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Population (Census 2010): 10,723 over 2.1 square miles
Median Age: 42.4
Median Income: $73,275
% of Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 43.9%
% Households with Children Under 18: 27.3%
Suffern is a village located in the town of Ramapo in Rockland County, along the New Jersey border. It is an attractive suburb for its convenient location to North Jersey and New York City, good schools, and housing prices relatively lower than that of Northern Jersey, and of Westchester County across the river.
Suffern has a walkable downtown. Many of the residents enjoy shopping and dining along Lafayette Ave, and the fact that the train station is also walkable. The Lafayette Theater, an iconic theater built over 80 years ago, is a downtown staple that shows first run movies along with some special features.
There are lots of outdoor options around Suffern. The Bear Mountain State Park and Harriman State Park offer fishing, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and an outdoor ice-skating rink. Other parks nearby include the Ramapo River Reserve and the Ramapo Mountain.
Along Lafayette Street in Suffern
Suffern offers a variety of housing options, ranging from single and multifamily homes, condos, co-ops, and rentals. There are several larger condo and townhouse communities in Suffern. Most of the homes were built between 1960 - 1980.
In 2014, there were 45 single family homes sold in Suffern (Data from HGMLS) with a median sales price of $345,000. There were also 51 condos sold at a median sales price of $240,000.
Some of the facts regarding Suffern real estate (All data from the US Census):
There is a large variety of homes to choose from in Suffern. There are homes in the Village of Suffern that are walkable to the shops and train station. Outside the immediate village area, homes are on larger lots.
There is also plenty of condos and townhouses for sale in Suffern. Some of the condos are in downtown Suffern, while other ones condos and townhouses are a short drive away. Some of the popular communities include (The prices below are based on 2015 sales prices):
Suffern is located right on the border of Northern New Jersey, just to the North of Mahwah NJ. It is around 32 miles North of New York City, and takes approximately 50 minutes drive time without traffic.
There are several public transportation options. There are buses that you can take to go to Port Authority. There are also trains that you can take to Hoboken or Secaucus, where then you can take the subway or the ferry over to Manhattan.
Visit our NYC Commute Guide for more details.
Students in Suffern belong to the highly regarded Ramapo Central School District. Click here for more information about the Ramapo Central School District, and more information about all Rockland County school districts.
The Rockland Community College has a campus in Suffern.
Since Suffern is just across the New Jersey border, many residents will drive to Jersey for cheaper gas and sales tax free clothing. But there are plenty of options within Suffern. There is a large variety of different cuisines offered in Suffern, many of the restaurants are located on Lafayette Ave and within the village.
Some of the popular restaurants include:
There are also interesting stores in the village area of Suffern, including antique stores, second hand clothing stores, jewerly store, pharmacy, and more. Most of the other big box stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and strip malls are along Route 59.
The Lafayette Theater, located on 97 Lafayette Ave, was built in 1924. It was renovated in 1927 and have a renovated 1931 Wurlitzer pipe organ installed in the theater. It is a first run movie theater with one screen, and also have special screenings.
Lafayette Theater in Suffern NY
Suffern Memorial Pool
For outdoor activities, residents can see the Ramapo Mountains just from their backyards. They can enjoy hiking there and the nearby Ramapo River Reserve just across state border. The Bear Mountain State park and Harriman State park offers additional outdoor opportunities.
Within the village, the Spook Rock Pool is a popular place to cool off in the summer. Community programs are offered through the Clark Recreation Center and the Suffern Senior Center. For golf lovers, the beautiful Spook Rock Golf Course is a public course in town.
Village of Suffern website: www.suffernvillage.com