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?

RankTownCountyPopulation
1Clinton TownHunterdon2,710
2Montgomery TownshipSomerset22,078
3Glen Rock Bergen11,631
4West Caldwell TownshipEssex10,791
5Bethlehem TownshipHunterdon3,957
6Haddonfield BoroughCamden11,588
7Plainsboro Township Middlesex22,908
8Oradell Bergen7,997
9Cranford Township Union22,659
10Midland ParkBergen7,131
11OaklandBergen12,763
12Bernards TownshipSomerset26,596
13Mountain Lakes BoroughMorris4,206
14Wyckoff TownshipBergen16,714
15Chatham BoroughMorris8,978
16Tenafly BoroughBergen14,473
17Mountainside BoroughUnion6,695
18Cresskill BoroughBergen8,541
19West Windsor TownshipMercer27,296
20Haworth BoroughBergen3,382
21New Providence BoroughUnion12,191
22Ho-Ho-Kus BoroughBergen4,085
23Livingston TownshipEssex29,251
24Essex Fells BoroughEssex2,125
25North Caldwell BoroughEssex6,276
26Hanover TownshipMorris13,766
27Union TownshipHunterdon5,884
28Gibbsboro BoroughCamden2,309
29Hillsdale BoroughBergen10,251
30Caldwell BoroughEssex7,806
31Florham Park BoroughMorris11,693
32Old TappanBergen5,754
33Harrington ParkBergen4,715
34Northvale BoroughBergen4,700
35Long Hill TownshipMorris8,740
36Clinton TownshipHunterdon13,359
37Berkeley Heights TownshipUnion13,264
38Fanwood BoroughUnion7,313
39Verona TownshipEssex13,331
40Franklin TownshipHunterdon3,161
41Randolph TownshipMorris25,765
42Linwood CityAtlantic7,109
43Northfield CityAtlantic8,626
44Warren TownshipSomerset15,412
45Demarest BoroughBergen4,909
46East Hanover TownshipMorris11,222
47Bedminster TownshipSomerset8,190
48Hopewell TownshipMercer17,265
49Mendham TownshipMorris5,851
50MontvaleBergen7,826
51Fair Haven BoroughMonmouth6,102
52Boonton Township Morris4,311
53Chatham TownshipMorris10,503
54AlpineBergen2,006
55RidgewoodBergen24,999
56Readington TownshipHunterdon16,118
57Springfield TownshipUnion16,030
58Woodcliff Lake BoroughBergen5,750
59Allendale BoroughBergen6,549
60Cranbury TownshipMiddlesex3,755
61Norwood BoroughBergen5,729
62River EdgeBergen11,340
63Bernardsville BoroughSomerset7,710
64Peapack and Gladstone BoroughSomerset2,572
65Waldwick BoroughBergen9,693
66Hillsborough TownshipSomerset38,436
67South Brunswick TownshipMiddlesex43,419
68Upper Saddle RiverBergen8,186
69Mendham BoroughMorris5,004
70MadisonMorris15,923
71SummitUnion21,468
72Closter BoroughBergen8,397
73Washington TownshipMorris18,577
74Millburn TownshipEssex20,074
75Chester TownshipMorris7,851
76River Vale TownshipBergen9,678
77WestfieldUnion30,296
78Pennington Borough Mercer2,591
79Lebanon TownshipHunterdon6,535
80Flemington BoroughHunterdon4,582
81Mahwah TownshipBergen25,840
82Harding TownshipMorris3,833
83Hopewell BoroughMercer1,908
84Marlboro TownshipMonmouth39,975
85Bergenfield BoroughBergen26,774
86RamseyBergen14,528
87Woolwich TownshipGloucester10,113
88Glen Ridge BoroughEssex7,520
89Green Brook TownshipSomerset7,171
90Rumson BoroughMonmouth7,098
91Chester BoroughMorris1,558
92Delaware TownshipHunterdon4,562
93Branchburg TownshipSomerset14,479
94Fairfield TownshipEssex7,454
95Princeton TownshipMercer16,301
96Sparta TownshipSussex19,670
97Montville TownshipMorris21,580
98Park RidgeBergen8,699
99Raritan TownshipHunterdon22,063
100Roseland BoroughEssex5,812
101Robbinsville TownshipMercer13,612
102Cherry Hill TownshipCamden70,932
103East Amwell TownshipHunterdon4,027
104East Greenwich TownshipGloucester9,570
105Leonia BoroughBergen8,948
106Bridgewater TownshipSomerset44,504
107Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Morris53,284
108Moorestown TownshipBurlington20,667
109Denville TownshipMorris16,649
110Swedesboro BoroughGloucester2,651
111Saddle River BoroughBergen3,165
112Westwood BoroughBergen10,936
113Colts Neck TownshipMonmouth10,132
114Dumont BoroughBergen17,505
115Kinnelon BoroughMorris10,276
116Wayne TownshipPassaic54,641
117Clark TownshipUnion14,768
118East Brunswick TownshipMiddlesex47,600
119Washington TownshipBergen9,120
120Hasbrouck HeightsBergen11,830
121Morris TownshipMorris22,375
122Tewksbury TownshipHunterdon5,949
123Chesterfield TownshipBurlington7,607
124High Bridge BoroughHunterdon3,644
125Wharton BoroughMorris6,531
126Lincoln Park BoroughMorris10,553
127Upper Township Cape May12,283
128Morris Plains BoroughMorris5,586
129Springfield TownshipBurlington3,401
130Holmdel TownshipMonmouth16,688
131Glen Gardner BoroughHunterdon1,729
132Boonton TownMorris8,403
133Franklin LakesBergen10,596
134Roxbury TownshipMorris23,399
135Rockaway BoroughMorris6,451
136Voorhees TownshipCamden29,225
137Pequannock TownshipMorris15,469
138Rutherford BoroughBergen18,084
139Scotch Plains TownshipUnion23,475
140Rockaway TownshipMorris24,199
141EmersonBergen7,471
142Manalapan TownshipMonmouth38,711
143Raritan BoroughSomerset6,968
144Little Silver BoroughMonmouth5,950
145Hardwick TownshipWarren1,538
146Somerville BoroughSomerset12,132
147Harrison TownshipGloucester12,333
148Mantua TownshipGloucester15,185
149Edison TownshipMiddlesex100,116
150Jamesburg BoroughMiddlesex5,914
151Kingwood TownshipHunterdon3,848
152Metuchen BoroughMiddlesex13,585
153Shrewsbury BoroughMonmouth3,822
154Fair LawnBergen32,479
155Fort LeeBergen35,420
156Freehold BoroughMonmouth12,013
157Evesham TownshipBurlington45,555
158Hawthorne BoroughPassaic18,753
159South Harrison TownshipGloucester3,142
160Berlin BoroughCamden7,531
161Mount Laurel TownshipBurlington41,865
162Upper Freehold TownshipMonmouth6,770
163Pompton Lakes BoroughPassaic11,074
164West Orange TownshipEssex46,195
165Point Pleasant BoroughOcean18,499
166MontclairEssex37,702
167
167**
Middletown Township
Paramus
Monmouth
Bergen
66,482
26,301
168South Orange VillageEssex16,212
169Howell TownshipMonmouth50,994
170New Milford BoroughBergen16,362
171Lawrence TownshipMercer33,143
172Medford Lakes BoroughBurlington4,160
173Ringwood BoroughPassaic12,234
174New Hanover TownshipBurlington7,772
175Washington TownshipGloucester48,586
176Andover TownshipSussex6,325
177Cinnaminson TownshipBurlington15,791
178North Hanover TownshipBurlington7,621
179Sea Isle CityCape May1,994
180Wall TownshipMonmouth26,089
181Watchung BoroughSomerset5,776
182Fredon TownshipSussex3,392
183Maplewood TownshipEssex23,897
184Mansfield TownshipBurlington8,417
185EdgewaterBergen11,425
186Green TownshipSussex3,594
187Monroe TownshipMiddlesex39,142
188Mount Olive TownshipMorris28,052
189Delran TownshipBurlington16,835
190Lafayette TownshipSussex2,530
191West Long Branch BoroughMonmouth8,238
192Frelinghuysen TownshipWarren2,347
193MorristownMorris18,461
194Medford TownshipBurlington23,093
195Wood-Ridge BoroughBergen7,892
196Vernon TownshipSussex23,956
197Alexandria TownshipHunterdon4,912
198East Windsor TownshipMercer27,137
199Shamong TownshipBurlington6,502
200Millstone TownshipMonmouth10,462
201Mine Hill TownshipMorris3,669
202Logan TownshipGloucester6,062
203Allentown BoroughMonmouth1,856
204Liberty TownshipWarren2,941
205West Amwell TownshipHunterdon3,753
