10 Best Places To Raise A Family In New Jersey For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Jersey have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in New Jersey.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in New Jersey? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Garden State for 2019:

  1. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. New Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. River Edge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Glen Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hillsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Summit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Westwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tenafly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kinnelon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Westfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to New Jersey, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about New Jersey and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in New Jersey anyways?

To give you the places in New Jersey which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Garden State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of New Jersey, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For New Jersey, that meant a total of 97 cities.

Read on to see why Madison is where all the families are headed, while Somers Point is probably a place made for singles.

Madison, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 16,080
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 38.4%
More on Madison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Madison is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 15,845, reflecting a drop in population of 685 from the 16,530 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 680 from the 15,850 counted in the 1990 Census. It is known as “The Rose City” and was named in honor of President James Madison.

New Providence, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,716
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 41.3%
More on New Providence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Providence is a borough on the northwestern edge of Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is located on the Passaic River, which forms the county boundary with Morris County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 12,171, reflecting an increase of 264 from the 11,907 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 468 from the 11,439 counted in the 1990 Census.

River Edge, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,648
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 34.5%
More on River Edge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glen Rock, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,962
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 43.6%
More on Glen Rock: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glen Rock is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 11,601, reflecting an increase of 55 from the 11,546 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 663 from the 10,883 counted in the 1990 Census.

Hillsdale, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,520
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 36.0%
More on Hillsdale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Summit, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,155
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 42.6%
More on Summit: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Summit is a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 21,457, reflecting an increase of 326 from the 21,131 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,374 from the 19,757 counted in the 1990 Census. Summit had the 16th-highest per capita income in the state as of the 2000 Census.

Westwood, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,246
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 35.2%
More on Westwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westwood is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 10,908, reflecting a decline of 91 from the 10,999 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 553 from the 10,446 counted in the 1990 Census. Westwood is part of the New York metropolitan area. Many of its residents regularly commute to New York City for work and leisure, many using public transportation.

Tenafly, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,882
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 48.3%
More on Tenafly: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kinnelon, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,242
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 37.1%
More on Kinnelon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westfield, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,591
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 42.2%
More on Westfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westfield is a town in Union County of New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 30,316, reflecting an increase of 672 from the 29,644 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 774 from the 28,870 counted in the 1990 Census. According to a 2014 nationwide survey, Westfield is considered to be the 30th-safest city to live in the United States.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In New Jersey

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in New Jersey ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles New Jersey according to the data:

  1. Somers Point
  2. Lindenwold
  3. Pleasantville

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In New Jersey

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Madison, NJ 16,080 44
2 New Providence, NJ 12,716 55
3 River Edge, NJ 11,648 46
4 Glen Rock, NJ 11,962 41
5 Hillsdale, NJ 10,520 43
6 Summit, NJ 22,155 42
7 Westwood, NJ 11,246 55
8 Tenafly, NJ 14,882 53
9 Kinnelon, NJ 10,242 54
10 Westfield, NJ 30,591 46
11 Haddonfield, NJ 11,428 41
12 Ringwood, NJ 12,451 52
13 Ridgewood, NJ 25,554 37
14 Paramus, NJ 26,919 62
15 Roselle Park, NJ 13,709 37
16 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 12,205 46
17 Oakland, NJ 13,145 61
18 Bergenfield, NJ 27,694 54
19 Lincoln Park, NJ 10,464 60
20 Dumont, NJ 17,882 51
21 Ridgefield, NJ 11,369 58
22 Ramsey, NJ 15,121 41
23 Franklin Lakes, NJ 10,953 42
24 Metuchen, NJ 13,940 35
25 Ridgefield Park, NJ 13,070 56
26 Rutherford, NJ 18,622 52
27 Lodi, NJ 24,805 51
28 Florham Park, NJ 11,792 58
29 Fair Lawn, NJ 33,447 53
30 Highland Park, NJ 14,250 62
31 Hawthorne, NJ 19,065 35
32 New Milford, NJ 16,760 47
33 Edgewater, NJ 12,165 61
34 Totowa, NJ 10,829 42
35 Rahway, NJ 29,443 62
36 Wallington, NJ 11,701 38
37 South River, NJ 16,345 50
38 Palisades Park, NJ 20,716 40
39 Dover, NJ 18,307 54
40 Woodland Park, NJ 12,542 31
41 Fort Lee, NJ 37,058 50
42 Carteret, NJ 24,040 50
43 Paterson, NJ 147,890 69
44 Elmwood Park, NJ 20,293 50
45 Hackensack, NJ 44,673 42
46 Wanaque, NJ 11,782 59
47 Little Ferry, NJ 10,942 40
48 Passaic, NJ 71,057 58
49 Plainfield, NJ 51,097 40
50 New Brunswick, NJ 56,792 58
51 Pompton Lakes, NJ 11,205 54
52 Englewood, NJ 28,509 51
53 Kearny, NJ 42,487 60
54 Garfield, NJ 31,808 58
55 Fairview, NJ 14,422 39
56 Cliffside Park, NJ 24,861 56
57 South Plainfield, NJ 24,154 48
58 Collingswood, NJ 13,969 48
59 Red Bank, NJ 12,220 39
60 Perth Amboy, NJ 52,563 59
61 Elizabeth, NJ 129,363 51
62 Roselle, NJ 21,746 37
63 Clifton, NJ 86,207 39
64 Sayreville, NJ 44,744 46
65 Linden, NJ 42,230 49
66 Bayonne, NJ 66,719 40
67 Bridgeton, NJ 24,948 50
68 Trenton, NJ 84,867 67
69 Newark, NJ 282,803 86
70 Phillipsburg, NJ 14,540 34
71 Beachwood, NJ 11,193 37
72 West New York, NJ 53,345 52
73 Camden, NJ 75,550 34
74 Bellmawr, NJ 11,482 40
75 North Arlington, NJ 15,877 38
76 Hoboken, NJ 54,117 36
77 Secaucus, NJ 19,279 60
78 Glassboro, NJ 19,387 38
79 Point Pleasant, NJ 18,519 45
80 Hopatcong, NJ 14,507 45
81 Harrison, NJ 15,898 60
82 East Orange, NJ 65,151 36
83 Bound Brook, NJ 10,510 46
84 North Plainfield, NJ 22,092 47
85 Vineland, NJ 60,824 65
86 Somerville, NJ 12,234 60
87 Guttenberg, NJ 11,733 31
88 Hammonton, NJ 14,557 51
89 Tinton Falls, NJ 17,902 46
90 Long Branch, NJ 30,751 63
91 Millville, NJ 28,235 58
92 Pine Hill, NJ 10,517 53
93 Asbury Park, NJ 15,830 50
94 Manville, NJ 10,436 43
95 Pleasantville, NJ 20,568 46
96 Lindenwold, NJ 17,481 60
97 Somers Point, NJ 10,644 41

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