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New Jersey's Best Towns for Families - 2015

From rural hamlets to big bustling metropolises, we analyzed every town in the Garden State. Here are the spots that rose above the rest.


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What makes a town a great place to raise a family? The answer is different for each of us, but we’re betting your list includes a lot of the qualities on our checklist, like top-notch public schools, safe streets and lots to do as a family. 

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?

Winner - Pennington 

Editor's Pick - Large Town 

Editor's Pick - Mid-Size Town 

Editor's Pick  - Small Town 

Highest Ranked - North Jersey 

Highest Ranked - Morris County 

Highest Ranked - Essex County 

Highest Ranked - Union County 

Editor's Pick - Central Jersey 

Top NJ Transit Commuter Towns 

Full Ranked List of NJ Towns

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