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New Jersey's Best Towns for Families 2015 - 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 Pennington Mercer 2,587
2 Oradell Bergen 8,128
3 Mendham Twp. Morris 5,899
4 Frelinghuysen Warren 2,204
5 Closter Bergen 8,545
6 Harrington Park Bergen 4,751
7 Mendham Boro. Morris 5,020
8 New Providence Union 12,332
9 Chatham Boro. Morris 9,039
10 Demarest Bergen 4,947
11 Mountain Lakes Morris 4,269
12 Milltown Middlesex 6,996
13 North Caldwell Essex 6,557
14 Denville Morris 16,872
15 Hopewell Boro. Mercer 1,920
16 Northvale Bergen 4,746
17 Englishtown Monmouth 1,948
18 Old Tappan Bergen 5,874
19 Essex Fells Essex 2,119
20 Clinton town Hunterdon  2,696
21 Cresskill Bergen 8,710
22 Glen Rock Bergen 11,838
23 Cranford Union 23,293
24 Spring Lake Heights Monmouth 4,689
25 Norwood Bergen 5,797
26 Wenonah Gloucester 2,263
27 River Edge Bergen 11,515
28 Allendale Bergen 6,704
29 Fredon Sussex 3,320
30 Chatham Twp. Morris 10,650
31 Glen Gardner Hunterdon  1,685
32 Hillsdale Bergen 10,424
33 Bethlehem Hunterdon  3,928
34 Plainsboro Middlesex 23,309
35 Bernards Somerset 26,924
36 Chester Boro. Morris 1,675
37 West Amwell Hunterdon  2,805
38 Chester Twp. Morris 7,948
39 Montgomery Somerset 22,499
40 Flemington Hunterdon 4,540
41 Upper Saddle River Bergen 8,326
42 Mahwah Bergen 26,352
43 Island Heights Ocean 1,681
44 Warren Somerset 15,885
45 Alpine Bergen 1,895
46 Branchburg Somerset 14,560
47 Mount Laurel Burlington 41,738
48 Andover Sussex 6,181
49 Westfield Union 30,851
50 Fair Haven Monmouth 6,081
51 Bernardsville Somerset 7,767
52 Delaware Hunterdon 4,540
53 Montvale Bergen 8,020
54 Alloway Salem 3,434
55 Clark Union 15,184
56 Livingston Essex 29,594
57 Boonton Morris 4,355
58 Harrison Two. Gloucester 12,721
59 Tenafly Bergen 14,704
60 Summit Union 21,988
61 Parsippany-Troy Hills Morris 53,868
62 Long Hill Morris 8,812
63 Berkeley Heights  Union 13,466
64 Emerson Bergen 7,566
65 Hopewell Twp. Mercer 4,523
66 Middlesex Middlesex 13,812
67 Kinnelon Morris 10,400
68 Swedesboro Gloucester 2,630
69 Pequannock Morris 15,642
70 Caldwell Essex 7,861
71 Madison Morris 16,274
72 Upper Cape May 12,187
73 Morris Plains Morris 5,739
74 Maywood Bergen 9,687
75 Leonia Bergen 9,075
76 Haddonfield  Camden 11,507
77 Robbinsville Mercer 14,055
78 Ridgewood  Bergen 25,352
79 West Caldwell Essex 10,868
80 Hanover Morris 14,224
81 North Haledon Passaic 8,485
82 Tewksbury Hunterdon 5,943
83 Linwood Atlantic 7,073
84 Englewood Cliffs  Bergen 5,354
85 Randolph Morris 25,982
86 Fair Lawn  Bergen 32,998
87 Verona  Essex 13,665
88 Montville Morris 21,830
89 Raritan Twp. Hunterdon 22,093
90 Midland Park Bergen 7,273
91 Millstone Monmouth 10,483
92 Ringwood Passaic 12,335
93 Wyckoff Bergen 16,928
94 Marlboro Monmouth 40,326
95 Waldwick Bergen 9,839
96 Hillsborough  Somerset 39,299
97 Mount Arlington Morris 5,162
98 Helmetta Middlesex 2,207
99 Gibbsboro Camden 2,257
100 Fort Lee Bergen 36,014
101 River Vale  Bergen 9,916
102 Manalapan Monmouth 39,851
103 Medford Burlington 23,281
