These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In New Jersey For 2019


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

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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 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in New Jersey for 2019:

  1. Brielle (Photos | Homes)
  2. Plainsboro Center (Homes)
  3. Allenwood (Homes)
  4. Barclay (Homes)
  5. Robbinsville (Homes)
  6. Shrewsbury (Photos | Homes)
  7. Pennington (Photos | Homes)
  8. Sea Girt (Homes)
  9. Lawrenceville (Homes)
  10. Mendham (Photos | Homes)

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:

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 2012-2016 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 – 210 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 210, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in New Jersey. Top of that list — Brielle.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in New Jersey.

Brielle, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,738
Median Income: $133,493 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $633,700 (21st Best)
More on Brielle: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,943
Median Income: $75,221 (110th Best)
Median Home Value: $377,800 (56th Best)
More on Plainsboro Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,075
Median Income: $123,315 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $479,600 (34th Best)
More on Allenwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,400
Median Income: $134,837 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $331,600 (74th Best)
More on Barclay: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,141
Median Income: $122,614 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $403,400 (48th Best)
More on Robbinsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Shrewsbury, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,051
Median Income: $122,321 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $530,100 (27th Best)
More on Shrewsbury: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Pennington, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,591
Median Income: $121,667 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $562,500 (25th Best)
More on Pennington: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,714
Median Income: $126,667 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,404,000 (4th Best)
More on Sea Girt: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,834
Median Income: $107,800 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $286,400 (97th Best)
More on Lawrenceville: Data | Homes For Sale

Mendham, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,992
Median Income: $145,284 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $640,100 (20th Best)
More on Mendham: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,095
Median Income: $200,875 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $834,400 (8th Best)
More on Essex Fells: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,534
Median Income: $126,413 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $384,800 (52nd Best)
More on Monmouth Junction: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,013
Median Income: $101,406 (47th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,209,100 (5th Best)
More on Stone Harbor: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,405
Median Income: $96,786 (55th Best)
Median Home Value: $349,000 (68th Best)
More on West Belmar: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,280
Median Income: $151,190 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $647,000 (18th Best)
More on Cranbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,193
Median Income: $110,694 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $272,800 (105th Best)
More on Wenonah: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,570
Median Income: $130,185 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $343,600 (70th Best)
More on Greenwich: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,595
Median Income: $129,688 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $650,700 (17th Best)
More on Peapack And Gladstone: Data | Homes For Sale

Monmouth Beach, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,247
Median Income: $107,383 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $705,300 (13th Best)
More on Monmouth Beach: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,690
Median Income: $105,104 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $418,300 (44th Best)
More on Navesink: Data | Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Port Norris
  2. Egg Harbor City
  3. Vernon Center

