10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019


We crunched the numbers to find out the best place to live in the best state in the good ole US of A.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in New Jersey.

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We all know New Jersey is the best state in the Union. What with the bagels, diners, the shore, and all the great produce.

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. In particular, we looked at home prices, crime rates, unemployment, and other quality of life factors across the state. You know, the things that people from New Jersey would find important when looking for a new place to live.

And while you might have heard about Hoboken, Trenton, or Newark, New Jersey has some awesome smaller places that we're going to highlight today.

After analyzing over 177 places in New Jersey, we came up with this list as the best places in the Garden State to call home.

There you have it, the best that New Jersey has to offer when it comes to finding a place to live.

What's the best place to live in the Garden State? That would be North Caldwell, the best place to live in New Jersey based on FBI and Census data. At the end of the day, it looks like the places with low unemployment and high incomes like North Caldwell 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 boundaries is a great place to live.

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:

The 10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019

North Caldwell, NJ

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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

In North Caldwell, everyone loves to call North Caldwell home! The median home value is the 12th highest in New Jersey.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Garden State.

North Caldwell should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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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 cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $756,100 and households earn a median salary of $150,862. One could get used to that.

Haddonfield, NJ

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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

If you own a home in Haddonfield, you're aware that your home values are skyrocketing right now. That's a sign that things are going swimmingly. Most people there have good jobs, and the commute times are short.

The median home costs a cool $487,700 and households make $135,700 which is good for 20th in New Jersey.Haddonfield has a well deserved spot on this list.

Oradell, NJ

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Population: 8,160
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $560,100 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (69th best)
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Taking its place as the 4th best place in New Jersey is Oradell. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of New Jersey.

It's considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can't be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 6.0% helps thing too.

Glen Rock, NJ

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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

The crime is the 40th lowest in the state in Glen Rock, and there were only 1 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 Glen Rock earn $159,247 a year.

Demarest, NJ

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Population: 5,007
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $652,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (24th best)
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The Town of Demarest might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Demarest isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $652,800 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in New Jersey.

If Demarest can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (4.6% is the 24th highest in the state.

Fair Haven, NJ

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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

Let's take a look at why Fair Haven is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Fair Haven, and the residents here are gainfully employed (5.6% unemployment rate).

You can make Fair Haven your home for only $664,500 which won't be too hard on a $161,131 household salary.

New Providence, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

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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

There's two types of people who live in New Providence. 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 $576,000 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. New Providence is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Westfield, NJ

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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

Westfield is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 9th best place in New Jersey?

Homes are priced around $689,400 and residents have the 166th shortest commute in New Jersey.

Chatham, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

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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

Chatham is by far one of the best places to live in New Jersey: the math proves it! This city has the 12th lowest unemployment rate and the 9th highest median income in all of New Jersey.

Plus, the median home values are the 10th highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 23rd lowest in the state, making Chatham a safe and great place to live.

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

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

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

  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)

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Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

8 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019

  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

  6. I lived in jersey for 45 years and have to say that you are clueless. Data is flawed. try actually living in those areas if you are middle class. Not everybody is a doctor or lawyer. how about a list for those who live in reality land.

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