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The Borough of Closter, New Jersey is located in scenic Bergen County, which is just to the Northwest of New York City. Closter is a small but beautiful community and is located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Closter is located just under eighteen miles from New York City and just seven miles from Yonkers, NY. Homes in Closter are predominantly single family, but there are some more dense, multi-family units scattered throughout the community.

Closter is also rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. The community prides itself on the outstanding support of the dedicated Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps and with the highly trained Police Department. Although public transportation supports the many residents who commute to and from New York City, Rockland County and other parts of the Bergen County area, residents continue to enjoy this "side" of the river with a combination of nature centers, brooks, wild life refuge and a recreational pond for fishing and ice skating. Today Closter's population is approximately 8,200 people and growing. Closter is set on 3.3 square miles of which 230 acres is open space and woodlands.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Closter evolved into a suburb of New York City, which is how Closter exists today. Closter considers itself “The Hub of the Northern Valley” due to many shopping centers, recreational facilities, parks, places of worship, as well as medical and legal resources. There are 230 acres of open space and protected woodlands within Closter.

Students attend Closter Public Schools for kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools within the district are Hillside Elementary School and Tenakill Middle School, and High school students attend Northern Valley Regional High School located in neighboring Demarest. Northern Valley Regional High School hosts students from Closter, Demarest and Haworth.

Indians of the Lenape Tribe occupied the land now called Closter.   They were displaced by the Europeans, predominately the Dutch.   For 200 years Dutch was the common language.   English was not taught until 1770.   Most of the Colonial architecture in the Hudson River Valley was Dutch in origin and over 20 of these original homes still remain and are still used by Closter residents.   No other town in Bergen County boasts so great a concentration of houses built in or prior to 1740.   In 1904, Borough of Closter was incorporated and present town boundaries were established encompassing 3.31 square miles with 150 acres of reservoirs and streams.

 

Parks & Recreation:              Boy Scouts:     201.784.8953              

                                                Girl Scouts:     201.767.3586

                                                Closter Swim Club:   201.768.1266

Athletic Programs:                 Tennis, Ice Skating Facilities, Nature Center with Nature Program

                                                Arts & Crafts: 201.750.2778

                                                25 aces of Conservation Area

                                                4 local parks

                                                5 public playgrounds

                                                4 athletic fields

                                                1 private swimming pool

                                                Movie Theater:   201.768.8800

General Information:

Town Name:

Closter

City Hall:

Closter Borough Hall

Address:

295 Closter Dock Road, Closter NJ 07624

Phone Number:

201-784-0600

Land Area:

3.2 square miles

Distance to NYC:

14 miles

Town Website:

http://www.closterboro.com/

Library Website:

http://www.bccls.org

Water Service:

Hackensack Water Company

Gas & Electric:

P.S.E.&G/Rockland Electric

 

Demographics:

Population:

8,651

Population Density / Mile:

2,729

Median Age:

40.65

Number of Households:

2,827

Average Household Size:

3

Households with Children:

1,302

Median Household Income:

$109,541

Median Years in Residence:

6

Annual Residential Turnover:

9

Median Dwelling Age:

43


Public Schools

 

Board of Education               340 Homans Avenue       201.768.3001

Superintendent:                      Jeffrey Feifer                   201.768.3001


Hillside School                        340 Homans Avenue       201.768.3860

Tenakill Middle School          275 High Street                201.768.1332

 

Board of Education               340 Homans Avenue       201.768.3001

Superintendent:                      Jeffrey Feifer                   201.768.3001


Hillside School                        340 Homans Avenue       201.768.3860

Tenakill Middle School          275 High Street                201.768.1332