One of New Jersey's Best Towns for Families Top Commuter Towns

Population: 8,978
Average Home Price: $806,347

Proximity to New York City is one of many reasons families choose to live in NJ. But when one or more parent works in the city, commute time often is a priority when considering where to settle. Yes, a big yard and a great public school are important, but a quick ride home to squeeze in more time with the kiddos or make an evening soccer game becomes the lens through which all other decisions are made. To find the suburbs on our commuter towns list, we looked at highly ranked towns that can get you into Midtown in less than 50 minutes during morning rush hour. We call that having your cake and eating it, too.

Lovely Chatham is #4 on our Best NYC Commuter Towns list and hoping on NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex line at the downtown station will put you into Penn Station in a breezy 49 minutes most mornings.

The town also hosts a robust Farmer’s Market from June to November and celebrates the annual Fishawack festival in the summer full of carnival fun (Fishawack is what the Lenape Native Americans called the Passaic River which passes through town).

The schools here are also best-in-class, earning a coveted “10” from the independent ranking site And when the last bell rings for the day, kids can enjoy the Castle Playground (at Shunpike Avenue), made even more magical since the jungle gym actually looks like a castle.

Chatham is a hop, skip and a jump from the Short Hills Mall, the Morris Museum and the Turtle Back Zoo, but it also offers many reasons to stay close to home, including highly-regarded restaurants like Scalini Fedili and Restaurant Serenade, both fantastic date-night destinations.

New Jersey's Best Towns For Families 

Top NYC Commuter Towns

Rank Town County Commute Time Mode of Transportation
1 Oradell Bergen 49 mins Train
2 River Edge Bergen 45 mins. Train
3 Closter Bergen 48 mins. Bus
4 Chatham Morris 49 mins. Train
5 Glen Rock Bergen 43 mins. Train
6 Cranford Union 47 mins. Train
7 Tenafly Bergen 49 mins. Train
8 Leonia Bergen 21 mins. Bus
9 Emerson Bergen 50 mins. Bus
10 Maywood Bergen 41 mins. Bus
11 Ridgewood Bergen 47 mins. Train
12 Midland Park Bergen 50 mins. Bus
13 Summit Union 42 mins. Train
14 Fair Lawn Bergen 40 mins. Bus
15 Dumont Bergen 48 mins. Bus
16 Bergenfield Bergen 46 mins. Bus
17 Rutherford Bergen 28 mins. Train
18 Fort Lee Hudson 39 mins. Bus
19 Glen Ridge Bergen 35 mins. Train
20 Washington Bergen 46 mins. Bus

*Municipalities with NJ Transit trains with rush hour travel times of under 50 minutes, and compared against our full ranked list of New Jersey's Best Towns for Families 2016.


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