These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Jersey For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in New Jersey go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in New Jersey definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in New Jersey where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Garden State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 173 largest places in New Jersey, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in New Jersey for 2018:

  1. Penns Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Vineland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bridgeton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Millville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wildwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Linwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Trenton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Phillipsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Washington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Englewood Cliffs (the most expensive place in New Jersey) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about New Jersey and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Garden State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In New Jersey
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in New Jersey to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 173 places in New Jersey that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Penns Grove, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,116
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 90
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
More on Penns Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Vineland, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 60,610
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 103
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
More on Vineland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vineland is a city in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 60,724, reflecting an increase of 4,453 from the 56,271 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,491 from the 54,780 counted in the 1990 Census. Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton are the three principal New Jersey cities of the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses those three cities and all of Cumberland County for statistical purposes and had a population of 156,898 as of the 2010 Census.

Bridgeton, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 25,252
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 81
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Bridgeton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bridgeton is a city in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States, in the southern part of the state, on the Cohansey River, near Delaware Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 25,349, reflecting an increase of 2,578 from the 22,771 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,829 from the 18,942 counted in the 1990 Census. It is the county seat of Cumberland County. Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland are the three principal cities of the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses those cities and all of Cumberland County for statistical purposes and which constitutes a part of the Delaware Valley.

Millville, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 28,438
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 96
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Millville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Millville is a city in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 28,400, reflecting an increase of 1,553 from the 26,847 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 855 from the 25,992 counted in the 1990 Census. Millville, Bridgeton and Vineland are the three principal New Jersey cities of the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses those cities and all of Cumberland County for statistical purposes.

Wildwood, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,290
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 123
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Wildwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wildwood is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area and is a popular summer resort destination. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s year-round population was 5,325, reflecting a decline of 111 from the 5,436 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 952 from the 4,484 counted in the 1990 Census. With visitors, the population can swell to 250,000 during the summer months.

Linwood, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,109
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 171
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Linwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Trenton, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 84,799
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 113
Housing: 80
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 97
More on Trenton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. It was briefly the capital of the United States. The city’s metropolitan area is grouped with the New York metropolitan area by the United States Census Bureau, but directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Philadelphia Designated Market Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, Trenton had a population of 84,913, making it the state’s 10th-largest municipality. The Census Bureau estimated that the city’s population was 84,034 in 2014.

Phillipsburg, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,936
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 113
Housing: 93
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 97
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.

Washington, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,475
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 113
Housing: 121
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 97
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Washington is a borough in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 6,461, reflecting a decline of 251 from the 6,712 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 238 from the 6,474 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough is located in the eastern most region of the Lehigh Valley.

Franklin, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,049
Services: 112
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 113
Housing: 124
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 97
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. New Jersey Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in New Jersey, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in New Jersey according to the data:

