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Overview

Introduction to Park Ridge, New Jersey

Park Ridge, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 10 miles NE of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center) and 20 miles N of New York, New York.

Park Ridge History

The earliest white settlers included Dutch and Scottish people who arrived in the 18th century. The area was incorporated as the Borough of Park Ridge in 1894 from portions of Washington Township. The residents displayed a penchant for independence from the beginning; they built a dam across the Pascack Brook and installed a hydro-generator to provide electricity to 17 consumers in 1904. In 1977, the Borough’s Board of Public Works built a 26 KVA substation for transforming and distributing power bought from Public Service Electric and Gas to more than 3000 businesses and homes.

Park Ridge and Nearby Attractions

  • American Irish Historical Society
  • Langston Hughes House
  • Bear Mountain State Park
  • Central Park Zoo
  • New York Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Park Ridge

The Blue Mountain Reservation is home to a county park and includes picnic areas, playground, camping areas and hiking trails. Facilities for fishing and mountain biking are also available. The Queens Zoo features over 400 animals belonging to nearly 70 species. The Lambert Castle Museum has historical exhibits on display in the castle which was built in 1892.

Park Ridge Transportation

One can find air transportation from the O" Hare International Airport.

Park Ridge Higher Education

Higher education programs are available at Bergen Community College, Montclair State University, New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,854
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens19.2%
Employed Population 16+4,091
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married54.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54%
Median Earnings25+$57,794
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,969

Wealth

Median Family Income$129,982
% Above Poverty Level96.6%
% Below Poverty Level3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home9.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.6%
% Using Public Transportation9.5%

Housing

People Living Alone27.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,465
Median House Value$533,500

Ancestry

Italian29.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.8%
Irish19%
German14.7%
Polish5.5%
English3.5%
US/American2.8%
Greek2.3%
Russian1.8%
African1.8%
French Except Basque1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Hungarian1%
Swedish0.9%
Arab0.9%
Belgian0.8%
Dutch0.8%
Welsh0.8%
Croatian0.8%
Portuguese0.5%
Czech0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Cypriot0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Sudanese0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Australian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Park Ridge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bergen County
Standard Zip Codes7656
Phone Area Codes201
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.03
Approximate Longitude-74.04

Park 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)

StationSUFFERN
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationDOBBS FERRY ARDSLEY
Distance11.1 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
StationWESTCHESTER CO AP
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp21 to 36 F
Apr Temp40 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip50.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hillsdale10,454$134,728
Montvale8,285$118,163
Old Tappan5,942$160,000
Saddle River3,241$150,341
Westwood11,170$114,528
Woodcliff Lake5,844$181,979

Park Ridge Public Libraries

Park Ridge Free Public Library
51 PARK AVENUE
Park Ridge, New Jersey
(201) 391-5151

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Park Ridge Public Schools

East Brook Elementary School
167 Sibbald Dr
ZIP: 7656
(201) 930-4888
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Park Ridge High School
2 Park Ave
ZIP: 7656
(201) 573-6000
High
Total Enrollment 584
West Ridge Elementary School
18 South First Street
ZIP: 7656
(201) 930-4898
Primary
Total Enrollment 338

Park Ridge Private Schools

Our Lady Of Mercy Academy
25 Fremont Ave
ZIP: 7656
Elementary
Total Enrollment 336
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