5.2%
Irish 13.9%

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

Westwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 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, 07677
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.991
Longitude -74.033

Westwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.4 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 12.2 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 14.8 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, Westwood, 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 7,616 $112,201
Harrington Park 4,764 $145,417
Hillsdale 10,452 $126,250
Old Tappan 5,922 $147,262
Oradell 8,146 $154,375
River Vale 9,883 $159,479

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

Westwood Public Libraries

Westwood Free Public Library
Westwood, New Jersey
(201) 664-0583

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Westwood Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(201) 358-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Westwood High Schools

Serves 1,071 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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