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Overview

Introduction to Fort Lee, New Jersey

Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 3 miles NE of North Bergen, New Jersey and 7 miles N of New York, New York. It is part of the surrounding Bergen - Passaic metro area.

Fort Lee History

Fort Lee was named after General Charles Lee, who played an important role in defending New York City during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington and his troops are said to have walked down the road in Fort Lee, which is now called the Main Street. Fort Lee is also the New Jersey entrance to the George Washington Bridge. Initially, there were significant immigrant communities centered in Fort Lee, including Greeks and Italians. However, recent times have seen a surge of Korean residents, which has led to the conversion of a large part of the town into "Koreatown." The township of Fort Lee was officially incorporated on March 29, 1904.

Fort Lee and nearby Attractions

  • Free Public Library of the Borough of Fort Lee
  • Fort Lee Museum at the Judge Moore House
  • Hazards Dock
  • Hazard Beach
  • Sepharadic Synagogue of Fort Lee
  • Coytesville Park

Things To Do In Fort Lee

The historical and cultural backdrop of Fort Lee find expression in the various memorial buildings around the town. One can pay a visit to the public library to learn more about the town. The beautiful Hazard Beach is also nearby, and here one can enjoy a variety of water and sand sports. The town of Fort Lee has a number of churches like the Congregation Young Israel of Fort Lee, the Sepharadic Synagogue of Fort Lee, the Bethany United Methodist Church and the Madonna Roman Catholic Church, among others. Visitors with small children can also enjoy the amusement facilities provided at the various recreational parks around the town like Westview Place Park, Coytesville Park, and Whitey Lang Park.

Fort Lee Transportation

La Guardia Airport is the closest major airport to Fort Lee.

Fort Lee Higher Education

The Cuny City College offers educational facilities to the residents of the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,607
Male Share of the Population45.5%
Female Share of the Population54.5%
Senior Citizens23.5%
Employed Population 16+17,476
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married57.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher58.9%
Median Earnings25+$56,132
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,806
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,259

Wealth

Median Family Income$99,435
% Above Poverty Level89.4%
% Below Poverty Level10.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation25.4%

Housing

People Living Alone37%
Median Gross Rent$1,633
Median House Value$326,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57.2%
Italian7.7%
Russian5.5%
Irish3.8%
Polish3.8%
German3.4%
Greek2.6%
Arab1.3%
English1.2%
West Indian0.9%
Ukrainian0.9%
Austrian0.8%
US/American0.8%
French Except Basque0.8%
Romanian0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Croatian0.7%
Egyptian0.6%
Turkish0.5%
Albanian0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
African0.4%
Scottish0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Haitian0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Serbian0.3%
Macedonian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Latvian0.1%
South African0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Czech0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
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Fort Lee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bergen County
Standard Zip Codes7024
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.85
Approximate Longitude-73.97

Fort Lee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance4.7 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
StationDOBBS FERRY ARDSLEY
Distance12.6 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
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance16.4 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
Cliffside Park24,661$75,607
Edgewater11,998$125,810
Englewood Cliffs5,405$143,636
Leonia9,137$101,381
Palisades Park20,499$72,598
Ridgefield11,294$79,871

Fort Lee Public Libraries

Fort Lee Free Public Library
320 MAIN STREET
Fort Lee, New Jersey
(201) 592-3614

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Fort Lee Public Schools

Fort Lee High School
3000 Lemoine Ave
ZIP: 7024
(201) 585-4675
High
Total Enrollment 983
Lewis F. Cole Middle School
467 Stillwell Avenue
ZIP: 7024
(201) 585-4660
Middle
Total Enrollment 533
School No. 1
250 Hoym Street
ZIP: 7024
(201) 585-4620
Primary
Total Enrollment 664
School No. 2
2047 Jones Road
ZIP: 7024
(201) 585-4630
Primary
Total Enrollment 470
School No. 3
2405 Second Street
ZIP: 7024
(201) 585-4640
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
School No. 4
1193 Anderson Ave
ZIP: 7024
(201) 585-4650
Primary
Total Enrollment 551

Fort Lee Private Schools

Christ The Teacher Interparochial School
359 Whiteman St
ZIP: 7024
Elementary
Total Enrollment 206
Small World Montessori School
308 Tom Hunter Rd
ZIP: 7024
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Y C S Fort Lee Education Center
2300 3rd St
ZIP: 7024
Secondary
Total Enrollment 41
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