These Are The 10 Best Jersey City Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 222 places around Jersey City to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Jersey City are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Jersey City for 2018:

  1. Scarsdale (Photos | Homes)
  2. Larchmont (Photos | Homes)
  3. Woodcliff Lake (Photos | Homes)
  4. North Hills (Photos | Homes)
  5. Sands Point (Photos | Homes)
  6. Ho-Ho-Kus (Photos | Homes)
  7. North Caldwell (Photos | Homes)
  8. Fair Haven (Photos | Homes)
  9. Lawrence (Photos | Homes)
  10. Demarest (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Scarsdale, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Jersey City ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Jersey City for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Jersey City was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Jersey City.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 222 suburbs to evaluate around Jersey City.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 222 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near Jersey City.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Scarsdale.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Scarsdale

Scarsdale, New Jersey

Population: 17,684
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $1,318,500
Median Income: $250,000
More on Scarsdale: Real Estate | Data

Scarsdale is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Jersey City area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Scarsdale.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $250,000 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Jersey City region. And only 3.2% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,318,500 each.

2. Larchmont

Larchmont, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,031
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $1,060,700
Median Income: $152,483
More on Larchmont: Real Estate | Data

Larchmont is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Jersey City for 2018.

It ranks 24th for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

3. Woodcliff Lake

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

Population: 5,844
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $756,100
Median Income: $150,862
More on Woodcliff Lake: Real Estate | Data

Here in Woodcliff Lake, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Jersey City metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Woodcliff Lake.

4. North Hills

North Hills, New Jersey

Population: 5,420
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Median Home Price: $957,600
Median Income: $123,798
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data

North Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Jersey City for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in North Hills and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Sands Point

Sands Point, New Jersey

Population: 2,859
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Median Home Price: $2,000,000
Median Income: $231,667
More on Sands Point: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Sands Point.

Sands Point gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Jersey City area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Ho-Ho-Kus

Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey

Population: 4,139
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $716,800
Median Income: $163,988
More on Ho-Ho-Kus: Real Estate | Data

Ho-Ho-Kus is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.0% which is 32nd best in the area.

According to online reports, Ho-Ho-Kus is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Jersey City area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. North Caldwell

North Caldwell, New Jersey

Population: 6,519
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $713,500
Median Income: $188,897
More on North Caldwell: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to North Caldwell.

North Caldwell schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 13.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Fair Haven

Fair Haven, New Jersey

Population: 6,033
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $664,500
Median Income: $161,131
More on Fair Haven: Real Estate | Data

Fair Haven is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.2% of people lack insurance, good for 24th in the area.

9. Lawrence

Lawrence, New Jersey

Population: 6,526
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Median Home Price: $856,000
Median Income: $140,221
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Lawrence?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Demarest

