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Ridgewood, New Jersey
Village of Ridgewood
Downtown Ridgewood
Downtown Ridgewood
Map highlighting Ridgewood's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Ridgewood's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ridgewood, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Ridgewood, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°58′54″N 74°06′49″W / 40.981591°N 74.113506°W / 40.981591; -74.113506Coordinates: 40°58′54″N 74°06′49″W / 40.981591°N 74.113506°W / 40.981591; -74.113506
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated November 20, 1894
 • Type Faulkner Act Council-Manager
 • Body Village Council
 • Total 5.818 sq mi (15.069 km2)
 • Land 5.752 sq mi (14.898 km2)
 • Water 0.066 sq mi (0.172 km2)  1.14%
Area rank 263rd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county
85 ft (26 m)
 • Total 24,958
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 99th of 566 in state
10th of 70 in county
 • Density 4,339.0/sq mi (1,675.3/km2)
 • Density rank 136th of 566 in state
33rd of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400363000
GNIS feature ID 0885369

Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 24,958, reflecting an increase of 22 (+0.1%) from the 24,936 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 784 (+3.2%) from the 24,152 counted in the 1990 Census. Ridgewood is a suburban bedroom community of New York City, located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.

Ridgewood was ranked 26th in Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" in America, 2011.


In 1700, Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home in Ridgewood, having purchased a 250 acres (100 ha) property in 1698.

The Village of Ridgewood was created on November 20, 1894, with the same boundaries as Ridgewood Township. The Village became the municipal government while the Township remained a school district. In 1902, the village added portions of Orvil Township, which were returned to Orvil Township in 1915. In 1925, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Franklin Township (remainder now dissolved as Wyckoff). On February 9, 1971, Ridgewood acquired area from Washington Township. On May 28, 1974, it acquired area from Ho-Ho-Kus. The name of the village derives from the characteristics of its terrain.

Historic sites

Ridgewood is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Ackerman House (222 Doremus Avenue) - 222 Doremus Avenue (added 1983) was constructed by Johannes and Jemima Ackerman c. 1787 on their 72-acre (29 ha) property and remained in the Ackerman family until the 1920s.
  • Ackerman House (252 Lincoln Avenue) - 252 Lincoln Avenue (added 1983) is a stone house constructed c. 1810 and named for either David or John Ackerman.
  • David Ackerman House - 415 East Saddle River Road (added 1983).
  • Ackerman-Van Emburgh House - 789 East Glen Avenue (added 1983) was built c. 1785 by John Ackerman and purchased by the Van Embergh family in 1816.
  • Archibald-Vroom House - 160 East Ridgewood Avenue (added 1984).
  • Beech Street School - 49 Cottage Place (added 1998).
  • Paramus Reformed Church Historic District - Bounded by Franklin Turnpike, Route 17, Saddle River, south side of cemetery and Glen Avenue (added 1975). The Old Paramus Reformed Church was established in 1725, though the current building dates to 1800. During the Revolutionary War, the church was used for several years by the Continental Army, and in 1778 it was the site of the court martial of General Charles Lee.
  • Rathbone-Zabriskie House - 570 North Maple Avenue (added 1983).
  • Ridgewood Station - Garber Square (added 1984).
  • Van Dien House - 627 Grove Street (added 1983).
  • Vanderbeck House - 249 Prospect Street (added 1983).
  • Westervelt-Cameron House - 26 East Glen Avenue (added 1983), constructed c. 1767 by John R. Westervelt.
  • Historic Graydon Pool -Located at the corner of North Maple Ave & Linwood Ave.

Graydon began as a plot of land called Linwood Park and generously donated to the Village by resident Samuel Graydon in 1912. Before the pond that is there now, it was only the river, which is what children swam in. Every summer, Mr. Graydon would dam up the river and it would flood and create a deeper place to swim. People would picnic by the water and hold events there. Graydon remains one of the jewels of Ridgewood, treasured by residents young and old.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 5.818 square miles (15.069 km2), including 5.752 square miles (14.898 km2) of land and 0.066 square miles (0.172 km2) of water (1.14%).

Ridgewood is adjacent to eight municipalities, seven in Bergen CountyFair Lawn, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Paramus, Waldwick and Washington Township − and Hawthorne in Passaic County.

