Bergen County, NJ

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Population

948,406

0.985% growth

Median Age

41.7


Median Household Income

$94,107

0.453% growth

Poverty Rate

7.22%


Number of Employees

487,041

1.31% growth

Median Property Value

$470,300

1.62% growth

About

In 2017, Bergen County, NJ had a population of 948k people with a median age of 41.7 and a median household income of $94,107. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bergen County, NJ grew from 939,151 to 948,406, a 0.985% increase and its median household income grew from $93,683 to $94,107, a 0.453% increase.

The population of Bergen County, NJ is 55.9% White Alone, 19.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 16.9% Asian Alone. 38.6% of the people in Bergen County, NJ speak a non-English language, and 88.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bergen County, NJ are Bergen Community College (2,410 degrees awarded in 2016), Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus (2,193 degrees), and Ramapo College of New Jersey (1,423 degrees).

The median property value in Bergen County, NJ is $470,300, and the homeownership rate is 63.8%. Most people in Bergen County, NJ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 31.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Bergen County, NJ is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Bergen County, NJ employs 487k people. The largest industries in Bergen County, NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (73,607 people), Retail Trade (53,512 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (49,868 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($102,500), Utilities ($100,451), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($92,306).

Median household income in Bergen County, NJ is $94,107. Males in Bergen County, NJ have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,638. The income inequality in Bergen County, NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$94,107

2017 value

± $3,217

0.453%

1 Year Growth

± 4.62%

Households in Bergen County, NJ have a median annual income of $94,107, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $93,683 in 2016, which represents a 0.453% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$86,424

Average Male Salary

± $1,628

$62,638

Average Female Salary

± $1,187

In 2017, full-time male employees in Bergen County, NJ made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Bergen County, NJ by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $82,096 ± $2,933

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $70,592 ± $66,407

  3. White

    $69,144 ± $1,183

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Bergen County, NJ workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.16 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bergen County, NJ is from New Jersey.

0.493

2017 Wage GINI

0.49

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.562% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New Jersey was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New Jersey in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New Jersey across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 473

  2. Census Tract 472

  3. Census Tract 543

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bergen County, NJ was Census Tract 473 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 472 and Census Tract 543, with respective values of $206,786 and $195,833.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Bergen County, NJ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.22% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bergen County, NJ (66.9k out of 927k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 75+ and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    41,830 ± 1,553

  2. Hispanic

    23,355 ± 1,327

  3. Asian

    9,647 ± 724

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bergen County, NJ is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

487k

2017 Value

± 12,129

1.31%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bergen County, NJ grew at a rate of 1.31%, from 481k employees to 487k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bergen County, NJ, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (35,762 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (14,722 people), and Top Executives (12,993 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bergen County, NJ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bergen County, NJ, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (35,762 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (14,722 people), and Top Executives (12,993 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bergen County, NJ has an unusually high number of residents working as Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, & Sales Managers (1.98 times higher than expected), Art & Design Workers (1.92 times), and Financial Managers (1.88 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bergen County, NJ, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($120,191), Legal Occupations ($104,538), and Management Occupations ($96,549).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

487k

2017 Value

± 12,129

1.31%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bergen County, NJ grew at a rate of 1.31%, from 481k employees to 487k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bergen County, NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (73,607 people), Retail Trade (53,512 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (49,868 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bergen County, NJ, though some of these residents may live in Bergen County, NJ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Bergen County, NJ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (73,607 people), Retail Trade (53,512 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (49,868 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bergen County, NJ has an unusually high number of Information (1.68 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.66 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.58 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bergen County, NJ, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($102,500), Utilities ($100,451), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($92,306).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $36.5B

  3. $35.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $48.1B, followed by Electronics with $36.5B and Motorized vehicles and $35.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Jersey products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$467B

2015 Value

$734B

Projected 2045 Value

57.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound New Jersey trade was $467B. This is expected to increase 57.1% to $734B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Jersey trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $70.5B

  2. $48.9B

  3. $16.6B

In 2015, the top outbound New Jersey domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $70.5B, followed by Pennsylvania with $48.9B and California and $16.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Jersey shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.2% of the population of Bergen County, NJ has health coverage, with 60% on employee plans, 8.97% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 9.92% on non-group plans, and 0.351% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Bergen County, NJ was $8,859 in 2014. This is a 4.91% increase from the previous year ($8,444).

