Fort Lee (New Jersey)

Bergen County


Fort Lee is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. In the 2000 census, a total population of 35 461 has been registered.


Fort Lee was at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, a defense system of the Continental Army. Together with the lying opposite on the island of Manhattan Fort Washington, secured the American army in this way the Hudson River and Manhattan against British attacks. Fort Lee was named after the American General Charles Lee, an opponent of George Washington in our own ranks. The fort was abandoned shortly after the Battle of Fort Washington by the Americans and taken over by the British Army.

At the beginning of film history to 1900, when the film industry was still in its infancy, and Hollywood was just getting under way, a thriving film industry evolved in Fort Lee due to the proximity to New York. Until it was, around 1920, by Hollywood almost completely replaced the center of the silent film era, Fort Lee was, in retrospect " the east coast of Hollywood," the " movie capital" of the United States, the. Then all the major film companies of the time, as well as many others operated studios in Fort Lee, including: Independent Motion Picture Co., Peerless Studios, The Solax Company, Éclair Studios, Goldwyn Picture Corporation, American Méliès (Star Films), World Pictures, Biograph Studios, Fox film Corporation, Pathé Frères, Metro Pictures Corporation, Victor film Company, Selznick Pictures Corporation. Reason that the film companies had departed to Hollywood better the local climate. Film productions required at that time still a lot of light which could be imitated only at high cost in halls.


Fort Lee is located on the Hudson River from Manhattan and is connected with this part of New York by the George Washington Bridge.

The geographic coordinates of the city are 40 ° 50'60 "North and 73 ° 58'30 " West.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 km ², of which 6.6 km ² of land and 0.9 km ² ( 12.15% ) is water.


According to the census of 2000, there are 35,461 people, 16,544 households, and 9,396 families residing in the city. The population density is 5411.7 persons per km ². 62.75 % of the population are White, 1.73% African American, 0.07 % Native American, 31.43 % Asian, 0.06 % Pacific Islander, 1.69 % from other races, and 2.26% mixed race. 7.87% are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 16 544 households 22.6% have children under 18 years. 46.7 % are married couples living together, 7.4% are single mothers, 43.2 % are non-families, 39.0 % consists of single-person households and 15.2% in people older than 65, the average household size is 2, 14, the average family size is 2.88.

17.5 % of the population are under 18 years old, 5.1 % from 18 to 24, 32.6 % from 25 to 44, 24.7% between 45 and 64, 20.2% older than 65 is the average age 42 years. The ratio of women to men is 100:87,7, for people older than 18 years, the ratio 100:85,1.

The median household income is $ 58,161, and the median income for a family $ 72,140. Males have a median income of $ 54,730, women $ 41,783. The per capita income for the city is $ 37,899. 7.9 % of the population and 5.7 % of families are below the poverty line, including 10.9 % have children younger than 18 years and 7.9 % of people older than 65