These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2018


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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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)

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.

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 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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

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

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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10
/10

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 been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in North Caldwell has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.8% and lowering. And the North Caldwell police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 14th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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10
/10

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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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

Haddonfield had the 10th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (3.4%) and the 111th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Haddonfield is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

Oradell, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

Things can’t get much better than in the town of Oradell. The crime is the 7th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Oradell make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $560,100 and households make $145,761 which is good for 12th in New Jersey.

Glen Rock, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Glen Rock. Statistically the 40th safest place in the state, there were only 1 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in Glen Rock, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $159,247 a year, and homes are valued at more than $610,600.

What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?

Demarest, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Demarest.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 24th lowest in New Jersey and the median income comes in at $150,139.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Fair Haven, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

There’s two types of people who live in Fair Haven. 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 $664,500 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. Fair Haven is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

New Providence, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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 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, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Westfield one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Westfield.

Chatham, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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

Perhaps what makes Chatham so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes Chatham great. They also have the 9th highest median income and the 165th shortest commute time.

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

  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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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2018

  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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