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Overview of Westwood

Westwood is a borough located in northeast New Jersey, near the New York State line. Westwood apartments for rent are excellent ways to join the estimated population of nearly 11,000 living across the 2.27 square miles of land encompassed here.

Westwood is part of Bergen County, and sits only 17 miles north of New York City and 8 miles northwest of Yonkers, N.Y. It is officially part of the Bergen-Passaic metro area and near La Guardia Airport as well as a number of major roadways.

This borough is positioned within the Pascack Valley and 10 miles northwest of the George Washington Bridge, only seven miles south of the New Jersey - New York state border.

Living in Westwood, NJ

People living in Westwood rentals can enjoy being part of a town with a rich history. The land on which Westwood sits today was previously home to the Lenni-Lenape Indians of the Eastern Algonquin Nation. The first permanent settlers arrived in the area in the mid-1700s, and the area was primarily used as farmland prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1780, Isaac Bogert purchased 500 acres of land and established his residence in the area with his family.

The borough went through a series of name changes on its way to its Westwood name today, originally called Pleasantville in the early 19th century before becoming a part of Harrington Township in 1826. Harrington was renamed Washington Township in 1840 and Pleasantville's name was finally changed to Westwood in 1875. Westwood was officially incorporated as a borough in 1894 and remains today.

Westwood Work and Study

Students and business professionals alike can find a spot among Westwood apartments, and units in the downtown business district may be particularly attractive to professionals. The downtown business district has been named "The Hub of the Pascack Valley," and City-Data information revealed that the most common industry in the area from 2005 to 2009 was retail trade. Nearly 6,000 local residents make up the labor force in Westwood as of the 2010 Census.

According to City Town Info, students have a number of educational facilities nearby to take advantage of, including the Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Manhattan College. Bergen Community College was founded in 1965 and today enrolls nearly 17,000 students in its academic degree programs, serving more than 32,000 students across its three sites.

Rentals in Westwood, NJ and Cost of Living

According to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, Westwood rentals have a vacancy rate of 4.4 percent, and median gross rent was valued at $1,382 as of 2010. More than half of all renters fall in the gross rent range of $1,000 to $1,499, with nearly 83 percent of renters paying between $1,000 to $1,500 or more. The data further indicated that roughly 37.7 percent of all renters reported spending 35 percent or more of their household income on gross rental costs.

City-Data information revealed that in March 2012, the cost of living in Westwood was24.9 percent higher than the national average.

Westwood Attractions and Special Events

People living in Westwood apartments have a large number of area attractions at their fingertips, from activities to parks and museums. Notable area attractions include the Bergen County Zoological Park, the Glen Rock Arboretum, Pascack Brook County Park, Saddle River County Park, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum and Pascack Historical Society Museum.

Many locals enjoy hitting the links at the Old Tappan Golf Course, known for its signature hole positioned between two ponds. People looking to indulge in a bit of local history can visit a number of memorials and historic sites, including The Stone Point, the Westwood World War I Monument Honor Roll, the John Haring Jr. House, The Price of Freedom: A Patriots Grave exhibit and the Claudius Q. Collignon House.

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