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
  2. Wood-Ridge
  3. Bogota
  4. Hasbrouck Heights
  5. Barrington
  6. Passaic
  7. Bergenfield
  8. Guttenberg
  9. Little Ferry
  10. Pitman

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.

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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 158 places from across the state.

For these 158, 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 158, 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: 51,511
Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,391
West New York ranked 1 overall thanks to its 53 place rank for cost of living and 87 place safety rank.

2. Wood-Ridge

Wood-Ridge, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,249
Cost Of Living: 141
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 472
Wood-Ridge ranked 2 overall thanks to its 97 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.

3. Bogota

Bogota, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,277
Cost Of Living: 136
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 555
Bogota ranked 3 overall thanks to its 84 place rank for cost of living and 21 place safety rank.

4. Hasbrouck Heights

Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,989
Cost Of Living: 142
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 525
Hasbrouck Heights ranked 4 overall thanks to its 99 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

5. Barrington

Barrington, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,904
Cost Of Living: 107
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,071
Barrington ranked 5 overall thanks to its 20 place rank for cost of living and 65 place safety rank.

6. Passaic

Passaic, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,651
Cost Of Living: 119
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,266
Passaic ranked 6 overall thanks to its 40 place rank for cost of living and 118 place safety rank.

7. Bergenfield

Bergenfield, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,157
Cost Of Living: 135
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 467
Bergenfield ranked 7 overall thanks to its 80 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

8. Guttenberg

Guttenberg, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,397
Cost Of Living: 144
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,123
Guttenberg ranked 8 overall thanks to its 104 place rank for cost of living and 70 place safety rank.

9. Little Ferry

Little Ferry, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,773
Cost Of Living: 140
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 733
Little Ferry ranked 9 overall thanks to its 94 place rank for cost of living and 38 place safety rank.

10. Pitman

Pitman, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,959
Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,194
Pitman ranked 10 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 76 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

