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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Hackensack is a suburb of New York City with a population of 44,381. Hackensack is in Bergen County. Living in Hackensack offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Hackensack there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Hackensack and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Hackensack are above average.
About Hackensack...
Population
44,381

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$298,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,390
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    67%
  • Own
    33%
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Hackensack Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    162.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    33.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    62.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    80.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,286.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Hackensack

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$67,188
National
$55,322
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Hackensack Reviews

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I grew up in Hackensack my entire life, so I would say that I am pretty well-acquainted with the city. I was born at the Hackensack University Medical Center and watched as it soon became the best hospital in New Jersey.
Some things that I am very fond about the city are its variety of restaurants, diversity of the population, and proximity to malls and big cities (including New York City). Transportation is very accessible, as we have NJ Transit, trains, Ubers, etc. For malls, we have the Bergen Town Center, Paramus Park, Garden State Plaza, Willowbrooke, and the new American Dream Mall. These make for a comfortable residential area. To elaborate, the Hackensack Public School system includes students coming from all backgrounds, and sitting in a class will further prove this point. The city, just like the state, is pretty democratic (political-wise). Overall, I would definitely recommend this city as a residential option for anyone considering moving into Bergen County.
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Hackensack is about 20mins to New York City commuting by bus or less by car. It has just about everything you could need from 3 malls within 5 miles called River Side Square Mall which has all the higher end brands nice restaurants, Garden State Plaza which is a huge mall and restaurants including food court and Bergen Town Center which is more like an outlet mall with regular stores choices. Every bank including Chase, Bank Of America, TD, Citi to name a few. There are a diversity of national cuisines to choose from including Indian, Italian, Carribean, Mexican and much more. The nightlife is decent but not exciting more of a place you go for a quick drink with some local friends or some friends stopping by. There's many grocery stores within 5 miles including 3 Shoprites, 2 Target, Wholefoods, ACME and ALDI. Overall very safe, many public transportation options including Bus and train that goes to New York City, Hospital and many other everyday conveniences to say the least.
Hackensack's best qualities are its diversity, commute, and job opportunities. I previously lived in a town where only five families (including mine) were of a different cultural background. It was certainly lonely to be surrounded by people who didn't understand or relate to my struggles because of my ethnicity. But when I moved to Hackensack, I met people from various descendants. The town is primarily mixed of Hispanic, African, Caucasian, and Asian citizens but it's always found a way to be welcoming to the majorities and the minorities. Geographically, Hackensack is also in between many towns, and nearly an hour drive to the city, which makes it easier to reach jobs located in the big apple. Since Hackensack is near various towns, this widens the job market for convenient travel. Hackensack's job market is particularly known for construction, medical fields, and food businesses; meaning there is almost always an opportunity to make a living for yourself and your family.