These Are The 10 Best Newark Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 213 places around Newark 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 Newark 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 Newark 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. Fair Haven (Photos | Homes)
  8. North Caldwell (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 Newark ‘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 Newark for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Newark 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 Newark.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 213 suburbs to evaluate around Newark.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 213 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 Newark.” 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 Newark 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 Newark 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 Newark for 2018.

It ranks 21st 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 Newark 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 Newark 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 Newark 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 31st best in the area.

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

7. 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

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Fair Haven.

Fair Haven 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 26.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. 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

North Caldwell 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 0.3% of people lack insurance, good for 1st 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 Newark ‘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 Newark, 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 Newark 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 Fair Haven 6,033 5.6% $664,500 $161,131
8 North Caldwell 6,519 3.8% $713,500 $188,897
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 Chatham 9,030 3.8% $729,000 $150,625
13 East Williston 2,581 5.9% $791,100 $141,250
14 Munsey Park 2,719 9.6% $1,420,000 $222,083
15 Bronxville 6,395 8.5% $995,100 $203,036
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 Glen Rock 11,887 5.5% $610,600 $159,247
20 Rumson 6,878 4.7% $956,600 $135,089
21 East Hills 7,072 4.8% $921,600 $167,917
22 Little Silver 5,922 3.5% $608,300 $137,652
23 Essex Fells 2,164 6.8% $832,400 $174,432
24 Montebello 4,635 2.4% $618,100 $136,845
25 Glen Ridge 7,615 5.7% $593,300 $170,839
26 Upper Saddle River 8,301 6.3% $905,100 $171,747
27 Pelham 6,996 4.0% $628,500 $136,389
28 Stewart Manor 2,018 3.9% $508,800 $115,313
29 Great Neck Estates 2,820 1.3% $1,230,500 $152,614
30 Mendham 5,012 3.4% $621,100 $138,241
31 Bernardsville 7,776 2.9% $671,200 $136,563
32 Floral Park 16,189 5.3% $499,300 $103,644
33 Irvington 6,559 2.3% $648,300 $127,045
34 Ardsley 4,570 3.5% $616,000 $143,906
35 Ridgewood 25,430 5.8% $724,400 $144,734
36 Sea Cliff 5,069 4.1% $650,700 $114,048
37 Franklin Lakes 10,810 5.4% $944,900 $160,000
38 Shrewsbury 4,000 4.3% $528,500 $116,071
39 Malverne 8,556 4.5% $434,400 $105,213
40 Oradell 8,160 6.0% $560,100 $145,761
41 Fanwood 7,530 7.2% $422,700 $119,383
42 Ramsey 15,000 6.1% $559,900 $133,702
43 Englewood Cliffs 5,405 2.9% $984,700 $131,936
44 Hoboken 53,136 4.0% $621,300 $118,479
45 New Providence 12,434 4.4% $576,000 $139,375
46 Morris Plains 5,612 5.2% $474,900 $123,263
47 Monmouth Beach 3,249 4.5% $663,800 $105,391
48 Mountain Lakes 4,287 9.3% $825,100 $162,206
49 Rockville Centre 24,262 5.9% $608,600 $102,807
50 East Rockaway 9,815 5.4% $443,600 $92,369
51 Allendale 6,767 7.8% $680,000 $151,641
52 Cresskill 8,745 4.2% $540,700 $117,164
53 Norwood 5,828 4.3% $610,000 $112,031
54 Tenafly 14,821 5.4% $750,800 $144,353
55 Watchung 5,944 2.4% $752,700 $126,250
56 Harrington Park 4,790 3.7% $600,900 $136,313
57 Hastings-On-Hudson 7,959 6.2% $627,100 $116,798
58 Williston Park 7,282 5.1% $484,300 $104,750
59 Madison 16,090 5.1% $681,900 $120,608
60 Peapack And Gladstone 2,588 2.0% $659,700 $117,200
61 Piermont 2,565 3.2% $619,900 $101,500
62 Lake Success 3,084 5.0% $1,150,500 $179,531
63 Flower Hill 4,764 3.7% $1,077,500 $188,958
64 Metuchen 13,791 5.2% $393,500 $112,561
65 Summit 21,895 4.8% $822,000 $136,491
66 River Edge 11,586 3.0% $470,100 $111,250
67 Mountainside 6,835 6.7% $622,000 $122,500
68 Great Neck 10,183 4.8% $763,600 $92,367
69 Thomaston 2,737 7.7% $754,900 $119,760
70 Waldwick 9,922 5.0% $428,600 $110,089
71 Midland Park 7,283 3.1% $456,000 $99,436
72 Silver Lake 2,452 2.4% $198,100 $94,500
73 Closter 8,650 6.3% $637,200 $128,674
74 Kinnelon 10,239 7.8% $535,400 $133,000
75 Florham Park 11,787 5.3% $606,700 $116,528
76 Hillsdale 10,454 5.0% $515,800 $118,138
77 Kings Point 5,140 4.9% $1,724,800 $131,027
78 Saddle River 3,241 7.5% $1,784,500 $131,845
79 Edgewater 11,998 5.2% $533,700 $102,355
80 Mineola 19,071 3.0% $438,900 $89,706
81 South Nyack 3,551 6.5% $450,300 $97,898
82 Fair Lawn 33,205 5.3% $396,800 $102,716
83 Dobbs Ferry 11,058 6.4% $618,200 $120,631
84 Cedarhurst 6,652 7.1% $530,500 $94,417
85 Oakland 13,041 5.0% $438,500 $112,917
86 Dumont 17,788 5.1% $358,300 $96,395
87 Park Ridge 8,854 6.8% $533,500 $103,700
88 Roseland 5,875 5.5% $477,200 $96,250
89 New Hyde Park 9,854 6.9% $483,100 $108,313
90 Paramus 26,795 5.4% $565,300 $101,793
91 Garwood 4,315 5.8% $372,500 $74,521
92 Port Washington North 3,225 5.5% $771,300 $100,547
93 Westwood 11,170 4.9% $437,800 $89,817
94 Lynbrook 19,584 6.7% $423,600 $81,077
95 Old Tappan 5,942 8.5% $740,400 $133,750
96 Rockaway 6,472 2.1% $336,600 $79,602
97 Ringwood 12,398 5.7% $348,900 $114,458
98 Wood-Ridge 8,109 7.2% $383,600 $100,169
99 Manorhaven 6,601 6.8% $561,500 $89,144
100 Caldwell 7,967 6.6% $423,100 $75,583

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