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Borough of Closter

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Bergen County
      County FIPS: 
    40°58′22″N 73°57′37″W
      Area total: 
    3.30 sq mi (8.55 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.16 sq mi (8.18 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.14 sq mi (0.37 km²)
    39 ft (12 m)
    Incorporated January 1, 1904
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,719.6 residents per square mile of area (1,050.0/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Closter is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,373, reflecting a decline of 10 (0.1%) from the 8,383 counted in the 2000 Census. In the Dutch language, Klooster or "clooster" means "a quiet place, a monastery or cloister" Closter was formed as an incorporated municipality by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 1, 1904, from portions of Harrington Township. Closter's central location earned it the nickname "Hub of the Northern Valley". Closter has a humid subtropical climate similar to the rest of the Middle Atlantic region of the United States and is located in the New York City metropolitan area. The name Closter is of Dutch origin and first appears in a November 18, 1721 deed between the surviving Tappan Patentees and Peter Haring (who owned land in Harrington Park/Norwood east of TAppan Road and between Harrington and Blanche Avenues) The name was originally pronounced with an "ow" sound, phonetically, "Klowster" The arrival of Northern Branch in 1859, followed by additional train service from what became the West Shore Railroad, brought residents to the community who could commute to Manhattan via the ferry across the Hudson River at the railroad's Weehawken depot. In 1795, with the emerging new American culture, the second "o" in Clooster was dropped, and the American English "long o" sound was adopted which led to today's pronunciation of Closter.


The Lenni Lenape Native Americans tilled the soil, hunted in the woods, and fished in the rivers and streams before the Dutch arrived in the early 18th Century. The first land grant deed for the area today known as Closter was not written until April 13, 1671. In the Dutch language, Klooster or "clooster" means "a quiet place, a monastery or cloister" The name was originally pronounced with an "ow" sound, phonetically, "Klowster." Closter's central location earned it the nickname "Hub of the Northern Valley" Closter formed as an incorporated municipality by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 1, 1904, from portions of Harrington Township. On March 29, 1904, Harrington Park was created from portions. of Closter, Harrington Township and Washington Township. Closter changed from being sprawling estates and farms into an upper middle class suburban town. The name Closter is of Dutch origin and first appears in a November 18, 1721 deed between the surviving Tappan Patentees and Peter Haring (who owned land in Harrington Park/Norwood east of TAppan Road and between Harrington and Blanche Avenues) The name "Closter" was dropped in 1795, and the American English "long o" sound was adopted which led to today's pronunciation ofcloster. The word "closter" is now used to refer to an area of New Jersey in the northern part of the state.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 3.30 square miles (8.55 km²) Closter borders the Bergen County municipalities of Alpine, Demarest, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth and Norwood. Closter has a humid subtropical climate similar to the rest of the Middle Atlantic region of the United States. The borough has a population of 2,827. The population of Closter in 2010 was 2,715. The Borough has a total land area of 3.16 square miles (8.18 km²) and 0.14 square miles of water (4.30%). The borough is located in the New Jersey Bay Area and is part of the New York-Newark Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the only borough in New Jersey with a population in excess of 1,000. It has a land mass of 3,800 square miles and a water area of 0.37 square miles (0.14 sq mi) The borough's population is 1,826. It borders the municipalities of Bergen, Demorest, Emerson and Harrington Park. The town's population in 2010 stood at 2,622. It also borders the towns of Alpine and Demarest. It was the first borough to be incorporated in the state of New Jersey in 1872. The city's population was 1,722 in 1871. It had a population growth rate of 1.7% in the 18th century.


The 2010 United States census counted 8,373 people, 2,747 households, and 2,327 families in the borough. As of the 2000 Census, 12.75% of Closter's residents identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry, which was the seventh highest in the United States and fifth highest of any municipality in New Jersey. The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $117,147 (with a margin of error of +/ $14,096) and the median family income was$128,656 (+/ $13,704) Same-sex couples headed 15 households in 2010, an increase from the 10 counted in 2000. The per capita income for the borough was $50,501 (+ / $4,636). About 3.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1. 2% of those under age 18 and3.4% ofThose age 65 or over. The median age was 43.2 years. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.4 males. The racial makeup of the Borough was 75.32% White, 21.56% Asian, 0.93% African American, 0.10% Native American,0.81% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.98% (501) of thePopulation.


Closter is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 564) statewide. The governing body is comprised of a Mayor and a Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. As of 2022, the Mayor of Closter Borough is Republican John C. Glidden Jr., whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. The Closter Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Corps was formed in 1936, and serves three jurisdictions: Closter, the neighboring borough of Alpine, and the section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway within Alpine's borders. Closter also has its own police department, led by Chief John McTeuige, the department includes a captain, three lieutenants, five sergeants, and ten patrol officers. For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term end 2025). For the 2022-2023 session, the 39th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature isrepresented in the State Senate by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and in the General Assembly by Robert Auth (R, Old Tappan) and DeAnne DeFuccio (R), Upper Saddle River.


The Closter Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018-2019 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 1,203 students and 94.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 12.7:1. Students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest in Demarest, together with students from Demarest and Haworth. 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. Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by theBergen County Technical Schools. The Bergen Tech campus is in Teterboro or Paramus. The high school is part of the Northern Valley regional High School District, which also serves students from Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan. During the 1994-1996 school years, Northern Valley National High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Hillside Elementary School has also been awarded the blue ribbon award. The school is located in the borough of Closter, New Jersey, and is located on the New Jersey Turnpike in the town of Demarest. Closter High School opened in 1955, whereupon the Closter school was closed.

