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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 Clinton Town Hunterdon 2,710
2 Montgomery Township Somerset 22,078
3 Glen Rock  Bergen 11,631
4 West Caldwell Township  Essex 10,791
5 Bethlehem Township Hunterdon 3,957
6 Haddonfield Borough Camden 11,588
7 Plainsboro Township  Middlesex 22,908
8 Oradell  Bergen 7,997
9 Cranford Township  Union 22,659
10 Midland Park  Bergen 7,131
11 Oakland  Bergen 12,763
12 Bernards Township Somerset 26,596
13 Mountain Lakes Borough Morris 4,206
14 Wyckoff Township Bergen 16,714
15 Chatham Borough Morris 8,978
16 Tenafly Borough Bergen 14,473
17 Mountainside Borough  Union 6,695
18 Cresskill Borough Bergen 8,541
19 West Windsor Township  Mercer 27,296
20 Haworth Borough  Bergen 3,382
21 New Providence Borough  Union 12,191
22 Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Bergen 4,085
23 Livingston Township  Essex 29,251
24 Essex Fells Borough Essex 2,125
25 North Caldwell Borough Essex 6,276
26 Hanover Township  Morris 13,766
27 Union Township Hunterdon 5,884
28 Gibbsboro Borough Camden 2,309
29 Hillsdale Borough  Bergen 10,251
30 Caldwell Borough Essex 7,806
31 Florham Park Borough  Morris 11,693
32 Old Tappan  Bergen 5,754
33 Harrington Park Bergen 4,715
34 Northvale Borough Bergen 4,700
35 Long Hill Township  Morris 8,740
36 Clinton Township Hunterdon 13,359
37 Berkeley Heights Township  Union 13,264
38 Fanwood Borough  Union 7,313
39 Verona Township  Essex 13,331
40 Franklin Township Hunterdon 3,161
41 Randolph Township  Morris 25,765
42 Linwood City Atlantic 7,109
43 Northfield City Atlantic 8,626
44 Warren Township Somerset 15,412
45 Demarest Borough Bergen 4,909
46 East Hanover Township  Morris 11,222
47 Bedminster Township Somerset 8,190
48 Hopewell Township  Mercer 17,265
49 Mendham Township  Morris 5,851
50 Montvale  Bergen 7,826
51 Fair Haven Borough Monmouth 6,102
52 Boonton Township  Morris 4,311
53 Chatham Township  Morris 10,503
54 Alpine   Bergen 2,006
55 Ridgewood   Bergen 24,999
56 Readington Township Hunterdon 16,118
57 Springfield Township  Union 16,030
58 Woodcliff Lake Borough Bergen 5,750
59 Allendale Borough Bergen 6,549
60 Cranbury Township  Middlesex 3,755
61 Norwood Borough Bergen 5,729
62 River Edge Bergen 11,340
63 Bernardsville Borough Somerset 7,710
64 Peapack and Gladstone Borough Somerset 2,572
65 Waldwick Borough Bergen 9,693
66 Hillsborough Township Somerset 38,436
67 South Brunswick Township  Middlesex 43,419
68 Upper Saddle River  Bergen 8,186
69 Mendham Borough  Morris 5,004
70 Madison  Morris 15,923
71 Summit  Union 21,468
72 Closter Borough Bergen 8,397
73 Washington Township  Morris 18,577
74 Millburn Township  Essex 20,074
75 Chester Township  Morris 7,851
76 River Vale Township Bergen 9,678
77 Westfield  Union 30,296
78 Pennington Borough  Mercer 2,591
79 Lebanon Township Hunterdon 6,535
80 Flemington Borough Hunterdon 4,582
81 Mahwah Township  Bergen 25,840
82 Harding Township  Morris 3,833
83 Hopewell Borough Mercer 1,908
84 Marlboro Township Monmouth 39,975
85 Bergenfield Borough Bergen 26,774
86 Ramsey Bergen 14,528
87 Woolwich Township  Gloucester 10,113
