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Why Bergen County

Established in the 16th century, Bergen County rapidly became home to some of the premiere suburban residential communities in the United States. Located in Northern New Jersey across the Hudson River from New York City, the area combines many of the advantages of city life with the charms of small town living.

Located just minutes from Manhattan by car and public transportation, Bergen County includes over 17 distinct communities. Nearly one million residents live, work and play in the area, drawn by the outstanding school system, cultural diversity, enriching activities, vibrant entertainment, and top-notch shopping.

Bergen County is part of the New York metropolitan area that families love to call home.


Bergen County is the most populous county in New Jersey, with more than one million people living in 70 municipalities. The number of towns grew rapidly in the late 19th century, when groups of residents in townships united to form many different boroughs.
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School Systems

Bergen County offers 45 public schools and 23 private and religious schools that serve students in the primary, middle and high school years. Honors courses, advanced placement, gifted and talented programs, and a wealth of athletic and extracurricular activities are offered.
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Bergen County appeals to professionals because of the easy commute to New York City, a global center of jobs and business opportunities. Many residents work in the city, which can be reached in 45 minutes or less by car, train, bus, or ferry from Bergen County.
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Many families pick Bergen County for its excellent schools and child-friendly communities, but activities exist for people of all ages and interests. There is something for everyone in this ideal area of Northern New Jersey.
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Recognized as a shopping destination throughout the New York Metropolitan region, Bergen County offers retail options for every need, style and budget. Large shopping malls, exclusive boutiques, unique specialty stores, discount outlets, and more all cater to the diverse interests of Bergen County residents.
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One of the four original counties in New Jersey, Bergen County continues to be a melting pot of newcomers and established communities. From Europeans and African Americans in the 19th century, to more recent arrivals of Asian Americans and Latinos, the county teems with diverse groups that reflect America’s dynamic history.
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