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.
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 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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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
- 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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