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“Diversity is what makes Northern NJ a great place to live – different cultures
all contributing to make Bergen County one of the best places to live in America.”

Bergen County Demographics

Bergen County is the most populous county in New Jersey. Nearly 1 million residents call the county home, where they find plenty of space to enjoy the diversity of people, backgrounds and cultures that makes the New York metropolitan area great.

One of the four original counties in New Jersey, Bergen County continues to be a melting pot of newcomers and established communities. From Europeans and African Americans in the 19th century, to more recent arrivals of Asian Americans and Latinos, the county teems with diverse groups that reflect America’s dynamic history.

According to the U.S. Census in 2000, the racial groups with the largest numbers of residents in Bergen County are whites (64.1%), Asian Americans (14.3%), Hispanics or Latinos (15.1%) and African Americans (6.1%).

Jewish residents total about 10% of the Bergen County population, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives. A significant number of Jewish Americans live in towns including Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, Fort Lea, Franklin Lakes, Paramus, Teaneck, Tenafly, and Woodcliff Lake. Sizable Israeli communities reside in Closter and Tenafly.

Korean Americans also have carved a niche in Bergen County, with eight of the country’s top ten areas by percentage of population. Concentrations of Korean culture are found in Closter, Edgewater, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Leonia, Norwood, Palisades Park, and Ridgefield.

In addition to richness of diversity, residents bring economic resources that contribute to a solid quality of life in Bergen County. With a per capita income of $56,725, the area ranks 16th among the 20 highest income counties by average per capita income, the Bureau of Economic Analysis found.

The variety of interesting people in Bergen County nurtures outstanding institutions and services to meet their needs for education, cultural activities, recreation, shopping, and entertainment.
 

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