Primary care physicians in Bergen County, NJ see 828 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.48% increase from the previous year (808 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 781 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 473 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.1%). Additionally, Cumberland County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

828 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bergen County, NJ see an average of 828 patients per year. This represents a 2.48% increase from the previous year (808 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Bergen County, NJ in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,859

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,081

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,049

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,614

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Jersey (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.91%, from $8,444 to $8,859.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.83%

Uninsured

60%

Employer Coverage

8.97%

Medicaid

12.9%

Medicare

9.92%

Non-Group

0.351%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bergen County, NJ grew by 6.28% from 7.37% to 7.83%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bergen County, NJ changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.1% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey, at 12.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Bergen County, NJ is home to a population of 948k people, from which 88.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 30.1% of Bergen County, NJ residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bergen County, NJ is composed of 530k White Alone residents (55.9%), 189k Hispanic or Latino residents (19.9%), 160k Asian Alone residents (16.9%), 51.6k Black or African American Alone residents (5.44%), 13.4k Two or More Races residents (1.41%), 2.3k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.242%), 898 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0947%), and 575 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0606%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bergen County, NJ are Spanish or Spanish Creole (128,121 speakers), Korean (51,170 speakers), and Tagalog (15,969 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bergen County, NJ was 41.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Bergen County, NJ are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bergen County, NJ residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

30.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

30.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 30.1% of Bergen County, NJ residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bergen County, NJ was 30.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. India

    283,401 ± 12,863 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    186,056 ± 10,480 people

  3. Mexico

    122,971 ± 8,550 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Bergen County, NJ was India, the natal country of 283,401 Bergen County, NJ residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 186,056 and Mexico with 122,971.

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Citizenship

88.5%

2017 Citizenship

88.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.5% of Bergen County, NJ residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bergen County, NJ was 88.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    530k ± 1.13k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    189k ± 7.31k

  3. Asian Alone

    160k ± 2.38k

In 2017, there were 2.8 times more White Alone residents (530k people) in Bergen County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 189k Hispanic or Latino and 160k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Bergen County, NJ as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    128,121 speakers (14.4%)

  2. Korean

    51,170 speakers (5.75%)

  3. Tagalog

    15,969 speakers (1.8%)

38.6% of Bergen County, NJ citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Bergen County, NJ was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 14.4% of the overall population of Bergen County, NJ are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 5.75% speak Korean and 1.8% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,600 ± 1,289

  2. Korea

    3,620 ± 705

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,274 ± 842

Bergen County, NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bergen County, NJ awarded 9,462 degrees. The student population of Bergen County, NJ is skewed towards women, with 15,777 male students and 21,126 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bergen County, NJ are White (3,737 and 43.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,077 and 23.9%), Black or African American (1,351 and 15.6%), and Unknown (779 and 8.98%).

The largest universities in Bergen County, NJ by number of degrees awarded are Bergen Community College (2,410 and 25.5%), Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus (2,193 and 23.2%), and Ramapo College of New Jersey (1,423 and 15%).

The most popular majors in Bergen County, NJ are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,012 and 21.3%), Registered Nursing (927 and 9.8%), and General Studies (396 and 4.19%).

The median tuition costs in Bergen County, NJ are $33,828 for private four year colleges, and $8,998 and $17,998 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 127 degrees awarded

  2. 2,007 degrees awarded

  3. 553 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Bergen County, NJ was Occupational Therapist Assistant with 127 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Bergen County, NJ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,410 degrees awarded

  2. 2,193 degrees awarded

  3. 1,423 degrees awarded

$8,998

Median In-State Public

$33,828

Median Private

In 2016, the Bergen County, NJ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Bergen Community College with 2,410 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,777

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,685

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,777 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bergen County, NJ, which is 0.664 times less than the 5,685 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Bergen County, NJ by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,737 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,077 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    1,351 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bergen County, NJ were to White students. These 3,737 degrees mean that there were 1.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,077 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bergen County, NJ was $470,300 in 2017, which is 2.16 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $462,800 to $470,300, a 1.62% increase. The homeownership rate in Bergen County, NJ is 63.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bergen County, NJ have an average commute time of 31.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bergen County, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$94,107

Median Household Income

± $3,217

339k

Number of Households

± 9,460

In 2017, the median household income of the 339k households in Bergen County, NJ grew to $94,107 from the previous year's value of $93,683.

The following chart displays the households in Bergen County, NJ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$470,300

2017 Median

± $6,172

$462,800

2016 Median

± $7,023

In 2017, the median property value in Bergen County, NJ grew to to $470,300 from the previous year's value of $462,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bergen County, NJ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bergen County, NJ the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Bergen County, NJ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bergen County, NJ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63.8%

2017 Homeownership

63.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.8% of the housing units in Bergen County, NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bergen County, NJ compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bergen County, NJ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bergen County, NJ have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

31.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bergen County, NJ have a longer commute time (31.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.1% of the workforce in Bergen County, NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67%

  2. Public Transit

    16.4%

  3. Carpooled

    7.1%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bergen County, NJ was Drove Alone, followed by those who Public Transit and those who Carpooled.

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