Montgomery Twp.
Courtesy Montgomery Twp.

Based on mid-size NJ towns with a population between 15,001 and 34,599 that ranked high on our overall list. Our number one overall town tops this list as well, thanks to its 23K population. Montgomery is a a bucolic Somerset County township that offers a little bit of everything in its 32 square miles. Founded by a mix of Dutch and English settlers, it was incorporated in 1798 and sits nearly halfway between Philadelphia and New York.

No town could win top billing in New Jersey without stellar schools, and Montgomery is certainly no exception. The proverbial trophy case for the district includes past designations as a National Blue Ribbon School for both the high school and one of the town’s two middle schools. And there’s nary a list of top schools statewide that doesn’t include the township. Hang at the 4,000-acre Sourland Mountain Preserve or the 256-acre Skillman Park while you’re there. Or, hit local restaurants like Aja Asian Cuisine and Lounge, a primo spot for sushi, Sahara Restaurant, whose a Middle Eastern favorite of Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, and Tiger’s Tale, a local institution where beers and pub fare are the way to go.

Other Somerset County towns that made the cut include Bernards and Warren. See the rest of the mid-size list below.

Town County Population Overall Rank
Montgomery Somerset County 23,584 1
Bernards Somerset County 27,061 5
West Windsor Mercer County 28,491 6
Raritan Twp. Hunterdon County 22,106 8
Plainsboro Middlesex County 23,504 16
Hopewell Mercer County 18,265 23
Cranford Union County 24,439 25
Moorestown Burlington County 20,540 27
Warren Somerset County 16,029 31
Readington Hunterdon County 15,963 33

 

Best Towns for Families 2019

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

See What Our Readers Are Saying