By Amanda Staab |
"Located on the western edge of Bergen County, Oakland is woodsy and a bit remote, but its midsize homes, good schools and low crime rate make it popular with young families. Property taxes are reasonable for the area...Students attend Indian Hills High School in Oakland or Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes; both stand near the top of New Jersey Monthly’s 2012 ranking of public high schools. Oakland, with a population of 12,873, lacks a walkable downtown, but there are strip malls and restaurants along its main stretch, Route 202. Popular shopping destinations—Willowbrook Mall in Wayne and Garden State Plaza in Paramus—are about a 20-minute drive. Drivers have easy access to Routes 208 and 287, but mass-transit options are limited to a couple of NJ Transit bus stops in town."