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Overview

Introduction to Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Glen Ridge, New Jersey, in Essex county, is 2 miles N of East Orange, New Jersey and 5 miles N of Newark, New Jersey.

Glen Ridge History

In 1666, sixty-four families from Connecticut purchased land in the area and named it New Ark. Prior to that, Lenni-Lenape Native American tribes occupied this region. The territory of New Ark comprised the present-day towns of Montclair, Nutley, Bloomfield and Belleville. In 1812, Bloomfield was incorporated as a separate township. At that time, Glen Ridge was a rural community consisting of woodlands and farms. The Newark and Bloomfield Railroad arrived in the area in 1856, followed by the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway in 1872, leading to significant development of the Glen Ridge region. It gradually emerged as a suburbal residential community. On February 13, 1895, Glen Ridge was officially incorporated. Singer Connie Francis and actor Tom Cruise once resided in Glen Ridge, which was also the filming location for movies like "Stepmom," "Mona Lisa Smile," and "Winter Solstice."

Glen Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • Castle Clinton National Monument
  • American Labor Museum
  • Israel Crane House
  • New Jersey Historical Society Museum
  • Dahnert's Lake County Park
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Things To Do In Glen Ridge

The New Jersey Historical Society Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the New Jersey Historical Society Museum, and the American Labor Museum are some of the museums that showcase historically important artifacts and memorabilia. The Castle Clinton National Monument, which was built during the War of 1812 and served as an immigrant landing station in the 19th century, is a historic site located nearby. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Dahnert's Lake County Park, Edgemont Memorial Park, Brookdale Park and West Essex Park are some of the popular parks in the area.

Glen Ridge Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is nearby.

Glen Ridge Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Montclair State University, Rutgers University-Newark and Essex County College.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,615
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens9.8%
Employed Population 16+3,579
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married66.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher69.8%
Median Earnings25+$88,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$52,339

Wealth

Median Family Income$201,759
% Above Poverty Level95.6%
% Below Poverty Level4.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time40 minutes
% Working from Home9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation33.8%

Housing

People Living Alone17.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,560
Median House Value$593,300

Ancestry

Italian26.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.3%
Irish24.3%
English9%
Polish6.8%
German6.8%
French Except Basque2.5%
Russian2.1%
Scottish2%
Albanian2%
West Indian1.9%
Greek1.7%
Ukrainian1.7%
Swedish1.5%
Icelander1.4%
Jamaican1.2%
Hungarian0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Latvian0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Romanian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
US/American0.4%
New Zealand0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
African0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Arab0.2%
Australian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Croatian0.1%
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Glen Ridge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes7028
Phone Area Codes862
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.8
Approximate Longitude-74.2

Glen Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance4.6 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
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance6.4 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 85 F
Oct Temp48 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches
StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance12.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bloomfield47,982$87,386
Montclair38,130$148,976
Nutley28,586$109,464
Verona13,481$143,071
West Orange47,037$111,841

Glen Ridge Public Libraries

Glen Ridge Free Public Library
240 RIDGEWOOD AVENUE
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
(973) 748-5482

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Glen Ridge Public Schools

Forest Avenue School
287 Forest Ave
ZIP: 7028
(973) 429-8308
Primary
Total Enrollment 217
Glen Ridge High School
200 Ridgewood Ave
ZIP: 7028
(973) 429-8303
High
Total Enrollment 824
Linden Avenue School
205 Linden Ave
ZIP: 7028
(973) 429-8301
Primary
Total Enrollment 226
Ridgewood Avenue School
235 Ridgewood Ave
ZIP: 7028
(973) 429-8306
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
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