Teaneck is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is a suburb of Greater New York and located just 11 miles from New York City, making it a sought-after destination for those who love to visit or work in the Big Apple. It has an area of 6.24 square miles and an elevation of 128 feet. Teaneck is bordered by the Hackensack River to the west. Teaneck was founded on February 19th, 1895.
Teaneck is the most populous community in Bergen County, having the second highest population of all 70 of its cities. In the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 39,776, an increase of 516 compared to the 39,260 counted in the 2000 Census which increased in turn by 1,435 compared to 37,825 in the 1990 Census.
Since its location at the crossroads of rivers, roads, trains and other distinct geographical features, the city has been the scene of many significant historical events over the centuries. George Washington and his troops from the Continental Army retreated across New Jersey from the British Army, traveling through the town of Teaneck and crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge Landing after the American defeat at the Battle of Fort Washington. This area has since been turned into a state park and historic site to commemorate the events of 1776 and of early colonial life in general.
In 1965, Teaneck desegregated its public schools voluntarily after the Board of Education approved a plan to do so by a 7–2 vote on May 13, 1964. Teaneck also has a diverse population compared to the rest of the state, with large Jewish and African American communities, and growing numbers of Hispanic and Asian residents.
Teaneck is known to be one of New Jersey’s best places to live.