Introduction to Paramus, New Jersey

Paramus, New Jersey is 5 miles E of Paterson, New Jersey and 15 miles N of New York, New York. It is in Bergen county. The town is part of the Bergen - Passaic metro area.

Paramus History

The name of this region comes from a Lenape Native American word that means "place of fertile soil" or "land of the wild turkey." During the American Revolutionary War this area saw a great deal of activity. During World War II, the United States Army closed off Farview Avenue, which is situated at the highest point of Paramus and provides a clear view of the New York City skyline. The Army positioned its anti-aircraft artillery along the street so that they could defend New York City against any air attack.

Paramus and nearby Attractions

  • Garden State Plaza
  • Bergen Town Center
  • Van Saun County Park
  • Arcola Golf Club
  • Bergen Museum

Things To Do In Paramus

Parasmus is renowned as a Mecca of shopping. It is among the largest shopping areas in the United States and clocks in more than $5 billion in retail sales annually. With five major shopping centers and countless shopping and dining opportunities, this town offers endless entertainment.

Paramus Transportation

La Guardia International Airport is the closest major airport.

Paramus Higher Education

Bergen Community College is the local college.


Total Population 26,760
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 22.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,156
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.9%
Median Earnings25+ $52,618
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,352
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,428


Median Family Income $118,960
% Above Poverty Level 97%
% Below Poverty Level 3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 11.5%


People Living Alone 18.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,832
Median House Value $545,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.9%
US/American 0.7%
English 2.2%
Irish 10.1%

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

Paramus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles E of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles N of New York, New York
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07652
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07653
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.944
Longitude -74.075

Paramus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 51.5 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
Distance 13.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fair Lawn 33,164 $111,367
Maywood 9,694 $94,402
New Milford 16,640 $102,086
Oradell 8,146 $154,375
River Edge 11,566 $131,490
Rochelle Park 5,624 $74,607

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

Paramus Public Libraries

Paramus Public Library
Paramus, New Jersey
(201) 599-1300
Library Web Site

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Paramus Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(201) 967-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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