These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in New Jersey.

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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 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.

Where exactly in New Jersey is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Ringwood as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Ringwood don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Garden State to retire for 2019:

Why did Ringwood 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 best places to retire in America.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Garden State for 2019

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 Ringwood, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Ringwood, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,398
Rank Last Year: 129 (Up 128)
Median Rent: $1,216
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Ringwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ringwood is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 12,228, reflecting a decrease of 168 from the 12,396 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 227 from the 12,623 counted in the 1990 Census.

Dumont, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,788
Rank Last Year: 154 (Up 152)
Median Rent: $1,174
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Dumont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roselle Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,560
Rank Last Year: 83 (Up 80)
Median Rent: $1,168
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.

Haddonfield, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,444
Rank Last Year: 166 (Up 162)
Median Rent: $1,365
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.

River Edge, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,586
Rank Last Year: 150 (Up 145)
Median Rent: $1,404
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
More on River Edge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Providence, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,434
Rank Last Year: 175 (Up 169)
Median Rent: $1,424
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on New Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Providence is a borough on the northwestern edge of Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is located on the Passaic River, which forms the county boundary with Morris County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 12,171, reflecting an increase of 264 from the 11,907 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 468 from the 11,439 counted in the 1990 Census.

Phillipsburg, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,570
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $868
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Phillipsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Phillipsburg is a town in Warren County, New Jersey, United States, a sister city to the cross-Delaware River industrial partner of Easton, Pennsylvania.

Rutherford, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,480
Rank Last Year: 119 (Up 111)
Median Rent: $1,347
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.

Little Ferry, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,868
Rank Last Year: 67 (Up 58)
Median Rent: $1,291
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Little Ferry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little Ferry is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 10,626, reflecting a decline of 174 from the 10,800 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 811 from the 9,989 counted in the 1990 Census.

Summit, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 21,895
Rank Last Year: 141 (Up 131)
Median Rent: $1,706
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.

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 Ringwood.

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:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In New Jersey

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Ringwood 12,398 $1,216
2 Dumont 17,788 $1,174
3 Roselle Park 13,560 $1,168
4 Haddonfield 11,444 $1,365
5 River Edge 11,586 $1,404
6 New Providence 12,434 $1,424
7 Phillipsburg 14,570 $868
8 Rutherford 18,480 $1,347
9 Little Ferry 10,868 $1,291
10 Summit 21,895 $1,706
11 Lincoln Park 10,488 $1,560
12 Westfield 30,438 $1,532
13 Madison 16,090 $1,559
14 Hasbrouck Heights 12,124 $1,346
15 Woodbury 10,024 $962
16 Tenafly 14,821 $1,599
17 Kinnelon 10,239 $1,802
18 Ridgefield 11,294 $1,432
19 Collingswood 13,925 $1,002
20 Cliffside Park 24,661 $1,253
21 Wallington 11,618 $1,134
22 Roselle 21,507 $1,084
23 Hillsdale 10,454 $1,415
24 Westwood 11,170 $1,630
25 Bayonne 65,772 $1,158
26 New Milford 16,682 $1,259
27 Glen Rock 11,887 $1,891
28 Bellmawr 11,503 $808
29 Ramsey 15,000 $1,314
30 Oakland 13,041 $1,457
31 Metuchen 13,791 $1,519
32 Rahway 28,884 $1,311
33 Bergenfield 27,513 $1,252
34 North Arlington 15,788 $1,261
35 East Orange 64,621 $997
36 South River 16,305 $1,146
37 Lodi 24,654 $1,173
38 Fort Lee 36,607 $1,633
39 Newark 280,139 $981
40 Hammonton 14,630 $1,132
41 Somers Point 10,686 $984
42 Palisades Park 20,499 $1,401
43 Franklin Lakes 10,810 $2,263
44 Wanaque 11,636 $1,462
45 Kearny 42,029 $1,190
46 Ridgewood 25,430 $1,960
47 Fairview 14,314 $1,228
48 Totowa 10,900 $1,501
49 Ridgefield Park 12,976 $1,291
50 Woodland Park 12,358 $1,362
51 Fair Lawn 33,205 $1,463
52 Hackensack 44,271 $1,318
53 Paramus 26,795 $1,838
54 Pompton Lakes 11,163 $1,440
55 Carteret 23,966 $1,305
56 Englewood 28,184 $1,444
57 Sayreville 44,260 $1,182
58 Linden 41,595 $1,195
59 West New York 52,407 $1,200
60 Guttenberg 11,628 $1,309
61 Hawthorne 18,950 $1,423
62 Florham Park 11,787 $2,227
63 Elizabeth 128,042 $1,074
64 Plainfield 50,578 $1,158
65 Hopatcong 14,633 $1,338
66 Clifton 85,578 $1,329
67 Harrison 15,007 $1,273
68 Highland Park 14,245 $1,315
69 Pleasantville 20,532 $1,160
70 South Plainfield 23,963 $1,557
71 Millville 28,399 $963
72 Pine Hill 10,472 $969
73 Secaucus 18,737 $1,614
74 Trenton 84,559 $964
75 Dover 18,317 $1,337
76 Passaic 70,536 $1,122
77 Edgewater 11,998 $2,174
78 Vineland 60,876 $979
79 Red Bank 12,218 $1,352
80 Glassboro 19,195 $1,027
81 Perth Amboy 52,265 $1,193
82 Paterson 146,894 $1,122
83 Point Pleasant 18,464 $1,437
84 Lindenwold 17,482 $910
85 Garfield 31,456 $1,222
86 Bridgeton 25,209 $996
87 Hoboken 53,136 $2,001
88 North Plainfield 22,106 $1,248
89 Elmwood Park 20,135 $1,560
90 Long Branch 30,705 $1,244
91 Asbury Park 15,850 $1,089
92 New Brunswick 56,427 $1,381
93 Bound Brook 10,512 $1,214
94 Tinton Falls 17,910 $1,862
95 Somerville 12,207 $1,243
96 Manville 10,448 $1,317
97 Beachwood 11,153 $1,614

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