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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Where are the best places in the state of New Jersey?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Garden State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in New Jersey.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 177 places in New Jersey, we came up with this list of the best places:

  1. North Caldwell
  2. Woodcliff Lake (Photos)
  3. Haddonfield (Photos)
  4. Oradell (Photos)
  5. Glen Rock (Photos)
  6. Demarest
  7. Fair Haven (Photos)
  8. New Providence (Photos)
  9. Westfield (Photos)
  10. Chatham (Photos)

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.

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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 81 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.

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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.

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1. North Caldwell


Population: 6,519
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Values: $713,500 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (12th best)
At an umeployment rate of 3.8%, everyone who wants a job can get one in North Caldwell. And the residents command high salaries ($188,897 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($713,500 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in New Jersey. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

2. Woodcliff Lake


Population: 5,844
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Home Values: $756,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (2nd best)
With the unemployment rate being the 2nd lowest in New Jersey and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Woodcliff Lake.

Plus, the crime rate is the 9th lowest in the state!

3. Haddonfield

Haddonfield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,444
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Home Values: $487,700 (41st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (9th best)
Haddonfield takes 3rd place on our list of best places in New Jersey for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (10th overall) and things to do.

Haddonfield is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years.And that tends to happen when home prices hit $487,700 at the median.

4. Oradell

Oradell, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,160
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 12)
Home Values: $560,100 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (69th best)
Oradell’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 12th highest, making Oradell a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Oradell has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

5. Glen Rock

Glen Rock, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,887
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Home Values: $610,600 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (57th best)
Taking its place as the 5th best place in New Jersey is Glen Rock. 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 5.5% helps thing too.

6. Demarest

Demarest, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,007
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Home Values: $652,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (24th best)
Demarest is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in New Jersey.

7. Fair Haven

Fair Haven, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,033
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Home Values: $664,500 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (60th best)
Fair Haven 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 $664,500 and households earn a median salary of $161,131. One could get used to that.

8. New Providence

New Providence, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,434
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Home Values: $576,000 (30th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (22nd best)
Taking its place as the 8th best place in New Jersey is New Providence. 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 4.4% helps thing too.

9. Westfield

Westfield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,438
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Home Values: $689,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (46th best)
With the unemployment rate being the 46th lowest in New Jersey and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Westfield.

Plus, the crime rate is the 63rd lowest in the state!

10. Chatham

Chatham, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,030
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Home Values: $729,000 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (12th best)
At an umeployment rate of 3.8%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Chatham. And the residents command high salaries ($150,625 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($729,000 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in New Jersey. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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. Navesink (Pop. 1,699)
  9. Robbinsville (Pop. 3,321)
  10. Hopewell (Pop. 1,904)

Best Small Towns To Live In New Jersey

  1. Diamond Beach (Pop. 206)
  2. Allamuchy (Pop. 153)
  3. Skillman (Pop. 211)
  4. Belle Mead (Pop. 196)
  5. East Rocky Hill (Pop. 223)
  6. Hainesburg (Pop. 59)
  7. Blawenburg (Pop. 305)
  8. Interlaken (Pop. 806)
  9. Loch Arbour (Pop. 202)
  10. Mantoloking (Pop. 276)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in New Jersey:

  1. Bridgeton (Pop. 25,209)
  2. Newark (Pop. 280,139)
  3. Lindenwold (Pop. 17,482)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In New Jersey

