A Look into the Past of Ridgefield, NJ

The workers' comp lawyers in Ridgefield, NJ at Garden State Justice Group have shared the following historical facts and highlights of the community.


The borough of Ridgefield is located in the southern section of Bergen County in the state of New Jersey. The 1,836.8-acre borough has 211.2 acres of water, such as the Hackensack River, Overpeck Creek, Mill Creek, and Bellmans Creek. The neighboring communities include Grantwood, Palisades Park, Cliffside Park, and Fairview. Within the borough are the unincorporated communities Undercliff Junction, Morsemere, and Ridgefield. 


The area was the home of the Lenape Native American tribe and the Hackensack tribe. They lived in settlements along the river and Overpeck Creek. The first Europeans to begin to settle in the area were the Dutch. Myndert Myndertsen received a landownership as part of the New Netherland colony that included most of the land in the Hackensack and Passaic valleys. However, battles ensued with the Natives, and they ended up vacating the area. 

In 1655, the sachem of the Hackensack, Oratam, granted land to Sara Keirsted. Keirsted was fluent in the native language and aided in the negotiations between them and the settlers. The next landowner was Samuel Edsall that purchased the area known then as the English Neighborhood in 1668. 


The borough is home to several parks that offer many great amenities to its residents. Some of these include: 

  • Veterans Memorial Park 
  • Willis Park 
  • Five Fireman's Field 

Broad Avenue offers many options for retail shopping. Stores that can be found along it include: 

  • Circle Cycle
  • Ridgefield Hobby
  • Materas Garden & Nursery Center
  • Panda Kitchen And Bath of NJ
  • I.M.Total Construction
  • MSR Custom Shirt Makers


The borough's population was 11,032 in 2010, according to the census. This included 3,905 households and 2,995 families. This was an increase of 1.9% from 2000 following an increase of 8.3% from 1990 to 2000. The borough racial makeup was the following:

  • 62.31% white 
  • 1.20% African American
  • 21.41% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.18% Native American
  • 29.06% Asian
  • 0.02% Pacific Islander
  • 4.66% other races
  • 2.57% two or more races

Out of the neighborhood's population, 46.81% were born outside of the United States. In addition to Spanish and English, Korean is also spoken by the residents. Some common ancestries found in the community include: 

  • Italian
  • Irish
  • German
  • Lebanese
  • Greek

The income median per household was $59,784 in 2010. This was a slight increase from $54,081 in 2000. The occupational breakdown of the residents was the following: 

  • 12.28% office and administrative support positions
  • 9.72% service and sales roles
  • 9.67% executive and management positions

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