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The best places to retire in New Jersey. Yes, in New Jersey


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Movoto Real Estate released the 10 best places to retire in Jersey Wednesday.
Movoto Real Estate released the 10 best places to retire in Jersey Wednesday. - (Ridgewood / Facebook Page)

You don't have to move to Florida, South Carolina or anywhere else to retire. At least that's the opinion of the latest Movoto Real Estate statistical analysis.

The group released the 10 best places to retire in Jersey Wednesday.

And while we all have opinions of towns, it used the following statistical data to reach their conclusions.

First, towns had to have at least 10,000 residents – that left 110 spots in the running.

Then they were ranked on the following:

  • Cost of living
  • Crime rate
  • Amenities (libraries, physicians, arts & entertainment, restaurants, shopping, adult education)
  • Weather (average summer temperature and air quality score)

Towns were ranked from 1 to 110 in all categories, then totaled to produce the final rankings, which were as follows:

10. Ridgefield
9. Princeton
8. Hasbrouck Heights
7. Madison
6. Florham Park
5. Haddonfield
4. Glen Rock
3. Westwood
2. Tenafly
1. Ridgewood

To read the complete list, click here.


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karen johns said:
A puff piece to keep people in NJ and paying high taxes, do yourself a favor and move to SC or Florida, you'll be glad you did. Plus you get away from all the arrogant New Yorkers next door.

April 18, 2014 9:51 am

Sanford Josephson said:
This list obviously does not take into account economics. I agree that most of these communities are desirable, but they are very expensive, not practical for someone on a fixed income.

April 18, 2014 9:19 am

An anonymous reader said:
It's a shame that ink had to be wasted on this article.

April 17, 2014 4:10 pm

Elaine Clisham said:
This is a list of towns with nice amenities that appeal to residents of any age, not just those about to retire. We at New Jersey Future also think it's important to look at other, more critical criteria -- the number and proximity of amenities; the presence of a traditional downtown; the presence of a well-connected street network that facilitates walking; and the presence of transportation options other than cars -- when evaluating places to retire and age. We have recently completed a comprehensive analysis of the aging-friendliness of every municipality in New Jersey based on these four criteria. Here's how these 10 towns stack up against our criteria:

  • Scoring well on all four aging-friendly metrics: Hasbrouck Heights, Westwood, Princeton

  • Scoring well on three out of four: Ridgefield, Tenafly, Haddonfield

  • Scoring well on two out of four: Glen Rock, Ridgewood

  • Scoring well on only one out of four: Madison

  • Not scoring well on any of the four, but scoring in the middle of the pack on at least one (and at least not scoring poorly on all of them): Florham Park

April 17, 2014 1:35 pm

An anonymous reader said:
You gotta be kidding !

These 10 towns are among the HIGHEST in property taxes in New Jersey, and possibly, because NJ taxes are the highest in the nation - about 40 percent higher than the No.2 state - possibly the highest in the country!

But when you look at who is "peddling" information, you realize their motives. Movoto Real Estate is in the
business of selling houses, and the higher the prices (which normally means higher property values and taxes) the higher the commissions Movato makes.

Ask any senior citizen (and all homebuyers) what is the number one reason, people have moved out of NJ
to states with reasonable property tax rates? Duh....its high taxes!

Kem Balani

April 17, 2014 9:25 am

Mike said:
Are you crazy?? You could easily live on what the property taxes alone are on those towns. Most are in Bergen County, the most expensive part of the most expensive state in the US. True though, the weather is nice.

April 17, 2014 6:41 am

Mike said:
Are you crazy?? Half of those towns are in Bergen County, the most expensive part of the most expensive state in the US. You could live nicely in other places for what the property taxes alone are in those towns! They do have nice weather, though.....

April 17, 2014 6:38 am

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