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Oakland is a thriving borough in Bergen County settled in the Ramapo Mountains with a population of about 12,500 residents. The borough offers extensive recreation activities, excellent school and athletic facilities and a beautiful setting in the Ramapo Mountains. Many historic homes and farms can be found along Oakland's roads, indicating the area's rich and interesting history.

Oakland is in near many major roadways, including Interstate 287, Route 208 and U.S. Route 202. Route 202 was one of the country's first trading routes used by Native Americans. There is no commuter rail service in Oakland, though commuter bus service to New York City is available.

There is a shopping area in the center of town, located along Route 202 between Oak Street and Franklin Avenue. Residents can also find local shopping at The Copper Tree Mall located in town. More extensive shopping is available in nearby Paramus and Wayne, which offer dozens of malls and centers to meet almost any retail need.

Students in kindergarten through eight grades attend the Oakland Public Schools. There are three K-5 elementary schools in the district and Valley Middle School, which serves students in grades six through eight. Students in grades nine through twelve attend the schools of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, a regional district consisting of two four-year public high schools: Indian Hills High School in Oakland or Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes.

Oakland is also home to extensive recreation facilities for residents of all ages, including nine tennis courts, ten baseball fields, a football field, plus several soccer fields. There is also a Senior Center in town for the town's older residents.

As you drive west along Route 208/287 approaching the Ramapo River, it is hard to imagine that 300 years ago this interstate highway may have been a quiet tree-lined path in a little valley used by the Minsi Indians of the Lenni Lenape tribe. The first Dutch settlers, who were stopped by the Ramapo River at the end of the path that is now Franklin Avenue, became so enamored of the area that they bought some 5,500 acres of it. The Minsi enjoyed these fertile valleys, hunted in the woods and fished in the "Ramapaugh" or "river of many round ponds". Thus, the Dutch called their settlement "De Panne" or the "The Ponds". Throughout the 18th century, Oakland evolved into a serene farming and lumbering area with numerous mills powered by the waters of the Ramapo River and numerous streams. In 1870 the town's name was changed from "The Ponds" to Oakland. After World War II, Oakland began its rapid development of permanent residents as commuting time to work became less and country living became more desirable. In the 1950's, Oakland was a non-farm community earning its title as “The Valley of Homes”.


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Borough owned

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P.S.E.&G./Rockland Electric





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