These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey For 2018


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 Ringwood don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Garden State to retire for 2018:

  1. Ringwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Dumont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Roselle Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Haddonfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. River Edge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. New Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Phillipsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Rutherford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Little Ferry (Homes For Sale)
  10. Summit (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 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 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.

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1. Ringwood

Ringwood, New Jersey

Population: 12,398
Median Rent: $1,216
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
Crime Per 100k: 508
More on Ringwood: Homes For Sale | Data
The Lenape, an Algonquian language-speaking tribe of Native Americans who occupied much of the mid-Atlantic coastal areas and the interior mountains including along the Delaware River resided in the area of present-day Ringwood when Europeans first entered the area. Some retreated to the mountains to escape colonial encroachment.

2. Dumont

Dumont, New Jersey

Population: 17,788
Median Rent: $1,174
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 550
More on Dumont: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Roselle Park

Roselle Park, New Jersey

Population: 13,560
Median Rent: $1,168
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,113
More on Roselle Park: Homes For Sale | Data
The first known settlement within what is now the Borough was built by Samuel Williams in 1700. Galloping Hill Road was continually used by revolutionary war scouts, delivering messages to and from General George Washington and Governor Livingston. Galloping Hill Road also believed to be the route traveled by the British columns en route to the Battle of Connecticut Farms, battling the New Jersey militia the entire way. Son of American general William Crane, was bayoneted and killed by the British near what is now Galloping Hill Road and Colonial Road.

4. Haddonfield

Haddonfield, New Jersey

Source: Public domain’

Population: 11,444
Median Rent: $1,365
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,686
More on Haddonfield: Homes For Sale | Data
The Haddonfield area was occupied by Lenni Lenape Native Americans. The Lenape disappeared from the local area when settlers arrived. Arrowheads and pottery shards have been found by residents by the banks of the Cooper River, hinting that there was a Native American settlement in Haddonfield at one point in time.

5. River Edge

River Edge, New Jersey

Population: 11,586
Median Rent: $1,404
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 552
More on River Edge: Homes For Sale | Data

6. New Providence

New Providence, New Jersey

Source: Public domain’

Population: 12,434
Median Rent: $1,424
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 458
More on New Providence: Homes For Sale | Data
The written history of New Providence begins in 1664 when James, Duke of York and brother to King Charles II, purchased the land that became known as the Elizabethtown Tract from the Lenape Native Americans. Its first European settlers were members of a Puritan colony established in 1720, which was the first permanent settlement of its type. The settlement was originally called ‘Turkey’ or ‘Turkey Town’, due to the presence of wild turkeys in the area.

7. Phillipsburg

Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Source: Public domain’

Population: 14,570
Median Rent: $868
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,258
More on Phillipsburg: Homes For Sale | Data
The town grew from a sleepy agricultural village (in 1824), and was transformed into a transportation hub and shipping center as the Delaware terminus of the Morris Canal (1829-1924), the first transportation infrastructure project (of several, each eventually) giving the community a direct connection 107 miles (172 km) to New York City. The Central Railroad of New Jersey would soon follow with a connection, but the community’s growth (and for a long while, its importance) was that it reached the canal terminals of both the Delaware Canal and the Lehigh Canal by its cross-river cable ferry system to Easton, PA. In 1853, the Lehigh Valley Railroad connected across the river with the CNJ and a passenger shortline railroad, the Belvidere Delaware Railroad, as well as the Morris Canal, all within Phillipsburg. Rapid growth followed quickly.

8. Rutherford

Rutherford, New Jersey

Source: Public domain’

Population: 18,480
Median Rent: $1,347
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,174
More on Rutherford: Homes For Sale | Data
The ridge above the New Jersey Meadowlands upon which Rutherford sits was settled by Lenape Native Americans long before the arrival of Walling Van Winkle in 1687. Union Avenue, which runs from the Meadowlands to the Passaic River, may have been an Indian trail, but was more likely a property boundary line; it was referenced in the 1668 grant of land by proprietary Governor Philip Carteret to John Berry.

9. Little Ferry

Little Ferry, New Jersey

Population: 10,868
Median Rent: $1,291
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 782
More on Little Ferry: Homes For Sale | Data
Little Ferry was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 18, 1894, from portions of Lodi Township and New Barbadoes Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. The borough was formed during the ‘Boroughitis’ phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.

10. Summit

Summit, New Jersey

Population: 21,895
Median Rent: $1,706
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 872
More on Summit: Homes For Sale | Data
The region in which Summit is located was purchased from Native Americans on October 28, 1664. Summit’s earliest European settlers came to the area around the year 1710. The original name of Summit was ‘Turkey Hill’ to distinguish it from the area then known as ‘Turkey’ (New Providence’s original name until 1759). During the American Revolutionary War, Summit was known as ‘Beacon Hill’, because bonfire beacons were lit on an eastern ridge in Summit to warn the New Jersey militiamen of approaching British troops.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire 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:

