Introduction to Chestnut Ridge, New York

Chestnut Ridge, New York, in Rockland County, is 12 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey and 24 miles N of New York, New York.

Chestnut Ridge History

Dutch Settlers were the first Europeans to establish residence in the area. Settlements were first established in Rockland County in the 17th century. The community of Chestnut Ridge was initially a part of the Town of Ramapo. It was then known as South Spring Valley. In 1986, it was incorporated as the Village of Chestnut Ridge. According to records, the community was named because of the presence of great Chestnut trees on the hills.

Chestnut Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • Little Red Schoolhouse Museum
  • Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic
  • Darlington County Park
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Pascack Historical Society Museum
  • New York Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Chestnut Ridge

Chestnut Ridge is home to a number of sites of historic importance, including the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, which was established as a one-room schoolhouse in 1890. The Hudson River Museum of Westchester, the Pascack Historical Society Museum, the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic, Van Cortlandt Manor and the DeWint House are some of the other historic sites and museums near Chestnut Ridge. At the 2,145-acre Ramapo Valley County Reservation, visitors can enjoy fishing, camping and hiking. The High Tor State Park offers views of the Hudson River, while Darlington County Park features two lakes and beaches. The George Washington Bridge, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden are some of the other popular destinations in the area.

Chestnut Ridge Transportation

Air transportation is available from Teterboro Airport.

Chestnut Ridge Higher Education

Rockland Community College, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Bergen Community College and Mercy College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 8,090
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 3,819
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 55.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.4%
Median Earnings25+ $43,345
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,389


Median Family Income $109,318
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 7.9%


People Living Alone 19.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,441
Median House Value $424,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 3%
Irish 6.8%

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

Chestnut Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles N of New York, New York
County Rockland
Standard Zip Codes 10952, 10965, 10977
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.084
Longitude -74.056

Chestnut Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.4 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 13 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 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bardonia 3,551 $144,250

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

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