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Borough of Bogota

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Bergen County
      County FIPS: 
    40°52′27″N 74°01′47″W
      Area total: 
    0.80 sq mi (2.06 km²)
      Area land: 
    0.76 sq mi (1.95 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.04 sq mi (0.11 km²)
    43 ft (13 m)
    Incorporated November 14, 1894
  •   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: 

    Bogota, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    11,626.5 residents per square mile of area (4,489.0/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Bogota was formed on November 14, 1894, from portions of Ridgefield Township. The borough's name is pronounced buh-GOH-t, unlike Bogotá, capital city of Colombia, which is accented on the final syllable. As of the 2010 United States census, the borough's population was 8,187, reflecting a decline of 62 (0.8%) from the 8,249 counted in the 2000 Census. Portions of Bogota were taken in 1895 to form part of the newly created Township of Teaneck. Bogota is bisected by the CSX River Line, which divides the borough into an eastern and western portion. The eastern half is highly industrial, with more busy roads. The western half is mainly suburban, with the exception of storefronts on West Main Street, River Road, and a development on West Fort Lee Road. In 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars, the median household income was $77,375 (with a margin of error of +/ $12,132) The median family income of the borough was $96,563 (+/ $11,000) The borough had a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.06 km²) of land and 0.04 square miles of water (5.25%). The borough borders Hackensack to the west, Ridgefield Park to the south and Teaneack on the north and east. The population density was 10,702.5 per square mile (4,132.3/km²).


Bogota is located on the east shore of the Hackensack River. It is bisected by the CSX River Line, which divides the borough into an eastern and western portion. The eastern half is highly industrial, with more busy roads. The western half is mainly suburban, with the exception of storefronts on West Main Street, River Road, and a development on West Fort Lee Road. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.06 km²), including 0.76 sq miles (1.95 km²) of land and 0.04 sq km² of water (5.25%). The borough bordersHackensack to the west, Ridgefield Park to the south and Teaneck on the north and east. The borough has a population of 2,816. It has a total land area of 1.95 square miles and a water area of 5.11 square miles. The city's population is 2,715. It was founded in 1836. It had a population in 1838. It became a borough in 1841. It lost its status as a city in 1852. The name Bogota was first used in the 19th century by a German-born resident of the area. The current mayor of Bogota has been a member of the New Jersey City Council since the 1970s. He was elected to a second term in 2008, and was re-elected to a third term in 2012.


As of the 2000 United States census there were 8,249 people, 2,874 households, and 2,126 families residing in the borough. The racial makeup of the borough was 75.72% White, 5.73% African American, 0.15% Native American, 7.75% Asian, 6.76% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.71% (3,169) of the population. The median household income was $77,375 (with a margin of error of +/ $13,132) and the median family incomes was $96,563 (+/ $12,361) in 2010. About 8.2% of families and 7.9% of the residents were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those age 65 or over. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.43. The borough has a population of 8,187 people, with 2,888 housing units at an average density of 3,775.4 per square mile (1,457.7/km²). The 2010 U.S. census counted 8,185 people, 3,816 households, with 1,838 families in the Borough. The 2010 United States Census showed that the median income for a household was $69,841 (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) and for a family it was $76,844 (in2010 inflation- adjusted dollars).


Bogota is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council. The borough form of government used by Bogota is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body, with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. In July 2006, then-Mayor Lonegan created a controversy when he engineered a borough council resolution requesting the removal of a Spanish-language billboard in the borough that was advertising McDonald's iced coffee. The story received national publicity, occurring concurrently with a national debate on illegal immigration. The 2003 mayoral election won by Lonegan was the subject of the documentary Anytown, USA. Bogota's 5th Congressional District is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D), and Bob Menendez (H) is in New Jersey's 37th Legislative District. For the 37th legislative session of the New Jersey Legislative session, Bogota will be represented by Cory Booker (Newark) and Daniele Fede (R, Wyckoff). For the 117th U.S. Congressional District, BogOTA's Fifth Congressional District was represented by Bob Menard (D).


As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 17.67 miles (28.44 km) of roadways. Interstate 80 passes through the southern tip of the borough, continuing from Ridgefield Park in the west onto its terminus in Teaneck to the east. Several NJ Transit bus lines travel through Bogota between Hackensack, Jersey City, Paramus and New York City. The PassaicBergenHudson Transit Project is a NJ Transit proposal to restore passenger service along the rail corridor with potential stations at West Fort Lee Road and Central Avenue. The New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and other portions of the area's transportation network are accessible from the borough. There are several bridges, including the Court Street Bridge and the Midtown Bridge that span theHackensack River to Hackensacks. The George Washington Bridge is a bridge that connects the borough to the city of New York, where it is located on the East River. The Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan is available to and from Bogota on the 155 and 168 routes. The 182 route is also available to Bogota. The borough is served on the 83 (to Jersey City), 751 and 755 routes, as well as other New Jersey communities served on other NJ Transit routes such as the 83, 751, 755, and 756 routes. There is no passenger rail service in Bogota, but freight lines run along the riverbank on the west side of town.

Popular culture

The 2005 documentary film Anytown, USA focused on the 2003 mayoral race between Republican Steve Lonegan, Democrat Fred Pesce and independent Dave Musikant. The film was screened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival on April 9, 2005, where it won the award for Best Documentary. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 11, 2011. It is available on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time in the U.S. on September 14, 2011, and on DVD on October 1, 2011 for the rest of the world.


Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958. New Jersey Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900. Van Valen, James M. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942, History of Bergen County, New. Jersey, 1630-1923, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1923. W. Woodford and Nelson, Nelson. History of. Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many. of its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882. Westervelt, Frances A. (frances Augusta) (Fr Frances Augusta),1858-1941, History. of Ber gen County, NJ, 16 301923. Westersvelt,Frances A., 1858.1942, History of the County, N.J., 1630-1823. Vast majority of the population was of German descent. The majority of residents were of English ancestry. The vast majority of people of English descent were of Dutch descent. Only a small minority of the people of German ancestry were of Italian descent. There were no English-speaking residents in Bergen, Passaic, or Hudson Counties. The population of the county was of Italian ancestry. It was the largest county in the state.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Bogota, 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 Bogota = 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 8,778 individuals with a median age of 39 age the population dropped by -3.72% in Bogota, Bergen County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 11,626.5 residents per square mile of area (4,489.0/km²). There are average 2.91 people per household in the 2,714 households with an average household income of $73,025 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 Bogota per 100,000 population = 440.7.


The annual rainfall in Bogota = 47.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 24.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 123. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 206. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 46, 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 Bogota, Bergen County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 65.27%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 17.8 years with median home cost = $307,790 and home appreciation of -10.13%. 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 $8,202 per student. There are 14 students for each teacher in the school, 1183 students for each Librarian and 592 students for each Counselor. 5.94% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 19.16% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 9.31% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Bogota's population in Bergen County, New Jersey of 7,341 residents in 1930 has increased 1,2-fold to 8,778 residents after 90 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.83% female residents and 48.17% male residents live in Bogota, Bergen County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Bogota, Bergen County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 45.11% are single population.

  • 32.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Bogota 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.

    68.49% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.53% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 16.04% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.65% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Bogota, Bergen County, New Jersey, 65.27% are owner-occupied homes, another 32.89% are rented apartments, and the remaining 1.84% are vacant.

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

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