In the early 1900s, wealthy businessmen from New York City built summer homes in the “countryside” of Ridgewood and then relocated to the quaint village full-time when train service to Manhattan started up. Today, more than 25,000 people call Ridgewood home. And its proximity to New York City, about 20 miles from midtown, is still a major draw for commuters, as are the renowned schools, diversity of well-preserved homes and bustling downtown lined with restaurants and specialty shops.
In 2011, Money magazine ranked Ridgewood as the 26th best place to live in America. And in 2013, CNN Money named the popular village the 12th top-earning town in the United States.
Ridgewood offers nine public schools (six elementary schools, two middle schools and top-ranked Ridgewood High School) as well as a pre-school program.
Many residents commute from the Ridgewood Train Station, a national historic landmark, which offers service to Hoboken, Secaucus, Suffern, Port Jervis and many other locations. But service on the 148, 163, 164, 175, 722 and 752 routes are also available here.
If you choose to join the thriving community of Ridgewood, you will be in excellent company. Notable public figures who have lived in the village include Harlan Coben, Toshiko D’Elia, Jeffrey Nordling, Real Estate (an indie rock band), Jordin Sparks and Melinda Wagner.