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.


Total Population 7,607
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,541
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 66.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 72.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $200,703
% Above Poverty Level 98.9%
% Below Poverty Level 1.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 32.4%


People Living Alone 18.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,473
Median House Value $585,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 8.9%
Irish 22%

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

Glen Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles N of East Orange, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 5 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 07028
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.805
Longitude -74.204

Glen Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 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
Distance 6.4 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 12.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bloomfield 47,831 $86,586
Montclair 38,021 $142,380
Nutley 28,596 $104,828
Verona 13,489 $135,350
West Orange 47,014 $110,919

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

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Glen Ridge Free Public Library
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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