The Borough of Oakland is situated on 8.7 square miles in Bergen County, and borders Franklin Lakes and Mahwah in Bergen County; and Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Wanaque and Wayne in Passaic County. As of the 2010 Census, the borough's population was 12,754.

Communities located partially or completely within the borough include Ramapo Lake and Rotten Pond.

Oakland was ranked 43rd by Business Week on its list of "Great Places to Raise Kids -- for Less". The criteria were test scores in math and reading, number of schools, cost of living, recreational and cultural activities, and risk of crime. In 2013, Oakland was ranked by New Jersey Monthly as #1 for Young Families: "...Oakland is woodsy and a bit remote, but its midsize homes, good schools and low crime rate make it popular with young families."

New Jersey's Ramapo Mountain State Forest is located in Oakland and can be accessed from Skyline Drive just north of its interchange with I-287. The 4,200-acre park offers hiking, hunting, canoeing, fishing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking, along with views of the New York City skyline.

Public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend one of the Oakland Public School District's four schools. Students in ninth through twelfth grades attend the schools of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, a regional district serving students from Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff. Students entering the district as freshmen have the option to attend either Ramapo High School or Indian Hills High School, regardless of their residence.


Photo: JACOBUS S. DEMAREST HOUSE - JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ M.D. [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

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