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Tenafly is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey. Named one of the best places to live in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly, this bucolic area is known for its hills and valleys. The most dramatic of these hills is in the eastern part of the borough. Named the East Hill, the elevation rises dramatically from downtown east to the Hudson River. However, the name of the borough is comes from its valleys: Tenafly comes from the Dutch Tiene Vly, or Ten Swamps. Its population is wealthy, with a median household income of $125,000, largely due to its convenience to Manhattan and other areas of New Jersey. It's also known as an excellent place to raise a family: families with children under 18 in the household make up roughly half of the population, and the majority of households involve married couples living together. The public schools in Tenafly are regarded as excellent. There are four elementary schools in the Tenafly Public Schools district: Malcolm S. Mackay Elementary, Ralph S. Maugham Elementary, J. Spencer Smith Elementary, and Walter Stillman Elementary. All area public school students attend Tenafly Middle School for grades 6-8 their orchestra program is particularly strong, having been rewarded as the number one public middle school orchestra in the US. Tenafly High School is very well-regarded: it's been awarded a Blue Ribbon School Award by the US Department of Education, and New Jersey Monthly ranks it in the top 5% of all New Jersey public high schools. A private high school in Tenafly, the Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, has also been recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Tenafly is conveniently located on the Palisades Parkway, for easy access to New York City and Rockland County. While there are currently no train stations active in Tenafly, it is served via New Jersey Transit bus route 166, which provides service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Tenafly is home to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, home to the women's rights activist. Other historic locations in the area include the Roelof Westervelt House, the Christie-Parsels House, and the Sickles-Melbourne House. Tenafly's public library provides a variety of services to the town, including an art gallery that highlights the work of local artists, as well as several events for children. The town's recreation department also offers several activities for children and teens, including youth sports programs, a six-week summer camp, and an all-ages skate park at Roosevelt Common.

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