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New Jersey's Best Towns for Families - The List



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To come up with our ranking, we looked at the entire state—more than 500 towns in all—and measured each municipality against a host of important factors, including school district quality, crime rates, affordability, commute times, percentage of families who live there, access to hospitals and general lifestyle factors. How did your town rank?

Rank Town County Population
1 Oradell Bergen 7,997
2 Montgomery Somerset 22,078
3 Bethlehem Hunterdon 3,957
4 Boonton Morris 4,311
5 Fredon Sussex 3,392
6 Pennington Mercer 2,591
7 Mendham Morris 5,004
8 Milltown Middlesex 6,916
9 Mendham Twp. Morris 5,851
10 Essex Fells Essex 2,125
11 Frelinghuysen Warren 2,347
12 North Caldwell Essex 6,276
13 River Edge Bergen 11,340
14 Harrison Twp. Gloucester 12,333
15 Harrington Park Bergen 4,715
16 Denville Morris 16,649
17 Closter Bergen 8,397
18 Old Tappan Bergen 5,754
19 Chester Twp. Morris 7,851
20 Alloway Salem 3,440
21 Demarest Bergen 4,909
22 West Amwell Hunterdon 3,753
23 Plainsboro Middlesex 22,908
24 Mountain Lakes Morris 4,206
25 Chatham Boro. Morris 8,978
26 Long Hill Morris 8,740
27 Clinton Twp. Hunterdon 13,359
28 Chatham Twp. Morris 10,503
29 Upper Saddle River Bergen 8,186
30 Glen Rock Bergen 11,631
31 Millstone Monmouth 10,462
32 Cresskill Bergen 8,541
33 Norwood Bergen 5,729
34 Lebanon Twp. Hunterdon 6,535
35 Andover Sussex 6,325
36 Island Heights Ocean 1,536
37 Branchburg Somerset 14,479
38 Wenonah Gloucester 2,123
39 New Providence Union 12,191
40 Alpine Bergen 2,006
41 Cranford Union 22,659
42 Northvale Bergen 4,700
43 Hillsdale Bergen 10,251
44 Allendale Bergen 6,549
45 Spring Lake Heights Monmouth 4,733
46 Fair Haven Monmouth 6,102
47 Hillsborough Somerset 38,436
48 Berkeley Heights Union 13,264
49 Tenafly Bergen 14,473
50 Byram Sussex 8,336
51 Wyckoff Bergen 16,714
52 Warren Somerset 15,412
53 Kinnelon Morris 10,276
54 Leonia Bergen 8,948
55 River Vale Bergen 9,678
56 Marlboro Monmouth 39,975
57 Montvale Bergen 7,826
58 Lebanon Boro. Hunterdon 1,616
59 Emerson Bergen 7,471
60 Westfield Town Union 30,296
61 North Haledon Passaic 8,360
62 Hopewell Boro. Mercer 1,908
63 Haddonfield Camden 11,588
64 Union Twp. Hunterdon 5,884
65 East Amwell Hunterdon 4,027
66 South Brunswick Middlesex 43,419
67 Ringwood Passaic 12,234
68 Bernards Somerset 26,596
69 Franklin Twp. Hunterdon 3,161
70 West Windsor Mercer 27,296
71 Parsippany-Troy Hills Morris 53,284
72 Maywood Bergen 9,547
73 Ho-Ho-Kus Bergen 4,085
74 Washington Twp. Morris 18,577
75 Bernardsville Somerset 7,710
76 Hanover Morris 13,766
77 Waldwick Bergen 9,693
78 Randolph Morris 25,765
79 East Greenwich Gloucester 9,570
80 Swedesboro Gloucester 2,651
81 Ridgewood Bergen 24,999
82 Haworth Bergen 3,382
83 Montville Morris 21,580
84 Flemington Hunterdon 4,582
85 Chesterfield Burlington 7,607
86 Medford Lakes Burlington 4,160
87 Englewood Cliffs Bergen 5,297
88 New Hanover Burlington 7,772
89 Verona Essex 13,331
90 Raritan Twp. Hunterdon 22,063
