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New Jersey's Best Towns for Families

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



What makes a town a great place to raise a family? We tackled that question in New Jersey's Best Towns for Families in 2015 and now we're taking our second annual look, with updated data and new categories.  We looked at every sleepy borough and bustling city in the state, evaluating things like great schools, low crime, commute time and affordability. Plus, this year we added a new factor to our rankings—diversity—recognizing how important it is that our kids grow up with people who aren’t just like them. See New Jersey's Best Towns for Families and where your town landed on our list.  

*reporting by Christina Hernandez Sherwood, Martta Kelly, Dave Lesser, Angel Madison and Courtney Thompson

2016 Winner: New Jersey's Best Towns for Families

The Full 2016 List: New Jersey's Best Towns for Families 

Best NYC Commuter Towns for Families in NJ

Most Diverse Towns for Families in NJ

Most Affordable Towns for Families in NJ

Safest Towns for Families in NJ

Towns With the Best School Districts in NJ

Hoboken: We Still Love You

Best Somerset County Town: Montgomery Twp

Best Morris County Town: Boonton

Best Union County Town: New Providence

Best Essex County Town: Essex Fells

Best Large Towns in NJ

Best Mid-Size Towns in NJ

Best Small Towns in NJ 

Methodology for New Jersey's Best Towns for Families

    See New Jersey's Best Towns
    for Families for 2015 list


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