The Best Places to Live in New Jersey


10 Best Places to Live in New Jersey

10 Best Places to Live in New Jersey:

According to the Editors of New Jersey Monthly Magazine
Words by Martin Halo

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New Jersey — Raising a family in the suburbs is the very essence of the American dream and for those who live in New Jersey, they have it all. The Garden State sports a variety of quaint beach communities, mountainous refuges, hip cultural centers and rural tranquil getaways. But for individuals looking to purchase a new home, the town they choose is dependent on many factors.

For young couples raising children, their top priority leans towards crime rates, the school system and overall affordability — while successful singles thrive in an environment of nightlife and culture.

The editors of NJ Monthly explored each of Jersey’s 556 townships and have released their top 10. Let’s just say Seaside Heights didn’t make the list.

#10 – North Caldwell | Essex County

With a population of 8,000 and founded in 1898, North Caldwell comes in at #10. 42% of the households have children under the age of 18, and 80% are to married couples. In addition to its lush northern landscape, North Caldwell is also filled with wealth. The average income of the town is $117,000, and as a piece of pop-culture Tony Soprano, from the hit HBO TV Show The Sopranos, resided within its borders.

To view featured listings in North Caldwell contact:

Roger Bediner
Prudential New Jersey Properties
50 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave
Livingston, NJ 07039
Office : 973-992-6363 x140

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#9 – Verona | Essex County

Essex County makes the list again at #9 with beautiful Verona. Regionally heralded as the ol’ time ‘Horseneck Tract,’ after the land was purchased from the Native Americans in 1702, Verona has grown to a population of 13,000 and sits on the gorgeous shores of the Eagle Rock Reservation.

To view featured listings in Verona contact:

Carol Tangorra
Prominent Properties
Sotheby’s International Realty
87 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Office : 973-783-6900 x111

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#8 – Mountainside Boro | Union County

With Newark International Airport approximately 11 miles to the east, and Port Authority Bus service direct to Midtown Manhattan, Mountainside ranks as a premier destination for New York executives looking to move to the suburbs, while still having access to their offices in the city.

To view featured listings in Mountainside Boro contact:

Rose Marie Sinisi
Better Homes Mountainside
1429 Route 22 East
Mountainside, NJ 07042
Office : 908-232-5544

10 Best Places to Live in New Jersey

#7 – Plainsboro | Middlesex County

One of the larger townships in the Garden State, Plainsboro is home to 20,000 and is located in the quaint communities just east of Princeton. With the major access roads of US1, NJ Transit Rail and the Turnpike within shouting distance, Plainsboro is an easily accessible hub to the greater state. As a piece of pop-culture, Plainsboro was mentioned in Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds.

#6 – Tabernacle Township | Burlington County

Hugging the Western rim of the Southern part of New Jersey, Tabernacle Township is the gem of Burlington County which occupies 49.5 square miles. Tabernacle is part of the 3rd Congressional district which is represented by Jon Runyan. The social makeup of the town is 96% white, 2% African American, and .1% Asian.

#5 – Upper Township | Cape May

One of New Jersey oldest townships, nestled in the picturesque Cape May County, Upper Township is an ideal community for those seeking a life by the coast. Founded in 1723 as one of the State’s original holdings, this quaint, intimate dwelling is a highly affordable with the average income of the town’s 12,000 residents just under $60,000.

#4 – New Hanover | Burlington County

Sitting as one of the lush green suburbs of Philadelphia located in the Delaware Valley, New Hanover residents take a laid back approach to life. The average income per household is $44,386 of its 10,000 population. The US Military has posts at both Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force base.

To view featured listings in New Hanover contact:

Ann Davis
ERA Central Real Estate Group
201 Route 539
Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
Office : 888-ERA-2127

10 Best Places to Live in New Jersey

#3 – Caldwell | Essex County

Founded in 1892, with its town center, famed Calandra’s Bakery, and the preferred destination for local athletes from the New York Giants, Caldwell Township ranks in at #3. As a piece of history, Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, was born in Caldwell in 1837 and Johnny Sylvester, the boy Babe Ruth promised he would hit a homerun for in the 1926 World Series.

To view featured listings in Caldwell contact:

Randi Lipkin
Branch Vice Pres | Broker Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker
484 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Office : 973-226-2577

#2 – Chatham | Morris County

Settled in 1710 as a colonial English village, Chatham is part of old Revolutionary New Jersey. Today Chatham is a residential community with single family home, townhouses, garden apartments and condominiums with suburban attractiveness and urban accessibility as well a an award winning school system.  Within short driving distance to the Short Hills Mall, Chatham ranks as the #2 Best Town to Live in New Jersey.

To view featured listings in Chatham contact:

Town & Country Properties
127 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
Office : 973-635-7400

#1 – Bedminster | Somerset County

It’s the home to some of the most notable names in business, sports and government. Bedminster, part of Somerset County’s rich landscape, ranks in as #1. Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets, Thomas Kean, former Governor and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Steve Forbes, and John DeLorean, President of the unmistakable De Lorean Motor Company, all called this quaint Jersey suburb home.

To view featured listings in Bedminster contact:

Jennifer Blanchard
Sales Associate
Weichert Realtors
22 Henry Street
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Office : 908-766-7500

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