Hackensack, New Jersey

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Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States and the county seat of Bergen County.[9] Although informally called Hackensack, it was officially named New Barbadoes Township until 1921. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 42,677. The Census Bureau's 2006 population estimate projects a population of 43,671. An inner-ring suburb of New York City, Hackensack is located approximately 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan, and about 7 miles (11 km) from the George Washington Bridge. From a number of locations one can see the New York City skyline.

The city is known for a great diversity of neighborhoods and land uses existing in very close proximity to each other. Within its borders are a massive medical center, a trendy high-rise district about a mile long, classic suburban neighborhoods of single-family houses, stately older homes on acre-plus lots, older two-family neighborhoods, large garden apartment complexes, industrial areas, a jail, a tidal river, two County-owned nature preserves, various city parks, large office buildings, a major college campus, a small-city downtown district with a Courthouse, and various small neighborhood business districts. With so many land uses, establishing a single identity for the city is difficult.

Hackensack is notable among the urban centers of New Jersey as being relatively vibrant economically and with an exceptionally low crime rate. Zoning and property mainenance are high priorities, and abandoned houses are virtually non-existent. Hackensack is not an Abbott district, and the performance of its public schools is more comparable with older suburban towns than to other cities in New Jersey. The city is very attractive as a residential location due in part to its location. Rents are high, and all buildings built after about 1975 are exempt from rent control.

The Metropolitan campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University straddles the Hackensack River in both Hackensack and Teaneck. Hackensack is also the home of the New Jersey Naval Museum and the World War II submarine USS Ling. Astronaut Walter Schirra is perhaps Hackensack's most famous native son.


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