These Are The 10 Richest Cities In New Jersey


We analyzed over 256 places in New Jersey to determine where the 1% live.

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Short Hills, Heathcote, Fair Haven: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in New Jersey. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Garden State.

Short Hills in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $235,216 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.0%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in New Jersey share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 256 places in New Jersey with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Garden State:

  1. Short Hills
  2. Heathcote
  3. Fair Haven
  4. Chatham
  5. North Caldwell
  6. Robertsville
  7. Englewood Cliffs
  8. Woodcliff Lake
  9. Dayton
  10. River Edge

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in New Jersey? That would be Salem.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In New Jersey

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 256 places with more than 5,000 people in New Jersey, we ranked each place from 1 to 256 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Short Hills, crowned the “Richest Place In New Jersey”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 256 places.

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1. Short Hills


Population: 12,729
Median Income: 23521600.0%
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

2. Heathcote


Population: 5,668
Median Income: 11991100.0%
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%

3. Fair Haven

Fair Haven, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,093
Median Income: 14000000.0%
Poverty Level: 0.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

4. Chatham

Chatham, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,000
Median Income: 14417900.0%
Poverty Level: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

5. North Caldwell

North Caldwell, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,407
Median Income: 19453600.0%
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

6. Robertsville

Robertsville, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,055
Median Income: 12340500.0%
Poverty Level: 0.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

7. Englewood Cliffs

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346
Median Income: 13878000.0%
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

8. Woodcliff Lake

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,785
Median Income: 13772400.0%
Poverty Level: 1.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

9. Dayton


Population: 7,690
Median Income: 11179200.0%
Poverty Level: 1.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

10. River Edge

River Edge, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,483
Median Income: 10425000.0%
Poverty Level: 1.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In New Jersey

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in New Jersey, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in New Jersey. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in NJ, according to data:

Poorest: Salem
2nd Poorest: Camden
3rd Poorest: Atlantic City
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In New Jersey

