When we think about the “glories” of being an adult, we often think of vacations, money, and more freedom. But that vision of adulthood is not the reality for most. Many Millenials struggle to find well-paying jobs in today’s job market and sometimes it seems that even that costly degree didn’t make much of a difference for job prospects.
So when you do happen to land a job, you jump for joy, but what about the income?
You may end up landing your dream job, but the income might not be what it takes to surpass your mountain of school debt. How then, do you keep the epic job, but save everywhere else to make your income last longer?
Reduce your cost of living, of course. For some people, the location of the job may require a move to an expensive city like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. But because urban growth is exploding all over the country, there are many up-and-coming locales that will allow you to have a great start to your career and save on rent.
If you find a place cheap enough, you may be able to skip the rent problem completely and actually buy a home. Imagine that– buying a house. That is a luxury many Millenials are unable to have financially because of the high cost of living.
Which brings us to where you can do that without paying an arm and a leg. Every state has affordable areas, but New Jersey is one that offers some substantially cheaper cities than some of the surrounding states, ahem, New York.
But what is good about Jersey? The state gets a lot of negative light compared to others in the U.S., but it is actually a great place to start your career…and your savings account.
New Jersey is known for its food. Specifically, this Garden State has some amazing blueberries and corn. And who doesn’t like blueberries and corn?
If fresh produce isn’t your thing, don’t worry because New Jersey is also known as the Diner Capital of the World. You can start your day with a nice coffee and waffle in a diner a good few stars above Waffle House.
New Jersey is also close to major urban centers, especially New York City. If you want to work and spend your weekends enjoying the New York City high-life, but don’t want to spend a killing on rent, then New Jersey will soon be called your home.
Interested yet? We know we love a good “Taylor Ham” pork roll on the way to NYC.
Check out these top 10 most affordable cities in New Jersey for 2019:
We looked at several factors to create our top 10 list, which included income to rent/house price ratios. This way, you will know where the cost of living is the lowest so your income will go the farthest.
Topping our list comes Audubon, a city right over the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border near Philly. You can live in New Jersey and work in Philadelphia: a great option for both your career and your savings.
Other dollar-saving cities in New Jersey include Stratford and Barrington. All in all, these cities on our list have one thing in common, which is their ability to give you great savings on rent… or even houses.
Interested to learn more about our methodology? Read on to learn how we crunched the numbers and to see how your favorite city in New Jersey stacked up on the affordability ranking.
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 Most Affordable Places To Live In The Garden State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 187 places in New Jersey that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the lowest cost of living in New Jersey according to the data is Audubon.
The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In New Jersey For 2019
The median income in Audubon comes in at $80,925 and the median home value is $208,800 for 2019.
The median income in Stratford comes in at $72,955 and the median home value is $181,700 for 2019.
The median income in Barrington comes in at $72,602 and the median home value is $203,500 for 2019.
The median income in Somerdale comes in at $61,964 and the median home value is $165,500 for 2019.
The median income in Runnemede comes in at $61,104 and the median home value is $167,700 for 2019.
Berlin is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,588, reflecting an increase of 1,439 from the 6,149 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 477 from the 5,672 counted in the 1990 Census.
The median income in Berlin comes in at $90,354 and the median home value is $232,300 for 2019.
Pitman is a borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 9,011, reflecting a decline of 320 from the 9,331 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 34 from the 9,365 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough was named for Rev. Charles Pitman, a Methodist minister.
The median income in Pitman comes in at $73,538 and the median home value is $183,900 for 2019.
Glassboro is a borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 18,579, reflecting a decline of 489 from the 19,068 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,454 over the 15,614 counted in the 1990 Census.
The median income in Glassboro comes in at $69,000 and the median home value is $191,800 for 2019.
Haddon Heights is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,473, reflecting a decline of 74 from the 7,547 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 313 from the 7,860 counted in the 1990 Census.
The median income in Haddon Heights comes in at $90,387 and the median home value is $279,400 for 2019.
Jamesburg is a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 5,915, reflecting a decline of 110 from the 6,025 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 731 from the 5,294 counted in the 1990 Census.
The median income in Jamesburg comes in at $83,095 and the median home value is $267,700 for 2019.
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 most affordable places to live in new jersey for 2019.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in New Jersey according to the data:
- Englewood Cliffs
- Palisades Park
For more New Jersey reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In New Jersey
- Best Places To Buy A House In New Jersey