New Jersey Towns Graded

Did your town make the grade? Niche has come out with its 2018 rankings of the "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey, with a bit of a unique approach: the consumer rankings service has assigned a grade, on an A+ to D+ scale, to almost every town in the state.

Nearly 80 communities in New Jersey were given A+ grades, topped with towns such as Princeton, Bedminster, Westfield and East Brunswick. The list, featuring hundreds of towns, included sections of towns and city neighborhoods.

To grade the towns and communities throughout New Jersey, Niche.com took several factors into consideration, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, cost of living, employment statistics and access to amenities such as night life and outdoor activities.

Niche created a standardized score for each factor, and after weighting each factor, an overall score was calculated, which was again given a new standardized score. Click here to read more about the methodology.

Here are the New Jersey towns, and how they were graded:

A+

  • Allendale
  • Alpine
  • Bedminster Township
  • Berkeley Heights Township
  • Bernards Township
  • Bernardsville
  • Bradley Gardens (section of Bridgewater)
  • Branchburg Township
  • Bridgewater Township
  • Chatham
  • Chatham Township
  • Clinton Township
  • Closter
  • Cranbury
  • Cranbury Township
  • Dayton (section of South Brunswick)
  • Demarest
  • East Brunswick
  • Edgewater
  • Edison
  • Fair Lawn
  • Fanwood
  • Fort Lee
  • Glen Ridge
  • Glen Rock
  • Greentree (section of Cherry Hill)
  • Haddonfield
  • Hanover Township
  • Haworth
  • Heathcote (section of South Brunswick)
  • Highland Park
  • Hillsborough
  • Ho-Ho-Kus
  • Hoboken
  • Holmdel Township
  • Hopewell
  • Hopewell Township
  • Kendall Park (section of South Brunswick)
  • Lambertville
  • Lawrenceville
  • Leonia
  • Livingston
  • Long Hill Township
  • Madison
  • Maplewood
  • Mendham Township
  • Metuchen
  • Millburn Township
  • Monmouth Junction (section of South Brunswick)
  • Montclair Township
  • Montgomery Township
  • Moorestown
  • Morris Township
  • Mountain Lakes
  • New Providence
  • North Caldwell
  • Oradell
  • Parsippany-Troy Hills Township
  • Plainsboro
  • Princeton
  • Princeton Junction (section of West Windsor)
  • Princeton Meadows (section of Plainsboro)
  • Randolph Township
  • Ridgewood
  • River Edge
  • River Vale
  • Rocky Hill
  • Scotch Plains
  • Short Hills
  • Society Hill
  • South Brunswick Township
  • South Orange
  • Springdale (section of Cherry Hill)
  • Summit
  • Tenafly
  • Upper Montclair
  • Warren Township
  • Wayne
  • West Windsor Township
  • Westfield
  • Woodcliff Lake

A

  • Annandale
  • Ashland (section of Cherry Hill)
  • Avon-by-the-Sea
  • Bay Head
  • Beckett (section of Logan Township)
  • Bergenfield
  • Boonton Township
  • Brielle
  • Chester
  • Chester Township
  • Chesterfield Township
  • Clinton
  • Colts Neck Township
  • Cranford Township
  • Cresskill
  • Delaware Township
  • Denville Township
  • Dumont
  • Englewood Cliffs
  • Essex Fells
  • Fair Haven
  • Fairview
  • Far Hills
  • Finderne (section of Bridgewater)
  • Florham Park
  • Franklin Lakes
  • Franklin Park
  • Green Brook Township
  • Haddon Heights
  • Harding Township
  • Harrington Park
  • Iselin (section of Woodbridge)
  • Kinnelon
  • Little Silver
  • Mahwah
  • Manasquan
  • Martinsville
  • Medford Township
  • Mendham
  • Midland Park
  • Montvale
  • Montville
  • Morganville (section of Marlboro)
  • Morris Plains
  • Morristown
  • North Brunswick
  • Northvale
  • Oakland
  • Old Tappan
  • Paramus
  • Park Ridge
  • Peapack and Gladstone
  • Pennington
  • Ramblewood (section of Mount Laurel)
  • Ramsey
  • Raritan
  • Raritan Township
  • Readington Township
  • Robbinsville
  • Robertsville
  • Rumson
  • Saddle River
  • Sea Girt
  • Secaucus
  • Shrewsbury
  • Spring Lake
  • Springfield Township (Union County)
  • Teaneck
  • Ten Mile Run (unincorporated territory near South Brunswick)
  • Tewksbury Township
  • Union Township
  • Upper Saddle River
  • Verona
  • Washington Township (Bergen County)
  • Watchung
  • Weehawken
  • West Orange Township
  • Westwood
  • White Meadow Lake (section of Rockaway)
  • Wyckoff

