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Overview

Introduction to Leonia, New Jersey

Leonia, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 4 miles N of North Bergen, New Jersey (center to center) and 8 miles N of New York, New York.

Leonia History

Leonia was settled in 1668 by Dutch and English farmers. African slaves formed a majority of the farming community's population. The area was known as the "English Neighborhood" during the Revolutionary War. Following the arrival of the train in 1859, the community was renamed "West Fort Lee." In 1864, the settlement was given the name "Leonia" in honor of General Charles Lee who played a significant role in the Revolutionary War. The area experienced a sudden burst of cultural and economic growth in the late 1800s. Gradually, transportation facilities increased, and Leonia attracted many creative thinkers, including five Nobel Prize winners.

Leonia and Nearby Attractions

  • Bergenfield Museum
  • Civil War Drill Hall
  • Sylvan Park
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Central Park Zoo
  • New York Aquarium

Things To Do In Leonia

Leonia is home to several places of historic interest including the Cole-Allaire House, Civil War Drill Hall and Armory, and Vreeland House. Artifacts of historic importance are showcased in the Bergenfield Museum, New Jersey Naval Museum, and Fort Lee Historic Park & Museum. Sylvan Park, Overpeck County Park, Lakeview Park, and Wood Park are popular parks in Leonia. Opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking are also available at the nearby Branch Brook Park, Palisades Interstate Park, and Dahnert's Lake County Park. In addition, the community celebrates the Leonia Day festival in May every year.

Leonia Transportation

Air transportation is available from Stewart International Airport.

City Higher Education

Colleges near Leonia are Fairleigh Dickinson University, CUNY City College, Yeshiva University, and Columbia University.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,137
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens16.3%
Employed Population 16+4,452
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married57.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher61.2%
Median Earnings25+$55,798
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,431
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,273

Wealth

Median Family Income$101,381
% Above Poverty Level90.2%
% Below Poverty Level9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation19.4%

Housing

People Living Alone22.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,406
Median House Value$473,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)61.1%
Italian9.9%
Irish8.1%
German6.9%
English4.8%
Russian3.1%
Polish3%
Czech1%
Greek1%
West Indian1%
Ukrainian0.9%
Hungarian0.8%
Scottish0.8%
Arab0.8%
Iranian0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Jamaican0.6%
Egyptian0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Belizean0.3%
US/American0.3%
Croatian0.3%
French Except Basque0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Macedonian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
British0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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Leonia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bergen County
Standard Zip Codes7605
Phone Area Codes201
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.86
Approximate Longitude-73.99

Leonia 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
Distance5.5 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
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
StationSCARSDALE
Distance13 miles
Jan Temp20 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bogota8,348$83,966
Englewood28,184$91,039
Fort Lee36,607$99,435
Palisades Park20,499$72,598
Ridgefield11,294$79,871
Ridgefield Park12,976$74,881

Leonia Public Libraries

Leonia Public Library
227 FORT LEE ROAD
Leonia, New Jersey
(201) 592-5770

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Leonia Public Schools

Anna C. Scott Elementary School
100 Highland Street
ZIP: 7605
(201) 302-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Leonia High School
100 Chrisite Heights Street
ZIP: 7605
(201) 302-5200
High
Total Enrollment 689
Leonia Middle School
500 Broad Avenue
ZIP: 7605
(201) 302-5200
Middle
Total Enrollment 490

Leonia Private Schools

St John The Evangelist School
260 Harrison St
ZIP: 7605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 143
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