Wyckoff, New Jersey (NJ)
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General Information about Wyckoff
Wyckoff is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 16,508. It is a primarily white, upper-middle class community outside New York City. Nationwide, Wyckoff ranks 52nd in highest-income places in the United States with a population of at least 10,000. Statewide, Wyckoff ranks 44th in New Jersey locations by per capita income.
From the mid-18th century, what is now Wyckoff was a community within Franklin Township, which consisted of most of northern Bergen County west of the Saddle River. Starting in the 1840s, several new municipalities were created from portions of Franklin Township, so that today what is now Wyckoff borders eight different communities. Wyckoff was formed as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 2, 1926, replacing Franklin Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. Portions of Wyckoff were ceded to Midland Park based on the results of a referendum held on June 9, 1931.
Stats about Wyckoff
|Cost of Living|
|Median Household Income:||$103,614|
|Median Home Value:||$417,500|
|State sales tax:||7.0%|
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Ratings and reviews of Wyckoff
SkyBlue (currently lives here; has lived here for Over 10 years):
"Great for 4 seasons living in a friendly community setting"
There’s a lot to love about Wyckoff , New Jersey. It is a charming, tree-lined town where community comes first. The semi-rural surroundings, graced by brooks, ponds and parks make it easy to forget you are only 25 miles from New York City.
If you love four-season living, Wyckoff’s climate is perfect. The spring is spectacular, with azaleas and rhododendrons bringing eye-popping color to mix with the brilliant spring greens. Summer is warm, but not too hot. And the summer activities are limitless. The Jersey Shore is only about an hour away and there are plenty of beautiful parks to explore. Fall is my favorite season, when the leaves change to golds and reds and the air turns crisp – true “sweater weather”. And while winter is cold, it is not harsh – with just enough snow to make the landscape glisten and make you want to relax by a roaring fireplace. Those who want to skip winter regularly head south for the winter and return in the spring. These “snowbirds” often form close friendships with others who practice the same winter ritual.
Realtors are quick to point out the desirability of Wyckoff for a number of reasons. Its proximity to New York City makes it a great location for commuting professionals and for those who want to be close to the city’s culture, arts, sports and endless events. Whether you want to take in a Broadway show, enjoy a new exhibit at a world famous museum, or shop in the fashion center of the US, you can be in the city in under an hour.
The social life in Wyckoff can be anything you want it to be. It is a great volunteering community, with limitless opportunities to get involved. The YMCA is state of the art, hosting community events, a wonderful summer day camp, an outstanding Olympic size indoor pool and fitness area. Our environmental center offers nature programs, paths for walking, a pond with waterfowl and a place to picnic.
Recreational opportunities are available for adults and children. Ski resorts and golf courses are nearby and the town is known for its wealth of youth sports and recreation opportunities. Wyckoff’s excellent school system makes it one of the finest towns in New Jersey to raise children. Additionally it is one of the safest places to live in the state.
You can shop at local stores and quaint boutiques for nearly everything you could ever want. But fabulous malls are also nearby, including the Garden State Plaza, the largest Mall in New Jersey, just ten minutes away. Fabulous restaurants and fun family dining are available in every price range in Wyckoff and in the neighboring towns.
There is a wonderful hospital in nearby Ridgewood and there are fine adult communities and senior care facilities, catering particularly to those who want to stay near their grown children in the area. Transportation for seniors is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the resident’s home to health care providers, the library, post office, town hall, YMCA, shopping centers, banks and the senior citizen center.
The one negative factor is that it is very expensive to live in Wyckoff. Housing costs, both to own or rent can be prohibitive. Additionally, property and state taxes and insurance costs are very high. One bright note – the tax on gas is low, keeping gasoline prices among the lowest in the country.
Please note that in my ratings below I am taking NYC proximity into account when rating cultural and sports opportunities. As a small town Wyckoff relies on the larger metropolitan area for those outlets.
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