10 Best Places To Raise A Family In New Jersey For 2018


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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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:

  1. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. New Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Glen Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Summit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. River Edge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Haddonfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Westfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tenafly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kinnelon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Ringwood (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 the best places to live in New Jersey and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in New Jersey.

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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.

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1. Madison

Madison, NJ

Population: 16,090
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 67
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 38.1%
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.

2. New Providence

New Providence, NJ

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,434
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 42.0%
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.

3. Glen Rock

Glen Rock, NJ

Population: 11,887
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 42.5%
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.

4. Summit

Summit, NJ

Population: 21,895
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 43.3%
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.

5. River Edge

River Edge, NJ

Population: 11,586
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 38.6%
More on River Edge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

6. Haddonfield

Haddonfield, NJ

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,444
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 38.1%
More on Haddonfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Haddonfield is a borough located in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a total population of 11,593, reflecting a decline of 66 from the 11,659 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 31 from the 11,628 counted in the 1990 Census.

7. Westfield

Westfield, NJ

Population: 30,438
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 44.0%
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.

8. Tenafly

Tenafly, NJ

Population: 14,821
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: New York
Households with kids: 48.2%
More on Tenafly: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

9. Kinnelon

Kinnelon, NJ

Population: 10,239
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 36.5%
More on Kinnelon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

10. Ringwood

Ringwood, NJ

Population: 12,398
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Newark
Households with kids: 40.7%
More on Ringwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ringwood is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 12,228, reflecting a decrease of 168 from the 12,396 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 227 from the 12,623 counted in the 1990 Census.

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. Manville
  3. Lindenwold

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 16,090 50
2 New Providence 12,434 49
3 Glen Rock 11,887 44
4 Summit 21,895 48
5 River Edge 11,586 41
6 Haddonfield 11,444 38
7 Westfield 30,438 47
8 Tenafly 14,821 50
9 Kinnelon 10,239 60
10 Ringwood 12,398 43
11 Ridgefield 11,294 61
12 Westwood 11,170 54
13 Ridgewood 25,430 56
14 Oakland 13,041 39
15 Roselle Park 13,560 36
16 Hasbrouck Heights 12,124 33
17 Hillsdale 10,454 53
18 Lincoln Park 10,488 37
19 Metuchen 13,791 51
20 Dumont 17,788 40
21 Lodi 24,654 40
22 Bergenfield 27,513 59
23 Franklin Lakes 10,810 39
24 Highland Park 14,245 50
25 Little Ferry 10,868 41
26 Rutherford 18,480 58
27 New Milford 16,682 47
28 Paramus 26,795 37
29 South River 16,305 32
30 Ridgefield Park 12,976 47
31 Carteret 23,966 43
32 Edgewater 11,998 37
33 Ramsey 15,000 46
34 Woodland Park 12,358 61
35 Florham Park 11,787 35
36 Fairview 14,314 31
37 Rahway 28,884 53
38 Wallington 11,618 38
39 Hawthorne 18,950 54
40 Fair Lawn 33,205 40
41 Pompton Lakes 11,163 39
42 Paterson 146,894 72
43 Totowa 10,900 45
44 Plainfield 50,578 56
45 Dover 18,317 53
46 Woodbury 10,024 58
47 Wanaque 11,636 39
48 Passaic 70,536 44
49 Fort Lee 36,607 42
50 Palisades Park 20,499 40
51 New Brunswick 56,427 50
52 Elmwood Park 20,135 53
53 Englewood 28,184 59
54 Hackensack 44,271 48
55 Cliffside Park 24,661 37
56 South Plainfield 23,963 49
57 Kearny 42,029 50
58 Perth Amboy 52,265 53
59 Elizabeth 128,042 60
60 Garfield 31,456 58
61 Linden 41,595 47
62 Trenton 84,559 71
63 Roselle 21,507 53
64 Collingswood 13,925 60
65 Bayonne 65,772 60
66 Clifton 85,578 61
67 Newark 280,139 74
68 Red Bank 12,218 62
69 Sayreville 44,260 44
70 Phillipsburg 14,570 48
71 Hoboken 53,136 59
72 West New York 52,407 55
73 Guttenberg 11,628 48
74 Bridgeton 25,209 50
75 North Arlington 15,788 53
76 Beachwood 11,153 60
77 East Orange 64,621 45
78 Bellmawr 11,503 57
79 Bound Brook 10,512 48
80 Secaucus 18,737 34
81 North Plainfield 22,106 44
82 Point Pleasant 18,464 48
83 Hopatcong 14,633 35
84 Vineland 60,876 39
85 Pine Hill 10,472 32
86 Glassboro 19,195 50
87 Harrison 15,007 47
88 Hammonton 14,630 58
89 Long Branch 30,705 52
90 Millville 28,399 63
91 Tinton Falls 17,910 33
92 Pleasantville 20,532 39
93 Somerville 12,207 49
94 Asbury Park 15,850 57
95 Lindenwold 17,482 30
96 Manville 10,448 44
97 Somers Point 10,686 47

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