104 Raritan Boro. Somerset 7,706
105 South Brunswick Middlesex 44,717
106 Shrewsbury Boro. Monmouth 3,937
107 Clinton Twp. Hunterdon 13,301
108 Ramsey  Bergen 14,706
109 Allentown Monmouth 1,815
110 Colts Neck  Monmouth 10,099
111 Dumont Bergen 17,757
112 Ho-Ho-Kus  Bergen 4,124
113 East Amwell Hunterdon 3,967
114 Hope  Warren 1,928
115 Saddle River Bergen 3,198
116 Bridgewater Somerset 44,973
117 New Milford Bergen 16,572
118 Little Silver Monmouth 5,906
119 East Greenwich Gloucester 10,203
120 Cranbury  Middlesex 3,910
121 Haworth Bergen 3,431
122 Fanwood Union 7,510
123 Woodcliff Lake Bergen 5,830
124 West Windsor  Mercer 28,366
125 Oakland Bergen 12,959
126 Park Ridge Bergen 8,803
127 Scotch Plains Union 23,975
128 Lawrence Twp. Cumberland 3,306
129 Hamburg Sussex 3,193
130 Rutherford Bergen 18,358
131 Byram Sussex 8,162
132 Hightstown Mercer 5,567
133 Edison Middlesex 101,450
134 Westwood Bergen 11,075
135 Bedminster  Somerset 8,222
136 Avon-by-the-Sea Monmouth 1,909
137 Haddon Heights  Camden 7,428
138 Moorestown Burlington 20,664
139 East Windsor Mercer 27,556
140 Rumson Monmouth 7,006
141 Franklin Lakes Bergen 10,759
142 Union Twp. Hunterdon 5,828
143 Princeton Mercer 29,008
144 Wanaque Passaic 11,208
145 Mantua Gloucester 15,109
146 Peapack and Gladstone Somerset 2,587
147 Mansfield  Warren 7,584
148 Holmdel Monmouth 16,715
149 Upper Pittsgrove Salem 3,471
150 East Brunswick Middlesex 48,160
151 Spotswood Middle 8,402
152 Medford Lakes  Burlington 4,136
153 Readington Hunterdon 16,090
154 Hammonton  Atlantic 14,799
155 Bergenfield Bergen 27,191
156 New Hanover Burlington 7,942
157 Florham Park Morris 11,831
158 Monmouth Beach Monmouth 3,290
159 Lincoln Park Morris 10,470
160 Millburn Essex 20,213
161 Pompton Lakes Passaic 11,148
162 Alexandria Hunterdon 4,905
163 Jamesburg  Middlesex 5,994
164 Cherry Hill Camden 71,722
165 Woolwich Gloucester 11,258
166 Union Twp. Union 57,542
167 Evesham Burlington 45,644
168 Harding Morris 3,873
169 Point Pleasant Beach Ocean 4,642
170 Cinnaminson Burlington 16,763
171 Highland Park Middlesex 14,361
172 Sparta Sussex 19,444
173 Chesterfield Burlington 7,760
174 Westampton Burlington 8,779
175 Howell  Monmouth 51,732
176 Springfield Twp. Burlington 3,407
177 Sea Girt Monmouth 1,811
178 Delran Burlington 16,839
179 Hazlet Monmouth 20,223
180 Fairfield Twp. Cumberland 6,566
181 Little Falls Passaic 14,522
182 Little Ferry Bergen 10,806
183 Paramus Bergen 26,674
184 Dennis Cape May 6,344
185 Galloway Atlantic 37,646
186 Palisades Park Bergen 20,288
187 Ocean Twp. Ocean 8,653
188 Stafford  Ocean 26,941
189 Mountainside Union 6,808
190 Wall  Monmouth 26,095
191 Allamuchy Warren 4,492
192 Tinton Falls Monmouth 17,976
193 Totowa Passaic 10,907
194 Watchung Somerset 5,865
195 Wayne Passaic 55,040
196 Lavallette Ocean 1,866
197 White Warren 4,797
198 Voorhees Camden 29,229
199 Glen Ridge  Essex 7,623
200 Green Sussex 3,530
201 Mount Olive Morris 28,738
202 Stillwater Sussex 4,002
203 Montague Sussex 3,795
204 Fairfield Twp. Essex 7,509
205 Haddon Camden 14,627
206 Cedar Grove Essex 12,470
