Local Information for Bergen County, NJ

Bergen County was one of the original four counties formed in New Jersey back in 1683, along with the Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth counties. The Tappan, Hackensack, and Rumachenanck tribes of Native Americans originally lived in this area before the European settlers arrived. A few decades after the county’s creation, Hackensack was labeled the county seat in 1710

Bergen County is currently estimated to have a population of 948,406, according to the 2017 Census estimate. As a result, it is currently the most populated county in the state. Currently, the median household income for Bergen County is $88,487 as of 2016.

In regards to transportation, the New Jersey Transit operates buses and trains that run north and south on the Bergen County Line, Erie Main Line, and Pascack Valley Line to Hoboken. Commuters can also access many major roadways, including the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Interstates 80 and 287, U.S. highways 46, 202, 9 and 9W, and NJ state highways 4, 17, 3, 120 and 208.

Currently, Bergen County operates 50 public high schools and 23 private high schools. The schools offered in Fair Lawn, along with the ones offered in Upper Saddle River are considered some of the best educational facilities in New Jersey. In particular, the Northern Highlands Regional High School was ranked as the 4th best public high school in Bergen County, according to niche.com.

The county is also home to many well-known New Jersey colleges, including Berkeley College, William Patterson University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State University, and Bergen County Community College.

One of Bergen County’s most notable locations is the MetLife Stadium, the official home of the New York Giants and Jets football teams. Residents also have access to some of the most popular shopping centers in the country, including the Westfield Garden State Plaza and Paramus Park.

Bergen County is also a popular place for food enthusiasts, thanks to the wide selection of restaurants on offer. East Rutherford has some of the county’s best restaurants, including Italian bistros to sushi locations.

Despite the county’s large population, nearly 9,000 acres of land are dedicated to the county’s enormous park system. Some of the county’s most popular parks include the Riverside County Park and the Van Saun Park, which is home to the Bergen County Zoo. A few notable activities at these parks include jogging, picnicking, horseback riding, and skiing in the winter.

To learn more about Bergen County, visit the county’s official website.