Mahwah, New Jersey, Township and Higher Education Facts

Information about Mahwah

Mahwah, New Jersey, can be described as a nature lover's paradise. With mountains, rolling plains and sloping valleys, it is a place filled with plentiful outdoor activities. The township's approximately 26,500 residents, per 2014 U.S. Census data, enjoy easy access to such outdoor pursuits as horseback riding, hiking, camping, swimming and fishing, while nearby Manhattan and the rest of New York City offers plenty of metropolitan amenities.

Parks located in Mahwah include Darlington County Park, Ramapo Mountain Reservation, and the Campgaw Mountain Reservation. Parts of Mahwah and the surrounding areas are included under legislation meant to protect fragile wetland areas in northern New Jersey. Such laws combined with aggressive long-term regional planning have helped enable the township to preserve its suburban character and open spaces even as its population grows.

Higher Education

Mahwah has two schools, including a public college, Ramapo College, and a branch of Lincoln Technical Institute. Ramapo College is a four-year public liberal arts institution that belongs to the New Jersey public university system. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees and enrolls just over 6,000 students.

Within 20 miles of Mahwah are 70 additional institutions of higher learning, including several rabbinical colleges and a large number of schools in New York. Montclair State University, in Montclair, NJ, is the largest college in the area with about 20,000 students. It was listed as 34th on U.S. News & World Report's list of top regional universities in the North in 2016. Montclair has about 300 programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's metro campus, in Teaneck, NJ, has just shy of 9,000 students. This university was ranked 83rd among regional universities in the North, according to 2016 U.S. News ranking data. Other New Jersey schools close to Mahwah include Rockland Community College and Bergen Community College.

Industry and Employment

Mahwah is home to such corporations as Inserra Supermarkets, the publishing firm Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, the Stryker Corporation and Radware. A Ford assembly plant once anchored the township's economy, but since its closure in 1980 the area has shifted to a greater emphasis on services.

Many residents commute to New York City, 33 miles to the east, which features the business districts of downtown and midtown Manhattan. Travel into the city is aided by an extensive network of New Jersey Transit commuter rails and buses.

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