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Overview

Introduction to Closter, New Jersey

Closter, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 4 miles NW of Yonkers, New York (center to center) and 16 miles N of New York, New York.

Closter History

The early inhabitants of Closter were the Lenni-Lenape Indians. Dutch settlers arrived during the early 17th century. The area now known as Closter was originally part of several land grants made to different people during the 1600s. Several thousand acres were rewarded to Frederick Closter by King Charles I of England and the community was later named in his honor. The first European settlement can be traced back to 1710. The Northern Railroad, which was established in 1859, caused commerce to increase. On January 1, 1904, Closter was officially incorporated from parts of Harrington Township.

Closter and Nearby Attractions

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Belskie Museum of Art and Science
  • Rockland Lake State Park
  • Queens Zoo
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Abram Demaree Homestead

Things To Do In Closter

Abram Demaree Homestead, and Belskie Museum of Art and Science are located in Closter. The museum showcases the work of artist Abram Belskie, while the Abram Demaree Homestead dates back to the early 1700s. The town also offers easy access to the Bergenfield Museum, Pascack Historical Society Museum, Hudson River Museum of Westchester, Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site. There are numerous parks in the area including the Tallman Mountain State Park, Ridge Road County Park, Saddle River County Park, Pascack Brook County Park, and Van Saun Park. Brooklyn Heights Promenade, another popular destination, offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and downtown Manhattan.

Closter Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Closter Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Manhattan College, Mercy College, and Bergen Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,650
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+3,893
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married64.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher62%
Median Earnings25+$64,450
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,304
Median Earnings With High School Degree$46,667

Wealth

Median Family Income$136,146
% Above Poverty Level96.9%
% Below Poverty Level3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation12.6%

Housing

People Living Alone10.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,954
Median House Value$637,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.3%
Italian12.8%
Irish11.2%
German8%
Israeli4.1%
Polish3.2%
French Except Basque2.7%
Russian2.2%
Greek2.2%
English2.1%
Croatian1.8%
Arab1.7%
Hungarian1.1%
Dutch1%
US/American0.9%
Jamaican0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Iranian0.6%
Austrian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Lebanese0.6%
Serbian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
African0.4%
South African0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Albanian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Cypriot0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Scottish0.1%
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Closter Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bergen County
Standard Zip Codes7624
Phone Area Codes201
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.97
Approximate Longitude-73.96

Closter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDOBBS FERRY ARDSLEY
Distance7 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp45 to 65 F
Annual Precip52.1 inches
StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 84 F
Oct Temp50 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alpine1,522$116,250
Cresskill8,745$133,583
Demarest5,007$172,381
Harrington Park4,790$154,471
Haworth3,446$172,989
Norwood5,828$138,508

Closter Public Libraries

Closter Public Library
280 HIGH STREET
Closter, New Jersey
(201) 768-4197

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Closter Public Schools

Hillside Elementary School
340 Homans Avenue
ZIP: 7624
(201) 768-3860
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Tenakill Middle School
275 High Street
ZIP: 7624
(201) 768-3001
Middle
Total Enrollment 542

Closter Private Schools

International Academy Of Arts & Sciences
10 Legion Place
ZIP: 7624
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Palisades Country Day School
212/248 Herbert Ave
ZIP: 7624
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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