Demarest, New Jersey

Population: 5,007
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $652,800
Median Income: $150,139
More on Demarest: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Demarest.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Jersey City ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Jersey City, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Jersey City Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Scarsdale 17,684 3.2% $1,318,500 $250,000
2 Larchmont 6,031 6.0% $1,060,700 $152,483
3 Woodcliff Lake 5,844 2.4% $756,100 $150,862
4 North Hills 5,420 0.9% $957,600 $123,798
5 Sands Point 2,859 2.3% $2,000,000 $231,667
6 Ho-Ho-Kus 4,139 4.0% $716,800 $163,988
7 North Caldwell 6,519 3.8% $713,500 $188,897
8 Fair Haven 6,033 5.6% $664,500 $161,131
9 Lawrence 6,526 2.3% $856,000 $140,221
10 Demarest 5,007 4.6% $652,800 $150,139
11 Westfield 30,438 5.3% $689,400 $150,486
12 Bronxville 6,395 8.5% $995,100 $203,036
13 Munsey Park 2,719 9.6% $1,420,000 $222,083
14 Chatham 9,030 3.8% $729,000 $150,625
15 East Williston 2,581 5.9% $791,100 $141,250
16 Pelham Manor 5,564 5.2% $854,700 $158,788
17 Haworth 3,446 3.8% $644,700 $168,371
18 Rye 15,949 4.9% $1,107,000 $162,394
19 Rumson 6,878 4.7% $956,600 $135,089
20 Glen Rock 11,887 5.5% $610,600 $159,247
21 Brookville 3,556 5.4% $1,835,200 $237,083
22 Little Silver 5,922 3.5% $608,300 $137,652
23 Montebello 4,635 2.4% $618,100 $136,845
24 East Hills 7,072 4.8% $921,600 $167,917
25 Essex Fells 2,164 6.8% $832,400 $174,432
26 Old Brookville 2,154 3.5% $1,753,500 $202,083
27 Glen Ridge 7,615 5.7% $593,300 $170,839
28 Upper Saddle River 8,301 6.3% $905,100 $171,747
29 Old Westbury 4,582 4.5% $1,675,000 $164,286
30 Pelham 6,996 4.0% $628,500 $136,389
31 Stewart Manor 2,018 3.9% $508,800 $115,313
32 Mendham 5,012 3.4% $621,100 $138,241
33 Bernardsville 7,776 2.9% $671,200 $136,563
34 Great Neck Estates 2,820 1.3% $1,230,500 $152,614
35 Irvington 6,559 2.3% $648,300 $127,045
36 Floral Park 16,189 5.3% $499,300 $103,644
37 Ardsley 4,570 3.5% $616,000 $143,906
38 Ridgewood 25,430 5.8% $724,400 $144,734
39 Sea Cliff 5,069 4.1% $650,700 $114,048
40 Shrewsbury 4,000 4.3% $528,500 $116,071
41 Franklin Lakes 10,810 5.4% $944,900 $160,000
42 Oradell 8,160 6.0% $560,100 $145,761
43 Ramsey 15,000 6.1% $559,900 $133,702
44 Bayville 6,745 3.2% $506,900 $100,078
45 Malverne 8,556 4.5% $434,400 $105,213
46 Fanwood 7,530 7.2% $422,700 $119,383
47 Englewood Cliffs 5,405 2.9% $984,700 $131,936
48 Hoboken 53,136 4.0% $621,300 $118,479
49 New Providence 12,434 4.4% $576,000 $139,375
50 Morris Plains 5,612 5.2% $474,900 $123,263
51 Upper Nyack 2,155 4.2% $534,100 $127,500
52 Mountain Lakes 4,287 9.3% $825,100 $162,206
53 Monmouth Beach 3,249 4.5% $663,800 $105,391
54 Allendale 6,767 7.8% $680,000 $151,641
55 Rockville Centre 24,262 5.9% $608,600 $102,807
56 East Rockaway 9,815 5.4% $443,600 $92,369
57 Norwood 5,828 4.3% $610,000 $112,031
58 Tenafly 14,821 5.4% $750,800 $144,353
59 Watchung 5,944 2.4% $752,700 $126,250
60 Cresskill 8,745 4.2% $540,700 $117,164
61 Harrington Park 4,790 3.7% $600,900 $136,313
62 Hastings-On-Hudson 7,959 6.2% $627,100 $116,798
63 Williston Park 7,282 5.1% $484,300 $104,750
64 Lake Success 3,084 5.0% $1,150,500 $179,531
65 Piermont 2,565 3.2% $619,900 $101,500
66 Madison 16,090 5.1% $681,900 $120,608
67 Flower Hill 4,764 3.7% $1,077,500 $188,958
68 Summit 21,895 4.8% $822,000 $136,491
69 Metuchen 13,791 5.2% $393,500 $112,561
70 Mountainside 6,835 6.7% $622,000 $122,500
71 River Edge 11,586 3.0% $470,100 $111,250
72 Great Neck 10,183 4.8% $763,600 $92,367
73 Thomaston 2,737 7.7% $754,900 $119,760
74 Silver Lake 2,452 2.4% $198,100 $94,500
75 Midland Park 7,283 3.1% $456,000 $99,436
76 Closter 8,650 6.3% $637,200 $128,674
77 Waldwick 9,922 5.0% $428,600 $110,089
78 Kinnelon 10,239 7.8% $535,400 $133,000
79 Florham Park 11,787 5.3% $606,700 $116,528
80 Kings Point 5,140 4.9% $1,724,800 $131,027
81 Hillsdale 10,454 5.0% $515,800 $118,138
82 Saddle River 3,241 7.5% $1,784,500 $131,845
83 Edgewater 11,998 5.2% $533,700 $102,355
84 Mineola 19,071 3.0% $438,900 $89,706
85 South Nyack 3,551 6.5% $450,300 $97,898
86 Dobbs Ferry 11,058 6.4% $618,200 $120,631
87 Fair Lawn 33,205 5.3% $396,800 $102,716
88 Cedarhurst 6,652 7.1% $530,500 $94,417
89 Oakland 13,041 5.0% $438,500 $112,917
90 Dumont 17,788 5.1% $358,300 $96,395
91 Park Ridge 8,854 6.8% $533,500 $103,700
92 Wesley Hills 5,860 6.2% $562,500 $112,364
93 Paramus 26,795 5.4% $565,300 $101,793
94 New Hyde Park 9,854 6.9% $483,100 $108,313
95 Roseland 5,875 5.5% $477,200 $96,250
96 Garwood 4,315 5.8% $372,500 $74,521
97 Port Washington North 3,225 5.5% $771,300 $100,547
98 Old Tappan 5,942 8.5% $740,400 $133,750
99 Westwood 11,170 4.9% $437,800 $89,817
100 Lynbrook 19,584 6.7% $423,600 $81,077

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