Best Places to Live in New Jersey

The definitive ranking of 510 Garden State municipalities.

A scene in downtown Ridgewood, number 14 on our list of the state's Top Towns.
A scene in downtown Ridgewood, number 14 on our list of the state's Top Towns.
Photo by Ron Wyatt

It’s the list New Jerseyans wait for: New Jersey Monthly‘s bi-annual ranking of the best places to live in the Garden State! Our much-anticipated list is based on data that reflects factors such as taxes, home values, school performance, crime and commute time.

Additionally, we’ve compiled a list of our 16 favorite downtowns–municipalities with main streets that boast great dining scenes, cultural attractions, shopping and more. Our picks squared off in a bracket-style elimination competition, Downtown Showdown, presented by Kings Food Market.

For the complete list of Top Towns, please click below.



Click the links below to read more.

Florham Park is Number 1 on our Top Towns List

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Top Towns Methodology

Read about Our Favorite Downtowns

Asbury Park

Cape May




Jersey City






Red Bank





4 More Downtowns Not To Miss


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  1. BRSoccerMom

    How did Basking Ridge not make your list….top schools and great town….yet Maplewood makes it?

  2. Betsy Miller

    I just moved to Barnegat NJ to a Freedom Home and it is so nice! I am loving NJ, I am originally from the west coast and was a little nervous about moving so far East but it has been great.