Introduction to Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 8 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey and 20 miles N of New York, New York. As of the year 2000 census, 5,745 people lived in Woodcliff Lake.

Woodcliff Lake History

In the 1600s, the Dutch East Indian Company settled near Manhattan. The Dutchmen traded glass beads and other trinkets for Indian beaver pelt. Once the beaver pelt trade diminished, they found new opportunities in New Amsterdam. The Borough of Woodcliff was incorporated on August 31, 1894. Its name was later changed to Woodcliff Lake on March 1, 1910.

Woodcliff Lake and nearby Attractions

  • American Folk Art Museum
  • Wood Dale Park
  • Bear Mountain State Park
  • Central Park Zoo
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Edison National Historic Site

Things To Do In Woodcliff Lake

Local museums include the Old Stone House Museum, the Orangetown Museum and Archives and the Pascack Historical Society Museum. Historic sites in the area include the DeWint House, Hermitage and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House. Blauvelt State Park, Ramapo Valley County Reservation and Campgaw Mountain Reservation provide opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking and picnicking. The Bergen County Zoological Park and the Glen Rock Arboretum are also accessible from Woodcliff Lake.

Woodcliff Lake Transportation

Newark International is the nearest major airport.

Woodcliff Lake Higher Education

Bergen Community College, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Dominican College of Blauvelt are some of the local colleges and universities located near Woodside Lake.


Total Population 5,818
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,607
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 67.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 72.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $185,650
% Above Poverty Level 98.3%
% Below Poverty Level 1.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 14%


People Living Alone 18.2%
Median Gross Rent $3,420
Median House Value $736,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19%
US/American 0.5%
English 3.7%
Irish 10.6%

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

Woodcliff Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07677
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.023
Longitude -74.066

Woodcliff Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.8 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 12.3 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 14.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hillsdale 10,452 $126,250
Montvale 8,199 $119,663
Park Ridge 8,820 $128,382
Saddle River 3,229 $138,542
Waldwick 9,902 $121,492
Westwood 11,140 $107,792

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

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