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Overview of Ridgewood

The village of Ridgewood is located in northeastern New Jersey, near the New Jersey - New York state line. Ridgewood apartments for rent can be found across the 5.75 square miles of land encompassed here and could be an excellent option for individuals and families interested in joining the growing population of 25,120 people.

Ridgewood is officially part of the Bergen - Passaic metro area, located just over 25 miles northwest of the largest city in the country, New York City. Residents in this village are happy to be in a family-friendly community, with more than 30 percent of its population under the age of 18. Ridgewood is also a substantially diverse village: Large portions of the population have Irish and Italian ancestry, and more than 44 countries represented in measurable numbers.

Living in Ridgewood, NJ

People living in Ridgewood apartments can enjoy a city with an intricate history. The area where Ridgewood sits was once inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Native American tribe, and they used it primarily as hunting and fishing grounds.

City Town Info revealed that the first modern settler to make a home in Ridgewood was Johannes Van Emburgh and the area was called Hochaos in the early 18th century. In fact, the area went through numerous name changes on its way to becoming the Ridgewood we know it as today. It was given the name of Paramus in 1725 and didn't take on the name of Ridgewood until it was established as a town in 1884. The major event that led to the incorporation of the town was the arrival of the Paterson and Ramapo Railroad in 1848, leading to rapid area development.

Ridgewood Work and Study

Business professionals and students can find apartments near Ridgewood an attractive option for living. U.S. Census Bureau data indicated that roughly 11,708 local residents are in the labor force, and City-Data revealed that the most common industry in the area is the finance and insurance industry. The top occupations are sales, representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing occupations as well as many opportunities in business.

Students can take advantage of Bergen Community College, which was founded in 1965 when there was a call for higher education facilities in the region. Bergen enrolls nearly 17,000 students in its academic degree programs, and it serves more than 32,000 students throughout its three sites. The college also proudly offers a number of opportunities within the realms of cultural awareness, civic engagement and service-learning.

Rentals in Ridgewood, NJ and Cost of Living

According to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent for Ridgewood rentals was $1,570 in the 2010. More than 54 percent of all renters fall in the gross rent range of $1,500 or more, with nearly 80 percent of total renters falling in the wider range of $1,000 to $1,500 or more. The data further indicated that roughly 35.7 percent of all renters reported spending 35 percent or more of their household income on gross rental costs. However, 18.1 percent reported spending 15 to 19.9 percent of their household income on rental costs, so all prospective renters will likely be able to find a great housing option in their price range.

City-Data information revealed that in March 2012, the cost of living in Ridgewood 26.1 percent higher than the national average.

Ridgewood Attractions and Special Events

There are numerous area attractions for visitors and locals living in Ridgewood apartments to take advantage of. Many locals enjoy a visit to the Wilsey Square for prime shopping and a variety of dining options.

The Bergen County Public Park, which is 9,000 acres in size, is another popular attraction. This nationally recognized park allows residents to enjoy many recreational activities such as skiing, skating, jogging, cycling, golfing, picnicking and overnight camping. The park also features a nationally accredited zoo, five golf courses, 21 parks, two areas set aside for horseback riding and nine historic sites, including a battle site of the Revolutionary War.

City Town Info lists a number of other notable nearby attractions, which include the Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood Historical & Preservation Society, Wild Duck Pond, Veterans Memorial Field, Graydon Park and Van Neste Square.

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