Best Places To Retire In New Jersey For 2020


We analyzed over 97 places in New Jersey to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in New Jersey.

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If you are looking to retire and you like gardening, then you should definitely want to move to The Garden State.

Logically speaking, the above statement should seal the deal, but here at HomeSnacks we know that people need a little more information before making any life changing retirement decisions. So, we created a list of the best places to retire in New Jersey for 2020.

And retirees, gardening is not all that New Jersey has to offer to the 13.5% of its population that is 65 and older. New Jersey's best places to retire are some of the safest, most affordable places in the state. (*Not that New Jersey has to worry about affordability, they are after all one of the richest states; and in terms of safety, well, they are in the top ten safest in America.)

And if you ask any New Jersey retiree, they will tell you that their corner of this Northeastern state is the best. Aside from safety and affordability, however, to make our list of the best of the best, the city also had to be close to an international airport and have pretty decent rental deals. We discovered that if you choose one of New Jersey's best places to retire, you will definitely be close to an international airport: the state is one of the smallest in the country and it has two. As for rent, you might want to think about purchasing a home instead.

Want to know more? We suggest that you grab a Brunswick bagel, find a sunny spot at the Jersey Shore, and read on.

Why did Haddonfield take the top spot? And where are Newark and Paterson?

If you're already maxin' and relaxin' in the greater Newark and Jersey City area, consider yourself lucky, you're in prime New Jersey retiree land. But if you're not, don't fret: HomeSnacks is here to help.

So, where is the best place to retire in New Jersey? According to the latest FBI and Census data, Haddonfield, is the best place to retire for 2020.

To see a list of the other great places to spend your retirement years in New Jersey, take a look below; and if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more New Jersey state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey For 2020

Haddonfield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,369
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,296
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Haddonfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Haddonfield is a borough located in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a total population of 11,593, reflecting a decline of 66 from the 11,659 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 31 from the 11,628 counted in the 1990 Census.

Dumont, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,694
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,203
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Dumont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roselle Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,568
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,227
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Roselle Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roselle Park is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 13,297, reflecting an increase of 16 from the 13,281 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 476 from the 12,805 counted in the 1990 Census.

Rutherford, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,427
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $1,373
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Rutherford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 18,061, reflecting a decline of 49 from the 18,110 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 320 from the 17,790 counted in the 1990 Census.

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,091
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,396
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Hasbrouck Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collingswood, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,912
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $1,109
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Collingswood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collingswood is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, located 6 miles east of Center City, Philadelphia. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 13,926, reflecting a decline of 400 from the 14,326 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 963 from the 15,289 counted in the 1990 Census.

Rahway, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,370
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 19)
Median Rent: $1,322
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Rahway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rahway is a city in southern Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the New York metropolitan area, 21.6 miles southwest of Manhattan and 5 miles west of Staten Island. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 27,346, reflecting an increase of 846 from the 26,500 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,175 from the 25,325 counted in the 1990 Census.

Summit, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 21,921
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $1,816
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Summit: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Summit is a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 21,457, reflecting an increase of 326 from the 21,131 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,374 from the 19,757 counted in the 1990 Census. Summit had the 16th-highest per capita income in the state as of the 2000 Census.

Lincoln Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,339
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $1,651
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
More on Lincoln Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westfield, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,086
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,663
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Westfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westfield is a town in Union County of New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 30,316, reflecting an increase of 672 from the 29,644 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 774 from the 28,870 counted in the 1990 Census. According to a 2014 nationwide survey, Westfield is considered to be the 30th-safest city to live in the United States.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Garden State for 2020

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 -- 543 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 97 places from across the state.

For these 97, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 97, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Haddonfield, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In New Jersey Yet...

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

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

  1. Beachwood
  2. Manville
  3. Somerville

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In New Jersey?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Haddonfield 11,369 $1,296
2 Dumont 17,694 $1,203
3 Roselle Park 13,568 $1,227
4 Rutherford 18,427 $1,373
5 Hasbrouck Heights 12,091 $1,396
6 Collingswood 13,912 $1,109
7 Rahway 29,370 $1,322
8 Summit 21,921 $1,816
9 Lincoln Park 10,339 $1,651
10 Westfield 30,086 $1,663

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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.