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City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Short Hills 1 12,729 $235,216 2.0% 3.6%
Heathcote 2 5,668 $119,911 2.0% 1.4%
Fair Haven 3 6,093 $140,000 0.3% 6.0%
Chatham 4 9,000 $144,179 2.5% 4.0%
North Caldwell 5 6,407 $194,536 2.8% 5.0%
Robertsville 6 11,055 $123,405 0.5% 5.8%
Englewood Cliffs 7 5,346 $138,780 2.0% 5.5%
Woodcliff Lake 8 5,785 $137,724 1.6% 5.8%
Dayton 9 7,690 $111,792 1.2% 5.3%
River Edge 10 11,483 $104,250 1.0% 4.5%
Springdale 11 14,402 $116,523 1.6% 5.4%
Hamilton Square 12 12,870 $109,090 1.3% 5.3%
Lincroft 13 6,436 $131,618 2.7% 5.3%
Ramsey 14 14,650 $122,165 2.3% 5.4%
Upper Saddle River 15 8,304 $188,750 1.3% 6.9%
Succasunna 16 9,047 $119,828 2.1% 6.0%
Greentree 17 11,529 $108,146 2.4% 5.0%
Glen Ridge 18 7,606 $169,006 4.0% 5.3%
White Meadow Lake 19 8,734 $119,329 1.3% 6.4%
Glen Rock 20 11,784 $154,615 2.3% 6.7%
Franklin Lakes 21 10,726 $153,657 2.7% 6.5%
Rumson 22 7,045 $151,667 4.2% 5.3%
Upper Montclair 23 11,637 $167,806 4.4% 5.2%
Mendham 24 5,008 $129,919 2.2% 6.6%
Oradell 25 8,080 $144,222 0.9% 7.4%
Martinsville 26 11,914 $136,959 2.9% 6.3%
Lake Mohawk 27 9,568 $118,964 2.9% 5.8%
Little Silver 28 5,920 $136,344 5.1% 3.3%
Watchung 29 5,855 $104,821 3.4% 2.0%
Haddonfield 30 11,521 $125,000 4.3% 5.4%
Westfield 31 30,647 $138,165 2.1% 7.2%
Roseland 32 5,835 $108,421 2.5% 6.0%
Cresskill 33 8,669 $100,342 3.1% 5.1%
Oakland 34 12,914 $117,596 3.3% 6.2%
Yorketown 35 6,598 $115,572 2.6% 6.5%
Bernardsville 36 7,766 $103,903 3.5% 5.0%
Ridgewood 37 25,270 $141,315 4.7% 6.2%
Morganville 38 5,052 $119,215 0.8% 7.7%
Norwood 39 5,769 $97,962 2.7% 5.8%
New Providence 40 12,314 $139,071 5.6% 5.5%
Bradley Gardens 41 13,902 $114,729 3.4% 6.5%
Ringwood 42 12,320 $106,880 2.4% 6.8%
Metuchen 43 13,707 $109,351 3.5% 6.2%
Fanwood 44 7,475 $123,003 0.8% 8.2%
Dumont 45 17,706 $91,811 2.3% 6.4%
Paramus 46 26,612 $96,454 2.6% 6.4%
Florham Park 47 11,820 $105,368 4.2% 5.7%
West Freehold 48 13,922 $104,841 3.1% 6.6%
Summit 49 21,826 $121,509 5.2% 6.2%
Ramtown 50 5,886 $113,208 2.1% 7.7%
Tenafly 51 14,672 $140,923 4.7% 6.9%
Brookdale 52 9,706 $104,107 5.5% 5.1%
Midland Park 53 7,229 $85,966 4.6% 2.8%
Mountainside 54 6,765 $146,389 3.9% 7.6%
Green Knoll 55 5,954 $113,304 1.7% 8.7%
Kendall Park 56 10,331 $111,123 3.4% 7.3%
Ramblewood 57 5,999 $92,237 2.0% 7.6%
Manasquan 58 5,841 $91,389 5.7% 4.6%
Linwood 59 7,071 $88,542 2.3% 7.3%
Strathmore 60 6,975 $112,974 2.9% 7.8%
Rockaway 61 6,480 $74,080 2.4% 6.2%
Yardville 62 6,825 $85,769 2.9% 6.8%
Somerset 63 24,375 $95,667 3.5% 6.8%
