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)
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.
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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 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
- 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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