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Alpine, New Jersey
Borough of Alpine
Alpine Borough Hall, Post Office & Police station
Alpine Borough Hall, Post Office & Police station
Map highlighting Alpine's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Map highlighting Alpine's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Alpine, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Alpine, New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey is located in the United States
Alpine, New Jersey
Alpine, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 8, 1903
Named for The Alps
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 9.22 sq mi (23.89 km2)
 • Land 6.40 sq mi (16.58 km2)
 • Water 2.82 sq mi (7.31 km2)  30.61%
Area rank 218th of 565 in state
4th of 70 in county
518 ft (158 m)
 • Total 1,849
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 494th of 566 in state
68th of 70 in county
 • Density 288.4/sq mi (111.4/km2)
 • Density rank 483rd of 566 in state
69th of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area codes 201 exchanges: 750, 767, 768, 784.
FIPS code {{{1}}}-{{{2}}}
GNIS feature ID 0885139

Alpine is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of Midtown Manhattan. It is the easternmost community in the State of New Jersey.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,849, reflecting a decline of 334 (−15.3%) from the 2,183 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 467 (+27.2%) from the 1,716 counted in the 1990 Census.

In 2012, Forbes ranked Alpine as America's most expensive ZIP Code with a median home price of $4.25 million, after being ranked 4th in the magazine's 2010 listing of "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes", with a median home price of $3,814,885. In 2009, Forbes ranked Alpine first, along with Greenwich, Connecticut, with a median home price of $4.14 million. Alpine was tied with Greenwich for first in both 2006 and 2007 on the ABC News list of most expensive ZIP Codes, with a median home sale price of $3.4 million. In 2019, PropertyShark ranked Alpine as the 53rd most expensive ZIP Code in the country with a median sales price of $1,785,000, a drop from a ranking of 33rd nationwide in 2018 due to a decline of 19% in sales prices. Based on data from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey, the borough had a per-capita income of $107,604, ranked second in the state.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Alpine as its 15th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.

Alpine was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 8, 1903, from portions of Harrington Township. The borough acquired a portion of Cresskill in 1904. The borough's name came from the wife of journalist Charles Nordhoff, who found the setting reminiscent of the Swiss Alps.


2013-05-05 14 29 54 View south along the Palisades from Ruckman's Point in Palisades Interstate Park in Alpine, New Jersey
View south along the Palisades from Ruckman's Point in Palisades Interstate Park

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 9.232 square miles (23.910 km2), including 6.411 square miles (16.604 km2) of land and 2.821 square miles (7.307 km2) of water (30.56%).

The borough borders Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Norwood, Rockleigh and Tenafly in Bergen County. Across the Hudson River, the borough borders The Bronx in New York City, and in Westchester County the city of Yonkers and the village of Hastings-on-Hudson (within the town of Greenburgh). North of the New York State border, the borough borders the hamlet of Tappan (in the town of Orangetown) in Rockland County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 268
1910 377 40.7%
1920 350 −7.2%
1930 521 48.9%
1940 626 20.2%
1950 644 2.9%
1960 921 43.0%
1970 1,344 45.9%
1980 1,549 15.3%
1990 1,716 10.8%
2000 2,183 27.2%
2010 1,849 −15.3%
2019 (est.) 1,844 −0.3%
Population sources:
1910-1920 1910 1910-1930
1900-2010 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,849 people, 611 households, and 529 families residing in the borough. The population density was 288.4 per square mile (111.4/km2). There were 670 housing units at an average density of 104.5 per square mile (40.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 68.14% (1,260) White, 2.38% (44) Black or African American, 0.05% (1) Native American, 26.07% (482) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.30% (24) from other races, and 2.06% (38) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.81% (89) of the population.

There were 611 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.4% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 16.0% from 25 to 44, 36.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.2 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 100.4 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $172,054 (with a margin of error of +/- $23,256) and the median family income was $192,188 (+/- $56,076). Males had a median income of $124,375 (+/- $28,708) versus $56,719 (+/- $21,358) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $107,604 (+/- $18,758). About 2.3% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed four households in 2010, down from the eight counted in the 2000 Census.


2021-07-27 15 52 48 View south along New Jersey State Route 445 (Palisades Interstate Parkway) from the pedestrian overpass just south of Exit 3 in Alpine, Bergen County, New Jersey
View south along the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Alpine

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 30.40 miles (48.92 km) of roadways, of which 16.12 miles (25.94 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.40 miles (3.86 km) by Bergen County and 5.86 miles (9.43 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 6.02 miles (9.69 km) by the Palisades Interstate Parkway Commission.

U.S. Route 9W, the Palisades Interstate Parkway and County Route 502 all pass through Alpine.

Public transportation

Rockland Coaches provides service along Route 9W to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 9T / 9AT routes and to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on the 9 and 9A routes.

NJ Transit provides no bus or train service in Alpine.

Although, NJ Transit bus route 753 provides service in Cresskill, which is not too far away from the area. It takes you between Cresskill and Paramus at the Bergen Town Center.

