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Bogota, New Jersey
Borough of Bogota
Bogota Borough Hall
Bogota Borough Hall
Map highlighting Bogota's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Map highlighting Bogota's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Bogota, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Bogota, New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey is located in the United States
Bogota, New Jersey
Bogota, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated November 14, 1894
Named for Bogert / Banta families
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
 • Total 0.80 sq mi (2.06 km2)
 • Land 0.76 sq mi (1.95 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)  5.25%
Area rank 522nd of 565 in state
69th of 70 in county
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total 8,187
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 281st of 566 in state
47th of 70 in county
 • Density 10,702.5/sq mi (4,132.3/km2)
 • Density rank 32nd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400306490
GNIS feature ID 0885163

Bogota is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,187, reflecting a decline of 62 (−0.8%) from the 8,249 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 425 (+5.4%) from the 7,824 counted in the 1990 Census.

Bogota was formed on November 14, 1894, from portions of Ridgefield Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Portions of Bogota were taken in 1895 to form part of the newly created Township of Teaneck. Bogota was named in honor of the Bogert family, which had been the first European settlers to occupy the area, and may also be a blend of Bogert and Banta, another early family, with an "O" added to ease pronunciation.

The borough's name is pronounced buh-GOH-tə, unlike Bogotá, capital city of Colombia, whose name is accented on the final syllable. Coincidentally, 1.54% of Bogota's residents are from Colombia.


Bogota is located on the east shore of the Hackensack River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.813 square miles (2.106 km2), including 0.765 square miles (1.981 km2) of land and 0.048 square miles (0.125 km2) of water (5.93%).

The borough borders Hackensack to the west, Ridgefield Park to the south and Teaneck on the north and east.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 337
1910 1,125 233.8%
1920 3,906 247.2%
1930 7,341 87.9%
1940 7,346 0.1%
1950 7,662 4.3%
1960 7,965 4.0%
1970 8,960 12.5%
1980 8,344 −6.9%
1990 7,824 −6.2%
2000 8,249 5.4%
2010 8,187 −0.8%
2019 (est.) 8,335 1.8%
Population sources:
1900–1920 1900–1910
1910–1930 1900–2010
2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,187 people, 2,773 households, and 2,080 families residing in the borough. The population density was 10,702.5 per square mile (4,132.3/km2). There were 2,888 housing units at an average density of 3,775.4 per square mile (1,457.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 61.00% (4,994) White, 9.42% (771) Black or African American, 0.78% (64) Native American, 9.81% (803) Asian, 0.09% (7) Pacific Islander, 14.80% (1,212) from other races, and 4.10% (336) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.71% (3,169) of the population.

There were 2,773 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 86.9 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $77,375 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,132) and the median family income was $96,563 (+/- $12,361). Males had a median income of $53,460 (+/- $5,549) versus $46,350 (+/- $9,142) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,844 (+/- $2,819). About 8.2% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


2021-06-17 11 02 06 View west along Interstate 80 (Bergen-Passaic Expressway) from the overpass for Queen Ann Road in Bogota, Bergen County, New Jersey
I-80 westbound in Bogota

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 17.67 miles (28.44 km) of roadways, of which 14.90 miles (23.98 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.39 miles (3.85 km) by Bergen County and 0.38 miles (0.61 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Bergen County CR 56-1, whose terminus is within the borough, CR 56-2, and CR 41 all pass through Bogota.

Interstate 80 passes through the southern tip of the borough, continuing from Ridgefield Park in the west onto its terminus in Teaneck to the east, and is accessible at Exit 67 in Ridgefield Park, just south of Bogota. Route 4 is accessible in Teaneck. These highways provide access to the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and other portions of the area's transportation network. There are several bridges, including the Court Street Bridge and the Midtown Bridge that span the Hackensack River to Hackensack.

Public transportation

Bogota Station
Former Bogota station, as seen in 2011, integrated into a larger building

Several NJ Transit bus lines travel through Bogota between Hackensack, Jersey City, Paramus and New York City. NJ Transit bus service is available to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 155 and 168 routes; to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on the 182 route; and to other New Jersey communities served on the 83 (to Jersey City), 751 and 755 routes.

Passenger rail service to Bogota station ended in 1966, but the right of way for freight lines of New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad (NYSW) and the CSX River Subdivision (formerly the West Shore Railroad) run along the riverbank on the west side of town. The Passaic–Bergen–Hudson Transit Project is a NJ Transit proposal to restore passenger service along the rail corridor with potential stations at West Fort Lee Road and Central Avenue.

Popular culture

The 2005 documentary film Anytown, USA focused on the 2003 mayoral race between Republican Steve Lonegan, Democrat Fred Pesce and independent Dave Musikant. The film was screened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival on April 9, 2005, where it won the award for Best Documentary.

Notable people

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

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

  • Jimmy Gnecco (born 1973), musician from the Ours.
  • Beth Hall (born 1958), actress best known for her portrayal of Wendy Harris on the CBS sitcom Mom..
  • Richie Incognito (born 1983), guard for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.
  • Steve Lonegan (born 1956), politician who served for 12 years as Mayor of Bogota, was candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 2005 and 2009, and was the 2013 U.S. Senate candidate in the election following the death of Frank Lautenberg.
  • Norman Pittenger (1905–1997), Anglican theologian who was one of the first acknowledged Christian defenders for the open acceptance of homosexual relations among Christians.
  • Stanley Foster Reed (1917–2007), entrepreneur.
  • Sid Schacht (1918–1991), pitcher who appeared in 19 games in the Major Leagues for the St. Louis Browns (1950–1951) and Boston Braves (1951).
  • Pat Schuber, served for four years as Mayor of Bogota, represented the district in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1982 to 1990 and served 12 years as the County Executive of Bergen County.
  • Vin Scully (born 1927), sportscaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Pat Sullivan (born 1971), assistant coach for the New York Knicks.
  • Al Yates (1945–2007), outfielder who played in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers.

See also

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