Closter 64 8,519 $119,725 1.7% 9.7%
Dunellen 65 7,317 $76,214 4.2% 5.1%
Allendale 66 6,666 $124,821 2.5% 9.3%
Madison 67 16,043 $109,737 3.8% 7.4%
Waldwick 68 9,808 $106,750 4.3% 7.0%
Old Tappan 69 5,835 $116,151 3.4% 8.1%
Franklin Park 70 14,815 $89,231 5.7% 5.4%
Hillsdale 71 10,381 $113,077 6.8% 6.0%
Kinnelon 72 10,349 $125,000 2.3% 10.1%
Spotswood 73 8,359 $76,110 2.7% 6.6%
Montvale 74 8,000 $103,361 5.6% 6.5%
Finderne 75 6,205 $84,006 5.6% 5.4%
Westwood 76 11,056 $85,588 5.5% 5.9%
White Horse 77 8,422 $73,337 3.7% 5.9%
Middlesex 78 13,766 $81,424 1.8% 7.8%
Morris Plains 79 5,635 $110,167 4.6% 7.8%
Hoboken 80 51,979 $106,875 9.8% 4.1%
Old Bridge 81 23,572 $100,484 3.1% 8.0%
Princeton 82 28,940 $116,875 6.1% 7.2%
Wood-Ridge 83 8,249 $97,006 5.6% 6.7%
Edgewater 84 11,969 $99,609 6.2% 6.4%
Mercerville 85 13,048 $79,830 1.8% 7.9%
Lincoln Park 86 10,515 $81,661 4.2% 6.8%
Fair Lawn 87 32,962 $100,755 4.1% 8.1%
East Freehold 88 5,429 $128,750 4.1% 10.5%
Colonia 17,530 $87,557 2.4% 9.0%
Park Ridge 90 8,763 $106,327 2.9% 9.9%
Ashland 91 8,260 $85,733 4.8% 7.4%
Raritan 92 7,318 $73,565 5.5% 6.3%
Haddon Heights 93 7,425 $86,409 3.5% 8.5%
Marlton 94 10,397 $70,461 2.9% 7.5%
South Plainfield 95 23,686 $90,880 5.4% 7.8%
Butler 96 7,636 $90,424 6.4% 7.1%
Princeton Meadows 97 13,631 $83,518 6.0% 6.9%
Mount Arlington 98 5,140 $83,549 1.0% 11.0%
Moorestown-Lenola 99 14,436 $100,643 5.7% 8.0%
Cherry Hill Mall 100 13,950 $85,390 5.0% 7.9%
Kenilworth 101 8,045 $100,680 4.4% 9.3%
Laurence Harbor 102 6,845 $74,800 5.3% 7.0%
Iselin 103 18,457 $80,200 5.6% 7.0%
Somerville 104 12,175 $72,527 5.2% 6.9%
Rutherford 105 18,297 $82,385 6.0% 7.3%
North Haledon 106 8,478 $93,641 3.4% 10.6%
Pompton Lakes 107 11,162 $87,284 5.0% 8.8%
Ocean Acres 108 16,187 $79,467 3.0% 9.3%
Budd Lake 109 8,234 $90,660 6.1% 7.9%
West Long Branch 110 8,391 $82,067 6.3% 7.1%
Maywood 111 9,651 $81,500 6.5% 7.1%
Beachwood 112 11,127 $76,279 5.7% 7.2%
Hawthorne 113 18,944 $81,885 4.4% 8.7%
New Milford 114 16,524 $75,071 6.0% 7.1%
Sayreville 115 43,962 $81,136 4.9% 8.5%
Morri 116 18,580 $75,696 10.5% 5.1%
Woodland Park 117 12,129 $79,732 5.0% 8.1%
Woodbridge 118 20,434 $86,506 6.4% 7.8%
Ridgefield Park 119 12,875 $64,741 6.5% 6.1%
Boonton 120 8,424 $88,107 5.1% 9.3%
Matawan 121 8,759 $82,940 6.2% 7.7%
Bergenfield 122 27,157 $80,365 7.3% 7.3%
Avenel 123 17,952 $71,711 8.0% 6.3%
Elmwood Park 124 19,921 $67,500 7.1% 6.6%
Englewood 125 27,435 $73,249 8.6% 6.7%
Kingston Estates 126 6,161 $76,667 3.2% 11.3%
East Rutherford 127 9,298 $70,934 11.3% 5.8%
South Amboy 128 8,749 $73,710 5.3% 8.8%
Collingswood 129 13,929 $59,705 6.6% 6.6%
