About the Bergen-Passaic Region

Bergen and Passaic Counties are located in northeastern New Jersey in the Appalachian Highlands. The state capital is Trenton; state tree the Red Oak, the state bird Eastern Goldfinch and state flower is the purple violet. This portion of the Eastern United States has some of the most beautiful landscapes and panoramic views. The region is a mix of smaller urban metro areas and rural countryside with an abundance of forests, lakes, and streams many within the boundaries of local cities. A special feature of the region is the close proximity of New York City, which offers wonderful opportunities for dining, the arts, and destination shopping. The entire region offers a wide variety of senior housing, senior living options, and related senior care services.

The Climate of Bergen and Passaic Counties

New Jersey's climate has four distinct seasons with January winter temperatures averaging around 35 degrees Fahrenheit and July summer temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The movement of air masses from other sources controls the dependent New Jersey climate. Residents can experience the effects of polar and tropical air movements, which bring major storms into the area. The average annual rainfall is around 50 inches and the average annual snowfall is around 35 inches.

Attractions of the Area

New Jersey's nickname "The Garden State" is derived from the city's early years when agriculture was the dominant industry. Today, New Jersey has a diverse economy ranging from pharmaceutical, telecommunications, biotechnology, and publishing industries. The Garden State nickname is still appropriate with the wide variety of gardens and horticultural destinations in the area. Bergen and Passaic Counties offer a variety of theatre, art galleries, fine dining, destination malls, golf, horseback riding, baseball, and simple appreciation of the wonderful New Jersey countryside with the numerous open spaces, rivers, parks, and trails.

An Overview of the Bergen and Passaic Counties

In our use, the term Bergen-Passaic Directory refers to the counties of Bergen and Passaic, New Jersey along with the cities and towns within these counties. Larger cities in the area are Englewood, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Paterson, and Wayne. Some of the smaller towns of the area are Bergenfield, Glen Rock, Oakland, Paramus, Ramsey, Westwood, and Wyckoff. There are many other small towns in this area offering small town and suburban community living for seniors and families.

The following list is an abridged guide to many of the larger and smaller cities within the Bergen-Passaic Region:

Larger Cities:

  • Englewood - Located in Bergen County, the moderately-sized city of Englewood has a population of about 26,200 and has been home to numerous celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, John Travolta, Upton Sinclair and Eddie Murphy to name a few. Aside from star-spangled sightings, the community of Englewood has within and nearby its borders many fun singular attractions and qualities. For example being home to the Bergen County Performing Arts Center and being voted the #1 most livable city in New Jersey, by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
  • Fort Lee - Larger than the city of Englewood with a population of over 36,000, Fort Lee is named after General Charles Lee, the infamous general who chose the area of Fort Lee as his home while defending the city of New York during a revolutionary siege. Comprising an enjoyable array of area amenities such as the annual Cliffhanger Spring Film Festival, legendary Palisades Amusement Park and many fine dining establishments designed to suit all palates, Fort Lee is an incredible New Jersey locale.
  • Hackensack - Home to the New Jersey Naval Museum, Hackensack has become synonymous with idyllic small-town mentality, while remaining extremely close and accessible to New York City in vicinity and character. Several events that take place annually in the city of Hackensack are the Tree Lighting Ceremonies during the winter holidays, Novemberfest Luncheons, which specifically cater to senior residents at the city cultural arts center, and miscellaneous seasonal historical pride community celebrations.
  • Paterson - As New Jersey's third largest city, Paterson has maintained a reputation throughout its history as a shy yet festive city set among the atmosphere of the scenic Passaic River. As the river's fluid relatives, the Great Falls of the Passaic River have a dominant presence in the region, coming in a close second as the highest falls in Eastern America, won over only by the famous Niagara Falls in New York.
  • Wayne - As the most picturesque of all the large cities in New Jersey, Wayne encompasses four lakes and is currently, as well as formerly, the resident cite of such dignitaries as George Washington, Tom Cruise and Alan Alda. In close proximity to Atlantic City and Southwest New Jersey region features, Wayne is the hub of Passaic County with abundant attributes wonderfully suited to the active lives of seniors and youths alike.

Smaller Cities:

  • Bergenfield - A borough of Bergen County, New Jersey, Bergenfield has a population around 26,500. Informally known as Manilatown because of its Filipino population, it has a distinctive and individual New Jersey environment.
  • Glen Rock - With a population of only 12,000, the community of Glen Rock is small and semi-private, but has an incredible proximity to NYC, only 22 miles away, Trenton at 61 miles away, and Washington D.C. at 212 miles away.
  • Oakland - Fully promoting health and wellness through its imperative sports, exercise and nutrition organizations, seniors, children, and families can gain good knowledge of all things necessary for an active and rewarding lifestyle. Vitality is the name of the game in Oakland, New Jersey.
  • Paramus - Celebrated for its multitude of malls and shopping districts, Paramus features five malls and a multitude of freestanding outlet centers and various retail shops. Paramus also pairs its love for entertainment with the classic repose and serenity of a modestly sized community. Paramus has noted its city summation statement as "At the Crossroads of Bergen County."
  • Westwood - As the hub of Pascack Valley, which lies about 10 miles Northwest of the George Washington Bridge, Westwood was formerly known as "Pleasantville" in the early 19th century. Primarily composed of residential areas and a busy downtown district, Westwood lies somewhere between the neighborhood you grew up in and the neighborhood of your dreams.
  • Wyckoff - The town of Wyckoff, meaning "high ground" in Indian, is a relatively small community with a wealth of community resources, organizations, and positive influential lifestyle avenues.

History of the Region

The Bergen-Passaic counties in New Jersey were initially settled as communities in 1683 (Bergen) and then in the 1837 (Passaic), initially named as "East Jersey", and are only two of a small few of the regions in the country with effective "blue law" regulations, prohibiting businesses to operate on Sundays while promoting a regional family-focused environment. Formally established by the Dutch, before the cultivation of the land by the Native American Leni Lenapi tribe, the region derives many of its names and heritage from Dutch tradition and lore.

Transportation in Bergen-Passaic

Transportation in the Bergen and Passaic county areas is a well-developed system of railways; bus routes and freeways designed for speedy transportation fro one frenzied metropolitan area to the other. Train service throughout the Bergen area is accessible through any of the three lines in the New Jersey transit area including the Bergen County Line, the Passaic Valley Line and the Erie Main Line. Running north south with connections to the PATH train via the Hoboken terminal, NJ transit services also present MidTOWN DIRECT service to New York Penn Station through the Secaucus Junction transfer site. The upcoming construction of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will also improve the efficiency of transportation throughout the area as well. Along with the regular fixed route bus stations, routes, pick-up and drop-off areas to destinations around the state, including transfer to areas like Manhattan and Atlantic City, every county in New Jersey offers county Para transit services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Senior Services in the Bergen and Passaic Counties

Bergen and Passaic Counties offer a wide variety of small towns, suburban and urban metro areas. Within these areas are a wide choice of housing for both families and seniors. Seniors will find independent retirement communities, continuum of care communities, assisted living, skilled nursing, Alzheimer's assisted, and skilled nursing housing. Other senior services in the area include a wide choice of home health care, home medical services and senior support services. Use our Search Senior Services link to learn more about the variety of senior housing and find senior support services in Bergen and Passaic Counties of New Jersey.

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