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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 51,511 123 10 1,391
Wood-Ridge 2 8,249 141 11 472
Bogota 3 8,277 136 14 555
Hasbrouck Heights 4 11,989 142 12 525
Barrington 5 6,904 107 10 1,071
Passaic 6 70,651 119 11 2,266
Bergenfield 7 27,157 135 18 467
Guttenberg 8 11,397 144 11 1,123
Little Ferry 9 10,773 140 12 733
Pitman 10 8,959 106 11 1,194
Wallington 11 11,487 143 11 1,088
Palisades Park 12 20,066 171 13 612
Ridgefield Park 13 12,875 130 13 1,071
Stratford 14 6,997 103 12 1,686
Cliffside Park 15 24,532 145 13 1,059
Dumont 16 17,706 138 19 508
Perth Amboy 17 51,727 118 13 2,385
Prospect Park 18 5,915 118 17 1,994
Hackensack 19 43,903 123 15 1,667
Ridgefield 20 11,191 149 12 473
Clifton 21 85,138 131 11 1,894
Fort Lee 22 36,048 163 15 757
Keansburg 23 10,011 107 16 2,377
Plainfield 24 50,423 112 13 3,117
Paterson 25 146,341 117 15 3,449
Garfield 26 30,996 130 13 2,326
New Milford 27 16,524 147 18 484
Fanwood 28 7,475 151 11 775
Caldwell 29 7,864 165 11 788
North Plainfield 30 22,056 125 15 1,627
Lodi 31 24,428 137 13 1,662
Maywood 32 9,651 140 15 973
Phillipsburg 33 14,717 93 13 2,486
Haledon 34 8,397 121 16 2,107
Lindenwold 35 17,512 93 13 3,820
Edgewater 36 11,969 156 13 1,637
Highland Park 37 14,224 135 18 1,181
South River 38 16,177 121 20 1,106
Leonia 39 9,051 167 15 673
Elmwood Park 40 19,921 136 14 1,857
Jamesburg 41 5,963 122 27 788
Penns Grove 42 5,082 103 15 3,915
Dunellen 43 7,317 121 17 2,268
Palmyra 44 7,372 102 14 2,495
Hawthorne 45 18,944 138 18 987
Union Beach 46 6,040 116 16 1,307
Metuchen 47 13,707 141 14 1,123
Elizabeth 48 126,964 111 2 3,928
Westwood 49 11,056 153 21 425
Fair Lawn 50 32,962 144 17 1,080
Waldwick 51 9,808 154 22 387
Mountainside 52 6,765 179 10 399
Glassboro 53 18,798 107 13 2,021
Newark 54 278,750 122 2 3,933
Middlesex 55 13,766 126 19 1,024
Pompton Lakes 56 11,162 123 22 913
New Brunswick 57 55,804 121 20 3,583
Trenton 58 84,459 87 35 3,504
Haddonfield 59 11,521 153 11 1,371
Keyport 60 7,213 125 18 2,010
Midland Park 61 7,229 154 20 622
Dover 62 18,298 124 24 1,623
Cresskill 63 8,669 167 20 461
Bayonne 64 64,763 128 3 1,468
Pine Hill 65 10,383 99 14 3,236
Matawan 66 8,759 138 19 913
Madison 67 16,043 174 13 841
Spotswood 68 8,359 129 23 741
Woodland Park 69 12,129 143 13 1,442
Hammonton 70 14,796 105 17 1,162
Chatham 71 9,000 228 11 744
North Caldwell 72 6,407 220 12 280
Summit 73 21,826 213 10 852
Glen Rock 74 11,784 182 18 594
Bound Brook 75 10,607 126 21 2,187
Lincoln Park 76 10,515 135 17 722
Carlstadt 77 6,189 131 10 1,825
Clayton 78 8,225 101 16 1,993
East Orange 79 64,538 119 5 2,414
Rahway 80 27,994 119 8 1,303
Emerson 81 7,538 159 20 464
Washington 82 6,439 106 25 1,242
Englewood 83 27,435 140 17 2,143
Berlin 84 7,587 114 17 2,082
North Haledon 85 8,478 152 18 601
Asbury Park 86 15,933 112 31 6,420
Hillsdale 87 10,381 170 22 414
Butler 88 7,636 134 23 1,021
Elizabeth 89 126,964 111 41 3,928
Hopatcong 90 14,921 116 31 670
Harrison 91 14,436 136 3 2,147
Freehold 92 12,018 133 30 1,389
Northfield 93 8,616 109 6 824
Fair Haven 94 6,093 188 23 410
Bloomingdale 95 7,808 125 25 486
Boonton 96 8,424 150 19 985
Paulsboro 97 6,041 96 2 4,088
Ridgewood 98 25,270 204 20 724
Carteret 99 23,770 120 8 1,409
Beachwood 100 11,127 119 38 1,258
Mount Arlington 101 5,140 132 29 622
Collingswood 102 13,929 116 9 2,426
Park Ridge 103 8,763 165 24 524
Norwood 104 5,769 167 23 208
Brigantine 105 9,420 133 10 2,569
Bellmawr 106 11,538 102 7 1,889
North Arlington 107 15,587 134 6 1,257
Burlington 108 9,865 111 24 2,240
Florham Park 109 11,820 188 13 879
Haddon Heights 110 7,425 123 9 1,360
Tenafly 111 14,672 209 19 640
Bridgeton 112 25,252 86 30 4,894
Point Pleasant 113 18,481 139 41 1,233
Manville 114 10,426 125 24 2,560
Woodbury 115 10,098 101 5 5,060
Morris Plains 116 5,635 167 18 976
Red Bank 117 12,250 143 24 2,440
Long Branch 118 30,590 132 26 2,739
Wanaque 119 11,243 134 25 747
Ringwood 120 12,320 135 28 527
Audubon 121 8,763 108 9 4,039
Linwood 122 7,071 118 7 1,004
Pleasantville 123 20,436 92 5 2,911
Newton 124 7,999 115 39 1,712
Totowa 125 10,872 140 14 3,182
Closter 126 8,519 190 22 704
Kearny 127 41,538 125 4 2,371
Wharton 128 6,586 127 25 1,882
Englewood Cliffs 129 5,346 274 18 897
Old Tappan 130 5,835 210 24 222
Allendale 131 6,666 184 23 705
Vineland 132 60,985 99 22 4,115
Montvale 133 8,000 180 25 525
Kinnelon 134 10,349 176 22 589
Woodcliff Lake 135 5,785 200 23 674
Linden 136 41,054 120 5 3,000
Hoboken 137 51,979 188 8 2,273
Raritan 138 7,318 136 26 2,145
Wildwood 139 5,255 121 34 13,244
Little Silver 140 5,920 175 24 996
Franklin Lakes 141 10,726 256 21 680
Ramsey 142 14,650 167 25 1,133
Upper Saddle River 143 8,304 218 25 590
Millville 144 28,603 96 25 7,457
Oakland 145 12,914 152 23 1,238
Bernardsville 146 7,766 198 22 733
Westfield 147 30,647 196 9 956
Oceanport 148 5,834 155 25 1,131
Belmar 149 5,760 144 34 3,854
Tinton Falls 150 17,933 132 29 1,717
Kenilworth 151 8,045 139 6 1,963
Absecon 152 8,400 107 5 3,690
Mendham 153 5,008 189 23 918
Glen Ridge 154 7,606 177 7 2,208
West Long Branch 155 8,391 151 27 2,228
Manasquan 156 5,841 169 38 2,431
Paramus 157 26,612 179 18 4,580
Watchung 158 5,855 191 14 5,994

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