88 Glen Ridge Borough  Essex 7,520
89 Green Brook Township Somerset 7,171
90 Rumson Borough Monmouth 7,098
91 Chester Borough Morris 1,558
92 Delaware Township Hunterdon 4,562
93 Branchburg Township Somerset 14,479
94 Fairfield Township  Essex 7,454
95 Princeton Township  Mercer 16,301
96 Sparta Township Sussex 19,670
97 Montville Township  Morris 21,580
98 Park Ridge  Bergen 8,699
99 Raritan Township Hunterdon 22,063
100 Roseland Borough  Essex 5,812
101 Robbinsville Township  Mercer 13,612
102 Cherry Hill Township Camden 70,932
103 East Amwell Township Hunterdon 4,027
104 East Greenwich Township  Gloucester 9,570
105 Leonia Borough  Bergen 8,948
106 Bridgewater Township Somerset 44,504
107 Parsippany-Troy Hills Township  Morris 53,284
108 Moorestown Township Burlington 20,667
109 Denville Township  Morris 16,649
110 Swedesboro Borough Gloucester 2,651
111 Saddle River Borough Bergen 3,165
112 Westwood Borough Bergen 10,936
113 Colts Neck Township Monmouth 10,132
114 Dumont Borough  Bergen 17,505
115 Kinnelon Borough  Morris 10,276
116 Wayne Township Passaic 54,641
117 Clark Township  Union 14,768
118 East Brunswick Township  Middlesex 47,600
119 Washington Township Bergen 9,120
120 Hasbrouck Heights  Bergen 11,830
121 Morris Township  Morris 22,375
122 Tewksbury Township Hunterdon 5,949
123 Chesterfield Township Burlington 7,607
124 High Bridge Borough Hunterdon 3,644
125 Wharton Borough  Morris 6,531
126 Lincoln Park Borough Morris 10,553
127 Upper Township  Cape May 12,283
128 Morris Plains Borough Morris 5,586
129 Springfield Township   Burlington 3,401
130 Holmdel Township Monmouth 16,688
131 Glen Gardner Borough Hunterdon 1,729
132 Boonton Town Morris 8,403
133 Franklin Lakes  Bergen 10,596
134 Roxbury Township  Morris 23,399
135 Rockaway Borough Morris 6,451
136 Voorhees Township   Camden 29,225
137 Pequannock Township  Morris 15,469
138 Rutherford Borough  Bergen 18,084
139 Scotch Plains Township  Union 23,475
140 Rockaway Township  Morris 24,199
141 Emerson  Bergen 7,471
142 Manalapan Township Monmouth 38,711
143 Raritan Borough Somerset 6,968
144 Little Silver Borough  Monmouth 5,950
145 Hardwick Township Warren 1,538
146 Somerville Borough Somerset 12,132
147 Harrison Township  Gloucester 12,333
148 Mantua Township  Gloucester 15,185
149 Edison Township Middlesex 100,116
150 Jamesburg Borough Middlesex 5,914
151 Kingwood Township  Hunterdon 3,848
152 Metuchen Borough Middlesex 13,585
153 Shrewsbury Borough Monmouth 3,822
154 Fair Lawn  Bergen 32,479
155 Fort Lee  Bergen 35,420
156 Freehold Borough Monmouth 12,013
157 Evesham Township Burlington 45,555
158 Hawthorne Borough Passaic 18,753
159 South Harrison Township  Gloucester 3,142
160 Berlin Borough Camden 7,531
161 Mount Laurel Township Burlington 41,865
162 Upper Freehold Township Monmouth 6,770
163 Pompton Lakes Borough Passaic 11,074
164 West Orange Township  Essex 46,195
165 Point Pleasant Borough Ocean 18,499
166 Montclair  Essex 37,702
167
167**
Middletown Township
Paramus
Monmouth
Bergen
66,482
26,301
168 South Orange Village Essex 16,212
169 Howell Township Monmouth 50,994
170 New Milford Borough Bergen 16,362
171 Lawrence Township  Mercer 33,143
