Bergen County, New Jersey is truly one of America's first suburbs. Located directly across the Hudson River from New York City, Bergen County is home to many commuters with families, and has a mixture of large, older single-family homes and neighborhoods full of new developments and gated communities. The wealthiest county in New Jersey, Bergen County sees a wide range of home prices, starting around $300,000 for a modest 3-bedroom, to prices that easily jump into the millions.
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Hackensack is the largest city in the county, about 12 miles from midtown Manhattan. Mixing the metropolitan with the suburban, housing options in Hackensack include a small but trendy highrise neighborhood, classic single-family suburban zones and large garden apartments. Just east of Hackensack lies Teaneck, a community full of the single-family homes common to its post-WWII heyday. While much of Bergen County can be seen as the prototype for modern American suburbia, it is also full of parks, rivers and relaxing landscapes well out of the shadow of New York's skyscrapers. Palisades Interstate Park and the New Jersey Meadowlands offer gorgeous river and marsh views a stone's throw away from the vibrant city life.
The healthcare and diagnostics industries employs the most residents of Bergen County, with medical centers in Hackensack, Ridgewood and Englewood offering thousands of jobs. Several colleges and universities within the county keep several thousand individuals employed, as well as both the public and private school systems. With public transportation easily accessible and affordable, many residents elect to commute into New York City for work. Dozens of trains and buses head to Manhattan each day, with the George Washington Bridge offering a direct line into the borough. As a part of such a large and diverse metropolitan zone, the opportunities for employment in Bergen County are very nearly endless. This is a region with a long and thriving history that will continue to offer residents opportunities for years to come.