206Oxford TownshipWarren2,505
207Frankford TownshipSussex5,556
208Nutley TownshipEssex28,326
209Milltown BoroughMiddlesex6,916
210Wenonah BoroughGloucester2,123
211Englishtown BoroughMonmouth1,756
212Riverdale BoroughMorris3,659
213Freehold TownshipMonmouth35,931
214Woodland Park BoroughPassaic11,957
215Alpha BoroughWarren2,489
216Mount Arlington BoroughMorris5,110
217Old Bridge TownshipMiddlesex65,398
218Wanaque BoroughPassaic11,062
219Spring Lake Heights BoroughMonmouth4,733
220Allamuchy TownshipWarren4,363
221Brielle BoroughMonmouth4,787
222Eastampton TownshipBurlington6,088
223Southampton TownshipBurlington10,486
224Holland TownshipHunterdon5,274
225Tabernacle TownshipBurlington6,980
226Piscataway TownshipMiddlesex56,235
227Oceanport BoroughMonmouth5,848
228Bordentown CityBurlington3,927
229Highland Park BoroughMiddlesex14,074
230Byram TownshipSussex8,336
231West Deptford TownshipGloucester21,588
232Red Bank BoroughMonmouth12,194
233Spotswood BoroughMiddlesex8,283
234Wantage TownshipSussex11,335
235Hightstown BoroughMercer5,510
236Somers Point CityAtlantic10,853
237Westampton TownshipBurlington8,738
238Tinton Falls BoroughMonmouth17,794
239National Park BoroughGloucester3,051
240Hazlet TownshipMonmouth20,348
241Blairstown TownshipWarren5,957
242Barrington BoroughCamden6,966
243Victory Gardens BoroughMorris1,686
244Ocean TownshipMonmouth*27,242
245Ogdensburg BoroughSussex2,309
246Newfield BoroughGloucester1,717
247Garwood BoroughUnion4,295
248SecaucusHudson16,809
249Lavallette BoroughOcean2,276
250Ocean CityCape May11,790
251Wallington BoroughBergen11,410
252Haddon TownshipCamden14,712
253Palisades ParkBergen19,561
254Franklin TownshipWarren3,153
255Hainesport TownshipBurlington6,022
256Englewood Cliffs BoroughBergen5,297
257Hackettstown TownWarren9,743
258Plumsted TownshipOcean8,413
259Lumberton TownshipBurlington12,453
260Franklin TownshipGloucester16,789
261South Plainfield BoroughMiddlesex23,397
262Knowlton TownshipWarren3,043
263Haddon Heights BoroughCamden7,530
264Egg Harbor TownshipAtlantic42,890
265Mount Holly TownshipBurlington9,567
266Washington TownshipWarren6,628
267Point Pleasant Beach BoroughOcean4,711
268Middlesex BoroughMiddlesex13,661
269Franklin TownshipSomerset62,189
270Dunellen BoroughMiddlesex7,271
271Woodbury CityGloucester10,187
272Helmetta BoroughMiddlesex2,235
273Ridgefield BoroughBergen11,081
274North Arlington BoroughBergen15,407
275Cedar Grove TownshipEssex12,432
276Newton TownSussex7,983
277Lakehurst BoroughOcean2,659
278Burlington TownshipBurlington22,558
279North Brunswick TownshipMiddlesex40,642
280Manasquan BoroughMonmouth5,904
281Woodbury Heights BboroughGloucester3,062
282Monmouth Beach BoroughMonmouth3,298
283Bordentown TownshipBurlington11,231
284Lopatcong TownshipWarren7,950
285Laurel Springs BoroughCamden1,968
286Woodland TownshipBurlington1,788
287Jefferson TownshipMorris21,292
288Spring Lake BoroughMonmouth3,018
289Hampton TownshipSussex5,167
290Moonachie BoroughBergen2,711
291Westville BoroughGloucester4,295
292Bogota BoroughBergen8,200
293Sandyston TownshipSussex1,934
294Dennis TownshipCape May6,436
295Hamburg BoroughSussex3,255
296Maywood BoroughBergen9,547
297Dover TownMorris18,208
298Stanhope BoroughSussex3,604
299Stillwater TownshipSussex4,118
300Stafford TownshipOcean26,493
301Hopatcong BoroughSussex15,169
302Phillipsburg TownWarren14,936
303Lambertville CityHunterdon3,890
304Waterford TownshipCamden10,683
305Lawnside BoroughCamden2,930