91 Victory Gardens Morris 1,686
92 Linwood city Atlantic 7,109
93 Glen Gardner Hunterdon 1,729
94 Pequannock Morris 15,469
95 Midland Park Bergen 7,131
96 Colts Neck Monmouth 10,132
97 Englishtown Monmouth 1,756
98 Clark Union 14,768
99 Livingston Essex 29,251
100 West Caldwell Essex 10,791
101 Clinton town Hunterdon 2,710
102 Gibbsboro Camden 2,309
103 Summit Union 21,468
104 Mahwah Bergen 25,840
105 Hope Warren 1,842
106 Monroe Middlesex 39,142
107 Mine Hill Morris 3,669
108 Liberty Warren 2,941
109 Middlesex Middlsex 13,661
110 Oakland Bergen 12,763
111 Manalapan Monmouth 38,711
112 Sparta Sussex 19,670
113 Harding Morris 3,833
114 Fair Lawn Bergen 32,479
115 Tewksbury Hunterdon 5,949
116 Cranbury Middlesex 3,755
117 Morris Plains Morris 5,586
118 Dumont Bergen 17,505
119 Beachwood Ocean 11,067
*119 Chester Boro. Morris 1,558
120 Bedminster Somerset 8,190
121 New Milford Bergen 16,362
122 Robbinsville Mercer 13,612
123 Shrewsbury Boro. Monmouth 3,822
124 Fanwood Union 7,313
125 Park Ridge Bergen 8,699
126 Caldwell Essex 7,806
127 Peapack and Gladstone Somerset 2,572
128 Hamburg Sussex 3,255
129 Bridgewater Somerset 44,504
130 Green Sussex 3,594
131 Alexandria Hunterdon 4,912
132 Readington Hunterdon 16,118
133 Scotch Plains Union 23,475
134 Madison Morris 15,923
135 Medford Burlington 23,093
136 Mount Laurel Burlington 41,865
137 East Windsor Mercer 27,137
138 Rumson Monmouth 7,098
139 Ramsey Bergen 14,528
140 Kingwood Hunterdon 3,848
141 Point Pleasant Beach Ocean 4,711
142 Raritan Boro. Somerset 6,968
143 Upper Cape May 12,283
144 Woolwich Gloucester 10,113
145 Franklin Lakes Bergen 10,596
146 Spotswood Middlesex 8,283
147 Bergenfield Bergen 26,774
148 Saddle River Bergen 3,165
149 Allentown Monmouth 1,856
150 Westwood Bergen 10,936
151 East Brunswick Middlesex 47,600
152 Dennis Cape May 6,436
153 Edison Middlesex 100,116
154 Mount Arlington Morris 5,110
155 Mansfield Burlington 8,417
156 Upper Freehold Monmouth 6,770
157 Rutherford Bergen 18,084
158 Mountainside Union 6,695
159 Franklin Twp. Warren 3,153
160 Woodcliff Lake Bergen 5,750
161 Fort Lee Bergen 35,420
162 Holmdel Monmouth 16,688
163 Upper Pittsgrove Salem 3,519
164 Allamuchy Warren 4,363
165 Sea Girt Monmouth 1,870
166 Glen Ridge Essex 7,520
167 Washington Twp. Bergen 9,120
168 Evesham Burlington 45,555
169 Jamesburg Middlesex 5,914
170 Wanaque Passaic 11,062
171 Stillwater Sussex 4,118
172 Shamong Burlington 6,502
173 Jefferson Morris 21,292
174 Millburn Essex 20,074
175 Green Brook Somerset 7,171
176 Howell Monmouth 50,994
177 Mantua Gloucester 15,185
178 Montague Sussex 3,839
179 Moorestown Burlington 20,667
180 Springfield Twp Burlington 3,401
181 Pompton Lakes Passaic 11,074
182 Lafayette Sussex 2,530
183 Hampton Sussex 5,167
184 Morris Morris 22,375
185 Butler Morris 7,547
187 Lincoln Park Morris 10,553
188 Florham Park Morris 11,693
189 Little Ferry Bergen 10,635
190 Haddon Heights Camden 7,530
191 Belvidere Warren 2,681
192 Vernon Sussex 23,956
193 Delran Burlington 16,835
194 Galloway Atlantic 37,137
195 Tabernacle Burlington 6,980
196 Lawrence Twp. Cumberland 3,268
