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Things to Know When Planning a Move to Englewood, New Jersey

A new beginning awaits you in Englewood, New Jersey. You have chosen well. Among those whose roots trace back to this Bergen County borough are Dizzy Gillespie, John Travolta, Bill Parcells, Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow.

Englewood sits on the western shore of the Hudson River, on Palisade Ridge. It boasts a rich history mixed with the sophistication of a cosmopolitan area. As an added bonus, this suburb is just ten minutes away from New York City, a considerable benefit.

A contender for CNN Money's 2011 list of America's best small towns, Englewood has much to offer new residents-historical significance, a good quality of life and both downtown and suburban neighborhoods which include storage facilities should you find yourself in need of extra space.

History

The first inhabitants of Englewood were the Lenape American Indians who greeted Henry Hudson with tobacco in 1607. Early Dutch settlers called the high-grounded location bergen, the Dutch word for "hill," a name which the county still bears.

After the Dutch surrendered to the British in 1664, Dutch (along with English and French) immigrants were enticed by land grants and moved into the area. As the City of Englewood web page cites, "Englewood street names still attest to the diverse backgrounds of early settlers: Brinckerhoff, Van Brunt, Lydecker, Van Nostrand and Durie (Duryea) -all Dutch; Demarest (de Marais), DeMott and Lozier (LeSueur) -French Huguenot; and Moore, Lawrence, Day and Cole-English."

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington headquartered in Englewood at an inn called Liberty Pole, where conferences, meetings and letter-writing took place. The area was also foraged by both Patriots and Tories because the Hackensack Valley was rich farmland.

With the building of a railroad in 1840 from Jersey City to what was then called English Neighborhood, the community flourished as recently immigrated Europeans, merchants and businessmen settled in the area. By the late 1800s, settlers built churches, schools and Englewood's first fire and police station. Englewood became a city in 1899.

From 1900 to 1930, Englewood's population tripled, and by 1960, population numbers were nearly equal to those of 2010. But the area has not grown into a big city. According to USA.com, "As of 2010, the total Englewood population [was] 27,147, which has grown 3.60 percent since 2000. The population growth rate is lower than the state average rate of 4.49 percent and is much lower than the national average rate of 9.71 percent."

Englewood Today

If possible, plan your move in any season but winter. Temperatures in Englewood can drop down into the low 20s and snowfall averages 21.17 inches.

You'll find ideal locations to live throughout the city. Downtown Englewood is a lively and upscale community, made so by:

According to the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, Englewood has more than 360 ground floor retail stores, including Jos A. Banks, Nine West, and The Children's Place.

Just minutes from downtown, the East Hill neighborhood encompasses two square miles of suburban homes-colonial, contemporary and luxury-on quiet, tree-lined streets. It also features townhouses, condos and apartments.

Englewood offers easy and fast access to Newark Airport, the George Washington Bridge, local highways, buses and the planned extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail rapid transit. The city encompasses a five-mile radius with two distinct neighborhoods, 14 private and public schools and more than 50 houses of worship.

Another reason it's a great place to live: your valuables are quite a bit safer than the average city, whether in your home or put away in storage. In 2010, Englewood was 64 percent safer than other U.S. cities.

New Jersey, New Life

Vince Lombardi's football career began when he moved to Englewood to coach at St. Cecilia High School. And like Lombardi, the story of when and why you moved to Englewood will one day contribute to the city's rich history. In the meantime, enjoy your new home and all that the city has to offer.

Look for nearby storage prices online upon your arrival to make your move simpler and find a spot for extra clutter.

"Best Places to Live", CNN Money - http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL3421480.html

"Historic Englewood", City of Englewood - http://www.cityofenglewood.org/content/1445/2257/default.aspx

"Englewood, NJ", USA.com - http://www.usa.com/englewood-nj.htm

"Englewood, NJ Weather", USA.com - http://www.usa.com/englewood-nj-weather.htm

"Downtown Englewood", Englewood Chamber of Commerce - http://www.englewood-chamber.com/visit

"Light Rail to Stop in Englewood, Not Tenafly, NJ Transit Decides", NJ.com - http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2013/05/light_rail_to_stop_in_englewood_not_tenafly_nj_transit_decides.html

"Living in Englewood", City of Englewood - http://www.cityofenglewood.org/content/1445/default.aspx

"Crime Rates for Englewood, NJ", NeighborhoodScout - http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nj/englewood/crime/

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