207 Brielle Monmouth 4,771
208 Riverton Burlington 2,772
209 Nutley Essex 28,540
210 Victory Gardens Morris 1,535
211 Lafayette Sussex 2,482
212 Mine Hill Morris 3,686
213 Middletown Monmouth 66,290
214 Morris Morris 22,581
215 Butler Morris 7,618
216 Hawthorne Passaic 18,987
217 Lebanon Hunterdon 6,510
218 Burlington Burlington 22,639
219 Hardyston Sussex 8,088
220 South Plainfield Middlesex 23,784
221 Southampton Burlington 10,390
222 Kingwood Hunterdon 3,833
223 Barrington Camden 6,878
224 Holland Hunterdon 5,227
225 Freehold Twp. Monmouth 36,064
226 Springfield Twp. Union 16,824
227 Roselle Park Union 13,525
228 Upper Freehold Monmouth 6,912
229 Jefferson Morris 21,522
230 Brick Ocean 75,832
231 Oldmans Salem 1,861
232 East Hanover Morris 11,306
233 Rochelle Park Bergen 5,883
234 Belvidere Warren 2,633
235 Alpha Warren 2,326
236 Independence Warren 5,572
237 Shamong Burlington 6,444
238 Liberty Warren 2,892
239 Berlin Boro. Camden 7,600
240 Audubon Camden 8,771
241 Roseland Essex 5,799
242 Montclair Essex 37,912
243 Sayreville Middlesex 44,412
244 Bordentown City Burlington 3,914
245 North Hanover Burlington 7,669
246 Washington Twp. Warren 6,524
247 Bloomingdale Passaic 7,742
248 Dover  Morris 18,367
249 Logan Gloucester 6,013
250 Morristown  Morris 18,529
251 Washington Twp. Bergen 9,248
252 Green Brook Somerset 7,255
253 Lawrence Twp. Mercer 33,166
254 West Orange Essex 46,679
255 Weymouth Atlantic 2,716
256 Plumsted Ocean 8,523
257 Garwood Union 4,296
258 Point Pleasant Ocean 18,521
259 West Long Branch Monmouth 8,509
260 Mansfield Warren 8,564
261 Eastampton Burlington 6,075
262 Wildwood Crest Cape May 3,226
263 Edgewater Bergen 12,148
264 Egg Harbor Atlantic 43,872
265 Boonton Morris 8,430
266 Wallington Bergen 11,545
267 Newfield Gloucester 1,542
268 Northfield Atlantic 8,620
269 Cape May Cape May 3,558
270 Oceanport Monmouth 5,816
271 Ocean Twp. Monmouth 27,254

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23,580

273 Somerville Somerset 12,171
274 Pitman Gloucester 8,943
275 Hardwick Warren 1,671
276 Berkeley Ocean 41,829
277 Bellmawr Camden 11,540
278 Hopewell Twp. Mercer 18,374
279 West Deptford Gloucester 21,498
280 Wood-Ridge Bergen 8,406
281 Manville Somerset 10,424
282 Hackettstown Warren 9,607
283 Jackson Ocean 56,079
284 Ocean City Cape May 11,451
285 South Bound Brook Somerset 4,596
286 Frankford Sussex 5,495
287 Margate City Atlantic 6,342
288 Barnegat Ocean 21,913
289 Rockaway Twp. Morris 24,493
290 Westville Gloucester 4,250
291 Absecon Atlantic 8,401
292 Maplewood Essex 24,492
293 Sussex Sussex 2,097
294 High Bridge Hunterdon 3,604
295 Ewing Mercer 36,547
296 Hasbrouck Heights Bergen 12,022
297 Florence Burlington 12,356
298 Oaklyn Camden 4,015
299 Mannington Salem 1,788
300 South Orange Village Essex 16,278
301 Woodstown Salem 3,482
302 Tabernacle Burlington 6,970
303 Metuchen Middlesex 13,756
304 North Arlington Bergen 15,632
305 Ridgefield Bergen 11,218
306 Pennsville Salem 13,117
307 Lumberton Burlington 12,499
308 Old Bridge Middlesex 66,570
