NJ.com just released some data that confirms something we knew all along. Several prominent Bergen County communities have been named some of the “Brainiest Towns” in New Jersey. We may be a little biased in thinking that Bergen County is the best of the best, but seeing this data only confirms that citizens in Bergen County are some of the most highly educated people in New Jersey.
Where Did the Data Come From?
Looking at the American Community Survey Census Data from 2011-2015, NJ Advanced Media explored how many New Jersey residents over 25 years of age had Bachelor’s degrees. It wasn’t surprising to see numerous Bergen County communities on the list of towns with high percentages of college graduates. As one of the more affluent counties in the state, Bergen County is home to many small towns with highly educated citizens.
So, How did Bergen County Do?
NJ.com released the data in the form of a top-ten list. Starting the list, we see communities in Monmouth and Chatham, while the first Bergen County community appears at number eight. Woodcliff Lake reports that college graduates consist of 42.3 percent of the population (5,818) and actually has a higher median age than the state average at 46.8 compared to 37.6.
Coming in at number seven is Franklin Lakes.. As one of the wealthiest towns in the state, the average household income is $156,000 per year. With a population, roughly twice the size of Woodcliff Lake (11,000,) 42.4 percent of the population hold college degrees.
Sneaking into the top five is Edgewater at number four. This community is another wealthy borough that also boasts significant growth. The community has seen a 25 percent growth since 2009. 42.9 percent of Edgewater residents are college-educated.
At number three, we find the community of Upper Saddle River, another wealthy community with a staggering 43.4 percent of residents with college degrees. Upper Saddle River boasts an average household income of $169,000.
So which town made it to the top? It’s no surprise that Ho-Ho-Kus in Bergen County is the most highly educated community in the state. Although the town is small and exclusive with a population of around 4,100, over half the residents in Ho-Ho-Kus have a college degree. With 50.9 percent of residents being college-educated, it’s no wonder than Ho-Ho-Kus is a desired community for smart buyers.