As an interesting, dynamic, and historical county, even lifelong Bergen residents can learn more about the area. Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, you just moved to the area, or you are thinking about relocated to Bergen County, here are some fun facts you may not yet know about us!
One of the First Counties
Along with Essex, Middlesex, and Monmouth, Bergen is one of the four original counties in New Jersey. These counties were created in 1675 when East Jersey was split.
The Origin of the Name
Although many people often debate this fact, it’s becoming more widely accepted that the name Bergen is derived from the Dutch settlers that landed here. The word is close to the Dutch word for “place of safety” or “hill,” which makes sense when you consider the geography and location of Bergen County.
Considerable Green Space
The park system in Bergen County totals about 9,000 acres. This can certainly attribute to the beautiful scenery and green space we enjoy.
Bergen County is often rated as having some of the most high-performing schools in the country. The Bergen County Academies in Hackensack is often voted as one of the best high schools in the U.S. and in 2011, Newsweek reported that students at the Academy having the second highest SAT scores in the country. Another great school system is the Ridgewood Village School District. Take a look at our profiles on the following Ridgewood public schools, as well as the homes nearby:
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With an estimated population of 905,116 as of the 2010 census, Bergen County has the highest population of all the New Jersey counties, not that you would notice with so much green space in the area.
The largest city in Bergen County, Hackensack, is also home to the county’s largest employer. The Hackensack University Medical Center employs about 8,000 individuals in the area.
Best in the Country
In 2011, Money magazine ranked affluent Bergen County community, Ridgewood as the 26th best place to live in the United States.
The entire Bergen County observes Blue Laws, which state that non-food retailers are barred from opening on Sundays. What started as a religious observance now has more practical means to keep traffic low for at least one day of the week.
Once the Motion Picture Capital of America
Historic Fort Lee is not only known as a Colonial Era landmark. In the 19th century, it was considered the motion picture capital of America. With numerous motion picture studios cropping up in the area, the film industry was a considerable part of the workforce in Fort Lee at the time. Also, notable film icon, Mary Pickford got her start working on pictures in Fort Lee.
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