306Totowa BoroughPassaic10,784
307Woodbridge TownshipMiddlesex99,695
308Harmony TownshipWarren2,673
309Teaneck TownshipBergen39,781
310Pohatcong TownshipWarren3,343
311Pitman BoroughGloucester9,037
312Carlstadt BoroughBergen6,161
313Stratford BoroughCamden7,048
314Greenwich TownshipWarren5,631
315Little Falls TownshipPassaic14,279
316Independence TownshipWarren5,672
317Galloway TownshipAtlantic37,137
318Aberdeen TownshipMonmouth18,155
319Saddle Brook TownshipBergen13,734
320Avon-by-the-Sea BoroughMonmouth1,972
321Woodlynne BoroughCamden2,970
322Florence TownshipBurlington12,150
323Alloway Township Salem3,440
324Rochelle Park TownshipBergen5,534
325Washington BoroughWarren6,475
326Roselle Park BoroughUnion13,310
327Eatontown BoroughMonmouth12,595
328Mansfield TownshipWarren7,734
329Netcong BoroughMorris3,252
330Ridgefield Park VillageBergen12,761
331Montague TownshipSussex3,839
332Bloomingdale BoroughPassaic7,654
333Englewood CityBergen27,205
334West Milford TownshipPassaic25,869
335Hopewell Township Cumberland4,561
336Upper Pittsgrove TownshipSalem3,519
337Lake Como BoroughMonmouth1,780
338Merchantville BoroughCamden3,825
339Ocean TownshipOcean*8,333
340Matawan BoroughMonmouth8,795
341Somerdale BoroughCamden5,185
342Beachwood BoroughOcean11,067
343Highlands BoroughMonmouth5,009
344South Bound Brook BoroughSomerset4,653
345Lyndhurst TownshipBergen20,621
346Deerfield TownshipCumberland3,111
347Belvidere TownWarren2,681
348Jackson TownshipOcean54,641
349Kenilworth BoroughUnion7,907
350Margate CityAtlantic6,459
351East RutherfordBergen8,909
352Ocean Gate BoroughOcean1,889
353Sussex BoroughSussex2,038
354Hope TownshipWarren1,842
355Hammonton TownAtlantic14,745
356Clayton BoroughGloucester8,154
357Riverton BoroughBurlington2,789
358Sayreville BoroughMiddlesex42,929
359Magnolia BoroughCamden4,352
360South Hackensack TownshipBergen2,335
361Union TownshipUnion56,480
362Bellmawr BoroughCamden11,585
363Atlantic Highlands BoroughMonmouth4,385
364Butler BoroughMorris7,547
365HackensackBergen43,126
366Maurice River TownshipCumberland7,965
367Oaklyn BoroughCamden4,041
368Audubon BoroughCamden8,834
369Woodstown BoroughSalem3,493
370Winslow TownshipCamden39,143
371North Haledon BoroughPassaic8,360
372Egg Harbor CityAtlantic4,279
373Little FerryBergen10,635
374Hamilton TownshipMercer88,572
375Ventnor CityAtlantic10,785
376Franklin BoroughSussex5,049
377Island Heights BoroughOcean1,536
378Rahway CityUnion27,369
379Hamilton TownshipAtlantic26,353
380Elk TownshipGloucester4,213
381Toms River TownshipOcean91,674
382Glassboro BoroughGloucester18,750
383Sea Girt BoroughMonmouth1,870
384Riverside TownshipBurlington8,084
385South Toms River BoroughOcean3,691
386Brigantine CityAtlantic9,622
387Clifton CityPassaic83,926
388Prospect Park BoroughPassaic5,860
389Woodbine BoroughCape May2,306
390Hardyston TownshipSussex8,096
391Elmwood ParkBergen19,461
392Mount Ephraim BoroughCamden4,664
393Pilesgrove TownshipSalem4,040
394Gloucester TownshipCamden64,519
395Lawrence TownshipCumberland3,268
396Pennsville TownshipSalem13,369
397Buena BoroughAtlantic4,559
398BloomfieldEssex47,339
399Weehawken TownshipHudson12,764
400South River BoroughMiddlesex15,992
401Haledon BoroughPassaic8,375
402Monroe TownshipGloucester36,087
403Pine Beach BoroughOcean2,143
404Maple Shade TownshipBurlington19,198
405Little Egg Harbor TownshipOcean19,992
406Greenwich TownshipGloucester4,906
407Mullica TownshipAtlantic6,154