197 Hammonton Atlantic 14,745
198 Mount Olive Morris 28,052
199 Plumsted Ocean 8,413
200 Avon-by-the-Sea Monmouth 1,972
201 Helmetta Middlesex 2,235
202 High Bridge Hunterdon 3,644
203 Cedar Grove Essex 12,432
204 Cinnaminson Burlington 15,791
205 Hightstown Mercer 5,510
206 Southampton Burlington 10,486
207 Morristown Morris 18,461
208 Voorhees Camden 29,225
209 Brielle Monmouth 4,787
210 Burlington Burlington 22,558
211 Monmouth Beach Monmouth 3,298
212 Wall Monmouth 26,089
213 Highland Park Middlesex 14,074
214 Palisades Park Bergen 19,561
215 Middletown Monmouth 66,482
216 Bloomingdale Passaic 7,654
217 Tinton Falls Monmouth 17,794
218 Greenwich Warren 5,631
219 Little Falls Passaic 14,279
220 Washington Boro. Warren 6,628
221 Rockaway Twp. Morris 24,199
222 Cherry Hill Camden 70,932
223 Lower Alloways Creek Salem 1,812
224 Roselle Park Union 13,310
225 Freehold Monmouth 35,931
226 Riverton Burlington 2,789
227 Eastampton Burlington 6,088
228 Haddon Camden 14,712
229 North Hanover Burlington 7,621
230 Princeton Mercer 16,301
231 Frankford Sussex 5,556
232 Pitman Gloucester 9,037
233 Paramus Bergen 26,301
234 South Bound Brook Somerset 4,653
235 Berlin Boro. Camden 7,531
236 Carlstadt Bergen 6,161
237 South Plainfield Middlesex 23,397
238 Lawrence Twp. Mercer 33,143
239 Hardwick Warren 1,538
240 Roxbury Twp. Morris 23,399
241 Delaware Hunterdon 4,562
242 Egg Harbor Atlantic 42,890
243 Mannington Salem 1,621
244 Stafford Ocean 26,493
245 Springfield Union 16,030
246 Holland Hunterdon 5,274
247 Wayne Passaic 54,641
248 Nutley Essex 28,326
249 Mansfield Warren 7,734
250 White Warren 4,844
251 Blairstown Warren 5,957
252 Fairfield Essex 7,454
253 Weymouth Atlantic 2,699
254 Barnegat Ocean 20,892
255 Watchung Somerset 5,776
256 Florence Burlington 12,150
257 Logan Gloucester 6,062
258 Roseland Essex 5,812
259 Waterford Camden 10,683
260 Oldmans Salem 2,028
261 Independence Warren 5,672
262 East Hanover Morris 11,222
263 Dover Morris 18,208
264 Bridgeton Cumberland 25,252
265 Sayreville Middlesex 42,929
266 Bordentown City Burlington 3,927
267 Knowlton Warren 3,043
268 Bordentown Burlington 11,231
269 Hawthorne Passaic 18,753
270 Matawan Monmouth 8,795
271 Montclair Essex 37,702
272 West Orange Essex 46,195
273 Barrington Camden 6,966
274 Wantage Sussex 11,335
275 Old Bridge Middlesex 65,398
276 Oxford Warren 2,505
277 Maplewood Essex 23,897
278 Jackson Ocean 54,641
279 South Orange Village Essex 16,212
280 Woodlynne Camden 2,970
281 Avalon Cape May 2,087
282 Harmony Warren 2,673
283 Hainesport Burlington 6,022
284 Sandyston Sussex 1,934
285 Hazlet Monmouth 20,348
286 Somerville Somerset 12,132
287 Rochelle Park Bergen 5,534
288 Totowa Passaic 10,784
289 Lopatcong Warren 7,950
290 Pittsgrove Salem 9,358
291 Garwood Union 4,295
292 Ocean Monmouth 27,242
293 Stanhope Sussex 3,604
294 Northfield Atlantic 8,626
295 Wood-Ridge Bergen 7,892
296 South Toms River Ocean 3,691
297 Newfield Gloucester 1,717
298 Boonton Twp. Morris 8,403
299 Bogota Bergen 8,200
300 Hackettstown Warren 9,743
301 Audubon Camden 8,834
302 Quinton Salem 2,673
303 Alpha Warren 2,489
