These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In New Jersey For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in New Jersey have the most for people looking to make the move to New Jersey.

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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:

  1. Hunterdon County (Photos)
  2. Morris County (Photos)
  3. Somerset County (Photos)
  4. Sussex County (Photos)
  5. Burlington County (Photos)
  6. Monmouth County (Photos)
  7. Middlesex County (Photos)
  8. Bergen County (Photos)
  9. Warren County (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or, check out the best places to live in New Jersey and the best places to raise a family in New Jersey.

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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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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.

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1. Hunterdon County

Clinton, NJ

Biggest Place: Flemington
Population: 125,708
Median Income: $108,177 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $389,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (1st best)
More on Hunterdon County: PhotosData

2. Morris County

Boonton, NJ

Biggest Place: Morristown
Population: 498,215
Median Income: $102,798 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $428,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (3rd best)
More on Morris County: PhotosData

3. Somerset County

Bernardsville, NJ

Biggest Place: Somerset
Population: 331,686
Median Income: $102,405 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $404,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (2nd best)
More on Somerset County: PhotosData

4. Sussex County

Franklin, NJ

Biggest Place: Hopatcong
Population: 144,694
Median Income: $87,388 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $265,600 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (8th best)
More on Sussex County: PhotosData

5. Burlington County

Beverly, NJ

Biggest Place: Moorestown-Lenola
Population: 450,236
Median Income: $80,034 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $245,000 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (10th best)
More on Burlington County: PhotosData

6. Monmouth County

Asbury Park, NJ

Biggest Place: Long Branch
Population: 627,532
Median Income: $87,297 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $387,500 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (5th best)
More on Monmouth County: PhotosData

7. Middlesex County

Carteret, NJ

Biggest Place: New Brunswick
Population: 831,852
Median Income: $80,716 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $324,500 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (6th best)
More on Middlesex County: PhotosData

8. Bergen County

Allendale, NJ

Biggest Place: Hackensack
Population: 930,310
Median Income: $88,487 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $443,400 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (4th best)
More on Bergen County: PhotosData

9. Warren County

Alpha, NJ

Biggest Place: Phillipsburg
Population: 107,095
Median Income: $72,999 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $254,400 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (13th best)
More on Warren County: PhotosData

10. Gloucester County

Clayton, NJ

Biggest Place: Glassboro
Population: 291,286
Median Income: $78,592 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $213,200 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (11th best)
More on Gloucester County: PhotosData

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:

  1. Cumberland County
  2. Salem County
  3. Essex County

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In New Jersey

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Hunterdon County 1 125,708 $108,177 $389,500
Morris County 2 498,215 $102,798 $428,900
Somerset County 3 331,686 $102,405 $404,100
Sussex County 4 144,694 $87,388 $265,600
Burlington County 5 450,236 $80,034 $245,000
Monmouth County 6 627,532 $87,297 $387,500
Middlesex County 7 831,852 $80,716 $324,500
Bergen County 8 930,310 $88,487 $443,400
Warren County 9 107,095 $72,999 $254,400
Gloucester County 10 291,286 $78,592 $213,200
Ocean County 11 586,166 $63,108 $264,200
Mercer County 12 371,101 $73,966 $277,400
Cape May County 13 95,404 $59,338 $296,100
Passaic County 14 507,204 $61,664 $333,400
Union County 15 550,436 $70,476 $347,500
Camden County 16 511,145 $63,028 $193,500
Hudson County 17 668,526 $60,894 $341,300
Atlantic County 18 274,026 $55,456 $222,200
Essex County 19 792,586 $54,860 $356,300
Salem County 20 64,504 $61,341 $186,200
Cumberland County 21 155,744 $49,537 $161,900

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