Fort Lee, New Jersey

Fort Lee: Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States of America


Fort Lee is a city located in the county of Bergen in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Its population at the 2010 census was 35,345 and a population density of 12,239 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 38,356 inhabitants.

The city was created 119 years ago in 1904.

Fort Lee is a borough at the eastern border of Bergen County, New Jersey, in the United States, situated along the Hudson River atop the Palisades.

The borough's history dates back to 1609 when several settlers, who were fleeing from their home in Manhattan due to conflicts with the Dutch and Native Americans, established an outpost. Fort Lee was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 29, 1904, from portions of Ridgefield Township and Washington Township. The borough was named for George Washington who had headquarters here during the American Revolutionary War.

In 2016, Fort Lee was rated #6 in New Jersey and #22 nationally on "Newsmax" magazine's list of "Top 25 places to live in America", which cited its excellent schools, safe streets and proximity to New York City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Fort Lee has a total area of , all of it land. The borough's high elevation above sea level (88 meters) makes it susceptible to middle-of-the-night fog throughout much of autumn and wintertime. The lowest temperature recorded within city limits was −14 °F (−26 °C) on February 9, 1934; on January 20, 1982; and February 16.

The borough has been described as "New York City's sixth borough" because it hosts many businesses that are located in Manhattan but have relocated across the river to Fort Lee; this includes entertainment companies such as ABC Studios and HBO.

In 2018, Fort Lee was ranked as the 15th best place to live in New Jersey based on its high quality of life and low cost of living.

Fort Lee locator map
Location of Fort Lee on New Jersey map.

Quick Facts about Fort Lee

Population : 38,356 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : New Jersey (United States)
County : Bergen County
Postal code : 07024
Area : 2.89 km2
Altitude : 295 feet / 90, 289 meters
Establishment : March 03, 1904 (119 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 14:23:24 (2nd March 2024)
Density : 13,281 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 7.85% (2010-2020)
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FortLeeGWB image


Fort Lee is located at 40°51'3"N 73°58'13"W (40.8509300, -73.9701400). It has 7 neighbors: Edgewater, Manhattan, Cliffside Park, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Leonia and Palisades Park.

Fort Lee map

Fort Lee has 7 neighbours.

  • Edgewater borough located along the Hudson River in Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, United States
  • Cliffside Park borough in New Jersey
  • Englewood city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
  • Englewood Cliffs borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
  • Leonia borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
  • Palisades Park A borough which locates in Bergen County, New Jersey


The population of Fort Lee increased by 7.85% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
1900 2,612 - census
1910 4,472 41.59% census
2010 35,345 87.35% census
2011 35,727 1.07% estimation process
2012 35,870 0.4% estimation process
2013 36,202 0.92% estimation process
2014 36,242 0.11% estimation process
2015 36,292 0.14% estimation process
2016 37,186 2.4% estimation process
2017 37,316 0.35% estimation process
2018 37,796 1.27% estimation process
2019 38,605 2.1% estimation process
2020 38,356 -0.65% estimation process

Fort Lee zip code is 07024. County name: Bergen, County fips: 34003

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People born in Fort Lee (17)

People born in Fort Lee, including actress Kerri Green, U.S. Army officer, U.S. Army general, college football player, college football coach James Van Fleet, magazine editor Harold H. Carstens, .


  • Jeffrey Pollack (American businessman) he was born in 01/01/1965
  • Ted Manakas (American basketball player) he was born in 22/02/1951
  • A. J. Bakunas (American actor (1950-1978)) he was born in 23/10/1950
  • Derek Pike (American filmmaker) he was born in 17/03/1988
  • Eddie Mannix (American film executive) he was born in 25/02/1891
  • Leonore Lemmon (American socialite (1923-1989)) she was born in 11/05/1923
  • Willie Garoni (American baseball player) he was born in 28/07/1877
  • Jonathan Cheban (Self proclaimed "Food God") he was born in 21/02/1974
  • Frank Redman he was born in 01/01/1906
  • Mark Sokolich (American attorney and politician) he was born in 01/01/1963
  • Charles Hunt (American film editor, director and production manager (1881–1976)) he was born in 08/04/1881
  • Jim Hunt (American ice hockey coach)
  • Henri Fouchaux (American architect) he was born in 01/01/1856
  • Clare Romano she was born in 01/01/1922

Schools in Fort Lee

College & universities near Fort Lee, NJ

Code Name City ZIP
184968 Holy Name Medical Center-Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing Englewood Cliffs (NJ) 07632

Stations (16)

Amtrak & bus stations near Fort Lee, NJ

Code Name Address Type
YNY Yonkers station 5 Buena Vista Ave. RAIL
NYP Pennsylvania Station 8th Ave 31st Street / 8th Ave 33rd Street RAIL
NRO New Rochelle station 1 Railroad Plaza RAIL
NWK Pennsylvania Station 1 Raymond Plaza West RAIL
EWR Newark Liberty International Airport Newark Liberty International Airport RAIL

Post offices near Fort Lee

Post Office Name City ZIP
Fort L Post Office Fort Lee (NJ) 07024

Other cities in Bergen County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Bergen County , NJ. (more)

City Name Population Title
Hackensack 43,981 The county seat of Bergen County, New Jersey.
Teaneck 40,446 Township in New Jersey
Fair Lawn 32,877 Borough in New Jersey
Garfield 31,641 City in Bergen County, New Jersey
City of Garfield 30,487 City in Bergen County, New Jersey
Englewood 28,278 City in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
Bergenfield 27,371 Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey
Mahwah 26,078 Township of New Jersey
Paramus 26,063 Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey
Cliffside Park 26,001 Borough in New Jersey
Ridgewood 24,915 Village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
Lodi 24,206 Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey
Lyndhurst 22,781 Township of New Jersey
Palisades Park 20,942 A borough which locates in Bergen County, New Jersey
Elmwood Park 19,863 Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey
Rutherford 18,209 Borough in New Jersey, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Fort Lee distances to largest New Jersey cities