A-

  • Alexandria Township
  • Atlantic Highlands
  • Avalon
  • Berlin
  • Bloomfield Township
  • Boonton
  • Bordentown
  • Bordentown Township
  • Budd Lake
  • Butler
  • Caldwell
  • Cape May
  • Cedar Grove Township
  • Clementon
  • Cliffside Park
  • Collingswood
  • Delran Township
  • East Amwell Township
  • East Hanover Township
  • Eastampton Township
  • Ellisburg
  • Evesham Township
  • Flemington
  • Fords
  • Franklin Township
  • Freehold Township
  • Garwood
  • Glen Gardner
  • Golden Triangle
  • Harvey Cedars
  • Hasbrouck Heights
  • High Bridge
  • Howell Township
  • Kenvil
  • Kingston Estates
  • Lebanon
  • Lincroft (section of Middletown)
  • Linwood
  • Loch Arbour
  • Madison Park
  • Mansfield Township
  • Marlton
  • Matawan
  • Maywood
  • Medford Lakes
  • Middlesex
  • Middletown Township
  • Milltown
  • Monmouth Beach
  • Mount Arlington
  • Mountainside
  • New Milford
  • Nutley Township
  • Ocean City
  • Old Bridge
  • Old Bridge Township
  • Palisades Park
  • Pleasant Plains
  • Point Pleasant Beach
  • Red Bank
  • Ridgefield Park
  • Riverdale
  • Rochelle Park Township
  • Rockaway
  • Rockaway Township
  • Roseland
  • Roselle Park
  • Saddle Brook Township
  • Shrewsbury Township
  • Somerville
  • Spring Lake Heights
  • Strathmore
  • Tinton Falls
  • Upper Freehold Township
  • Wanamassa
  • Wenonah
  • West Amwell Township
  • West Belmar
  • West Freehold
  • Westampton Township
  • Woodstown
  • Woolwich Township

B+

  • Audubon
  • Barrington
  • Beach Haven
  • Belle Mead
  • Belmar
  • Bogota
  • Brownville
  • Burlington Township
  • Carlstadt
  • Clark Township
  • Cliffwood Beach
  • Clifton
  • Colonia
  • Dunellen
  • Eatontown
  • Egg Harbor Township
  • Englewood
  • Ewing Township
  • Fieldsboro
  • Gibbsboro
  • Glassboro
  • Hackensack
  • Hainesport Township
  • Hamilton Square
  • Harlingen
  • Hawthorne
  • Hightstown
  • Jefferson Township
  • Jersey City
  • Kenilworth
  • Laurel Springs
  • Laurence Harbor
  • Lavallette
  • Lincoln Park
  • Long Beach Township
  • Long Valley
  • Lumberton Township
  • Margate City
  • Merchantville
  • Millstone Township
  • Mine Hill Township
  • Mount Holly Township
  • Mullica Hill
  • Navesink
  • North Arlington
  • Northfield
  • Oceanport
  • Pequannock Township
  • Pilesgrove Township
  • Point Pleasant Boro
  • Ramtown
  • Richwood
  • Ridgefield
  • Ringwood
  • Rockleigh
  • Sayreville
  • Sea Bright
  • Sewaren
  • South Harrison Township
  • South Plainfield
  • Springfield Township (Burlington)
  • Surf City
  • Totowa
  • Turnersville
  • Union Township
  • Upper Township
  • Voorhees
  • Washington Township (Gloucester)
  • West Caldwell Township
  • West Cape May
  • West Long Branch
  • Wharton
  • Wood-Ridge
  • Yorketown

B

  • Allamuchy Township
  • Andover Township
  • Barnegat Light
  • Belford
  • Belvidere
  • Berlin Township
  • Blairstown Township
  • Bloomingdale
  • Bradley Beach
  • Burlington
  • Byram Township
  • Clayton
  • Delanco Township
  • Deptford Township
  • Edgewater Park Township
  • Elk Township
  • Elmer
  • Elmwood Park
  • Englishtown
  • Fairfield Township
  • Farmingdale
  • Florence Township
  • Fredon Township
  • Freehold
  • Frelinghuysen Township
  • Galloway Township
  • Gloucester Township
  • Hackettstown
  • Hamburg
  • Hamilton Township (Mercer)
  • Hampton
  • Hampton Township
  • Harrison
  • Hazlet Township
  • Helmetta
  • Highlands
  • Holland Township
  • Independence Township
  • Island Heights
  • Jackson Township
  • Kingwood Township
  • Little Ferry
  • Lopatcong Township
  • Lyndhurst Township
  • Manahawkin
  • Mannington Township
  • Mansfield Township
  • Maple Shade Township
  • Maurice River Township
  • Mays Landing
  • Mercerville
  • Middle Township
  • Milford
  • Montague Township
  • Newfield
  • North Haledon
  • North Hanover Township
  • North Plainfield
  • Oakhurst
  • Oaklyn
  • Ocean Grove
  • Oldmans Township
  • Palmyra
  • Pemberton
  • Pennsauken Township
  • Phillipsburg
  • Pine Beach
  • Pitman
  • Pomona
  • Port Monmouth
  • Port Reading
  • Rahway
  • Runnemede
  • Sea Isle City
  • Shamong Township
  • Ship Bottom
  • Somers Point
  • South Amboy
  • South Bound Brook
  • Spotswood
  • Stafford Tow
  • Stanhope
  • Stillwater Township
  • Stratford
  • Swedesboro
  • Toms River
  • Vernon Township
  • Wanaque
  • Washington
  • West Deptford Township
  • Wildwood Crest
  • Winfield Township
  • Woodbury
  • Woodland Park
  • Yardville