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
North Caldwell 1 2 6,519 3.8% $713,500
Woodcliff Lake 2 7 5,844 2.4% $756,100
Haddonfield 3 13 11,444 3.4% $487,700
Oradell 4 16 8,160 6.0% $560,100
Glen Rock 5 3 11,887 5.5% $610,600
Demarest 6 9 5,007 4.6% $652,800
Fair Haven 7 1 6,033 5.6% $664,500
New Providence 8 4 12,434 4.4% $576,000
Westfield 9 15 30,438 5.3% $689,400
Chatham 10 5 9,030 3.8% $729,000
Madison 11 10 16,090 5.1% $681,900
Mendham 12 6 5,012 3.4% $621,100
Waldwick 13 11 9,922 5.0% $428,600
Mountainside 14 33 6,835 6.7% $622,000
Upper Saddle River 15 12 8,301 6.3% $905,100
Rumson 16 35 6,878 4.7% $956,600
Norwood 17 58 5,828 4.3% $610,000
Cresskill 18 21 8,745 4.2% $540,700
Bernardsville 19 8 7,776 2.9% $671,200
Little Silver 20 24 5,922 3.5% $608,300
Franklin Lakes 21 14 10,810 5.4% $944,900
Midland Park 22 32 7,283 3.1% $456,000
Englewood Cliffs 23 17 5,405 2.9% $984,700
Ridgewood 24 22 25,430 5.8% $724,400
Allendale 25 40 6,767 7.8% $680,000
Hillsdale 26 19 10,454 5.0% $515,800
Park Ridge 27 23 8,854 6.8% $533,500
Dumont 28 24 17,788 5.1% $358,300
Fanwood 29 28 7,530 7.2% $422,700
River Edge 30 29 11,586 3.0% $470,100
Tenafly 31 37 14,821 5.4% $750,800
Roseland 32 30 5,875 5.5% $477,200
Wood-Ridge 33 31 8,109 7.2% $383,600
Morris Plains 34 46 5,612 5.2% $474,900
Closter 35 56 8,650 6.3% $637,200
Ramsey 36 26 15,000 6.1% $559,900
Westwood 37 53 11,170 4.9% $437,800
Oakland 38 18 13,041 5.0% $438,500
Old Tappan 39 40 5,942 8.5% $740,400
Metuchen 40 47 13,791 5.2% $393,500
Summit 41 38 21,895 4.8% $822,000
Linwood 42 42 7,009 5.9% $289,500
Florham Park 43 20 11,787 5.3% $606,700
Kinnelon 44 27 10,239 7.8% $535,400
Caldwell 45 52 7,967 6.6% $423,100
Manasquan 46 51 5,812 3.3% $627,200
Glen Ridge 47 43 7,615 5.7% $593,300
Maywood 48 39 9,726 6.7% $373,500
Haddon Heights 49 45 7,506 5.3% $280,100
North Haledon 50 49 8,490 9.3% $436,000
Point Pleasant 51 62 18,464 6.4% $363,100
Fair Lawn 52 57 33,205 5.3% $396,800
Lincoln Park 53 44 10,488 3.9% $334,100
Ringwood 54 50 12,398 5.7% $348,900
Watchung 55 69 5,944 2.4% $752,700
Montvale 56 34 8,285 7.2% $600,500
Highland Park 57 63 14,245 5.2% $353,000
New Milford 58 55 16,682 7.1% $394,200
Edgewater 59 74 11,998 5.2% $533,700
Hasbrouck Heights 60 48 12,124 6.6% $400,700
Rockaway 61 36 6,472 2.1% $336,600
Bergenfield 62 67 27,513 5.7% $332,700
Hoboken 63 64 53,136 4.0% $621,300
Rutherford 64 60 18,480 6.1% $435,100
Hawthorne 65 54 18,950 6.6% $368,300
Emerson 66 59 7,621 8.6% $465,000
Boonton 67 68 8,405 5.3% $367,900
Leonia 68 77 9,137 5.7% $473,200
Mount Arlington 69 66 5,251 7.5% $289,300
West Long Branch 70 65 7,947 6.2% $393,900
Matawan 71 76 8,894 6.7% $316,100
Kenilworth 72 61 8,129 4.6% $346,100
Audubon 73 78 8,748 6.3% $210,900
Oceanport 74 104 5,763 8.7% $447,700
Ridgefield 75 72 11,294 7.3% $457,200
Paramus 76 81 26,795 5.4% $565,300
Pitman 77 80 8,916 8.8% $188,300
Pompton Lakes 78 73 11,163 6.5% $294,800
Spotswood 79 79 8,418 6.2% $286,100
Bogota 80 97 8,348 7.8% $313,400
Raritan 81 70 7,539 4.0% $334,900
Elmwood Park 82 83 20,135 4.8% $346,500
Butler 83 75 7,773 5.5% $345,100
Dunellen 84 102 7,355 6.5% $285,200
Fort Lee 85 84 36,607 5.6% $326,500
Woodland Park 86 91 12,358 7.2% $371,000
North Arlington 87 94 15,788 6.5% $348,500
Collingswood 88 82 13,925 5.3% $257,900
Wanaque 89 90 11,636 6.7% $295,900
Wallington 90 92 11,618 4.8% $359,700
Palisades Park 91 87 20,499 4.6% $506,000
Tinton Falls 92 85 17,910 6.9% $300,300
Northfield 93 89 8,537 7.0% $234,200
Somerville 94 88 12,207 6.1% $286,200
Barrington 95 100 6,831 6.7% $204,700
Totowa 96 99 10,900 7.4% $369,600
Roselle Park 97 96 13,560 10.0% $269,300
South Amboy 98 108 8,762 7.2% $277,600
East Rutherford 99 111 9,236 5.6% $383,300
Middlesex 100 71 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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