309 Blairstown Warren 5,871
310 Stratford Camden 6,952
311 Woodlynne Camden 2,961
312 Carlstadt Bergen 6,214
313 Hainesport Burlington 6,117
314 Pohatcong Warren 3,282
315 Greenwich Gloucester 4,872
316 Newton Sussex 7,942
317 Bordentown Burlington 11,426
318 Sea Isle City Cape May 2,096
319 Lopatcong Warren 8,046
320 Highlands Monmouth 4,960
321 Atlantic Highlands Monmouth 4,354
322 Lower Alloways Creek Salem 1,741
323 Greenwich Warren 5,608
324 Bogota Bergen 8,284
325 Clayton Gloucester 8,216
326 Stanhope Sussex 3,522
327 Eagleswood Ocean 1,621
328 North Brunswick Middlesex 42,241
329 Matawan Monmouth 8,755
330 Dunellen Middlesex 7,346
331 Pittsgrove Salem 9,231
332 South Toms River Ocean 3,718
333 South River Middlesex 16,236
334 Collingswood Camden 13,850
335 Piscataway Middlesex 58,405
336 Ridgefield Park Bergen 12,925
337 Beachwood Ocean 11,172
338 Pine Hill Camden 10,496
339 Saddle Brook Bergen 13,895
340 Woodbridge Middlesex 100,574
341 Lodi Bergen 24,522
342 Washington Twp. Gloucester 48,123
343 Knowlton Warren 3,016
344 Manasquan Monmouth 5,757
345 Lakehurst Ocean 2,700
346 Wharton Morris 6,617
347 Franklin Twp. Warren 3,132
348 Netcong Morris 3,257
349 Wantage Sussex 11,242
350 Gloucester City Camden 11,402
351 Cliffside Park Bergen 25,209
352 Eatontown Monmouth 12,262
353 East Rutherford Bergen 9,733
354 Teaneck Bergen 40,329
355 Harmony Warren 2,601
356 Laurel Springs Camden 1,895
357 Little Egg Harbor Ocean 20,344
358 Spring Lake Monmouth 3,001
359 Waterford Camden 10,792
360 East Newark Hudson 2,640
361 Hampton Twp. Sussex 5,071
362 Franklin Twp. Warren 3,151
363 West Milford  Passaic 26,520
364 Oxford  Warren 2,478
365 Vineland  Cumberland 61,050
366 Rahway  Union 28,394
367 Bayonne  Hudson 65,028
368 Sandyston  Sussex 1,932
369 Pine Beach  Ocean 2,157
370 Lyndhurst  Bergen 21,325
371 Lower Cape May 22,451
372 Pilesgrove Salem 3,995
373 Washington Boro. Warren 6,460
374 Deptford Gloucester 30,608
375 Secaucus Hudson 18,311
376 Hamilton Twp. Atlantic 26,752
377 Merchantville Camden 3,806
378 Carteret Middlesex 23,994
379 Clifton Passaic 85,390
380 Toms River Ocean 91,583
381 Quinton Salem 2,637
382 Clementon Camden 4,976
383 Rockaway Boro. Morris 6,504
384 Manchester Ocean 43,342
385 Berlin Camden 5,362
386 Maple Shade Burlington 19,043
387 Prospect Park Passaic 5,913
388 Hackensack Bergen 44,113
389 National Park Gloucester 3,009
390 Riverside Burlington 8,053
391 Bradley Beach Monmouth 4,276
392 Estell Manor Atlantic 1,737
393 Freehold Monmouth 12,047
394 Glassboro Gloucester 18,953
395 Franklin Twp. Gloucester 16,741
396 Moonachie Bergen 2,757
397 Vernon Sussex 22,993
398 Long Beach Ocean 3,062
399 Woodbury Gloucester 10,078
400 Phillipsburg Hunterdon 14,655
401 Garfield Bergen 31,199
402 Franklin Twp. Somerset 65,280
403 South Hackensack Bergen 2,442
404 Maurice River Cumberland 7,662
405 Kearny Hudson 41,664
406 Mount Holly Burlington 9,345
407 Lakewood Ocean 93,592
408 Magnolia Camden 4,321
409 Buena Atlantic 4,626
410 Belleville Essex 36,168
411 Paterson Passaic 145,948