Houses of worship

The Church of Saint Mary is a faith community in the Roman Catholic tradition. Temple Emanu-El is a Conservative synagogue that offers weekly services in addition to a Hebrew school for children beginning at age 3. The Church of St. Mary features 33 notable stained glass windows, sketched by Sister M. Conegunda of the Felician Sisters and crafted by the Cloister Art Studios. The parish conducts religious education for youth and adult enrichment programs. The church is located on the site of the former St. Peter's Church in New York City, which was built in the 17th century. The current church was built on a site that was once the home of the St. Paul's Cathedral, which dates back to the 16th century, and was later converted into a Catholic church in the 19th Century. It is located in the heart of New York's Upper East Side, on the banks of the East River, and has a population of about 2,000 people. It was originally built as a Roman Catholic church, but has since become a center for religious education and cultural activities. It also has a synagogue, which is open to the public. The synagogue is located at the base of a hill, near the center of the town. It has a large cemetery, which has been used as a place of worship for many years by the Jewish community, and is home to a number of historic buildings. The temple is also home to an observatory, which offers a variety of religious services.


As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 43.34 miles (69.75 km) of roadways, of which 33.48 miles (53.88 km) were maintained by the municipality and 9.86 miles (15.87 km) by Bergen County. County Route 501, County Route 502 and County Route 505 travel through Closter. Coach USA's Red and Tan Lines provides service from Closter to the Port Authority Bus Terminal via the 20 and 14E bus routes. Saddle River Tours / Ameribus offers service on the 20 / 84 route to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. Closter can also be reached via the Palisades Interstate Parkway and U.S. Route 9W, which pass through adjacent municipalities. NJ Transit 167 and 177 bus routes provide service along Schraalenburgh Road to thePort Authority Bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan. The borough is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to New York City. It is also on the Long Island Rail Road, which connects New York to Long Island via Long Island City and the Queens borough of Queens. The New York and Long Island Railroad runs from Long Island to New Jersey via New Jersey and the East River to the New York/New Jersey border. The Staten Island Railroad provides service along the East and West Rte 1 rail lines to the Staten Island and Brooklyn boroughs, as well as the East Side and the West Side of New York.

Shopping and entertainment

Closter has an outdoor mall called Closter Plaza that includes stores, restaurants and a movie theater. First constructed in the 1960s, a long-term construction project began in July 2015 that added a Whole Foods, Target, HomeGoods, and other new businesses to the 208,000-square-foot (19,300 m2) mall. In August 2012, the mall was used for filming scenes for the film The Wolf of Wall Street. The renovation project was completed in late 2016. The Closter Golf Center includes a two-story driving range and a mini golf course. The mall also has a bowling alley, a bowling center, a pool, a spa and a fitness center. It is located in the town of Closter, New Hampshire, about 60 miles north of New Hampshire's capital, Doylestown. It was built in the 1950s and 1960s as a shopping destination for the town's middle and upper class. It has a population of about 2,000 people and is home to the Closter Mall, a shopping mall that opened in 1961. The Mall is located on the former site of the former Closter High School, which is now a private school and a community center. The shopping mall was built on the site of a former elementary school, which closed in the 1970s. It also includes a golf course, a driving range, a mini-golf course and a theater. It opened in the 1980s and was used in the filming of the film "The Wolf ofWall Street" in 2012.

Parks and recreation

Mollicone Park is a baseball field located at the intersection of Knickerbocker Road and Eckerson Avenue. The park was honored after Closter-native Vietnam War veteran, Donald Mollicone. Ruckman Park has athletic fields, walking/jogging path, and a playground. Amendola Park features a playground and a bandshell. High Street Park is located on High Street and Piermont Road. It has a playground, a fitness area, and athletic fields. It also has a memorial of all US Veterans as well as those who died on September 11, 2001. It is also known as Veterans Memorial Field, and features a memorial for the 9/11 victims. The town of Closter is home to the U.S. Army National Guard and the New Jersey National Guard. The city also has the National Park Service, which is based in New Jersey. It was founded in 1864. The state of New Jersey has a population of 1.2 million. The population of the town was 1.3 million in the 1950s, and 1.4 million in 1959. The number of residents in the town is 1.5 million. It's the largest city in the state, and the town's population has grown by more than 50% in the last decade. The community has a history of racial and ethnic diversity. The majority of residents live in the Closter area, which has a high percentage of African-American and Latino residents. The county has a low percentage of white residents, which means that the town has a higher percentage of Hispanic residents.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey = 15.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Closter = 3.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 8,594 individuals with a median age of 41 age the population grows by 4.15% in Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,719.6 residents per square mile of area (1,050.0/km²). There are average 2.96 people per household in the 2,922 households with an average household income of $108,455 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.90% of the available work force and has dropped -4.60% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.90%. The number of physicians in Closter per 100,000 population = 440.7.


The annual rainfall in Closter = 42.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 36 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 113. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 204. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 23.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 83.32%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 50 years with median home cost = $581,920 and home appreciation of -15.37%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.97 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,908 per student. There are 14.7 students for each teacher in the school, 623 students for each Librarian and 592 students for each Counselor. 4.70% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 30.25% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 19.52% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Closter's population in Bergen County, New Jersey of 1,057 residents in 1900 has increased 8,13-fold to 8,594 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.43% female residents and 49.57% male residents live in Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 29.88% are single population.

  • 37.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Closter require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    75.98% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.38% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 7.41% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.33% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey, 83.32% are owner-occupied homes, another 13.02% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.66% are vacant.

  • The 71.52% of the population in Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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