304 Bellmawr Camden 11,585
305 Hasbrouck Heights Bergen 11,830
306 Lakehurst Ocean 2,659
307 Brick Ocean 75,367
308 East Rutherford Bergen 8,909
309 Woodstown Salem 3,493
310 Edgewater Bergen 11,425
311 West Deptford Gloucester 21,588
312 Stratford Camden 7,048
313 Piscataway Middlesex 56,235
314 Ewing Mercer 35,966
315 Wallington Bergen 11,410
316 Metuchen Middlesex 13,585
317 Ridgefield Bergen 11,081
318 Wharton Morris 6,531
319 Dunellen Middlesex 7,271
320 Margate City Atlantic 6,459
321 Lumberton Burlington 12,453
322 Laurel Springs Camden 1,968
323 Pine Hill Camden 10,317
324 North Arlington Bergen 15,407
325 Pine Beach Ocean 2,143
326 West Milford Passaic 25,869
327 Cape May Cape May 3,613
328 Ridgefield Park Bergen 12,761
329 Buena Atlantic 4,559
330 Absecon city Atlantic 8,369
331 Franklin Twp. Gloucester 16,789
332 Hopewell Twp. Mercer 4,561
333 Pilesgrove Salem 4,040
334 Hardyston Sussex 8,096
335 Woodbridge Middlesex 99,695
336 Oaklyn Camden 4,041
337 Berkeley Ocean 41,376
338 Mount Holly Burlington 9,567
339 Ocean City Cape May 11,790
340 Rockaway Boro. Morris 6,451
341 Pohatcong Warren 3,343
342 Highlands Monmouth 5,009
343 Little Egg Harbor Ocean 19,992
344 Manasquan Monmouth 5,904
345 South River Middlesex 15,992
346 Teaneck Bergen 39,781
347 Clayton Gloucester 8,154
348 West Long Branch Monmouth 8,238
349 Pennsville Salem 13,369
350 Netcong Morris 3,252
351 Westville Gloucester 4,295
352 National Park Gloucester 3,051
353 Wildwood Crest Cape May 3,289
354 Newton Sussex 7,983
355 Oceanport Monmouth 5,848
356 Mullica Atlantic 6,154
357 East Newark Hudson 2,297
358 Estell Manor Atlantic 1,698
359 Maurice River Cumberland 7,965
360 North Brunswick Middlesex 40,642
361 South Hackensack Bergen 2,335
362 Aberdeen Monmouth 18,155
363 Atlantic Highlands Monmouth 4,385
364 Greenwich Gloucester 4,906
365 Union Beach Monmouth 6,252
366 Carteret Middlesex 23,135
367 Sea Isle City Cape May 1,994
368 Saddle Brook Bergen 13,734
369 Maple Shade Burlington 19,198
370 Berlin Camden 5,371
371 Ogdensburg Sussex 2,309
372 Washington Boro. Warren 6,475
373 Point Pleasant Ocean 18,499
374 Westampton Burlington 8,738
375 Ocean Gate Ocean 1,889
376 Rahway Union 27,369
377 Deptford Gloucester 30,482
378 Hamilton Twp. Mercer 88,572
379 Lower Cape May 22,722
380 South Harrison Gloucester 3,142
381 Spring Lake Monmouth 3,018
382 Clementon Camden 5,008
383 Woodland Park Passaic 11,957
384 Ocean Twp. Ocean 8,333
385 Long Beach Ocean 3,064
386 Delanco Burlington 4,389
387 Vineland Cumberland 60,610
388 Lambertville Hunterdon 3,890
389 Lodi Bergen 24,176
390 Manville Somerset 10,358
391 Gloucester City Camden 11,468
392 Collingswood Camden 13,923
393 Riverside Burlington 8,084
394 Glassboro Gloucester 18,750
395 Lacey Ocean 27,648
396 Woodbury Gloucester 10,187
397 Secaucus Hudson 16,809
398 Woodbury Heights Gloucester 3,062
399 South Amboy Middlesex 8,630
400 Fairfield Cumberland 6,426
401 Bayonne Hudson 63,164
402 Clifton Passaic 83,926
403 Eatontown Monmouth 12,595
404 Lyndhurst Bergen 20,621
405 Deerfield Cumberland 3,111
406 Merchantville Camden 3,825