Points of interest

Rio Vista is an upscale neighborhood in the southern section of Alpine. Rio Vista is home to Devil's Tower, a stone clock tower that was originally designed by Charles Rollinson Lamb for sugar baron Manuel Rionda (1854–1943) in order to allow his wife to see New York from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.

The New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park runs the length of Alpine along the top of the New Jersey Palisades and along the Hudson River. The Alpine Boat Basin serves as both a public picnic area and small marina for private boats. The area is a scenic riverfront picnic area and boat basin, plus beach for car-top boat launches (canoe and kayak), with fishing, access to hiking trails and Henry Hudson Drive, restrooms, water, vending machines, and public phones. Alpine Pavilion, an open-air stone picnic pavilion built in 1934 by the Civil Works Administration and available for rental is located here, as well as the historic Blackledge-Kearney House, said to be the site where Lord Cornwallis and his troops landed on November 20, 1776, in their pursuit of the Continental Army following the rout of George Washington's forces in the Battle of New York.


The Alpine Public School District is a community school district serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Alpine School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 138 students and 22.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.2:1. In the 2016–17 school year, Alpine had the 33rd smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 160 students.

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Tenafly High School in Tenafly as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Tenafly Public Schools under which the Alpine district paid tuition of $14,392 per student for the 2011–12 school year. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,226 students and 103.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.8:1.

Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Alpine, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Alpine include:

  • Aras Agalarov (born 1955), Russian billionaire
  • Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi and chairwoman of the Marconi Foundation
  • J. Cleaveland Cady (1837–1919), architect
  • Sean Combs (born 1969), rap artist
  • Kellyanne Conway (born 1967), strategist, and pollster who was campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
  • Johnny Damon (born 1973), outfielder who played for the New York Yankees from 2006 to 2009.
  • Damon Dash (born 1971), hip-hop entrepreneur.
  • Eddie Einhorn (1936-2016), part owner of the Chicago White Sox.
  • Patrick Ewing (born 1962), former center for the New York Knicks.
  • Fabolous (born 1977), rap artist.
  • Henry Clay Frick II (1919–2007), physician and head of the Frick Collection.
  • Andre Harrell (born 1960), founder of Uptown Records.
  • Matt Herr (born 1976) ice hockey forward who played for part of four NHL seasons.
  • O'Kelly Isley Jr. (1937–1986), founding member of The Isley Brothers.
  • Sachin H. Jain (born 1980), physician and Obama Administration official.
  • Jay-Z (born 1969), rap artist.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk (born 1983), former right wing for the NHL New Jersey Devils.
  • Lil' Kim (born 1975), rap artist, who rapped about her new hometown in her song Aunt Dot ("Come on Shanice, I'm takin' you to my house in Alpine...").
  • Harold Lamb (1892–1962), historian, screenwriter, short story writer and novelist.
  • Eric Maskin (born 1950), co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • Pierre McGuire (born 1961), ice hockey analyst who was head coach of the Hartford Whalers.
  • Peter Moraites (1922–2014), Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly who resigned from office in 1971 after facing charges that he accepted fees from a loan applicant.
  • Tracy Morgan (born 1968), comedian and actor.
  • Eddie Murphy (born 1961), comedian, actor who has appeared in the Beverly Hills Cop series and as the voice of Donkey in the Shrek series.
  • Charles Nordhoff (1830–1901), journalist.
  • Joe Piscopo (born 1951), actor, best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
  • John Ringling (1866–1936), best-known of the seven Ringling brothers, five of whom merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their own Ringling Brothers Circus to create the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, he built the Gray Crag estate in Alpine in the 1920s.
  • Manuel Rionda (1854–1943) was a Spanish-born, US-based sugar baron in Cuba.
  • Chris Rock (born 1965), comedian and actor, has described Alpine as "Beverly Hills with freaking snow." Rock has mentioned Alpine in his comedy act, pointing out the efforts and fame required of the black residents, while his next door neighbor, who is white, is "just a dentist".
  • Larry Robbins, (born 1971), founder of Glenview Capital Management.
  • Paul Rosenberg (born 1971), CEO of Goliath Records and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, best known for his association with hip hop artist Eminem.
  • CC Sabathia (born 1980), pitcher for the New York Yankees.
  • Norman Sas (1925–2012), inventor of electric football and former member of the Alpine borough council.
  • Gary Sheffield (born 1968), former baseball player.
  • Russell Simmons (born 1957), hip-hop entrepreneur.
  • Wesley Snipes (born 1962), actor.
  • Britney Spears (born 1981), singer.
  • Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (born 1982), data scientist, economist and author.
  • Joseph A. Unanue (1925–2013), president of Goya Foods from 1976 to 2004.
  • Stevie Wonder (born 1950), musician.
  • Robert Zoellner (1932–2014), investor and stamp collector who was the second person to have assembled a complete collection of United States postage stamps.

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