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.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For New Jersey state reading:

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

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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.

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.

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:

Where Are 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

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