These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019


We crunched the numbers to find out the best place to live in the best state in the good ole US of A.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in New Jersey.

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We all know New Jersey is the best state in the Union.

But because the whole state is so awesome, it’s hard to choose the best place to live within New Jersey.

Thankfully for you, we decided this question needed to be answered once and for all. So we turned to data and analytics to understand the best place to live in New Jersey.

After analyzing over 700 places in New Jersey, we came up with this list as the best places in the Garden State:

  1. North Caldwell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Woodcliff Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Haddonfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Oradell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Glen Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Demarest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Fair Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. New Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Westfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Chatham (Photos | Homes For Sale)

There you have it, the best that New Jersey has to offer when it comes to finding a place to live.

At the end of the day, it looks like the places with low unemployment and high incomes outmatched their short commute counterparts.

However, in our humble opinion, there’s no better state in the nation than New Jersey, so any place inside the state bounds is a great place to live.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in New Jersey

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Trenton with a population of 84,559 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 177 cities, 209 towns, and 67 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In New Jersey

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in New Jersey across a number of criteria from one to 177, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In New Jersey”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in New Jersey? That would be North Caldwell.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in New Jersey.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with North Caldwell at the end of the cul-de-sac.

North Caldwell, NJ

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Population: 6,519
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $713,500 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (12th best)
More on North Caldwell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Caldwell has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\North Caldwell had the 1st highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $188,897.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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Population: 5,844
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $756,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (2nd best)
More on Woodcliff Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodcliff Lake is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 2nd best place in New Jersey?

Homes are priced around $756,100 and residents have the 140th shortest commute in New Jersey.

Haddonfield, NJ

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Population: 11,444
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $487,700 (41st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (10th best)
More on Haddonfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There’s two types of people who live in Haddonfield. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $487,700 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Haddonfield is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Oradell, NJ

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Population: 8,160
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $560,100 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (69th best)
More on Oradell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Looks like little Oradell might be a hidden gem in New Jersey. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($560,100) and crime is really low (7th lowest in the state).

Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.

Glen Rock, NJ

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Population: 11,887
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $610,600 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (57th best)
More on Glen Rock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glen Rock is another gem in Garden State. The unemployment rate here is 57th lowest in the entire state at 5.5%. Other factors that make Glen Rock so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $610,600, and parents earn a combined $159,247 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

Demarest, NJ

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Population: 5,007
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $652,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (24th best)
More on Demarest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you want to live in New Jersey, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Demarest area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $150,139 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Demarest as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Demarest.

Fair Haven, NJ

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Population: 6,033
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $664,500 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (60th best)
More on Fair Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

With the unemployment rate being the 60th lowest in New Jersey and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Fair Haven.

Plus, the crime rate is the 44th lowest in the state!

New Providence, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 12,434
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $576,000 (30th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (22nd best)
More on New Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Providence ranks 8th on our list of best places to live in New Jersey thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in New Jersey that we examined.

People have been flocking to New Providence over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Westfield, NJ

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Population: 30,438
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $689,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (46th best)
More on Westfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westfield is known for having a great education system and has the 166th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Westfield is the 46th lowest in New Jersey and the median income is the 10th highest in the state.

Chatham, NJ

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Population: 9,030
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $729,000 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (12th best)
More on Chatham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you live in Chatham, you probably know how great it is already.

Chatham has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($150,625). And the crime is really, really low (23rd lowest in New Jersey).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In New Jersey

If you’re looking at areas in New Jersey with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

North Caldwell made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in New Jersey for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In New Jersey

  1. Plainsboro Center (Pop. 2,733)
  2. Brielle (Pop. 4,745)
  3. Allenwood (Pop. 1,002)
  4. Barclay (Pop. 4,340)
  5. Ho-Ho-Kus (Pop. 4,139)
  6. Pennington (Pop. 2,567)
  7. Spring Lake Heights (Pop. 4,646)
  8. Robbinsville (Pop. 3,321)
  9. Navesink (Pop. 1,699)
  10. Hopewell (Pop. 1,904)

