Ho-Ho-Kus is a borough in Bergen County, Northern New Jersey, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 census, the borough’s population was 4,078, reflecting an increase of 18 (+0.4%) from the 4,060 counted in the 2000 Census, which had increased by 125 (+3.2%) from the 3,935 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough is the home of several historical landmarks, including the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and The Hermitage. Ho-Ho-Kus was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on October 12, 1908, from what had originally been the borough of Orvil, which was in turn created on March 8, 1905, from portions of Orvil Township.
As of the 2000 United States Census, Ho-Ho-Kus was the 15th-wealthiest community in New Jersey, with a per capita money income of $63,594 as of 1999, an increase of 36.9% from the $46,451 recorded in 1989. The borough’s median household income was $165,827 in 2013. In 2011, New Jersey Monthly magazine named Ho-Ho-Kus the best place to live in Northern New Jersey, NJ citing its affluence, low crime rate, the quality of its school system, and proximity to New York City and other major commercial destinations.
The meaning of the name Ho-Ho-Kus is in debate. From the official history on the borough’s website, the most likely origin is a contraction of the Delaware Indian term “Mah-Ho-Ho-Kus” (or “Mehokhokus”), meaning “the red cedar.” Other meanings have been suggested over the years. They are listed on the borough’s website, including a Lenape word for running water, a cleft in the rock or under the rock or hollow rock, and the word “hooks,” signifying the whistle of the wind against the bark of trees, the Chihohokies Indians whose chief lived here, the Dutch Hoog Akers for “high acorns” or Hoge Aukers, Dutch for “high oaks,” the Lenape word hocus meaning “fox,” or works, “gray fox,” or that the “Ho” part means joy or spirit, and the rest of the name from “hohokes,” meaning a kind of bark of a tree.
The Ho-Ho-Kus School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Ho-Ho-Kus Public School. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had 599 students and 46.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis) for a student-teacher ratio of 13.0:1. The school population increased by more than 200 students in 2008.
Local secondary school students in public school attend Northern Highlands Regional High School in nearby Allendale, which serves students in the ninth through twelfth grades from Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Upper Saddle River, and some students from Saddle River, as part of sending/receiving relationships with the Ho-Ho-Kus district. As of the 2019–20 school year, the high school had 1,400 students and 111.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis) for a student-teacher ratio of 12.5:1. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Northern Highlands Regional High School as the 22nd-best high school of the 328 ranked schools in New Jersey in its 2012 rankings of the “Top Public High Schools” after being ranked 6th of 322 schools in 2010. The ten voting seats on the high school district’s board of education are allocated based on a percentage of the enrollment coming from each constituent municipality, with one seat allocated to Ho-Ho-Kus. EZ Bed Bug Exterminator NJ
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