These Are The 10 Best Paterson Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 206 places around Paterson to identify the most kickass place 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 Paterson 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 Paterson 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. Demarest (Photos | Homes)
  9. Westfield (Photos | Homes)
  10. Chatham (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 Paterson ‘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 Paterson for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Paterson 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 Paterson.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 206 suburbs to evaluate around Paterson.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 206 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 Paterson.” 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 Paterson 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 Paterson 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 Paterson for 2018.

It ranks 21st for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 9th 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 Paterson 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 Paterson 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 Paterson 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 Paterson 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 6.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. 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

Demarest 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 1.7% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

9. Westfield

Westfield, New Jersey

Population: 30,438
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $689,400
Median Income: $150,486
More on Westfield: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Westfield?’

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. Chatham

Chatham, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,030
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $729,000
Median Income: $150,625
More on Chatham: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Chatham.

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 Paterson ‘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 Paterson, 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 Paterson 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 Demarest 5,007 4.6% $652,800 $150,139
9 Westfield 30,438 5.3% $689,400 $150,486
10 Chatham 9,030 3.8% $729,000 $150,625
11 Bronxville 6,395 8.5% $995,100 $203,036
12 Munsey Park 2,719 9.6% $1,420,000 $222,083
13 East Williston 2,581 5.9% $791,100 $141,250
14 Pelham Manor 5,564 5.2% $854,700 $158,788
15 Rye 15,949 4.9% $1,107,000 $162,394
16 Haworth 3,446 3.8% $644,700 $168,371
17 Glen Rock 11,887 5.5% $610,600 $159,247
18 East Hills 7,072 4.8% $921,600 $167,917
19 Essex Fells 2,164 6.8% $832,400 $174,432
20 Montebello 4,635 2.4% $618,100 $136,845
21 Upper Saddle River 8,301 6.3% $905,100 $171,747
22 Glen Ridge 7,615 5.7% $593,300 $170,839
23 Old Brookville 2,154 3.5% $1,753,500 $202,083
24 Great Neck Estates 2,820 1.3% $1,230,500 $152,614
25 Briarcliff Manor 7,732 4.5% $678,100 $147,610
26 Pelham 6,996 4.0% $628,500 $136,389
27 Stewart Manor 2,018 3.9% $508,800 $115,313
28 Irvington 6,559 2.3% $648,300 $127,045
29 Mendham 5,012 3.4% $621,100 $138,241
30 Bernardsville 7,776 2.9% $671,200 $136,563
31 Ardsley 4,570 3.5% $616,000 $143,906
32 Floral Park 16,189 5.3% $499,300 $103,644
33 Ridgewood 25,430 5.8% $724,400 $144,734
34 Sea Cliff 5,069 4.1% $650,700 $114,048
35 Oradell 8,160 6.0% $560,100 $145,761
36 Ramsey 15,000 6.1% $559,900 $133,702
37 Franklin Lakes 10,810 5.4% $944,900 $160,000
38 Fanwood 7,530 7.2% $422,700 $119,383
39 Englewood Cliffs 5,405 2.9% $984,700 $131,936
40 New Providence 12,434 4.4% $576,000 $139,375
41 Morris Plains 5,612 5.2% $474,900 $123,263
42 Pleasantville 7,134 4.6% $578,300 $105,943
43 Hoboken 53,136 4.0% $621,300 $118,479
44 Upper Nyack 2,155 4.2% $534,100 $127,500
45 Mountain Lakes 4,287 9.3% $825,100 $162,206
46 Allendale 6,767 7.8% $680,000 $151,641
47 Harrington Park 4,790 3.7% $600,900 $136,313
48 Cresskill 8,745 4.2% $540,700 $117,164
49 Norwood 5,828 4.3% $610,000 $112,031
50 Tenafly 14,821 5.4% $750,800 $144,353
51 Watchung 5,944 2.4% $752,700 $126,250
52 Hastings-On-Hudson 7,959 6.2% $627,100 $116,798
53 Madison 16,090 5.1% $681,900 $120,608
54 Flower Hill 4,764 3.7% $1,077,500 $188,958
55 Piermont 2,565 3.2% $619,900 $101,500
56 Lake Success 3,084 5.0% $1,150,500 $179,531
57 Summit 21,895 4.8% $822,000 $136,491
58 Peapack And Gladstone 2,588 2.0% $659,700 $117,200
59 Metuchen 13,791 5.2% $393,500 $112,561
60 Williston Park 7,282 5.1% $484,300 $104,750
61 Mountainside 6,835 6.7% $622,000 $122,500
62 River Edge 11,586 3.0% $470,100 $111,250
63 Great Neck 10,183 4.8% $763,600 $92,367
64 Closter 8,650 6.3% $637,200 $128,674
65 Thomaston 2,737 7.7% $754,900 $119,760
66 Silver Lake 2,452 2.4% $198,100 $94,500
67 Waldwick 9,922 5.0% $428,600 $110,089
68 Midland Park 7,283 3.1% $456,000 $99,436
69 Florham Park 11,787 5.3% $606,700 $116,528
70 Kinnelon 10,239 7.8% $535,400 $133,000
71 Hillsdale 10,454 5.0% $515,800 $118,138
72 Saddle River 3,241 7.5% $1,784,500 $131,845
73 Kings Point 5,140 4.9% $1,724,800 $131,027
74 South Nyack 3,551 6.5% $450,300 $97,898
75 Dobbs Ferry 11,058 6.4% $618,200 $120,631
76 Edgewater 11,998 5.2% $533,700 $102,355
77 Mineola 19,071 3.0% $438,900 $89,706
78 Fair Lawn 33,205 5.3% $396,800 $102,716
79 Oakland 13,041 5.0% $438,500 $112,917
80 Park Ridge 8,854 6.8% $533,500 $103,700
81 Dumont 17,788 5.1% $358,300 $96,395
82 Wesley Hills 5,860 6.2% $562,500 $112,364
83 Paramus 26,795 5.4% $565,300 $101,793
84 Roseland 5,875 5.5% $477,200 $96,250
85 Garwood 4,315 5.8% $372,500 $74,521
86 New Hyde Park 9,854 6.9% $483,100 $108,313
87 Port Washington North 3,225 5.5% $771,300 $100,547
88 Old Tappan 5,942 8.5% $740,400 $133,750
89 Westwood 11,170 4.9% $437,800 $89,817
90 Rockaway 6,472 2.1% $336,600 $79,602
91 Caldwell 7,967 6.6% $423,100 $75,583
92 Croton-On-Hudson 8,209 6.7% $519,400 $117,656
93 Wood-Ridge 8,109 7.2% $383,600 $100,169
94 Ringwood 12,398 5.7% $348,900 $114,458
95 Manorhaven 6,601 6.8% $561,500 $89,144
96 Roslyn 2,808 5.6% $436,500 $93,606
97 Montvale 8,285 7.2% $600,500 $111,436
98 Great Neck Plaza 6,924 6.8% $331,500 $66,384
99 Rutherford 18,480 6.1% $435,100 $87,587
100 Buchanan 2,246 4.7% $377,700 $100,375

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