These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey


We analyzed over 158 places in New Jersey to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of New Jersey.

But where exactly in New Jersey? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in New Jersey that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in West New York don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Garden State to retire:

  1. West New York (Photos)
  2. Bayonne (Photos)
  3. East Orange (Photos)
  4. Rahway (Photos)
  5. Bogota (Photos)
  6. Wood-Ridge (Photos)
  7. Hasbrouck Heights (Photos)
  8. Barrington (Photos)
  9. Elizabeth (Photos)
  10. Passaic (Photos)

Why did West New York take the top spot? And where are Newark and Paterson?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in New Jersey.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Garden State

To create our list of the best places in New Jersey to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Garden State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 157 places from across the state.

For these 157, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 157, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case West New York, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. West New York

West New York, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,407
Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,368
West New York ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 52nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 84th place safety rank.

2. Bayonne

Bayonne, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,772
Cost Of Living: 128
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,445
Bayonne ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 64th place rank for cost of living and it’s 90th place safety rank.

3. East Orange

East Orange, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,621
Cost Of Living: 119
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,410
East Orange ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 39th place rank for cost of living and it’s 125th place safety rank.

4. Rahway

Rahway, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,884
Cost Of Living: 119
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,263
Rahway ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 39th place rank for cost of living and it’s 82nd place safety rank.

5. Bogota

Bogota, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,348
Cost Of Living: 136
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 551
Bogota ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 83rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 21st place safety rank.

6. Wood-Ridge

Wood-Ridge, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,109
Cost Of Living: 141
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 480
Wood-Ridge ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 96th place rank for cost of living and it’s 15th place safety rank.

7. Hasbrouck Heights

Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,124
Cost Of Living: 142
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 519
Hasbrouck Heights ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 98th place rank for cost of living and it’s 19th place safety rank.

8. Barrington

Barrington, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,831
Cost Of Living: 107
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,083
Barrington ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 19th place rank for cost of living and it’s 68th place safety rank.

9. Elizabeth

Elizabeth, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 128,042
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,895
Elizabeth ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 25th place rank for cost of living and it’s 145th place safety rank.

10. Passaic

Passaic, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,536
Cost Of Living: 119
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,269
Passaic ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 39th place rank for cost of living and it’s 119th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in New Jersey goes to West New York.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Watchung
  • Paramus
  • Manasquan

For more New Jersey reading , check out:

Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In New Jersey

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
West New York 1 52,407 123 10 1,368
Bayonne 2 65,772 128 3 1,445
East Orange 3 64,621 119 5 2,410
Rahway 4 28,884 119 8 1,263
Bogota 5 8,348 136 14 551
Wood-Ridge 6 8,109 141 11 480
Hasbrouck Heights 7 12,124 142 12 519
Barrington 8 6,831 107 10 1,083
Elizabeth 9 128,042 111 2 3,895
Passaic 10 70,536 119 11 2,269
Northfield 11 8,537 109 6 831
Bergenfield 12 27,513 135 18 461
Guttenberg 13 11,628 144 11 1,100
Carteret 14 23,966 120 8 1,397
Harrison 15 15,007 136 3 2,065
Newark 16 280,139 122 2 3,914
Collingswood 17 13,925 116 9 2,427
Pitman 18 8,916 106 11 1,200
Little Ferry 19 10,868 140 12 726
Wallington 20 11,618 143 11 1,075
Palisades Park 21 20,499 171 13 600
North Arlington 22 15,788 134 6 1,241
Ridgefield Park 23 12,976 130 13 1,063
Bellmawr 24 11,503 102 7 1,895
Haddon Heights 25 7,506 123 9 1,345
Stratford 26 7,021 103 12 1,680
Cliffside Park 27 24,661 145 13 1,054
Dumont 28 17,788 138 19 505
Perth Amboy 29 52,265 118 13 2,361
Prospect Park 30 5,919 118 17 1,993
Woodbury 31 10,024 101 5 5,097
Ridgefield 32 11,294 149 12 469
Clifton 33 85,578 131 11 1,884
Hackensack 34 44,271 123 15 1,653
Fort Lee 35 36,607 163 15 745
Keansburg 36 9,904 107 16 2,403
Audubon 37 8,748 108 9 4,046
Plainfield 38 50,578 112 13 3,108
Linwood 39 7,009 118 7 1,012
Garfield 40 31,456 130 13 2,292
Pleasantville 41 20,532 92 5 2,897
New Milford 42 16,682 147 18 479
Paterson 43 146,894 117 15 3,436
Caldwell 44 7,967 165 11 778
Fanwood 45 7,530 151 11 770
North Plainfield 46 22,106 125 15 1,623
Lodi 47 24,654 137 13 1,646
Maywood 48 9,726 140 15 966
Kearny 49 42,029 125 4 2,343
Phillipsburg 50 14,570 93 13 2,512
Paulsboro 51 6,009 96 2 4,110
Haledon 52 8,399 121 16 2,107
South River 53 16,305 121 20 1,097
Lindenwold 54 17,482 93 13 3,826
Highland Park 55 14,245 135 18 1,179
Edgewater 56 11,998 156 13 1,633
Hoboken 57 53,136 188 8 2,224
Leonia 58 9,137 167 15 667
Linden 59 41,595 120 5 2,961
Jamesburg 60 6,001 122 27 783
Elmwood Park 61 20,135 136 14 1,837
Dunellen 62 7,355 121 17 2,256
Hawthorne 63 18,950 138 18 986
Palmyra 64 7,299 102 14 2,520
Westwood 65 11,170 153 21 420
Metuchen 66 13,791 141 14 1,116
Union Beach 67 5,770 116 16 1,369
Westfield 68 30,438 196 9 962
Fair Lawn 69 33,205 144 17 1,072
Waldwick 70 9,922 154 22 382
Mountainside 71 6,835 179 10 395
Kenilworth 72 8,129 139 6 1,943
Glassboro 73 19,195 107 13 1,979
Pompton Lakes 74 11,163 123 22 913
New Brunswick 75 56,427 121 20 3,544
Absecon 76 8,438 107 5 3,673
Trenton 77 84,559 87 35 3,500
Middlesex 78 13,811 126 19 1,020
Midland Park 79 7,283 154 20 617
Cresskill 80 8,745 167 20 457
Haddonfield 81 11,444 153 11 1,380
Dover 82 18,317 124 24 1,621
Glen Ridge 83 7,615 177 7 2,206
Keyport 84 7,136 125 18 2,031
Spotswood 85 8,418 129 23 736
Matawan 86 8,894 138 19 899
Pine Hill 87 10,472 99 14 3,208
Hammonton 88 14,630 105 17 1,175
Madison 89 16,090 174 13 839
Woodland Park 90 12,358 143 13 1,416
Glen Rock 91 11,887 182 18 588
Chatham 92 9,030 228 11 741
North Caldwell 93 6,519 220 12 276
Summit 94 21,895 213 10 849
Bound Brook 95 10,512 126 21 2,207
Lincoln Park 96 10,488 135 17 724
Carlstadt 97 6,238 131 10 1,811
Emerson 98 7,621 159 20 459
Washington 99 6,489 106 25 1,232
Clayton 100 8,386 101 16 1,955
Englewood 101 28,184 140 17 2,086
Berlin 102 7,620 114 17 2,073
Asbury Park 103 15,850 112 31 6,454
North Haledon 104 8,490 152 18 600
Hillsdale 105 10,454 170 22 411
Elizabeth 106 128,042 111 41 3,895
Butler 107 7,773 134 23 1,003
Bloomingdale 108 7,995 125 25 475
Hopatcong 109 14,633 116 31 683
Freehold 110 11,944 133 30 1,398
Fair Haven 111 6,033 188 23 414
Ridgewood 112 25,430 204 20 719
Boonton 113 8,405 150 19 987
Beachwood 114 11,153 119 38 1,255
Mount Arlington 115 5,251 132 29 609
Norwood 116 5,828 167 23 205
Park Ridge 117 8,854 165 24 519
Brigantine 118 9,239 133 10 2,619
Burlington 119 9,850 111 24 2,243
Florham Park 120 11,787 188 13 882
Bridgeton 121 25,209 86 30 4,903
Tenafly 122 14,821 209 19 634
Point Pleasant 123 18,464 139 41 1,234
Manville 124 10,448 125 24 2,555
Wanaque 125 11,636 134 25 721
Morris Plains 126 5,612 167 18 980
Red Bank 127 12,218 143 24 2,447
Long Branch 128 30,705 132 26 2,729
Ringwood 129 12,398 135 28 524
Newton 130 7,982 115 39 1,716
Closter 131 8,650 190 22 693
Totowa 132 10,900 140 14 3,174
Wharton 133 6,586 127 25 1,882
Old Tappan 134 5,942 210 24 218
Englewood Cliffs 135 5,405 274 18 888
Allendale 136 6,767 184 23 694
Montvale 137 8,285 180 25 506
Vineland 138 60,876 99 22 4,123
Kinnelon 139 10,239 176 22 595
Woodcliff Lake 140 5,844 200 23 667
Raritan 141 7,539 136 26 2,082
Wildwood 142 5,192 121 34 13,405
Franklin Lakes 143 10,810 256 21 675
Little Silver 144 5,922 175 24 996
Ramsey 145 15,000 167 25 1,106
Upper Saddle River 146 8,301 218 25 590
Oakland 147 13,041 152 23 1,226
Millville 148 28,399 96 25 7,510
Bernardsville 149 7,776 198 22 733
Belmar 150 5,715 144 34 3,884
Oceanport 151 5,763 155 25 1,145
Tinton Falls 152 17,910 132 29 1,719
Mendham 153 5,012 189 23 917
West Long Branch 154 7,947 151 27 2,353
Manasquan 155 5,812 169 38 2,443
Paramus 156 26,795 179 18 4,549
Watchung 157 5,944 191 14 5,905

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