Bergen County Economy
Bergen County businesses find themselves in good company. Approximately 14 members of the Fortune 500 are headquartered or have major facilities in the county.
Bergen County enjoys a highly diversified economy driven by powerful industry sectors, such as healthcare and social assistance, retail trade, wholesale trade and manufacturing. We are proud to be home to some of the fastest growing and most successful companies in the world such as LG Electronics, Becton Dickinson, Stryker, Mercedes-Benz USA, KPMG, CNBC and Samsung Electronics America.
These employers occupy some of the county’s inventory of almost 36,000,000 square feet managed by some of the nation’s top real estate firms, including Mack-Cali, CB Richard Ellis, Cushman & Wakefield and Jones Lang LaSalle. The county is home to the largest inventory of industrial/flex facilities in Northern NJ with over 106,000,000 square feet.
Bergen County is the most populous county of the state of New Jersey. As of the 2000
Census, the population was 884,118, growing to 905,116 as of the 2010 Census. It is part of the
New York Metropolitan Area. The county seat is Hackensack. In 2009 Bergen County ranked
16th among the highest income counties in the United States, in terms of per-capita income.
Bergen County has a well-developed road network, including the northern terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike (a portion of Interstate 95) and the Garden State Parkway, the eastern terminus of Interstate 80 and a portion of Interstate 287. US Highways 46, 202, 9, 9W, and New Jersey State Highways 4, 17, 3, 120, 208, and the Palisades Interstate Parkway also serve the region.
The George Washington Bridge, connecting Fort Lee in Bergen County across the Hudson River to the Upper Manhattan section of New York City, is the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridge. Access to New York City is alternatively available for motorists through the Lincoln Tunnel in Hudson County. Train service is available on three lines from New Jersey Transit: the Bergen County Line, the Erie Main Line and the Pascack Valley Line. They run north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections to the PATH train. New Jersey Transit also offers connecting one-stop service to New York Penn Station via the Secaucus Junction transfer station. Connections are also available at the Hoboken Terminal to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations. There is one airport in the county, Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, which is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Most commercial air traffic is handled by nearby Newark Liberty International Airport in Essex County, which also serves as a major airport for the City of New York.
As of the census of 2010, there were 905,116 people, 333,002 households, and 236,574 families residing in the county. The population density was 3,868 people per square mile. There were 352,388 housing units at an average density of 1,506 per square mile.
The median income for a household in the county in 2010 was $81,350. The estimated 2010 per capita income for the county was $39,409.
Bergen is the most populous county in New Jersey, with approximately 95,258 more residents than Middlesex County (the second-ranked county in 2010), accounting for 10.29% of the state’s population.
Bergen County has several colleges and universities:
• Bergen Community College – Paramus
• Berkley College – Paramus
• Dover Business School – Paramus
• Fairleigh Dickinson University – Teaneck and Hackensack
• Felician College – Lodi and Rutherford
• Saint Peter’s College – Englewood Cliffs
• Ramapo College – Mahwah
Bergen has some 45 public high schools, and has at least 23 private high schools.
Bergen County Academies, the county’s public magnet high school in Hackensack, is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the United States. Newsweek considers Bergen County Academies to be an “elite” high school, while Bloomberg Businessweek cites Bergen County Academies as New Jersey’s best high school.
What to Find in Bergen County
Bergen County ranks high in quality of life indicators. The county is proud to be home to nearly 9,000 acres of assorted cultural and recreational opportunities. The Bergen County Parks System features a nationally accredited zoo, five golf courses, 21 parks, two horseback riding areas, and an environmental center in addition to 38 museums and historic sites. The county is also home many nationally known entertainment venues, such as MetLife Stadium, Medieval Times, and IZOD Center, as well as cultural attractions, such as the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey and Historic New Bridge Landing. There is a wealth of wonderful places to experience, explore and embrace right here in Bergen County.
Geography of the County
Bergen County is bordered on the east side by the Palisades, which drop off 550 feet to the mighty Hudson River. The George Washington Bridge meets Bergen County in Fort Lee and is used daily by many Bergen residents. Our location makes for an easy drive to the Jersey Shore and its 120 miles of beaches and oceanfront. And in the opposite direction are Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.