A+ Hackensack Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Hackensack Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to New Jersey
12323% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12323% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Hackensack cost of living
A- Hackensack Crime Total crime is 6% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
1,70334% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5934% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Hackensack crime
C Hackensack Employment Household income is 24% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$56,2222% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$32,1058% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%28% lower than the US average
Hackensack employment
F Hackensack Housing Home value is 8% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$291,50058% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,31839% higher than the US average
Home ownership
35%44% lower than the US average
Hackensack real estate or Hackensack rentals
D- Hackensack Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
85%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
41%17% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:115% lower than the US average
Hackensack K-12 schools or Hackensack colleges

Living in Hackensack, NJ

Hackensack is a moderately-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. The city has a population of 44,271 people. In Hackensack, there are 10,563 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Hackensack identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 32% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Hackensack could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New Jersey if you know where to look. Finding the best places to live in Hackensack and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, employment and other important metrics.

Hackensack has a livability score of 65/100 and is ranked #371 in New Jersey and #17,420 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we know that Hackensack ranks very well for amenities (A+) and crime (A-). Hackensack does not fare well for the following: cost of living (F), education (D-) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Hackensack, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Hackensack is actually affordable. The median home price for Hackensack homes is $291,500, which is 7.9% lower than the New Jersey average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Hackensack, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.2, which is 20.9% higher than the New Jersey average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Hackensack area were 5.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 3.7%.

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Compare Hackensack, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Hackensack, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Battery Park, New York7712.413,570
North Sutton Area, New York7710.117,279
Upper East Side, New York779.3194,024
Carnegie Hill, New York768.714,743
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Forest Hills, New York7515.6110,212
Garment District, New York75104,769
Whitestone, New York7413.581
Upper West Side, New York747.9204,475

Best Cities Near Hackensack, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cannondale, CT8839.492
Zarephath, NJ8336.98
North Hills, NY8120.85,420
Princeton, NJ8149.130,168
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pelham, NY8012.56,996
Plandome, NY8018.91,228
Jericho, NY8027.313,730
Manhasset, NY8019.77,996

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The Joys of Living in Hackensack, NJ

I moved to Hackensack, New Jersey from Berkeley, California in the early 1970's and lived there until 1983. When I first arrived, I was shocked by the contrast between Berkeley and Hackensack. My first winter, I was ready to pack my bags and return to California. I arrived in September, and by November, I was considering not buying snow tires, because I did not believe that I would last the winter in Hackensack. After all, Hackensack had an intolerable climate that was unlivable in winter.

I decided to turn every negative into a positive. I used to walk in the Berkeley Hills and enjoy the view of the San Francisco Bay. Instead, I would go down to the Hudson River and walk and relax by the water. I learned to love living in a high rise. The view from my apartment was great, and there was more sunlight than I could ever have in a single family home. I actually liked living in an apartment. There was a certain atomicity. I closed the door to my apartment, and I was in my private world.

As for the snow tires, I actually bought them, and learned to love the snow. Hackensack is an easy drive to the Catskills. I would drive to Hyer Meadows near Kingston, NY where I cross-country skied. I learned to love the snow. I could go downhill skiing at Hunter Mountain. I could drive there and back in a day. It was very convenient and inexpensive, because I did not have to pay for a hotel. Best of all, living in Hackensack gave me access to Manhattan. I lived just north of the George Washington Bridge, and all the glories of Manhattan were just across the bridge. Nothing can beat NYC for theater, museums and restaurants.
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