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.


Total Population 8,582
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,761
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 67.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $131,042
% Above Poverty Level 97.5%
% Below Poverty Level 2.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 9.4%


People Living Alone 10.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,928
Median House Value $639,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.6%
US/American 0.6%
English 2.5%
Irish 10.9%

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

Closter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NW of Yonkers, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07624
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.973
Longitude -73.961

Closter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7 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 13.1 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
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alpine 1,559 $114,750
Cresskill 8,729 $124,104
Demarest 5,004 $175,300
Harrington Park 4,764 $145,417
Haworth 3,451 $169,013
Norwood 5,823 $114,327

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

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Closter Public Library
Closter, New Jersey
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