One of New Jersey’s original four counties, Bergen County, NJ was inhabited by the Lenape groups of Tappan, Hackensack and Rumachenanck Native Americans when European settlers arrived. Bergen County was created, along with Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, in 1683, and Hackensack was designated the county seat in 1710.
As of the 2010 Census, Bergen County had a population of 905,116, making it the most populous county in New Jersey. With a median household income of $81,708, Bergen County ranked 16th among the highest income counties in the United States.
Found on the northeastern corner of New Jersey, Bergen County is connected to Upper Manhattan in New York City by the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridge. New Jersey Transit trains run north and south on the Bergen County Line, Erie Main Line and Pascack Valley Line to Hoboken with connection to the PATH train. Commuters enjoy the convenience of one-stop service from Secaucus Junction to New York Penn Station.
The New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Interstates 80 and 287, US highways 46, 202, 9 and 9W, and New Jersey state highways 4, 17, 3, 120 and 208 all serve Bergen County, giving commuters plenty of options. Teterboro Airport, operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is popular for private and corporate airports, while Newark Liberty International Airport is a short drive away in neighboring Essex County.
Bergen County students are served by 45 public high schools and 25 private schools. Bergen County Academies, a magnet high school in Hackensack, has been ranked among the top high schools in the United States by numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Bergen County colleges and universities include Bergen County Community College (Paramus), Berkeley College (Paramus), Dover Business College (Paramus), Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck and Hackensack), Felician College (Lodi and Rutherford), St. Peter’s College (Englewood Cliffs) and Ramapo College (Mahwah).
Even though Bergen County has such a large population, its park system totals nearly 9,000 acres where residents can ski, skate, jog, cycle, picnic, camp, go horseback riding, tour the Bergen County Zoo, visit a Revolutionary War battle site, take a guided nature hike, swim, and play golf and other sports.
Despite blue laws that require malls to be closed on Sundays, Paramus is one of the largest shopping meccas in the country, generating more than $5 billion in retail sales, more than any other zip codes in the country. Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus Park, and the Outlets at Bergen Town Center, all in Paramus are among the region’s most popular shopping destinations.