  • Beachwood
  • Manville
  • Somerville

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In New Jersey

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Ringwood 1 12,398 $1216 28 508
Dumont 2 17,788 $1174 19 550
Roselle Park 3 13,560 $1168 5 1,113
Haddonfield 4 11,444 $1365 11 1,686
River Edge 5 11,586 $1404 17 552
New Providence 6 12,434 $1424 12 458
Phillipsburg 7 14,570 $868 13 2,258
Rutherford 8 18,480 $1347 9 1,174
Little Ferry 9 10,868 $1291 12 782
Summit 10 21,895 $1706 10 872
Lincoln Park 11 10,488 $1560 17 753
Westfield 12 30,438 $1532 9 854
Madison 13 16,090 $1559 13 615
Hasbrouck Heights 14 12,124 $1346 12 651
Woodbury 15 10,024 $962 5 4,349
Tenafly 16 14,821 $1599 19 485
Kinnelon 17 10,239 $1802 22 478
Ridgefield 18 11,294 $1432 12 540
Collingswood 19 13,925 $1002 9 2,994
Cliffside Park 20 24,661 $1253 13 851
Wallington 21 11,618 $1134 11 1,342
Roselle 22 21,507 $1084 5 1,687
Hillsdale 23 10,454 $1415 22 363
Westwood 24 11,170 $1630 21 456
Bayonne 25 65,772 $1158 3 1,353
New Milford 26 16,682 $1259 18 257
Glen Rock 27 11,887 $1891 18 630
Bellmawr 28 11,503 $808 7 2,503
Ramsey 29 15,000 $1314 25 926
Oakland 30 13,041 $1457 23 605
Metuchen 31 13,791 $1519 14 1,312
Rahway 32 28,884 $1311 8 1,332
Bergenfield 33 27,513 $1252 18 388
North Arlington 34 15,788 $1261 6 1,045
East Orange 35 64,621 $997 5 2,065
South River 36 16,305 $1146 20 932
Lodi 37 24,654 $1173 13 1,415
Fort Lee 38 36,607 $1633 15 808
Newark 39 280,139 $981 2 3,193
Hammonton 40 14,630 $1132 17 1,271
Somers Point 41 10,686 $984 9 2,760
Palisades Park 42 20,499 $1401 13 639
Franklin Lakes 43 10,810 $2263 21 740
Wanaque 44 11,636 $1462 25 773
Kearny 45 42,029 $1190 4 2,041
Ridgewood 46 25,430 $1960 20 833
Fairview 47 14,314 $1228 12 929
Totowa 48 10,900 $1501 14 2,660
Ridgefield Park 49 12,976 $1291 13 1,132
Woodland Park 50 12,358 $1362 13 1,545
Fair Lawn 51 33,205 $1463 17 1,391
Hackensack 52 44,271 $1318 15 1,764
Paramus 53 26,795 $1838 18 4,403
Pompton Lakes 54 11,163 $1440 22 931
Carteret 55 23,966 $1305 8 1,172
Englewood 56 28,184 $1444 17 1,369
Sayreville 57 44,260 $1182 17 910
Linden 58 41,595 $1195 5 2,687
West New York 59 52,407 $1200 10 1,297
Guttenberg 60 11,628 $1309 11 868
Hawthorne 61 18,950 $1423 18 1,261
Florham Park 62 11,787 $2227 13 907
Elizabeth 63 128,042 $1074 2 4,051
Plainfield 64 50,578 $1158 13 2,578
Hopatcong 65 14,633 $1338 31 758
Clifton 66 85,578 $1329 11 1,764
Harrison 67 15,007 $1273 3 2,638
Highland Park 68 14,245 $1315 18 1,263
Pleasantville 69 20,532 $1160 5 2,347
South Plainfield 70 23,963 $1557 15 1,836
Millville 71 28,399 $963 25 6,820
Pine Hill 72 10,472 $969 14 2,033
Secaucus 73 18,737 $1614 8 2,294
Trenton 74 84,559 $964 35 3,917
Dover 75 18,317 $1337 24 1,419
Passaic 76 70,536 $1122 11 2,132
Edgewater 77 11,998 $2174 13 1,208
Vineland 78 60,876 $979 22 4,450
Red Bank 79 12,218 $1352 24 1,882
Glassboro 80 19,195 $1027 13 2,182
Perth Amboy 81 52,265 $1193 13 1,943
Paterson 82 146,894 $1122 15 2,913
Point Pleasant 83 18,464 $1437 41 877
Lindenwold 84 17,482 $910 13 3,443
Garfield 85 31,456 $1222 13 2,126
Bridgeton 86 25,209 $996 30 4,668
Hoboken 87 53,136 $2001 8 2,002
North Plainfield 88 22,106 $1248 15 1,990
Elmwood Park 89 20,135 $1560 14 1,852
Long Branch 90 30,705 $1244 26 2,797
Asbury Park 91 15,850 $1089 31 5,968
New Brunswick 92 56,427 $1381 20 2,913
Bound Brook 93 10,512 $1214 21 1,322
Tinton Falls 94 17,910 $1862 29 1,552
Somerville 95 12,207 $1243 24 1,662
Manville 96 10,448 $1317 24 2,641
Beachwood 97 11,153 $1614 38 1,201

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