Caldwell 130 7,864 $73,299 3.4% 10.9%
Hasbrouck Heights 131 11,989 $87,705 7.6% 8.8%
Leonia 132 9,051 $78,882 10.3% 6.9%
Fort Dix 133 7,948 $6
1,489
4.0% 8.6%
Pitman 134 8,959 $70,058 5.2% 8.8%
Fords 135 15,028 $79,754 5.5% 9.7%
Point Pleasant 136 18,481 $84,163 6.8% 8.8%
Toms River 137 89,459 $73,321 6.0% 8.6%
Little Ferry 138 10,773 $63,810 7.7% 6.7%
Audubon 139 8,763 $77,825 6.2% 8.8%
Twin Rivers 140 7,402 $87,929 12.1% 7.6%
North Arlington 141 15,587 $71,750 8.9% 7.2%
Oceanport 142 5,834 $92,413 5.6% 12.4%
Secaucus 143 17,614 $84,626 9.3% 8.1%
Madison Park 144 6,616 $65,417 6.5% 7.7%
Emerson 145 7,538 $108,295 9.9% 9.9%
Tinton Falls 146 17,933 $73,278 5.6% 9.5%
Wanaque 147 11,243 $85,373 4.6% 14.5%
Clifton 148 85,138 $68,096 7.9% 7.6%
Ocean City 149 11,520 $59,522 8.6% 6.6%
Keyport 150 7,213 $54,853 7.6% 6.7%
Bloomingdale 151 7,808 $73,060 3.7% 12.2%
Hight 152 5,557 $72,432 7.2% 8.4%
Pine Lake Park 153 9,295 $74,543 6.3% 9.7%
Bound Brook 154 10,607 $63,017 6.9% 7.9%
Mil 155 6,974 $99,265 7.8% 12.4%
Cape May Court House 156 5,664 $58,854 6.1% 8.5%
Ridgefield 157 11,191 $69,466 6.3% 9.7%
North Plainfield 158 22,056 $69,363 11.0% 7.5%
Clayton 159 8,225 $64,183 8.4% 8.0%
Bogota 160 8,277 $75,957 8.9% 9.3%
Hopatcong 161 14,921 $85,357 6.1% 14.5%
Northfield 162 8,616 $67,528 8.4% 8.8%
Fort Lee 163 36,048 $67,119 9.2% 8.5%
Wallington 164 11,487 $53,502 10.2% 6.7%
Carlstadt 165 6,189 $71,847 7.7% 9.7%
Hackett 166 9,633 $69,009 8.8% 8.9%
Eato 167 12,323 $64,378 7.5% 9.2%
Barrington 168 6,904 $62,283 5.3% 11.0%
Margate City 169 6,343 $65,568 9.3% 8.7%
Dover 170 18,298 $60,878 9.0% 8.1%
Totowa 171 10,872 $85,014 9.5% 11.9%
Union Beach 172 6,040 $74,081 6.1% 14.3%
Hammonton 173 14,796 $61,235 7.9% 9.3%
Palisades Park 174 20,066 $59,429 12.8% 7.4%
Absecon 175 8,400 $61,199 6.5% 10.5%
Jamesburg 176 5,963 $66,806 9.4% 9.7%
Wharton 177 6,586 $67,205 8.2% 11.1%
Perth Amboy 178 51,727 $45,276 20.0% 6.2%
Highland Park 179 14,224 $66,414 13.6% 8.6%
Hackensack 180 43,903 $53,338 14.6% 7.1%
Bayonne 181 64,763 $55,224 13.2% 7.5%
Berlin 182 7,587 $76,346 10.5% 11.4%
Palmyra 183 7,372 $63,598 6.6% 11.9%
Stratford 184 6,997 $66,325 8.1% 11.6%
Williamstown 185 15,425 $63,281 7.4% 11.6%
East Franklin 186 7,647 $62,745 9.3% 10.4%
Manville 187 10,426 $62,787 7.8% 11.8%
Pennsville 188 11,864 $57,966 10.0% 9.3%
Freehold 189 12,018 $53,375 12.9% 8.0%
Haledon 190 8,397 $59,819 10.0% 10.4%
Cliffside Park 191 24,532 $56,171 12.0% 9.0%
Red Bank 192 12,250 $62,440 11.2% 10.4%
Roselle Park 193 13,465 $61,122 6.8% 14.8%
Linden 194 41,054 $62,778 9.3% 11.9%