Ridgewood has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and the hardiness zone is 7a bordering on 6b.

Climate data for Ridgewood, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38
Average low °F (°C) 19
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.58


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,047
1900 2,685 156.4%
1910 5,416 101.7%
1920 7,580 40.0%
1930 12,188 60.8%
1940 14,948 22.6%
1950 17,481 16.9%
1960 25,391 45.2%
1970 27,547 8.5%
1980 25,208 −8.5%
1990 24,152 −4.2%
2000 24,936 3.2%
2010 24,958 0.1%
2015 (est.) 25,621 2.7%
Population sources:
1890-1920 1890-1910
1890-1930 1900-2010
2000 2010

Ridgewood was ranked 15th on Money Magazine's 2013 listing of the 25 top-earning towns in the United States.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 24,958 people, 8,456 households, and 6,756 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,339.0 per square mile (1,675.3/km2). There were 8,743 housing units at an average density of 1,520.0 per square mile (586.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the village was 82.21% (20,518) White, 1.59% (398) Black or African American, 0.06% (16) Native American, 12.99% (3,242) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.06% (265) from other races, and 2.06% (515) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.27% (1,316) of the population.

There were 8,456 households out of which 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the village, the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $143,229 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,530) and the median family income was $172,825 (+/- $9,197). Males had a median income of $111,510 (+/- $12,513) versus $77,651 (+/- $9,008) for females. The per capita income for the village was $67,560 (+/- $3,740). About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 38 households in 2010, an increase from the 22 counted in 2000.

Parks and recreation

Park facilities in Ridgewood include:

  • Graydon Park, located between Linwood and North Maple Avenues, includes a pool, baseball field, soccer field, and roller rink.
  • Veterans Field, located next to the library and police station, includes four baseball and softball fields, as well as a bandshell offering free concerts. The Ridgewood High School baseball team plays its home games here.
  • Citizens Park, located across the street from George Washington Middle School, includes two baseball fields and a soccer field. The hill is often used in the winter for sleigh riding.


Roads and highways

Entering Ridgewood, New Jersey along Ackerman Avenue
Entering Ridgewood along County Route 79

As of May 2010, the village had a total of 94.70 miles (152.40 km) of roadways, of which 79.79 miles (128.41 km) were maintained by the municipality, 13.77 miles (22.16 km) by Bergen County, and 1.14 miles (1.83 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Major roads that pass through Ridgewood include New Jersey Route 17, Franklin Turnpike, and County Route 507 (Maple Avenue).

Public transportation

The Ridgewood train station is served by the NJ Transit Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line. The station features three platforms. The first is for all trains headed south toward Hoboken Terminal. The second is for Bergen County Line trains headed in the same direction, and the third is for Main Line trains headed toward Suffern and Port Jervis. NJ Transit trains on both the Bergen County and the Main Lines go to Hoboken, stopping at Secaucus Junction, for transfers to trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and other destinations served by the station. Parking is limited near the Ridgewood train station. Taxicabs are available at the train station; the taxi building is on the northbound platform.

NJ Transit buses in Ridgewood include the 148, 163 and 164 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, and local service offered on the 722 (to Paramus Park and Paterson), 746 (to Paterson, as Ridgewood is its terminus) and 752 (to Hackensack) routes. Except for the 148 route, all the others stop at NJ Transit's Ridgewood Bus Terminal on Van Neste Square.

Short Line offers service along Route 17 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, as well as to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and down the East Side on Manhattan to 23rd Street.

Points of interest

The Ridgewood Post Office was the site of a postal killing in 1991, where a former postal worker, Joseph M. Harris, killed his former supervisor, Carol Ott, with a katana and shot her fiancé, Cornelius Kasten Jr., at their home. The following morning, on October 10, 1991, Harris shot and killed two mail handlers at the Ridgewood Post Office.

Warner Theater is a Bow Tie Cinema located on East Ridgewood Avenue.

  • Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.
  • Clayton, W. Woodford; and Nelson, William. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men., Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882.
  • Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (ed.), Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900.
  • Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900.
  • Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1923.
  • Ridgewood Public Schools's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
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