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Bergen County Apartments
Bergen County apartments come in just about every style, size, and price range you can imagine. Housing stock in Northern New Jersey varies widely, including high-rise residential buildings, garden apartment complexes, brownstones, townhouses, elegant pre-war gems and soaring contemporary towers.
Different neighborhoods possess distinct characteristics, and range from the dense, bustling and urban, to quiet, leafy communities with a very suburban feel. Bergen County is located in the northeastern part of the state of New Jersey, and is bordered to the north by New York state's Rockland County, to the east by the Hudson River (and, across the water, by New York's Westchester County, and the boroughs of the Bronx, and Manhattan), to the south by Hudson County (and a piece of Essex County as well), and to the west by Passaic County.
Such a wide variety of NJ apartments are available in this large and topographically diverse region. Bergen County is large both in its physically size--nearly 250 square miles of land and water are within its borders--as well as in its population. With nearly a million Bergen County residents, it's the most populous county in New Jersey.
Living in Bergen County
Bergen County apartments are available in any number of the more than 60 separate municipalities, a remarkably high number even in an area as large as this. This compartmentalization is a result of the late 19th century phenomenon that many call "Boroughitis". This syndrome swept the state of New Jersey and allowed communities to declare themselves independence (as so pay less or zero school tax, for example), without the consent or approval of the state or county government, even if they were already residing within existing, recognized entities. The laws have since changed, but even today, Bergen County is comprised of a lengthy litany of politically-separate boroughs, cities, townships and villages.
Notable communities of Bergen County include Moonachie (home of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and, so, the NFL's "New York" Giants and Jets); the lovely Upper Saddle River, with its gracious houses and wide lawns; the commuter town of Fort Lee, located atop the spectacular Palisades Cliffs right on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge; the vibrant city of Hackensack (just 12 miles from Midtown Manhattan!); and the beautiful, suburban community of Englewood Cliffs.
Despite the large population here, residents of Bergen County apartments take full advantage of the area's more than 9,000 acres of public parks, including the hiking trails and recreation spots of the environmentally-protected New Jersey Highlands, like the Ramapo Mountains, with its beloved Bald Mountain. Bergen County's location across the river from New York City put it squarely within what's known as the Tri-state area, and transportation into Manhattan is relativel easy from most sections of the county, either by car over the George Washington Bridge or through the nearby Lincoln Tunnel, or by the New Jersey Transit railroad system, with connections to the PATH train, or via a transfer at Secaucus Junction, directly into Penn Station.