172 Medford Lakes Borough  Burlington 4,160
173 Ringwood Borough Passaic 12,234
174 New Hanover Township Burlington 7,772
175 Washington Township  Gloucester 48,586
176 Andover Township Sussex 6,325
177 Cinnaminson Township Burlington 15,791
178 North Hanover Township   Burlington 7,621
179 Sea Isle City  Cape May 1,994
180 Wall Township Monmouth 26,089
181 Watchung Borough Somerset 5,776
182 Fredon Township Sussex 3,392
183 Maplewood Township  Essex 23,897
184 Mansfield Township Burlington 8,417
185 Edgewater  Bergen 11,425
186 Green Township Sussex 3,594
187 Monroe Township  Middlesex 39,142
188 Mount Olive Township  Morris 28,052
189 Delran Township Burlington 16,835
190 Lafayette Township Sussex 2,530
191 West Long Branch Borough Monmouth 8,238
192 Frelinghuysen Township Warren 2,347
193 Morristown  Morris 18,461
194 Medford Township Burlington 23,093
195 Wood-Ridge Borough Bergen 7,892
196 Vernon Township Sussex 23,956
197 Alexandria Township Hunterdon 4,912
198 East Windsor Township  Mercer 27,137
199 Shamong Township   Burlington 6,502
200 Millstone Township  Monmouth 10,462
201 Mine Hill Township  Morris 3,669
202 Logan Township  Gloucester 6,062
203 Allentown Borough Monmouth 1,856
204 Liberty Township Warren 2,941
205 West Amwell Township Hunterdon 3,753
206 Oxford Township Warren 2,505
207 Frankford Township Sussex 5,556
208 Nutley Township  Essex 28,326
209 Milltown Borough Middlesex 6,916
210 Wenonah Borough Gloucester 2,123
211 Englishtown Borough Monmouth 1,756
212 Riverdale Borough Morris 3,659
213 Freehold Township Monmouth 35,931
214 Woodland Park Borough Passaic 11,957
215 Alpha Borough Warren 2,489
216 Mount Arlington Borough Morris 5,110
217 Old Bridge Township  Middlesex 65,398
218 Wanaque Borough Passaic 11,062
219 Spring Lake Heights Borough Monmouth 4,733
220 Allamuchy Township Warren 4,363
221 Brielle Borough Monmouth 4,787
222 Eastampton Township Burlington 6,088
223 Southampton Township   Burlington 10,486
224 Holland Township Hunterdon 5,274
225 Tabernacle Township   Burlington 6,980
226 Piscataway Township  Middlesex 56,235
227 Oceanport Borough Monmouth 5,848
228 Bordentown City Burlington 3,927
229 Highland Park Borough Middlesex 14,074
230 Byram Township Sussex 8,336
231 West Deptford Township  Gloucester 21,588
232 Red Bank Borough Monmouth 12,194
233 Spotswood Borough  Middlesex 8,283
234 Wantage Township Sussex 11,335
235 Hightstown Borough Mercer 5,510
236 Somers Point City Atlantic 10,853
237 Westampton Township Burlington 8,738
238 Tinton Falls Borough Monmouth 17,794
239 National Park Borough Gloucester 3,051
240 Hazlet Township Monmouth 20,348
241 Blairstown Township Warren 5,957
242 Barrington Borough Camden 6,966
243 Victory Gardens Borough  Morris 1,686
244 Ocean Township Monmouth* 27,242
245 Ogdensburg Borough Sussex 2,309
246 Newfield Borough Gloucester 1,717
247 Garwood Borough Union 4,295
248 Secaucus  Hudson 16,809
249 Lavallette Borough Ocean 2,276
250 Ocean City Cape May 11,790
251 Wallington Borough  Bergen 11,410
252 Haddon Township   Camden 14,712
253 Palisades Park  Bergen 19,561
254 Franklin Township Warren 3,153
255 Hainesport Township Burlington 6,022