  1. Englewood Cliffs
  2. Tenafly
  3. Little Silver

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In New Jersey

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Penns Grove 24.08 5,116 108 103 103
2 Vineland 25.5 60,610 108 103 103
3 Bridgeton 31.67 25,252 107 107 102
4 Millville 33.0 28,438 107 107 102
5 Wildwood 35.5 5,290 107 107 102
6 Linwood 43.33 7,109 107 107 102
7 Trenton 47.58 84,799 112 110 113
8 Phillipsburg 48.67 14,936 112 110 113
9 Washington 51.42 6,475 112 110 113
10 Franklin 51.83 5,049 112 110 113
11 Newton 52.75 7,983 112 110 113
12 Spotswood 53.08 8,283 112 110 113
13 Perth Amboy 53.5 50,981 112 110 113
14 East Orange 53.75 64,356 115 106 107
15 New Brunswick 53.83 55,151 112 110 113
16 Keyport 54.08 7,265 112 110 113
17 Ocean City 54.17 11,790 107 107 102
18 Plainfield 54.25 49,701 112 110 113
19 Newark 54.42 276,478 115 106 107
20 Beachwood 54.42 11,067 112 110 113
21 Manville 54.58 10,358 112 110 113
22 Jamesburg 54.83 5,914 112 110 113
23 Freehold 55.33 12,013 112 110 113
24 North Plainfield 55.33 21,960 112 110 113
25 Bound Brook 55.83 10,493 112 110 113
26 Dunellen 56.17 7,271 112 110 113
27 Prospect Park 56.33 5,860 115 106 107
28 Union Beach 56.42 6,252 112 110 113
29 Hopatcong 56.67 15,169 112 110 113
30 Dover 56.67 18,208 112 110 113
31 Carteret 56.83 23,135 115 106 107
32 Elizabeth 56.83 124,795 115 106 107
33 South River 57.0 15,992 112 110 113
34 Paterson 57.67 145,655 115 106 107
35 Linden 58.5 40,421 115 106 107
36 Middlesex 58.75 13,661 112 110 113
37 Rahway 58.83 27,369 115 106 107
38 Wharton 59.0 6,531 112 110 113
39 Union City 59.08 66,646 115 106 107
40 Haledon 59.58 8,375 115 106 107
41 Matawan 59.75 8,795 112 110 113
42 Passaic 59.75 69,685 115 106 107
43 Harrison 60.08 13,683 115 106 107
44 Mount Arlington 60.25 5,110 112 110 113
45 Raritan 60.75 6,968 112 110 113
46 Kearny 60.92 40,744 115 106 107
47 Pompton Lakes 61.75 11,074 115 106 107
48 Garfield 62.25 30,517 115 106 107
49 Wanaque 62.25 11,062 115 106 107
50 Point Pleasant 62.5 18,499 112 110 113
51 Butler 62.67 7,547 115 106 107
52 Clifton 62.67 83,926 115 106 107
53 Highland Park 63.33 14,074 112 110 113
54 Tinton Falls 63.33 17,794 112 110 113
55 North Arlington 63.67 15,407 115 106 107
56 Lincoln Park 63.67 10,553 115 106 107
57 Morristown 64.17 18,461 112 110 113
58 Bloomingdale 64.25 7,654 115 106 107
59 Kenilworth 64.5 7,907 115 106 107
60 Wallington 65.42 11,410 115 106 107
61 Totowa 65.67 10,784 115 106 107
62 Hawthorne 66.0 18,753 115 106 107
63 Woodland Park 66.0 11,957 115 106 107
64 Elmwood Park 66.25 19,461 115 106 107
65 Metuchen 66.5 13,585 112 110 113
66 Fanwood 67.25 7,313 112 110 113
67 Ringwood 67.42 12,234 115 106 107
68 Fair Lawn 68.0 32,479 115 106 107
69 Boonton 68.5 8,403 115 106 107
70 Belmar 68.75 5,796 112 110 113
71 Waldwick 69.5 9,693 115 106 107
72 Midland Park 69.5 7,131 115 106 107
73 Caldwell 70.0 7,806 115 106 107
74 North Haledon 70.58 8,360 115 106 107
75 Oakland 70.58 12,763 115 106 107
76 New Providence 70.83 12,191 112 110 113
77 Morris Plains 70.92 5,586 115 106 107
78 Manasquan 71.75 5,904 112 110 113
79 Ramsey 71.92 14,528 115 106 107
80 Mountainside 72.08 6,695 112 110 113
81 Glen Rock 72.33 11,631 115 106 107
82 Princeton 72.42 12,342 112 110 113
83 Westfield 72.75 30,296 112 110 113
84 Glen Ridge 72.75 7,520 115 106 107
85 Camden 72.83 77,606 115 117 99
86 Bernardsville 72.92 7,710 112 110 113
87 Kinnelon 73.08 10,276 115 106 107
88 Watchung 73.25 5,776 112 110 113
89 Clementon 73.33 5,008 115 117 99
90 Paulsboro 73.5 6,104 115 117 99
91 Lindenwold 73.75 17,663 115 117 99
92 Madison 73.75 15,923 115 106 107
93 Mendham 74.0 5,004 112 110 113
94 Pine Hill 74.08 10,317 115 117 99
95 Gloucester City 74.33 11,468 115 117 99
96 Woodbury 74.67 10,187 115 117 99
97 Bellmawr 74.83 11,585 115 117 99
98 Pleasantville 75.0 20,387 115 117 99
99 North Caldwell 75.08 6,276 115 106 107
100 Burlington 75.33 9,904 115 117 99

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