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Paramus is often thought of as shopping central, and with three major malls, it’s certainly no slouch for retail therapy. But the city’s strong commercial revenue — more than $6 billion in retail sales annually, more than any other zip code in the country — also means that Paramus has another valuable distinction: It’s home to one of Bergen County’s lowest property tax rates. This combination of convenience and value makes Paramus a popular place to live and it’s one of the bigger and busier boroughs in the area. Though in many ways Paramus is the quintessential suburb, it’s quite a bit more bustling than some of its more rural neighbors and serves as the central shopping hub for the surrounding region. For commuters into New York City, there’s a New Jersey Transit express bus to Port Authority, as well as several private minibuses that run along Route 4.

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Living in Bergen County

Home to just shy of one million residents, Bergen County—New Jersey’s most populous—offers nearly as many lifestyles. It’s located across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the Bronx, and lower Westchester County with elements of overlap from all three, from the soaring co-op towers of Guttenberg and Fort Lee to grand several-acre estates in towns like Alpine, Saddle River, and Ridgewood. There’s little you won’t find along Route 17 in Paramus, a prime retail corridor with just about every big-box store and three indoor malls, the Garden State Plaza reigning supreme. NJ Transit’s Bergen, Main, and Pascack Valley Lines reach several area communities with direct service to Hoboken Terminal, and Penn Station via Secaucus. And while many locals commute to New York City by train and the George Washington Bridge, countless Fortune 500 companies have offices right in Bergen County: BMW North America, KPMG, and Unilever, just to name a few.