Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is New Jersey a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in New Jersey.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Garden State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of New Jersey, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 21 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Garden State for 2018:
- Hunterdon County (Photos)
- Morris County (Photos)
- Somerset County (Photos)
- Sussex County (Photos)
- Burlington County (Photos)
- Monmouth County (Photos)
- Middlesex County (Photos)
- Bergen County (Photos)
- Warren County (Photos)
- Gloucester County (Photos)
Hunterdon County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in New Jersey. And you might want to avoid Cumberland County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move New Jersey, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which New Jersey county is the best?
To give you the best county in New Jersey, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in New Jersey across each of the criteria from one to 21, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In New Jersey’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Garden State.
Read on to see why Hunterdon County is the best county, while Cumberland County is probably in contention for being the worst county in New Jersey.
Biggest Place: Moorestown-Lenola
Median Income: $80,034 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $245,000 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (10th best)
More on Burlington County: Photos | Data
There You Have It – The Best Counties In New Jersey To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in New Jersey can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in New Jersey according to the data:
- Cumberland County
- Salem County
- Essex County
For more New Jersey reading, check out:
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- 10 Worst Places To Live In New Jersey
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Jersey
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New Jersey
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In New Jersey
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