Brigantine 195 9,420 $56,310 13.3% 8.9%
Belmar 196 5,760 $59,557 9.7% 11.2%
Pomona 197 7,164 $67,063 12.8% 11.4%
Forked River 198 5,199 $69,583 10.1% 14.3%
Rahway 199 27,994 $59,076 8.2% 12.7%
Somers Point 200 10,783 $47,945 13.5% 8.4%
Smithville 201 6,950 $56,753 7.1% 14.2%
Carteret 202 23,770 $64,294 9.4% 13.8%
Pine Hill 203 10,383 $50,876 10.4% 9.4%
Burlington 204 9,865 $53,941 8.6% 11.8%
Washington 205 6,439 $55,547 15.5% 9.0%
Mystic Island 206 7,792 $59,591 9.2% 12.9%
Kearny 207 41,538 $63,093 9.8% 13.1%
Lodi 208 24,428 $48,914 11.0% 9.7%
Gloucester City 209 11,392 $51,153 10.2% 10.6%
Lakewood 210 51,944 $38,025 34.0% 7.4%
South River 211 16,177 $65,509 10.2% 15.2%
Garfield 212 30,996 $46,499 11.5% 9.4%
Echelon 213 10,831 $51,488 11.0% 10.9%
Jersey City 214 255,861 $58,907 16.3% 10.4%
Prospect Park 215 5,915 $54,241 9.8% 13.0%
Fairview 216 14,126 $51,990 14.0% 10.2%
Somerdale 217 5,246 $51,007 11.8% 10.9%
Runnemede 218 8,435 $58,006 10.3% 13.1%
Guttenberg 219 11,397 $52,466 14.9% 10.6%
Glassboro 220 18,798 $64,136 21.2% 11.8%
Harrison 221 14,436 $53,772 14.1% 11.2%
Browns Mills 222 10,973 $56,438 13.6% 11.9%
Newton 223 7,999 $49,223 15.2% 10.7%
Bellmawr 224 11,538 $50,450 11.4% 12.3%
Long Branch 225 30,590 $48,736 15.2% 10.9%
Woodbury 226 10,098 $53,359 17.3% 11.3%
Vineland 227 60,985 $50,690 15.8% 11.7%
Carneys Point 228 7,268 $52,837 10.5% 19.3%
Elizabeth 229 126,964 $43,966 16.3% 12.2%
Holiday City-Berkeley 230 12,013 $31,044 9.6% 16.9%
Villas 231 9,199 $48,443 12.6% 15.7%
Plainfield 232 50,423 $53,099 20.3% 13.2%
Phillipsburg 233 14,717 $44,214 15.3% 13.1%
Passaic 234 70,651 $33,081 26.4% 10.6%
New Brunswick 235 55,804 $38,399 33.9% 10.9%
Millville 236 28,603 $50,787 15.0% 15.5%
Ventnor City 237 10,632 $50,129 17.8% 13.2%
Roselle 238 21,348 $43,122 13.0% 15.4%
Lindenwold 239 17,512 $40,578 17.1% 12.7%
Keansburg 240 10,011 $43,696 16.2% 13.8%
Paterson 241 146,341 $33,964 24.2% 11.5%
West New York 242 51,511 $45,412 18.1% 13.3%
Union City 243 68,001 $40,939 20.6% 12.5%
Crestwood Village 244 7,703 $28,644 16.5% 14.0%
Pleasantville 245 20,436 $40,521 18.0% 16.2%
East Orange 246 64,538 $36,978 19.1% 20.1%
Paulsboro 247 6,041 $41,061 21.8% 20.5%
Trenton 248 84,459 $35,647 24.1% 18.5%
Asbury Park 249 15,933 $32,459 27.4% 15.2%
Bridgeton 250 25,252 $35,352 28.2% 16.6%
Newark 251 278,750 $34,012 25.5% 19.1%
Penns Grove 252 5,082 $32,214 25.8% 19.6%
Wildwood 253 5,255 $26,742 32.0% 16.9%
Atlantic City 254 39,521 $26,936 33.5% 17.4%
Camden 255 77,294 $26,201 33.5% 22.0%
Salem 256 5,045 $27,047 38.8% 29.4%

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