256 Englewood Cliffs Borough Bergen 5,297
257 Hackettstown Town Warren 9,743
258 Plumsted Township Ocean 8,413
259 Lumberton Township Burlington 12,453
260 Franklin Township  Gloucester 16,789
261 South Plainfield Borough  Middlesex 23,397
262 Knowlton Township Warren 3,043
263 Haddon Heights Borough  Camden 7,530
264 Egg Harbor Township Atlantic 42,890
265 Mount Holly Township Burlington 9,567
266 Washington Township Warren 6,628
267 Point Pleasant Beach Borough Ocean 4,711
268 Middlesex Borough Middlesex 13,661
269 Franklin Township Somerset 62,189
270 Dunellen Borough Middlesex 7,271
271 Woodbury City Gloucester 10,187
272 Helmetta Borough Middlesex 2,235
273 Ridgefield Borough Bergen 11,081
274 North Arlington Borough Bergen 15,407
275 Cedar Grove Township  Essex 12,432
276 Newton Town Sussex 7,983
277 Lakehurst Borough Ocean 2,659
278 Burlington Township Burlington 22,558
279 North Brunswick Township  Middlesex 40,642
280 Manasquan Borough Monmouth 5,904
281 Woodbury Heights Bborough Gloucester 3,062
282 Monmouth Beach Borough Monmouth 3,298
283 Bordentown Township Burlington 11,231
284 Lopatcong Township Warren 7,950
285 Laurel Springs Borough Camden 1,968
286 Woodland Township Burlington 1,788
287 Jefferson Township  Morris 21,292
288 Spring Lake Borough Monmouth 3,018
289 Hampton Township Sussex 5,167
290 Moonachie Borough  Bergen 2,711
291 Westville Borough Gloucester 4,295
292 Bogota Borough  Bergen 8,200
293 Sandyston Township Sussex 1,934
294 Dennis Township  Cape May 6,436
295 Hamburg Borough Sussex 3,255
296 Maywood Borough Bergen 9,547
297 Dover Town Morris 18,208
298 Stanhope Borough Sussex 3,604
299 Stillwater Township Sussex 4,118
300 Stafford Township Ocean 26,493
301 Hopatcong Borough Sussex 15,169
302 Phillipsburg Town Warren 14,936
303 Lambertville City Hunterdon 3,890
304 Waterford Township   Camden 10,683
305 Lawnside Borough Camden 2,930
306 Totowa Borough Passaic 10,784
307 Woodbridge Township Middlesex 99,695
308 Harmony Township Warren 2,673
309 Teaneck Township Bergen 39,781
310 Pohatcong Township Warren 3,343
311 Pitman Borough Gloucester 9,037
312 Carlstadt Borough Bergen 6,161
313 Stratford Borough   Camden 7,048
314 Greenwich Township Warren 5,631
315 Little Falls Township Passaic 14,279
316 Independence Township Warren 5,672
317 Galloway Township Atlantic 37,137
318 Aberdeen Township Monmouth 18,155
319 Saddle Brook Township Bergen 13,734
320 Avon-by-the-Sea Borough Monmouth 1,972
321 Woodlynne Borough Camden 2,970
322 Florence Township Burlington 12,150
323 Alloway Township  Salem 3,440
324 Rochelle Park Township Bergen 5,534
325 Washington Borough Warren 6,475
326 Roselle Park Borough  Union 13,310
327 Eatontown Borough Monmouth 12,595
328 Mansfield Township Warren 7,734
329 Netcong Borough  Morris 3,252
330 Ridgefield Park Village Bergen 12,761
331 Montague Township Sussex 3,839
332 Bloomingdale Borough Passaic 7,654
333 Englewood City Bergen 27,205
334 West Milford Township Passaic 25,869
335 Hopewell Township  Cumberland 4,561
336 Upper Pittsgrove Township  Salem 3,519
337 Lake Como Borough Monmouth 1,780
338 Merchantville Borough Camden 3,825
339 Ocean Township Ocean* 8,333
