The iconic Billy Joel was wrong. Asking, “Who needs a house out in Hackensack? Is that what you get with your money?” in his Movin’ Out lyrics, Joel suggests an upgrade to Hackensack is futile, but home prices and recent downtown revitalization suggests the music maker missed the mark.

Hackensack, New Jersey is a city positioned in the southern portion of Bergen County, just below the Borough of River Edge and is one of the most diverse places to live in The Garden State. This up-and-coming city of roughly 45,000 people is a sought after suburb of New York City. With affordable home prices, a reasonably low crime rate, and an arts and culture scene perfect for millennials moving to the area, Hackensack, NJ is a great place to live.

Hackensack, NJ Quick Facts

Hackensack, NJ commute to New York City is around 17 miles and take about 50 minutes
Hackensack, NJ ranked #4 of 570 for the most diverse places to live in New Jersey (
Hackensack, NJ ranked #47 of 412 for the best suburbs for millenials in New Jersey (
The vast majority of people feel safe in Hackensack, NJ with 92 percent of residents polled on saying they feel “very” to “pretty safe.”

Schools In Hackensack, New Jersey

The City of Hackensack is planning to invest major cash into school upgrades and new construction. The district has proposed a $165.1 million budget to build a new junior high school and make upgrades to other facilities. The school district details how the money will be spent:

Fairmount School – $10,417,463
Fanny Meyer Hillers School – $9,376,547
Jackson Avenue School – $3,110,447
Nellie K. Parker School – $7,171,059
Hackensack Middle School – $16,468,410
Hackensack High School – $17,346,650
New Parking Garage – $6,285,000
New 7-8-9/Junior High School – $91,446,750
Hackensack High School Athletic Fields Upgrades – $2,500,000

Not only is the district planning major investments into the growing educational system, but schools within the district are ranked as some of the best in the state. U.S. News awarded Hackensack High School a bronze medal and a 69th ranking as one of the best high schools in the state (of 511 secondary schools). Bergen County Academies is ranked 2nd within New Jersey.

Hackensack, NJ Real Estate

The median home value in Hackensack, NJ is $291,500, roughly 50 percent higher than the national average. Most homes for sale in Hackensack fall within the $350,000 – $650,000 range, but there are properties that fit a lower budget as well as high-end home priced north of $700,000. If you’d like to know the value of your Hackensack home, simply fill in the few lines below and we’ll give you a free home valuation.