Best Small Towns To Live In New Jersey

  1. Skillman (Pop. 211)
  2. Belle Mead (Pop. 196)
  3. East Rocky Hill (Pop. 223)
  4. Hainesburg (Pop. 59)
  5. Blawenburg (Pop. 305)
  6. Interlaken (Pop. 806)
  7. Mantoloking (Pop. 276)
  8. Loch Arbour (Pop. 202)
  9. Clyde (Pop. 243)
  10. Rocky Hill (Pop. 618)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New Jersey according to the data:

  1. Lindenwold (Pop. 17,482)
  2. Newark (Pop. 280,139)
  3. Bridgeton (Pop. 25,209)

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In New Jersey

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 North Caldwell 6,519 3.8% $713,500
2 Woodcliff Lake 5,844 2.4% $756,100
3 Haddonfield 11,444 3.4% $487,700
4 Oradell 8,160 6.0% $560,100
5 Glen Rock 11,887 5.5% $610,600
6 Demarest 5,007 4.6% $652,800
7 Fair Haven 6,033 5.6% $664,500
8 New Providence 12,434 4.4% $576,000
9 Westfield 30,438 5.3% $689,400
10 Chatham 9,030 3.8% $729,000
11 Madison 16,090 5.1% $681,900
12 Mendham 5,012 3.4% $621,100
13 Waldwick 9,922 5.0% $428,600
14 Mountainside 6,835 6.7% $622,000
15 Upper Saddle River 8,301 6.3% $905,100
16 Rumson 6,878 4.7% $956,600
17 Norwood 5,828 4.3% $610,000
18 Cresskill 8,745 4.2% $540,700
19 Bernardsville 7,776 2.9% $671,200
20 Little Silver 5,922 3.5% $608,300
21 Franklin Lakes 10,810 5.4% $944,900
22 Midland Park 7,283 3.1% $456,000
23 Englewood Cliffs 5,405 2.9% $984,700
24 Ridgewood 25,430 5.8% $724,400
25 Allendale 6,767 7.8% $680,000
26 Hillsdale 10,454 5.0% $515,800
27 Park Ridge 8,854 6.8% $533,500
28 Dumont 17,788 5.1% $358,300
29 Fanwood 7,530 7.2% $422,700
30 River Edge 11,586 3.0% $470,100
31 Tenafly 14,821 5.4% $750,800
32 Roseland 5,875 5.5% $477,200
33 Wood-Ridge 8,109 7.2% $383,600
34 Morris Plains 5,612 5.2% $474,900
35 Closter 8,650 6.3% $637,200
36 Ramsey 15,000 6.1% $559,900
37 Westwood 11,170 4.9% $437,800
38 Oakland 13,041 5.0% $438,500
39 Old Tappan 5,942 8.5% $740,400
40 Metuchen 13,791 5.2% $393,500
41 Summit 21,895 4.8% $822,000
42 Linwood 7,009 5.9% $289,500
43 Florham Park 11,787 5.3% $606,700
44 Kinnelon 10,239 7.8% $535,400
45 Caldwell 7,967 6.6% $423,100
46 Manasquan 5,812 3.3% $627,200
47 Glen Ridge 7,615 5.7% $593,300
48 Maywood 9,726 6.7% $373,500
49 Haddon Heights 7,506 5.3% $280,100
50 North Haledon 8,490 9.3% $436,000
51 Point Pleasant 18,464 6.4% $363,100
52 Fair Lawn 33,205 5.3% $396,800
53 Lincoln Park 10,488 3.9% $334,100
54 Ringwood 12,398 5.7% $348,900
55 Watchung 5,944 2.4% $752,700
56 Montvale 8,285 7.2% $600,500
57 Highland Park 14,245 5.2% $353,000
58 New Milford 16,682 7.1% $394,200
59 Edgewater 11,998 5.2% $533,700
60 Hasbrouck Heights 12,124 6.6% $400,700
61 Rockaway 6,472 2.1% $336,600
62 Bergenfield 27,513 5.7% $332,700
63 Hoboken 53,136 4.0% $621,300
64 Rutherford 18,480 6.1% $435,100
65 Hawthorne 18,950 6.6% $368,300
66 Emerson 7,621 8.6% $465,000
67 Boonton 8,405 5.3% $367,900
68 Leonia 9,137 5.7% $473,200
69 Mount Arlington 5,251 7.5% $289,300
70 West Long Branch 7,947 6.2% $393,900
71 Matawan 8,894 6.7% $316,100
72 Kenilworth 8,129 4.6% $346,100
73 Audubon 8,748 6.3% $210,900
74 Oceanport 5,763 8.7% $447,700
75 Ridgefield 11,294 7.3% $457,200
76 Paramus 26,795 5.4% $565,300
77 Pitman 8,916 8.8% $188,300
78 Pompton Lakes 11,163 6.5% $294,800
79 Spotswood 8,418 6.2% $286,100
80 Bogota 8,348 7.8% $313,400
81 Raritan 7,539 4.0% $334,900
82 Elmwood Park 20,135 4.8% $346,500
83 Butler 7,773 5.5% $345,100
84 Dunellen 7,355 6.5% $285,200
85 Fort Lee 36,607 5.6% $326,500
86 Woodland Park 12,358 7.2% $371,000
87 North Arlington 15,788 6.5% $348,500
88 Collingswood 13,925 5.3% $257,900
89 Wanaque 11,636 6.7% $295,900
90 Wallington 11,618 4.8% $359,700
91 Palisades Park 20,499 4.6% $506,000
92 Tinton Falls 17,910 6.9% $300,300
93 Northfield 8,537 7.0% $234,200
94 Somerville 12,207 6.1% $286,200
95 Barrington 6,831 6.7% $204,700
96 Totowa 10,900 7.4% $369,600
97 Roselle Park 13,560 10.0% $269,300
98 South Amboy 8,762 7.2% $277,600
99 East Rutherford 9,236 5.6% $383,300
100 Middlesex 13,811 4.3% $302,800