B-

  • Absecon
  • Allamuchy
  • Alpha
  • Audubon Park
  • Bayonne
  • Beach Haven West (section of Stafford)
  • Beachwood
  • Belleville Township
  • Bloomsbury
  • Bound Brook
  • Brick Township
  • Brigantine
  • Cape May Court House
  • Carteret
  • Corbin City
  • Dover
  • East Newark
  • Erma
  • Estell Manor
  • Frankford Township
  • Franklin Township (Gloucester)
  • Franklin Township (Warren)
  • Gloucester City
  • Greenwich Township (Gloucester)
  • Guttenberg
  • Haledon
  • Hammonton
  • Hardwick Township
  • Hillside Township
  • Hopatcong
  • Hope Township
  • Hopewell Township (Cumberland)
  • Keansburg
  • Kearny
  • Keyport
  • Knowlton Township
  • Lacey Township
  • Lafayette Township
  • Leonardo (section of Middletown)
  • Liberty Township
  • Linden
  • Little Egg Harbor Township
  • Lodi
  • Long Branch
  • Longport
  • Lower Township
  • Magnolia
  • Manville
  • Monroe Township (Gloucester)
  • Moonachie
  • Mount Ephraim
  • Mullica Township
  • Neptune City
  • Neptune Township
  • Netcong
  • New Hanover Township
  • Newton
  • Ocean Acres
  • Ogdensburg
  • Oxford Township
  • Pittsgrove Township
  • Plumsted Township
  • Pohatcong Township
  • Port Republic
  • Riverside Township
  • Sandyston Township
  • Seaside Park
  • Smithville
  • Southampton Township
  • Strathmere
  • Tabernacle Township
  • Tuckerton
  • Union Beach
  • Upper Pittsgrove Township
  • Ventnor City
  • Vineland
  • Wallington
  • Wantage Township
  • Washington Township (Burlington)
  • West Milford Township
  • Westville
  • Whitesboro
  • Williamstown
  • Winslow Township
  • Woodbury Heights
  • Woodland Township
  • Wrightstown

C+

  • Alloway Township
  • Asbury Park
  • Bass River Township
  • Bellmawr
  • Berkeley Township
  • Blackwood (section of Gloucester Township)
  • Brooklawn
  • Browns Mills
  • Buena Vista Township
  • Chesilhurst
  • Deerfield Township
  • Dennis Township
  • Eagleswood Township
  • Egg Harbor City
  • Elsinboro Township
  • Fairfield Township
  • Fairview
  • Florence
  • Forked River (section of Lacey Township)
  • Franklin
  • Greenwich Township
  • Jamesburg
  • Lawrence Township (Cumberland)
  • Lower Alloways Creek Township
  • Manchester Township
  • New Brunswick
  • North Bergen Township
  • North Cape May
  • North Wildwood
  • Oak Valley
  • Ocean Gate
  • Ocean Township
  • Pemberton Heights
  • Pemberton Township
  • Pine Hill
  • Pine Lake Park
  • Prospect Park
  • Quinton Township
  • Rio Grande
  • South Hackensack Township
  • Stow Creek Township
  • Union City
  • Waterford Township
  • West New York
  • Weymouth Township
  • White Township
  • Woodlynne

C

  • Atlantic City
  • Buena
  • Carneys Point
  • Crestwood Village
  • Deal
  • Elizabeth
  • Elwood
  • Folsom
  • Garfield
  • Glendora
  • Harmony Township
  • Lakehurst
  • Lakewood
  • Lindenwold
  • Millville
  • National Park
  • New Egypt
  • Paulsboro
  • Pennsville
  • Perth Amboy
  • Plainfield
  • Pleasantville
  • Roselle
  • Seaside Heights
  • South Toms River
  • Stewartsville
  • Upper Deerfield Township
  • Vernon Valley
  • Villas
  • Waretown
  • West Wildwood
  • Wildwood
  • Willingboro Township
  • Woodbine

C-

  • Asbury
  • Barnegat
  • Blairstown
  • Bridgeton
  • Broadway
  • Burleigh
  • Camden
  • Centerville
  • Central Waterfront
  • City of Orange Township
  • Commercial Township
  • Downe Township
  • Fairmount
  • Great Meadows
  • Hancocks Bridge
  • Holiday Heights
  • Lanning Square
  • Laurel Lake
  • Leisure Knoll
  • Leisure Village
  • Leisure Village East
  • Leisure Village West
  • Leisuretowne
  • Lower Clinton Hill
  • Lower Vailsburg
  • Mountain Lake
  • Newark
  • North Broadway
  • Oxford
  • Passaic
  • Paterson
  • Penns Grove
  • Pine Ridge at Crestwood
  • Salem
  • Seabrook Farms
  • Springfield/Belmont
  • Sussex
  • Trenton
  • Weequahic
  • West Side

D+

  • Brookfield (section of White Township)
  • Harmony
  • Irvington Township
  • Port Norris (section of Commercial Township in Cumberland County)

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