Chestnut Ridge, New York

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Chestnut Ridge, New York

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. There are 7,829 residents in the village.

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.

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High Points

Chestnut Ridge strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New York):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Chestnut Ridge Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Chestnut Ridge Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Chestnut Ridge People in Middle Class or Better
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Chestnut Ridge Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Chestnut Ridge College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Chestnut Ridge Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Chestnut Ridge, New York

Comparing Chestnut Ridge to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New York (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 6 6
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 5 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4
Affordability of Rents 2 4
People Living Alone 1 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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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
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Chestnut Ridge Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,829 100%
Male 3,811 48.7%
Female 4,018 51.3%
Under 18 1,777 22.7%
18+ 6,052 77.3%
65+ 1,206 15.4%
Median Age 41.5
Average Family Size 3.12
White 5,790 74%
African-American 1,086 13.9%
Asian 528 6.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 210 2.7%
Mixed Race 200 2.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 633 8.1%

Estimated Chestnut Ridge Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,843
Growth 14
Growth % 0.2%

Chestnut Ridge Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.8%
Irish 13.3%
Italian 13%
German 7%
Polish 4.9%
Russian 4.1%
US/American 3.9%
Haitian 2.7%
English 2.5%
Eastern European 2.4%
Scottish 1.6%
Albanian 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Jamaican 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Swedish 0.7%
African 0.7%
Nigerian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Slavic 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
British 0.5%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.4%
Turkish 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Kenyan 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Icelander 0.2%
Belizean 0.2%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Chestnut Ridge 7,829 $95,551
Bardonia 4,367 $104,415
Monsey 14,504 $45,911
Nanuet 16,707 $81,205
New Hempstead 4,767 $100,127
Pearl River 15,553 $91,618
Spring Valley 25,464 $42,097
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