Best Places to Live in New Jersey

The definitive ranking of 513 Garden State municipalities.

John and Lauren Rosato are happy residents of Ho-Ho-Kus, our Top Town.
John and Lauren Rosato are happy residents of Ho-Ho-Kus, our Top Town.
Photo by Erik Rank

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 16 hot towns–municipalities that boast some of New Jersey’s most desirable markets. Our picks squared off in a bracket-style elimination competition, Hot Town Showdown, presented by Kings Food Markets.

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


Click the links below to read more.

Ho-Ho-Kus Tops Our List of Best Places to Live

16 Hot Towns

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Top Towns Methodology



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  1. Gladys Perez

    Interesting, Montclair is not the list

  2. SNJ_Native

    Not a single South Jersey community until #104? Smells like a load of bullsh*t to me.

  3. Murray Robertson

    Great work on this article, which I recently used to successfully market a property in Denville, breaking the record for a sale in this area. Lifestyle is an important component to successfully selling property. See the presentation at

  4. Jared

    where can i see the lifestyle ranking by town?

    lifestyle factor that considers the number of
    acute-care hospitals and live performing-arts theaters within 10 miles of the municipality’s main zip code, number of full-service restaurants
    within two miles of the municipality’s main zip code, and average commute time for those working away from home.

  5. Agent Schoen

    Schoen Homes deals in Hamilton, Mercer, Burlington, Monmouth county, Robbinsville and Ocean County must visit for us. Thank You.