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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in New Jersey for 2019:
- 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 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019
North Caldwell 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 North Caldwell 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 North Caldwell residents to work is significantly higher than average.
The Town of Woodcliff Lake consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why Woodcliff Lake ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Woodcliff Lake are the 6th most expensive in the state of New Jersey, with the average home worth a whopping $756,100. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Woodcliff Lake if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Woodcliff Lake residents have the 8th highest income in the state, and the 9th lowest crime numbers in New Jersey.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of New Jersey, as there were only 2 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 10th lowest in New Jersey (3.4%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 4most expensive in Haddonfield ($487,700), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $135,700 a year.
Oradell has a strong showing in our best places to live in New Jersey analysis, coming it at 4th best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you’re thinking of moving to New Jersey, Oradell is a great option.
Glen Rock broke into the top ten best places to live in New Jersey on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 57th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 6th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 157th shortest average commute time of any place in New Jersey.
Demarest is feeling the love as it ranks as the 6th best city to live in New Jersey for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (11th overall) and low crime (13th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In New Jersey”.
Who doesn’t want to live in Fair Haven? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 5.6%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Fair Haven in the news in the coming months.
If you don’t have a job in New Providence, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 4.4%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $139,375.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
Westfield makes a case for being one of the best places to live in New Jersey mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 5.3% of folks are jobless, you can bet Westfield residents are glad to live where they do.
The crime is the 23rd lowest in the state in Chatham, and there were only 3 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in New Jersey, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Chatham earn $150,625 a year.
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’.
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.
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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