340 Matawan Borough Monmouth 8,795
341 Somerdale Borough Camden 5,185
342 Beachwood Borough Ocean 11,067
343 Highlands Borough Monmouth 5,009
344 South Bound Brook Borough Somerset 4,653
345 Lyndhurst Township Bergen 20,621
346 Deerfield Township  Cumberland 3,111
347 Belvidere Town Warren 2,681
348 Jackson Township Ocean 54,641
349 Kenilworth Borough  Union 7,907
350 Margate City Atlantic 6,459
351 East Rutherford Bergen 8,909
352 Ocean Gate Borough Ocean 1,889
353 Sussex Borough Sussex 2,038
354 Hope Township Warren 1,842
355 Hammonton Town Atlantic 14,745
356 Clayton Borough Gloucester 8,154
357 Riverton Borough Burlington 2,789
358 Sayreville Borough Middlesex 42,929
359 Magnolia Borough Camden 4,352
360 South Hackensack Township Bergen 2,335
361 Union Township  Union 56,480
362 Bellmawr Borough  Camden 11,585
363 Atlantic Highlands Borough Monmouth 4,385
364 Butler Borough Morris 7,547
365 Hackensack Bergen 43,126
366 Maurice River Township  Cumberland 7,965
367 Oaklyn Borough Camden 4,041
368 Audubon Borough Camden 8,834
369 Woodstown Borough  Salem 3,493
370 Winslow Township   Camden 39,143
371 North Haledon Borough Passaic 8,360
372 Egg Harbor City  Atlantic 4,279
373 Little Ferry  Bergen 10,635
374 Hamilton Township Mercer 88,572
375 Ventnor City  Atlantic 10,785
376 Franklin Borough Sussex 5,049
377 Island Heights Borough Ocean 1,536
378 Rahway City  Union 27,369
379 Hamilton Township Atlantic 26,353
380 Elk Township  Gloucester 4,213
381 Toms River Township Ocean 91,674
382 Glassboro Borough Gloucester 18,750
383 Sea Girt Borough Monmouth 1,870
384 Riverside Township Burlington 8,084
385 South Toms River Borough Ocean 3,691
386 Brigantine City Atlantic 9,622
387 Clifton City Passaic 83,926
388 Prospect Park Borough Passaic 5,860
389 Woodbine Borough Cape May 2,306
390 Hardyston Township Sussex 8,096
391 Elmwood Park  Bergen 19,461
392 Mount Ephraim Borough Camden 4,664
393 Pilesgrove Township  Salem 4,040
394 Gloucester Township   Camden 64,519
395 Lawrence Township  Cumberland 3,268
396 Pennsville Township  Salem 13,369
397 Buena Borough Atlantic 4,559
398 Bloomfield  Essex 47,339
399 Weehawken Township  Hudson 12,764
400 South River Borough  Middlesex 15,992
401 Haledon Borough Passaic 8,375
402 Monroe Township  Gloucester 36,087
403 Pine Beach Borough Ocean 2,143
404 Maple Shade Township Burlington 19,198
405 Little Egg Harbor Township Ocean 19,992
406 Greenwich Township  Gloucester 4,906
407 Mullica Township Atlantic 6,154
408 Middle Township Cape May 18,734
409 Tuckerton Borough Ocean 3,378
410 Lacey Township Ocean 27,648
411 North Plainfield Borough  Somerset 21,960
412 Pennsauken Township   Camden 35,874
413 Mannington Township  Salem 1,621
414 Manchester Township Ocean 42,942
415 Pittsgrove Township  Salem 9,358
416 Brick Township Ocean 75,367
417 Ewing Township  Mercer 35,966
418 East Newark Borough Hudson 2,297
419 Barnegat Township Ocean 20,892
420 Gloucester City  Camden 11,468
421 Elizabeth City  Union 124,795
422 Collingswood Borough Camden 13,923
423 Estell Manor City Atlantic 1,698
424 Hillside Township  Union 21,413
425 Fairfield Township  Cumberland 6,426
426 Weymouth Township  Atlantic 2,699
