Introduction to Suffern, New York

Suffern, New York, in Rockland county, is 13 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey and 26 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The village is located in the New York metropolitan area.

Suffern History

The area now known as Suffern was first settled in by Europeans in 1773. The village was founded in 1796. Originally, it was known as New Antrim. Later on, it was named after John Suffern, who was an early settler of the area and the first judge of Rockland County. General George Washington and his company camped in the village during the American Revolutionary War. The Erie Railroad first entered the area in the mid-1800s.

Suffern and nearby Attractions

  • Harriman State Park
  • Suffern Village Museum
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Ringwood Manor House Museum
  • Ramapo Valley County Reservation
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan

Things To Do In Suffern

The village of Suffern offers several recreational facilities. You can take a look around the Suffern Village Museum and explore the history of the region. The Pascack Historical Society Museum, Old Stone House Museum, Schoolhouse Museum and Orangetown Museum and Archives are also nearby. You can also plan a day trip to the Bronx Zoo and Van Saun County Park/Bergen County Zoological Park from Suffern. One can also enjoy fishing and boating on Lake Antrim.

Suffern Transportation

Flights are available from Teterboro Airport.

Suffern Higher Education

Rockland Community College and Salvation Army School for Officers Training lie within the village.


Total Population 10,914
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,659
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 48.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.8%
Median Earnings25+ $50,504
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,443
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,727


Median Family Income $94,321
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 9.9%


People Living Alone 32.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,421
Median House Value $305,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 3.5%
Irish 14.9%

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

Suffern Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Rockland
Standard Zip Codes 10901
Phone Area Codes 845
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.114
Longitude -74.15

Suffern Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.1 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 15 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches
Distance 18.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Airmont 8,808 $117,045
Hillburn 872 $87,083

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

Suffern Public Libraries

Suffern Free Library
Suffern, New York
(845) 357-1237
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Suffern Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(914) 368-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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