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:
- North Caldwell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Woodcliff Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Haddonfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oradell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glen Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Demarest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fair Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Westfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chatham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out North Caldwell if you’re thinking of moving to New Jersey — it’s the best the Garden State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in New Jersey.
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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’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
Little North Caldwell has it made. It has the 12th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for New Jersey.
Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living
We’d recommend you start saving up!
The Town of Woodcliff Lake might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Woodcliff Lake isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $756,100 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in New Jersey.
If Woodcliff Lake can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (2.4% is the 2nd highest in the state.
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.
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 comes in 5th in our best places to live in New Jersey analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (57th overall) and crime rate (40th overall), Glen Rock is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Glen Rock in our lists for years to come.
Demarest is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It’s quite a gem tucked away in New Jersey.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in New Jersey, Fair Haven came in 7th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Fair Haven has an impressive history for a place of just over 6,033 people. The median home costs a cool $664,500 and households make $161,131 which is good for 4th in New Jersey.
New Providence isn’t just the nicest place to live in New Jersey – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 22nd lowest unemployment rate, the 15th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, New Providence definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.
Westfield takes 9th place on our list of best places in New Jersey for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (46th overall) and things to do.
Westfield is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $689,400 at the median.
Chatham has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of New Jersey. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Chatham is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Chatham residents to work is significantly higher than average.
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 2018.
Best Towns To Live In New Jersey
- Plainsboro Center (Pop. 2,733)
- Brielle (Pop. 4,745)
- Allenwood (Pop. 1,002)
- Barclay (Pop. 4,340)
- Ho-Ho-Kus (Pop. 4,139)
- Pennington (Pop. 2,567)
- Spring Lake Heights (Pop. 4,646)
- Robbinsville (Pop. 3,321)
- Navesink (Pop. 1,699)
- Hopewell (Pop. 1,904)
Best Small Towns To Live In New Jersey
- Skillman (Pop. 211)
- Belle Mead (Pop. 196)
- East Rocky Hill (Pop. 223)
- Hainesburg (Pop. 59)
- Blawenburg (Pop. 305)
- Interlaken (Pop. 806)
- Mantoloking (Pop. 276)
- Loch Arbour (Pop. 202)
- Clyde (Pop. 243)
- Rocky Hill (Pop. 618)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New Jersey according to the data:
- Lindenwold (Pop. 17,482)
- Newark (Pop. 280,139)
- Bridgeton (Pop. 25,209)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In New Jersey
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