Best Newark Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 213 places around Newark to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Newark suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of Newark? Munsey Park ranks as the best suburb of Newark for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Munsey Park, 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about New Jersey:

The 10 Best Newark Suburbs To Live For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,719
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
More on Munsey Park: Real Estate | Data

Munsey Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Newark area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Munsey Park."

Everyone here is rich; families average $250,001 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Newark region. And only 3.86% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,533,900 each.

Scarsdale, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,805
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Scarsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scarsdale is the second best 'burb we looked at near Newark for 2020.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 0.98% of residents lack insurance, good for 10th best.

Larchmont, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,092
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $213,988
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Larchmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Larchmont, 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 Larchmont.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,113
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $207,578
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on East Hills: Real Estate | Data

East Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Newark for 2020.

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

North Hills, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,639
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $137,423
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 0.6%
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is North Hills.

North Hills gets kudos for having the 16th most expensive homes in the Newark area, where houses sell for an average of $981,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

North Caldwell, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,621
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $190,028
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on North Caldwell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Caldwell 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 1.87% which is 7th best in the area.

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

Westfield, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,086
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $168,721
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Westfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Westfield.

Westfield 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 10.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,816
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $167,344
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Woodcliff Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodcliff Lake 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 1.13% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Lawrence, NY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,535
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Income: $142,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Glen Rock, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,826
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $166,450
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Glen Rock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Glen Rock.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Newark for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 216 suburbs to evaluate around Newark.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 216 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, Munsey Park. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Newark 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Newark Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Munsey Park, NJ 2,719 $250,001
2 Scarsdale, NJ 17,805 $250,001
3 Larchmont, NJ 6,092 $213,988
4 East Hills, NJ 7,113 $207,578
5 North Hills, NJ 5,639 $137,423
6 North Caldwell, NJ 6,621 $190,028
7 Westfield, NJ 30,086 $168,721
8 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 5,816 $167,344
9 Lawrence, NJ 6,535 $142,500
10 Glen Rock, NJ 11,826 $166,450
11 Glen Ridge, NJ 7,573 $213,801
12 Rumson, NJ 6,805 $177,857
13 Sands Point, NJ 2,857 $250,001
14 Hastings-On-Hudson, NJ 7,964 $139,118
15 Haworth, NJ 3,418 $173,750
16 Montebello, NJ 4,616 $136,424
17 East Williston, NJ 2,576 $176,328
18 Bronxville, NJ 6,394 $187,188
19 Monmouth Beach, NJ 3,221 $132,125
20 Fair Haven, NJ 5,943 $170,625
21 Mendham, NJ 4,945 $158,542
22 Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 4,101 $191,645
23 Floral Park, NJ 16,209 $114,674
24 Flower Hill, NJ 4,795 $185,341
25 Chatham, NJ 8,881 $169,524
26 Shrewsbury, NJ 4,088 $124,500
27 Rye, NJ 15,862 $180,958
28 Franklin Lakes, NJ 10,883 $159,883
29 Ridgewood, NJ 25,269 $168,608
30 Ramsey, NJ 14,963 $144,606
31 Oradell, NJ 8,134 $146,103
32 Stewart Manor, NJ 2,191 $126,618
33 Rockville Centre, NJ 24,442 $114,483
34 Saddle River, NJ 3,212 $175,357
35 Mountain Lakes, NJ 4,274 $216,250
36 Essex Fells, NJ 2,205 $205,714
37 Hoboken, NJ 53,211 $136,402
38 Pelham Manor, NJ 5,595 $163,958
39 Roseland, NJ 5,849 $126,250
40 Irvington, NJ 6,539 $130,919
41 Malverne, NJ 8,535 $119,500
42 Watchung, NJ 6,034 $153,341
43 Cresskill, NJ 8,730 $138,256
44 Little Silver, NJ 5,864 $162,232
45 Tenafly, NJ 14,687 $159,722
46 Demarest, NJ 4,959 $158,906
47 Upper Saddle River, NJ 8,242 $167,589
48 Dobbs Ferry, NJ 11,027 $138,477
49 Great Neck Estates, NJ 2,841 $148,939
50 Metuchen, NJ 13,858 $124,317
51 Allendale, NJ 6,762 $158,977
52 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 5,356 $145,729
53 Hillsdale, NJ 10,395 $140,694
54 Waldwick, NJ 9,948 $119,434
55 South Nyack, NJ 3,517 $101,641
56 Lake Success, NJ 3,102 $190,500
57 Ardsley, NJ 4,534 $132,778
58 New Hyde Park, NJ 9,846 $126,210
59 Mineola, NJ 19,132 $96,250
60 Norwood, NJ 5,819 $127,386
61 Park Ridge, NJ 8,804 $118,560
62 Pelham, NJ 6,949 $130,945
63 Sea Cliff, NJ 5,051 $120,590
64 Williston Park, NJ 7,294 $106,813
65 Midland Park, NJ 7,263 $119,231
66 Madison, NJ 16,042 $133,125
67 Mountainside, NJ 6,820 $125,694
68 Closter, NJ 8,585 $132,544
69 Fanwood, NJ 7,602 $133,452
70 Cedarhurst, NJ 6,661 $99,873
71 New Providence, NJ 12,808 $134,141
72 Piermont, NJ 2,543 $117,857
73 Peapack And Gladstone, NJ 2,566 $122,198
74 Lynbrook, NJ 19,552 $97,206
75 Kinnelon, NJ 10,132 $156,048
76 River Edge, NJ 11,530 $123,409
77 Morris Plains, NJ 5,625 $125,333
78 Harrington Park, NJ 4,761 $128,380
79 Fair Lawn, NJ 33,081 $115,512
80 Bernardsville, NJ 7,698 $159,909
81 East Rockaway, NJ 9,802 $99,715
82 Florham Park, NJ 11,672 $127,695
83 Summit, NJ 21,921 $146,755
84 Silver Lake, NJ 2,511 $103,947
85 Roslyn, NJ 2,852 $105,000
86 Great Neck, NJ 10,203 $94,153
87 Edgewater, NJ 12,184 $107,143
88 Westwood, NJ 11,145 $102,938
89 Great Neck Plaza, NJ 6,957 $78,770
90 Kings Point, NJ 5,187 $123,750
91 Emerson, NJ 7,611 $123,808
92 Long Beach, NJ 33,509 $93,722
93 Oakland, NJ 13,009 $117,996
94 Thomaston, NJ 2,624 $119,485
95 Paramus, NJ 26,613 $117,087
96 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 12,091 $91,911
97 Port Washington North, NJ 3,209 $109,519
98 Ringwood, NJ 12,276 $128,093
99 Caldwell, NJ 7,971 $87,727
100 Old Tappan, NJ 5,923 $137,132

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.