412 Woodbury Heights Gloucester 3,020
413 Aberdeen Monmouth 18,216
414 Woodland Park Passaic 12,274
415 Passaic Passaic 70,868
416 Burlington City Burlington 9,850
417 South Amboy Middlesex 8,810
418 Delanco Burlington 4,558
419 Keyport Monmouth 7,196
420 Mount Ephraim Camden 4,663
421 Perth Amboy Middlesex 51,982
422 Union Beach Monmouth 5,805
423 Gloucester Camden 64,297
424 Elmwood Park Bergen 20,094
425 Somerdale Camden 5,261
426 Camden Camden 76,903
427 Buena Vista Atlantic 7,595
428 Pennsauken Camden 35,830
429 Lambertville Hunterdon 3,863
430 Monroe Gloucester 36,732
431 Linden Union 41,301
432 Neptune City Monmouth 4,839
433 Elizabeth Union 127,558
434 Weehawken Hudson 13,356
435 Atlantic City Atlantic 39,551
436 Hillside Union 21,787
437 Somers Point Atlantic 10,785
438 Monroe Middlesex 41,660
439 North Plainfield Somerset 22,056
440 Pleasantville Atlantic 20,520
441 Union City Hudson 68,247
442 Kenilworth Union 8,090
443 Roselle Union 21,449
444 Guttenberg Hudson 11,429
445 North Bergen Hudson 62,341
446 Woodland Burlington 1,797
447 Bloomfield Essex 47,589
448 Millville Cumberland 28,711
       
450 Bound Brook Somerset 10,487
451 Trenton Mercer 84,349
452 Hamilton Twp. Mercer 88,919
453 Hopatcong Sussex 14,806
454 Upper Deerfield Cumberland 7,634
455 Lacey Ocean 28,021
456 Brooklawn Camden 1,944
457 Haledon Passaic 8,385
458 West New York Hudson 52,122
459 Ventnor City Atlantic 10,630
460 Ocean Gate Ocean 2,025
461 Ogdensburg Sussex 2,329
462 Lake Como Monmouth 1,726
463 Mullica Atlantic 6,176
464 Beverly Burlington 2,565
465 Fairview Bergen 14,237
466 Middle Cape May 18,891
467 Penns Grove Salem 5,047
468 Deerfield Cumberland 3,132
469 Runnemede Camden 8,436
470 Harrison Town Hudson 15,227
471 Jersey City Hudson 257,342
472 Paulsboro Gloucester 6,023
473 Egg Harbor City Atlantic 4,246
474 Bridgeton Cumberland 25,252
475 Riverdale Morris 4,060
476 Wildwood Cape May 5,228
477 Plainfield Union 50,588
478 Belmar Monmouth 5,736
479 Folsom Atlantic 1,873
480 Palmyra Burlington 7,361
481 Lawnside Camden 2,931
482 New Brunswick Middlesex 55,831
483 Edgewater Park Burlington 8,844
484 Red Bank Monmouth 12,213
485 Brigantine Atlantic 9,406
486 East Orange Essex 64,544
487 Englewood Bergen 27,533
488 Neptune Monmouth 27,846
489 Woodbine Cape May 2,448
490 Willingboro Burlington 31,877
491 Seaside Heights Ocean 2,906
492 Pemberton Burlington 27,914
493 Tuckerton Ocean 3,378
494 Lindenwold Camden 17,501
495 Newark Essex 278,427
496 Commercial Cumberland 5,174
497 Carneys Point Salem 7,955
498 Downe Cumberland 1,566
499 Seaside Park Ocean 1,592
500 North Wildwood Cape May 3,968
501 South Harrison Gloucester 3,211
502 Irvington Essex 54,222
503 Long Branch Monmouth 30,390
504 Salem Salem 5,021
505 Elk Gloucester 4,249
506 Keansburg Monmouth 10,014
507 City of Orange Essex 30,436
508 Winslow Camden 39,165
509 Franklin Boro. Sussex 4,937
510 Asbury Park Monmouth 15,855
511 Chesilhurst Camden 1,637
512 Hoboken Hudson 52,575

*This new ranking reflects updated information.

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