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 4,738 $133,493.0 $633,700.0
2 Plainsboro Center 2,943 $75,221.0 $377,800.0
3 Allenwood 1,075 $123,315.0 $479,600.0
4 Barclay 4,400 $134,837.0 $331,600.0
5 Robbinsville 3,141 $122,614.0 $403,400.0
6 Shrewsbury 4,051 $122,321.0 $530,100.0
7 Pennington 2,591 $121,667.0 $562,500.0
8 Sea Girt 1,714 $126,667.0 $1,404,000.0
9 Lawrenceville 3,834 $107,800.0 $286,400.0
10 Mendham 4,992 $145,284.0 $640,100.0
11 Essex Fells 2,095 $200,875.0 $834,400.0
12 Monmouth Junction 3,534 $126,413.0 $384,800.0
13 Stone Harbor 1,013 $101,406.0 $1,209,100.0
14 West Belmar 2,405 $96,786.0 $349,000.0
15 Cranbury 2,280 $151,190.0 $647,000.0
16 Wenonah 2,193 $110,694.0 $272,800.0
17 Greenwich 2,570 $130,185.0 $343,600.0
18 Peapack And Gladstone 2,595 $129,688.0 $650,700.0
19 Monmouth Beach 3,247 $107,383.0 $705,300.0
20 Navesink 1,690 $105,104.0 $418,300.0
21 Oakhurst 3,532 $99,704.0 $372,900.0
22 Hopewell 1,976 $113,125.0 $423,600.0
23 Mountain Lakes 4,309 $175,556.0 $810,300.0
24 Shark River Hills 3,967 $99,150.0 $343,100.0
25 Annandale 1,482 $102,250.0 $373,600.0
26 Haworth 3,473 $170,417.0 $645,500.0
27 Garwood 4,365 $79,063.0 $365,600.0
28 Alle 1,890 $96,154.0 $328,400.0
29 Bay Head 1,011 $112,188.0 $1,094,300.0
30 Avalon 1,424 $90,000.0 $1,050,700.0
31 Saddle River 3,248 $173,333.0 $1,883,500.0
32 Spring Lake Heights 4,645 $78,829.0 $478,000.0
33 Medford Lakes 4,075 $105,598.0 $291,400.0
34 Surf City 1,238 $77,885.0 $669,700.0
35 Lambertville 3,840 $84,231.0 $378,600.0
36 Ten Mile Run 1,547 $182,188.0 $608,900.0
37 Harrington Park 4,819 $127,188.0 $595,900.0
38 Richwood 3,250 $151,071.0 $370,200.0
39 Point Pleasant Beach 4,577 $92,143.0 $556,300.0
40 Spring Lake 2,980 $88,679.0 $1,420,900.0
41 Weston 2,613 $73,750.0 $417,200.0
42 Princeton Junction 2,427 $173,661.0 $517,600.0
43 Turnersville 3,642 $107,306.0 $259,000.0
44 Middlebush 2,776 $137,473.0 $475,500.0
45 Leonardo 2,531 $84,825.0 $315,300.0
46 Cape May 3,500 $58,958.0 $570,900.0
47 Roebling 3,543 $80,182.0 $167,200.0
48 Riverton 2,730 $95,288.0 $283,600.0
49 Fairview 3,921 $132,872.0 $414,600.0
50 Beckett 4,887 $113,429.0 $215,700.0
51 Vista Center 2,350 $105,917.0 $431,500.0
52 White House Station 2,112 $99,025.0 $357,800.0
53 Northvale 4,872 $92,650.0 $458,300.0
54 Alpine 1,481 $118,977.0 $2,000,000.0
55 Belford 1,743 $122,875.0 $344,800.0
56 Whittingham 2,634 $58,576.0 $290,800.0
57 Clinton 2,690 $103,125.0 $349,800.0
58 Port Republic 1,056 $101,500.0 $291,100.0
59 Society Hill 3,768 $112,679.0 $349,600.0
60 Beach Haven 1,102 $86,705.0 $722,900.0
61 Kingston 1,377 $61,513.0 $303,400.0
62 Island Heights 1,581 $82,174.0 $400,000.0
63 Port Reading 4,150 $81,912.0 $283,700.0
64 Lake Telemark 1,043 $89,500.0 $324,100.0
65 Sewaren 2,437 $76,389.0 $281,800.0
66 Brownville 2,930 $105,842.0 $268,800.0
67 Ocean Grove 2,943 $60,000.0 $482,400.0
68 Helmetta 2,321 $79,702.0 $262,000.0
69 Long Valley 2,023 $115,781.0 $380,200.0
70 Chester 1,540 $101,375.0 $488,000.0
71 Franklin Center 4,913 $103,389.0 $395,300.0
72 Lavallette 2,042 $68,098.0 $711,300.0
73 Pine Beach 2,185 $95,909.0 $305,100.0
74 Brass Castle 1,505 $111,938.0 $251,300.0
75 South Bound Brook 4,606 $81,545.0 $246,500.0
76 Califon 1,259 $94,531.0 $342,300.0
77 Panther Valley 3,520 $84,696.0 $232,600.0
78 Bordentown 3,872 $76,250.0 $218,700.0
79 Waretown 1,828 $72,083.0 $250,700.0
80 Vienna 1,037 $104,423.0 $245,800.0
81 Atlantic Highlands 4,322 $95,284.0 $376,500.0
82 Olivet 1,602 $94,167.0 $235,600.0
83 Six Mile Run 2,669 $121,397.0 $376,700.0
84 Kenvil 3,121 $94,012.0 $301,100.0
85 Wood 3,501 $76,071.0 $237,100.0
86 Wanamassa 4,720 $100,000.0 $363,500.0
87 Riverdale 4,238 $100,602.0 $331,200.0
88 Wildwood Crest 3,176 $59,436.0 $398,400.0
89 Lebanon 1,693 $87,837.0 $260,900.0
90 Mullica Hill 3,888 $102,829.0 $276,900.0
91 Cliffwood Beach 3,138 $83,281.0 $242,400.0
92 Lake Como 1,518 $74,861.0 $408,500.0
93 Laurel Springs 1,917 $82,250.0 $175,500.0
94 Oaklyn 4,009 $65,301.0 $183,600.0
95 Gibbsboro 2,183 $84,250.0 $199,300.0
96 Merchantville 3,769 $70,563.0 $213,900.0
97 New Egypt 2,421 $70,195.0 $253,700.0
98 Stanhope 3,411 $83,813.0 $229,700.0
99 North Middletown 3,069 $71,806.0 $228,200.0
100 High Bridge 3,565 $92,961.0 $249,700.0

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