Best Small Towns In New Jersey For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in New Jersey are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in New Jersey.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in New Jersey, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Garden State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in New Jersey based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in New Jersey ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in New Jersey for 2020.

What’s the best small town in New Jersey? Brielle is the best small town in New Jersey based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Brielle, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Garden State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In New Jersey For 2020

Brielle, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,709
Median Income: $138,750 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $630,100 (23rd Best)
More on Brielle: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,752
Median Income: $86,037 (84th Best)
Median Home Value: $335,300 (76th Best)
More on Plainsboro Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Shrewsbury, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,088
Median Income: $124,500 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $575,600 (26th Best)
More on Shrewsbury: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Pennington, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,527
Median Income: $127,500 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $547,100 (28th Best)
More on Pennington: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,546
Median Income: $99,429 (58th Best)
Median Home Value: $307,100 (83rd Best)
More on Lawrenceville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,732
Median Income: $137,500 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,592,300 (3rd Best)
More on Sea Girt: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,144
Median Income: $160,333 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $674,900 (17th Best)
More on Cranbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,426
Median Income: $120,469 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $448,100 (40th Best)
More on Navesink: Data | Homes For Sale

Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,101
Median Income: $191,645 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $740,300 (11th Best)
More on Ho-Ho-Kus: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,379
Median Income: $103,338 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $357,600 (68th Best)
More on West Belmar: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,451
Median Income: $110,417 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $386,700 (55th Best)
More on Oakhurst: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,427
Median Income: $160,956 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $365,800 (62nd Best)
More on Richwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,225
Median Income: $122,159 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $273,700 (106th Best)
More on Wenonah: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,720
Median Income: $134,514 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $380,800 (58th Best)
More on Robbinsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Monmouth Beach, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,221
Median Income: $132,125 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $734,400 (12th Best)
More on Monmouth Beach: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In New Jersey

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 209 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 209, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New Jersey. Top of that list — Brielle. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in New Jersey.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in New Jersey are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in New Jersey:

  1. Egg Harbor City
  2. Cedar Glen West
  3. Chesilhurst

For more new jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In New Jersey

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Brielle, NJ 4,709 $138,750.0 $630,100.0
2 Plainsboro Center, NJ 2,752 $86,037.0 $335,300.0
3 Shrewsbury, NJ 4,088 $124,500.0 $575,600.0
4 Pennington, NJ 2,527 $127,500.0 $547,100.0
5 Lawrenceville, NJ 3,546 $99,429.0 $307,100.0
6 Sea Girt, NJ 1,732 $137,500.0 $1,592,300.0
7 Cranbury, NJ 2,144 $160,333.0 $674,900.0
8 Navesink, NJ 1,426 $120,469.0 $448,100.0
9 Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 4,101 $191,645.0 $740,300.0
10 West Belmar, NJ 2,379 $103,338.0 $357,600.0
11 Oakhurst, NJ 3,451 $110,417.0 $386,700.0
12 Richwood, NJ 3,427 $160,956.0 $365,800.0
13 Wenonah, NJ 2,225 $122,159.0 $273,700.0
14 Robbinsville, NJ 2,720 $134,514.0 $380,800.0
15 Monmouth Beach, NJ 3,221 $132,125.0 $734,400.0
16 Mendham, NJ 4,945 $158,542.0 $655,400.0
17 Demarest, NJ 4,959 $158,906.0 $685,700.0
18 Shark River Hills, NJ 3,609 $104,875.0 $355,800.0
19 Barclay, NJ 4,330 $148,125.0 $336,300.0
20 Essex Fells, NJ 2,205 $205,714.0 $826,800.0
21 Haworth, NJ 3,418 $173,750.0 $661,300.0
22 Hopewell, NJ 1,940 $111,875.0 $408,700.0
23 Monmouth Junction, NJ 3,302 $141,875.0 $407,000.0
24 Mountain Lakes, NJ 4,274 $216,250.0 $849,100.0
25 Spring Lake Heights, NJ 4,595 $85,556.0 $476,400.0
26 Avalon, NJ 1,409 $89,327.0 $1,158,700.0
27 Saddle River, NJ 3,212 $175,357.0 $1,785,200.0
28 Alle, NJ 1,903 $97,404.0 $316,200.0
29 Ten Mile Run, NJ 1,518 $171,786.0 $602,800.0
30 Greenwich, NJ 2,538 $128,889.0 $332,500.0
31 Middlebush, NJ 2,738 $148,409.0 $455,700.0
32 Surf City, NJ 1,292 $84,167.0 $702,100.0
33 Island Heights, NJ 1,457 $94,444.0 $406,500.0
34 Annandale, NJ 1,485 $91,667.0 $413,400.0
35 Cape May, NJ 3,491 $56,530.0 $658,400.0
36 White House Station, NJ 2,210 $102,472.0 $360,700.0
37 Leonardo, NJ 2,674 $101,328.0 $307,100.0
38 Princeton Junction, NJ 2,550 $189,861.0 $522,600.0
39 Harrington Park, NJ 4,761 $128,380.0 $597,200.0
40 Medford Lakes, NJ 4,031 $109,700.0 $297,600.0
41 Northvale, NJ 4,854 $108,750.0 $462,600.0
42 Beckett, NJ 4,983 $120,943.0 $220,100.0
43 Garwood, NJ 4,334 $84,896.0 $369,800.0
44 Peapack And Gladstone, NJ 2,566 $122,198.0 $658,100.0
45 Turnersville, NJ 3,596 $116,821.0 $259,600.0
46 Weston, NJ 2,725 $77,961.0 $441,100.0
47 Lambertville, NJ 3,820 $82,175.0 $383,000.0
48 Mullica Hill, NJ 3,851 $99,583.0 $283,900.0
49 Vista Center, NJ 2,202 $103,300.0 $425,200.0
50 Belford, NJ 1,908 $135,577.0 $362,200.0
51 Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ 1,761 $88,594.0 $867,400.0
52 Vienna, NJ 1,296 $143,438.0 $262,500.0
53 Wanamassa, NJ 4,628 $119,050.0 $361,200.0
54 Lake Telemark, NJ 1,107 $100,000.0 $342,300.0
55 South Bound Brook, NJ 4,550 $83,155.0 $247,900.0
56 Chester, NJ 1,593 $107,750.0 $484,500.0
57 Roebling, NJ 3,817 $84,262.0 $166,100.0
58 Fairview, NJ 3,835 $134,018.0 $426,800.0
59 Port Reading, NJ 4,139 $82,361.0 $286,200.0
60 Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 4,545 $90,785.0 $572,300.0
61 Kingston, NJ 1,254 $61,280.0 $345,800.0
62 Sewaren, NJ 2,318 $77,396.0 $286,600.0
63 Beach Haven, NJ 1,091 $89,722.0 $750,000.0
64 Riverton, NJ 2,704 $97,112.0 $296,200.0
65 Wood, NJ 3,473 $79,071.0 $239,500.0
66 Spring Lake, NJ 2,945 $97,668.0 $1,588,700.0
67 Port Republic, NJ 1,178 $111,071.0 $277,200.0
68 Califon, NJ 1,194 $94,091.0 $350,300.0
69 Ocean Grove, NJ 3,133 $61,199.0 $471,700.0
70 Helmetta, NJ 2,283 $83,068.0 $250,700.0
71 Atlantic Highlands, NJ 4,289 $97,083.0 $384,000.0
72 Six Mile Run, NJ 2,663 $107,266.0 $389,400.0
73 Olivet, NJ 1,466 $122,533.0 $239,700.0
74 Lake Como, NJ 1,671 $89,625.0 $432,900.0
75 Stanhope, NJ 3,377 $85,644.0 $239,900.0
76 Alpine, NJ 1,513 $127,986.0 $2,000,001.0
77 Merchantville, NJ 3,726 $70,694.0 $216,900.0
78 Bordentown, NJ 3,840 $72,879.0 $216,400.0
79 Franklin Center, NJ 4,615 $104,238.0 $401,400.0
80 Lavallette, NJ 2,161 $73,929.0 $721,200.0
81 Brass Castle, NJ 1,657 $109,583.0 $300,000.0
82 Pine Beach, NJ 2,251 $101,750.0 $317,500.0
83 New Egypt, NJ 2,407 $72,518.0 $265,600.0
84 Long Valley, NJ 1,773 $118,750.0 $391,200.0
85 Kenvil, NJ 3,179 $95,586.0 $309,500.0
86 Riverdale, NJ 4,226 $109,851.0 $338,500.0
87 Gibbsboro, NJ 2,223 $81,940.0 $205,800.0
88 Society Hill, NJ 3,671 $110,114.0 $371,800.0
89 Singac, NJ 4,447 $82,097.0 $276,500.0
90 Brownville, NJ 2,629 $102,256.0 $267,100.0
91 Laurel Springs, NJ 1,907 $82,788.0 $179,900.0
92 Panther Valley, NJ 3,623 $86,615.0 $244,400.0
93 Clinton, NJ 2,676 $101,339.0 $360,200.0
94 Cliffwood Beach, NJ 3,015 $89,856.0 $255,800.0
95 Sea Isle City, NJ 1,955 $77,500.0 $663,000.0
96 Erma, NJ 1,953 $88,438.0 $291,800.0
97 Estell Manor, NJ 1,752 $93,500.0 $246,900.0
98 Wildwood Crest, NJ 3,131 $59,812.0 $397,100.0
99 Highland Lakes, NJ 4,840 $95,662.0 $219,900.0
100 North Cape May, NJ 3,060 $62,807.0 $219,400.0

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.

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