These Are The 10 Best Paterson Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 206 places around Paterson to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Paterson 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 Paterson are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

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.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about New Jersey:

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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 204 suburbs to evaluate around Paterson.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 204 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.

Scarsdale, NY

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7
/10

Population: 17,856
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Scarsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $1,337,800 each.

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5
/10

Population: 7,114
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 15)
Median Income: $199,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on East Hills: Real Estate | Data

East Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Paterson for 2019.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 2.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 24th best.

Larchmont, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,111
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $198,661
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
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 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 Larchmont.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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10
/10

Population: 5,868
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $161,250
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Woodcliff Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodcliff Lake ranks as the 4th best suburb of Paterson for 2019.

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

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6
/10

Population: 2,739
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Income: $250,000
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Munsey Park: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Munsey Park.

Munsey Park gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Paterson area, where houses sell for an average of $1,505,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

North Hills, NY

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7.5
/10

Population: 5,524
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $121,184
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Hills 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 1.6% which is 3rd best in the area.

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

Sands Point, NY

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6
/10

Population: 2,856
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $231,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Sands Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Sands Point.

Sands Point 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 24.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

East Williston, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,582
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $156,397
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on East Williston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Williston 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 2.0% of people lack insurance, good for 21st in the area.

North Caldwell, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,637
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $187,470
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on North Caldwell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In North Caldwell?’

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.

Westfield, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,591
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $159,923
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Westfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Westfield.

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 2019

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.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Paterson Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Scarsdale 17,856 $250,000
2 East Hills 7,114 $199,000
3 Larchmont 6,111 $198,661
4 Woodcliff Lake 5,868 $161,250
5 Munsey Park 2,739 $250,000
6 North Hills 5,524 $121,184
7 Sands Point 2,856 $231,607
8 East Williston 2,582 $156,397
9 North Caldwell 6,637 $187,470
10 Westfield 30,591 $159,923
11 Rye 16,004 $172,422
12 Glen Ridge 7,668 $196,821
13 Glen Rock 11,962 $162,443
14 Bronxville 6,428 $205,781
15 Haworth 3,473 $170,417
16 Chatham 9,003 $163,026
17 Essex Fells 2,095 $200,875
18 Flower Hill 4,785 $178,750
19 Ridgewood 25,554 $162,011
20 Ramsey 15,121 $137,768
21 Irvington 6,588 $133,194
22 Upper Saddle River 8,339 $176,674
23 Montebello 4,658 $157,798
24 Cresskill 8,811 $136,250
25 Floral Park 16,269 $107,917
26 Mendham 4,992 $145,284
27 Saddle River 3,248 $173,333
28 Fanwood 7,648 $132,292
29 Oradell 8,222 $137,583
30 Englewood Cliffs 5,435 $134,629
31 Pelham 7,016 $127,470
32 Old Brookville 2,022 $203,438
33 Franklin Lakes 10,953 $155,458
34 Demarest 5,031 $149,271
35 Pelham Manor 5,634 $158,417
36 Williston Park 7,334 $104,198
37 Peapack And Gladstone 2,595 $129,688
38 Stewart Manor 2,125 $125,278
39 Sea Cliff 5,085 $115,691
40 Briarcliff Manor 7,864 $157,963
41 Great Neck Estates 2,840 $158,182
42 Hoboken 54,117 $127,523
43 Tenafly 14,882 $153,906
44 New Providence 12,716 $129,638
45 Mountain Lakes 4,309 $175,556
46 Upper Nyack 2,204 $127,167
47 Watchung 5,961 $121,678
48 Piermont 2,574 $104,549
49 Allendale 6,820 $151,875
50 Ardsley 4,557 $130,586
51 Norwood 5,864 $125,417
52 Metuchen 13,940 $116,632
53 Morris Plains 5,605 $125,229
54 Madison 16,080 $127,948
55 South Nyack 3,546 $99,643
56 River Edge 11,648 $123,590
57 Midland Park 7,336 $105,313
58 Summit 22,155 $132,443
59 Great Neck 10,272 $91,484
60 Waldwick 9,985 $115,591
61 Bernardsville 7,792 $150,635
62 Hillsdale 10,520 $124,844
63 Dobbs Ferry 11,141 $126,988
64 South Floral Park 2,006 $95,781
65 Park Ridge 8,905 $106,875
66 Mountainside 6,907 $129,405
67 Garwood 4,365 $79,063
68 Florham Park 11,792 $123,266
69 Wesley Hills 5,890 $115,250
70 Fair Lawn 33,447 $109,747
71 Harrington Park 4,819 $127,188
72 Kinnelon 10,242 $147,267
73 Pleasantville 7,275 $113,071
74 Lake Success 3,112 $167,083
75 Kings Point 5,181 $122,083
76 Port Washington North 3,233 $96,750
77 Roseland 5,907 $110,208
78 Edgewater 12,165 $103,505
79 Silver Lake 2,450 $100,486
80 Mineola 19,223 $90,027
81 Thomaston 2,735 $117,279
82 Closter 8,710 $130,670
83 Roslyn 2,849 $102,857
84 Westwood 11,246 $95,685
85 Dumont 17,882 $94,617
86 Oakland 13,145 $112,944
87 New Hyde Park 9,906 $117,015
88 Rockaway 6,473 $83,714
89 Paramus 26,919 $105,114
90 Old Tappan 5,999 $141,185
91 Butler 7,780 $96,474
92 Kenilworth 8,235 $108,281
93 Hasbrouck Heights 12,205 $87,800
94 Lincoln Park 10,464 $91,285
95 Mount Arlington 5,405 $90,625
96 Valley Stream 37,843 $99,439
97 New Milford 16,760 $84,025
98 Bergenfield 27,694 $90,962
99 Harrison 28,319 $117,453
100 Airmont 8,869 $94,606

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