Bergen County, New Jersey is home to a population that has been adapted to address the impacts of COVID-19 on data availability. This county is home to the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, both of which are county-level law enforcement agencies. In terms of transportation, Bergen County has a highly developed road network, including the northern terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike (a portion of Interstate 9), the Garden State Parkway, the eastern terminus of Interstate 80, and a portion of Interstate 287. The county is also home to the Bergen Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Englewood, as well as numerous museums located throughout the area. The current Bergen County Sheriff is Leo McGuire, who failed in his attempt to get a third term and was defeated by Emerson Police Chief Mike Saudino.
In the 17th century, Dutch colonists considered the area comprising the current counties of Bergen and Hudson as part of New Holland, their colonial province of the Dutch Republic. At that time, Bergen County was inhabited by Native Americans, particularly the Lenape nation, whose subgroups included the Tappan, Hackensack, and Rumachenanck (later called Haverstraw). When World War I broke out in April 1917, Camp Merritt was created in eastern Bergen County to organize troops. Bergen County enforces one of the last remaining blue laws in the United States that covers most retail sales, apart from food and gas (among other limited items).
Bergen County is home to several educational institutions such as Bergen Community College, Bergen County Technical Schools, Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Bergen County Golf Courses, Bergen County Parks, and Bergen County Election Officials. The county also has a number of libraries and special services school districts. The largest universities in Bergen County by number of degrees awarded are Bergen Community College (2,130 and 25%), Ramapo College in New Jersey (1,576 and 18.5%), and the metropolitan campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University (1508 and 17.7%). During World War I, skirmishes occurred throughout the county when armies from both sides maneuvered through the countryside.
The court system in Bergen County consists of several municipal courts that deal with traffic courts and other minor matters. The most serious violations are handled by the Bergen County Superior Court. In terms of geography, the northwestern part of the county is mountainous and shares the Ramapo Mountains with Rockland County in New York. When it comes to income levels among residents in this area, it is important to note that median household income for all households in Bergen County was $93,876 in 2018 according to data from the U. S.
Census Bureau's American Community Survey. This figure is higher than both state ($76,126) and national ($61,937) averages for median household income.