Alpine is a small, rural, affluent borough in Bergen County that offers prestige and privacy, as well as an easy commute to the world's financial capital of New York City, and an excellent school system. An extraordinary sense of community pride prevails in Alpine. In 2009 Alpine was ranked first in “America's Most Expensive Zip Codes,” according to Forbes. In 2008, it was ranked 15th best place to live in New Jersey Monthly magazine's “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey. The borough has a total area of 9.2 square miles and a population over 2,000.