Bergen County is New York City’s neighbor to the northwest – just across the beautiful Hudson River from Upper Manhattan. Many consider Bergen County to be a suburban extension of Manhattan offering a sophisticated lifestyle with many thriving, diverse cultures plus the bonus of more living space and outdoor opportunities. The area considered “Northwest Bergen County” is a short drive from New York City – only about 20 miles from Manhattan.
Of the seventy municipalities in Bergen County, thirteen towns make up Northwest Bergen County. The thirteen towns of Northwest Bergen County are: Glen Rock, Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, Allendale, Waldwick, Midland Park, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Mahwah.
Bergen County is considered part of the New York City Metropolitan Area because it is so conveniently located directly across the Hudson River from Upper Manhattan. With its proximity to New York City, it’s not surprising that Bergen County is comprised of many thriving, cosmopolitan and diverse communities. It is the most populous county state of New Jersey with close to 1 million people (932,202 according to the July 2019 US Census Estimates).
Bergen County has many excellent public school districts, with some of the highest ranking public high schools in the state. The sense of community in Bergen County is very strong. People move to the area for its many charming and thriving towns featuring excellent restaurants, shopping, community activities while offering an easy commute to Manhattan via bus, train or even ferry. For these reasons, the housing market in Bergen County has remained strong despite the economic downturns over the past few decades.