Introduction to Bayonne, New Jersey

Bayonne, New Jersey, in Hudson county, is 5 miles SE of Newark, New Jersey. The city is situated on a peninsula bordered by New York Bay, and the Newark Bay. It features a diverse population with prominent Italian, Polish and Irish communities. The municipality also includes a significant Hispanic population. Bergen Point and Constable Hook are communities situated in Bayonne.

Parts of the municipality are Urban Enterprise Zones. The Bayonne Bridge is one of the longest steel arch bridges in the world. The city is home to the notable Cape Liberty Cruise Port. The service sector and container port operations are significant factors for the economy. Bayonne is regarded as a residential community.

Bayonne History

The Lenni-Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1609 Henry Hudson arrived in Newark Bay and claimed the region for the Netherlands. The city was named in tribute to Bayonne, France by the French Huguenot settlers. In 1654 the territory increased after a Dutch Director General provided a large number of land grants to settlers in the upper portion of the peninsula.

In 1664 the British defeated the Dutch and took control of the area. During the American Revolutionary War, British and the Colonial soldiers battled at Fort Delancy. In 1872 Standard Oil purchased land at Constable Hook and became a major employer. In 1875 Prentice Oil Company arrived at Constable Hook. Tidewater Oil Company relocated to the area.

Bayonne and nearby Attractions

  • Rutkowski Park
  • Stephen R. Gregg Hudson County Park
  • Brennan Fire Museum
  • Bayonne Community Museum
  • Liberty State Park
  • Jersey Gardens
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island

Bayonne and nearby Activities and Entertainment

Residents enjoy the Richard L. Korpi Ice Rink. The area includes numerous fishing locations. Manhattan is less than ten minutes away which makes it convenient for residents to enjoy the activities, theatrical productions, restaurants, shopping, professional sports teams and the wide variety of entertainment located in New York City.

Bayonne Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Newark International Airport. The Bayonne Bridge connects the city to Staten Island. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail offers transportation to New York City.


Total Population 65,378
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 29,862
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 43.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.6%
Median Earnings25+ $42,336
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,560
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,226


Median Family Income $62,445
% Above Poverty Level 85.2%
% Below Poverty Level 14.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.9%
% Using Public Transportation 22.7%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,137
Median House Value $318,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.4%
Irish 13.8%

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

Bayonne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SE of Newark, New Jersey
County Hudson
Standard Zip Codes 07002
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.668
Longitude -74.114

Bayonne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Distance 11.1 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, Bayonne, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bergen Point (07002)

Pamrapo (07002)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Newark 2,577 $53,750
Elizabeth 127,759 $44,835
Harrison 12,742 $132,936
Hoboken 52,452 $165,648
Jersey City 259,651 $64,522
Newark 279,793 $37,558

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

Bayonne Public Libraries

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(201) 858-6973

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Bayonne Hospitals

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(201) 858-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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