Best Towns for Families

Courtesy of Raritan Township

When ranking the most family-friendly towns in NJ, we weighed factors like school quality, safety, affordability and diversity, among other things. Here are the 10 towns that topped our list in Hunterdon County in 2019:

  1. Raritan Township
  2. Clinton Twp.
  3. Union Township
  4. East Amwell
  5. Bethlehem
  6. Readington
  7. Alexandria
  8. Kingwood
  9. Tewksbury
  10. Delaware Township

About Raritan Township

Location is everything for this nearly 38-square-mile farming community in Hunterdon County. On a good day, the township is about 90 minutes from Manhattan, Philadelphia, the Poconos and the Jersey Shore. When the day trips are done, residents return to the farmland they call home.

Raritan’s natural bounty includes Blackwell, Lenape and Mine Brook Parks and Uplands Reserve, where the kids can venture down a 1.1-mile loop trail while keeping their eyes peeled for deer, turkey and other critters.

While Raritan doesn’t have a “Main Street,” it’s surrounded entirely by Flemington and all its sites. So, add Northlandz miniature and model train wonderland and Liberty Village Outlet Marketplace to the list of local destinations.

Residents also rave about Hunterdon Central Regional High School, which boasts top-tier academics and a STEM Community Consortium. This township can trace its name to the Raritan tribe, one of the multiple tribes of the Lenape Native Americans across New Jersey.

See the Full 2019 List of NJ’s Best Towns for Families