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7 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019

  1. Born and raised in the Flemington area and delivering milk for Johanna Farms through out most of the state I’m pretty familiar with NJ top to bottom. Hamilton Twp? Really a suburb of Trenton??? I’m very partial to Delaware Twp. The NJ side of New Hope lots of rolling farmland, old stone houses dating to 1700’s- but that’s my 2 cents

  2. If you’re looking for affordability, decent schools and an escape from obnoxious people you might want to head to South Jersey. The towns along the river and the RiverLine train are pretty nice, the river walks are BEAUTIFUL and it’s a nice pace for raising children. Oh and did I mention there are really hot guys here??? My gardener looks like he could be an Abercrombie model.

  3. Gail says:
    And let us not forget all the lovely Jersey Shore towns – quite an assortment – from the Highlands to Cape May – Pt. Pleasant, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, to mention a few
    – no place like the Jersey Shore.

  4. Trenton nj is no place to live. Its not safe. The cops don’t help you. Nobody helps you. Me and my 9 year old went shopping at food bazaar in the robeling market on S.Clinton Ave. Trenton nj 08611 and it was daylight out. We were pushing our shopping cart home and some one hit me in the back of the head with a brick and knocked me out cold and robbed my wallet. My 9 year old son try to help me by hitting the guy in the back. He then punch my son in the mouth and try choking him. The cops have a report. We are ok thankfully. I don’t think I will get my wallet back. In the process of replacing every thing. I’m getting the he’ll out of trenton.Trenton nj is ran by crack heads hookers muggers robbers and murders. A lot of bums. All mercer county isn’t safe. Don’t live here if your white.

  5. As far as I can see you judged north Jersey only,which by the way is totally unfair. I’m from south Jersey and I’m offended by the results. You need to at least give us a shot

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