River Edge, New Jersey is a picturesque town in Bergen County. It is near Hackensack and is located 7 miles from the George Washington Bridge and about 8 miles from Upper Manhattan, making it a suburb of New York City. It covers an area of 1.88 square miles and has an elevation of 49 feet.
The town was incorporated from Midland Township on 30 June 1894 under the Riverside Act of New Jersey Legislature as a municipal district based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. In the 2010 census, the population of the districts was 11,340, an increase of 39.4% compared to the 10,946 counted in the 2000 census, which in turn increased by 34.3% and 10,603 compared to the 1990 census.
In 2020, the city will be the 89th largest city in New Jersey with 11,339 residents and the 2846th largest in the United States. The ethnic composition of the city is 73.42 percent white, 15.2 percent African-American, 1.2.5 percent Native American, 22.19 percent Asian, 0.8 percent Pacific Islander and 1.25 percent of unidentified race.
River Edge is one of America’s best-educated communities. An impressive 63.24% of River Edge adults have a college degree or higher, compared to the national average of 21.84% for all communities.
The city has many historical points of interest. The New Bridge Landing is the site of “The Bridge That Saved a Nation,” which was crossed by the Continental Army and General George Washington as they retreated from the British attack on New York City on November 20, 1776. Steuben House is also located in River Edge and was used by George Washington as his headquarters for 16 days in September of 1780. Demarest House is also a historic house located in River Edge and is known for its stove chimney which was a technological advance at the time in 1794.