408Middle TownshipCape May18,734
409Tuckerton BoroughOcean3,378
410Lacey TownshipOcean27,648
411North Plainfield BoroughSomerset21,960
412Pennsauken TownshipCamden35,874
413Mannington TownshipSalem1,621
414Manchester TownshipOcean42,942
415Pittsgrove TownshipSalem9,358
416Brick TownshipOcean75,367
417Ewing TownshipMercer35,966
418East Newark BoroughHudson2,297
419Barnegat TownshipOcean20,892
420Gloucester CityCamden11,468
421Elizabeth CityUnion124,795
422Collingswood BoroughCamden13,923
423Estell Manor CityAtlantic1,698
424Hillside TownshipUnion21,413
425Fairfield TownshipCumberland6,426
426Weymouth TownshipAtlantic2,699
427Folsom BoroughAtlantic1,827
428Carteret BoroughMiddlesex23,135
429White TownshipWarren4,844
430Chesilhurst BoroughCamden1,705
431Bayonne CityHudson63,164
432Delanco TownshipBurlington4,389
433Buena Vista TownshipAtlantic7,580
434Vineland CityCumberland60,610
435Beverly CityBurlington2,584
436Union Beach BoroughMonmouth6,252
437Berlin TownshipCamden5,371
438Pine Hill BoroughCamden10,317
439Upper Deerfield TownshipCumberland7,697
440Atlantic CityAtlantic39,680
441Runnemede BoroughCamden8,466
442Berkeley TownshipOcean41,376
443LodiBergen24,176
444Perth Amboy CityMiddlesex50,981
445Lindenwold BoroughCamden17,663
446Palmyra BoroughBurlington7,411
447Linden CityUnion40,421
448Cliffside Park BoroughBergen23,618
449Brooklawn BoroughCamden1,811
450South Amboy CityMiddlesex8,630
451Bound Brook BoroughSomerset10,493
452Pleasantville CityAtlantic20,387
453Lower Alloways Creek TownshipSalem1,812
454KearnyHudson40,744
456Penns Grove BoroughSalem5,116
457TrentonMercer84,799
458Oldmans TownshipSalem2,028
459HobokenHudson49,898
460CamdenCamden77,606
461Carneys Point TownshipSalem8,035
462Long Beach TownshipOcean3,064
463Eagleswood TownshipOcean1,603
464Clementon BoroughCamden5,008
465Belleville TownshipEssex35,913
466Paulsboro BoroughGloucester6,104
467Roselle BoroughUnion21,103
468Deptford TownshipGloucester30,482
469Fairview BoroughBergen13,888
470Millville CityCumberland28,438
471Burlington CityBurlington9,904
472GarfieldBergen30,517
473Pemberton TownshipBurlington27,990
474Neptune City BoroughMonmouth4,869
475New BrunswickMiddlesex55,151
476Bridgeton CityCumberland25,252
477Salem CitySalem5,195
478North Bergen TownshipHudson60,772
479Lower TownshipCape May22,722
480Lakewood TownshipOcean91,423
481Quinton TownshipSalem2,673
482Cape MayCape May3,613
483Edgewater Park TownshipBurlington8,842
484PatersonPassaic145,655
485Absecon CityAtlantic8,369
486Willingboro TownshipBurlington31,806
487NewarkEssex276,478
488Seaside Heights BoroughOcean2,906
489PassaicPassaic69,685
490Manville BoroughSomerset10,358
491Union CityHudson66,646
492Commercial TownshipCumberland5,195
493Harrison TownHudson13,683
494Jersey CityHudson248,435
495Neptune TownshipMonmouth27,914
496Keyport BoroughMonmouth7,265
497East Orange CityEssex64,356
498West New YorkHudson49,816
499Belmar BoroughMonmouth5,796
500Guttenberg TownHudson11,166
501Keansburg BoroughMonmouth10,097
502Downe TownshipCumberland1,585
503Plainfield CityUnion49,701
504Irvington TownshipEssex54,205
505North Wildwood CityCape May4,049
506Wildwood CityCape May5,290
507Long Branch CityMonmouth30,759
508City of Orange TownshipEssex30,345
509Wildwood Crest BoroughCape May3,289
510Bradley Beach BoroughMonmouth4,335
511Asbury ParkMonmouth16,081

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

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