427 Folsom Borough Atlantic 1,827
428 Carteret Borough Middlesex 23,135
429 White Township Warren 4,844
430 Chesilhurst Borough Camden 1,705
431 Bayonne City  Hudson 63,164
432 Delanco Township Burlington 4,389
433 Buena Vista Township Atlantic 7,580
434 Vineland City Cumberland 60,610
435 Beverly City  Burlington 2,584
436 Union Beach Borough Monmouth 6,252
437 Berlin Township   Camden 5,371
438 Pine Hill Borough Camden 10,317
439 Upper Deerfield Township  Cumberland 7,697
440 Atlantic City Atlantic 39,680
441 Runnemede Borough Camden 8,466
442 Berkeley Township Ocean 41,376
443 Lodi  Bergen 24,176
444 Perth Amboy City Middlesex 50,981
445 Lindenwold Borough Camden 17,663
446 Palmyra Borough  Burlington 7,411
447 Linden City Union 40,421
448 Cliffside Park Borough Bergen 23,618
449 Brooklawn Borough Camden 1,811
450 South Amboy City Middlesex 8,630
451 Bound Brook Borough Somerset 10,493
452 Pleasantville City Atlantic 20,387
453 Lower Alloways Creek Township  Salem 1,812
454 Kearny  Hudson 40,744
456 Penns Grove Borough Salem 5,116
457 Trenton  Mercer 84,799
458 Oldmans Township  Salem 2,028
459 Hoboken  Hudson 49,898
460 Camden  Camden 77,606
461 Carneys Point Township  Salem 8,035
462 Long Beach Township Ocean 3,064
463 Eagleswood Township  Ocean 1,603
464 Clementon Borough Camden 5,008
465 Belleville Township  Essex 35,913
466 Paulsboro Borough Gloucester 6,104
467 Roselle Borough  Union 21,103
468 Deptford Township  Gloucester 30,482
469 Fairview Borough  Bergen 13,888
470 Millville City Cumberland 28,438
471 Burlington City Burlington 9,904
472 Garfield Bergen 30,517
473 Pemberton Township Burlington 27,990
474 Neptune City Borough Monmouth 4,869
475 New Brunswick Middlesex 55,151
476 Bridgeton City Cumberland 25,252
477 Salem City Salem 5,195
478 North Bergen Township  Hudson 60,772
479 Lower Township  Cape May 22,722
480 Lakewood Township Ocean 91,423
481 Quinton Township  Salem 2,673
482 Cape May  Cape May 3,613
483 Edgewater Park Township Burlington 8,842
484 Paterson  Passaic 145,655
485 Absecon City Atlantic 8,369
486 Willingboro Township Burlington 31,806
487 Newark  Essex 276,478
488 Seaside Heights Borough Ocean 2,906
489 Passaic  Passaic 69,685
490 Manville Borough Somerset 10,358
491 Union City  Hudson 66,646
492 Commercial Township  Cumberland 5,195
493 Harrison Town  Hudson 13,683
494 Jersey City Hudson 248,435
495 Neptune Township Monmouth 27,914
496 Keyport Borough Monmouth 7,265
497 East Orange City Essex 64,356
498 West New York Hudson 49,816
499 Belmar Borough Monmouth 5,796
500 Guttenberg Town Hudson 11,166
501 Keansburg Borough Monmouth 10,097
502 Downe Township  Cumberland 1,585
503 Plainfield City  Union 49,701
504 Irvington Township  Essex 54,205
505 North Wildwood City Cape May 4,049
506 Wildwood City Cape May 5,290
507 Long Branch City Monmouth 30,759
508 City of Orange Township  Essex 30,345
509 Wildwood Crest Borough   Cape May 3,289
510 Bradley Beach Borough Monmouth 4,335
511 Asbury Park  Monmouth 16,081

*this change reflects updated information.
**this new ranking reflects corrected information.

     
     
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