407 Pennsauken Camden 35,874
408 Gloucester Camden 64,519
409 Franklin Twp. Somerset 62,189
410 Hopatcong Sussex 15,169
411 Manchester Ocean 42,942
412 Prospect Park Passaic 5,860
413 North Plainfield Somerset 21,960
414 Magnolia Camden 4,352
415 Pleasantville Atlantic 20,387
416 Folsom Atlantic 1,827
417 Haledon Passaic 8,375
418 Toms River Ocean 91,674
419 Sussex Sussex 2,038
420 Egg Harbor City Atlantic 4,279
421 Monroe Gloucester 36,087
422 Hackensack Bergen 43,126
423 Moonachie Bergen 2,711
424 Kearny Hudson 40,744
425 Elmwood Park Bergen 19,461
426 Hamilton Twp. Atlantic 26,353
427 Phillipsburg Warren 14,936
428 Cliffside Park Bergen 23,618
429 Belleville Essex 35,913
430 Freehold Monmouth 12,013
431 Somerdale Camden 5,185
432 Kenilworth Union 7,907
433 Buena Vista Atlantic 7,580
434 Union Twp. Union 56,480
435 Lakewood Ocean 91,423
436 Hillside Union 21,413
437 Neptune Monmouth 4,869
438 Weehawken Hudson 12,764
439 Camden Camden 77,606
440 Bradley Beach Monmouth 4,335
441 Millville Cumberland 28,438
442 Bound Brook Somerset 10,493
443 Roselle Union 21,103
444 Burlington Burlington 9,904
445 Keyport Monmouth 7,265
446 Trenton Mercer 84,799
447 North Bergen Hudson 60,772
448 Pemberton Burlington 27,990
449 Guttenberg Hudson 11,166
450 Mount Ephraim Camden 4,664
451 Upper Deerfield Cumberland 7,697
452 Winslow Camden 39,143
453 Garfield city Bergen 30,517
454 Runnemede Camden 8,466
455 Paulsboro Gloucester 6,104
456 Brooklawn Camden 1,811
457 Elk Gloucester 4,213
458 Beverly Burlington 2,584
459 Riverdale Morris 3,659
460 Fairview Bergen 13,888
461 Middle Cape May 18,734
462 Somers Point Atlantic 10,853
463 Linden Union 40,421
464 Penns Grove Salem 5,116
465 Bloomfield Essex 47,339
466 Lindenwold Camden 17,663
467 Palmyra Burlington 7,411
468 Paterson Passaic 145,655
469 Ventnor City Atlantic 10,785
470 Elizabeth Union 124,795
471 Perth Amboy Middlesex 50,981
472 Lawnside Camden 2,930
473 Passaic Passaic 69,685
474 West New York Hudson 49,816
475 Edgewater Park Burlington 8,842
476 Tuckerton Ocean 3,378
477 Carneys Point Salem 8,035
478 Plainfield Union 49,701
479 Harrison Township Hudson 13,683
480 Union City Hudson 66,646
481 Brigantine Atlantic 9,622
482 Willingboro Burlington 31,806
483 Englewood Bergen 27,205
484 Commercial Cumberland 5,195
485 Franklin Boro. Sussex 5,049
486 Jersey City Hudson 248,435
487 Washington Twp. Gloucester 48,586
488 Neptune Monmouth 27,914
489 Atlantic City Atlantic 39,680
490 Belmar Monmouth 5,796
491 Red Bank Monmouth 12,194
492 Lake Como Monmouth 1,780
493 Salem Salem 5,195
494 New Brunswick Middlesex 55,151
495 Wildwood Cape May 5,290
496 Chesilhurst Camden 1,705
497 Bass River Burlington 1,682
498 Keansburg Monmouth 10,097
499 East Orange Essex 64,356
500 Long Branch Monmouth 30,759
501 North Wildwood Cape May 4,049
502 Newark Essex 276,478
503 Lavallette Ocean 2,276
504 Seaside Heights Ocean 2,906
505 Asbury Park Monmouth 16,081
506 City of Orange Essex 30,345
507 Irvington Essex 54,205
508 Hoboken Hudson 49,898

*This new ranking reflects updated information.

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