We keep hearing about all these companies moving out of New Jersey, saying other states offer companies more. According to a recent study, the Garden State offers something others can only dream of: Two counties among the 10 best in the country to live.
And four in the Top 20 and five in the Top 30.
The survey, produced by the Movato Real Estate blog, has some science behind it, ranking 640 counties in six categories, based on the 2010 census:
Based on these statistics, Somerset County was ranked the fifth best place to live in the country, just ahead of Morris (sixth). Bergen (17th), Monmouth (18th) and Burlington (30th) also ranked.
The survey had great things to say about Somerset County:
"There’s beauty, friendliness, and a ton to see and do," the blog said. "Of course, this place also had some serious stats saying that this is an ideal county for anyone to call home.
"With the fourth highest median household income and the fourth lowest poverty on our list, it’s easy to see why locals want to live here. That desire to live in the area shows pretty strong through the pricey median rent and housing costs."
Morris County also got high praise.
"This home to 492,694 had the sixth highest household income, a stunning $91,469, and the 16th lowest poverty, making it a good place live comfortably financially," the blog wrote. "Of course, if you’re looking to start a family or have children that need a solid education, you could do a lot worse. The high school graduation rate was over 93 percent, so prepare to gain a little in the smarts department if you decide to move here."
10. Rockingham (New Hampshire)
9. Frederick (Maryland)
8. Montgomery (Maryland)
7. Washington (Minnesota)
6. Morris (New Jersey)
5. Somerset (New Jersey)
4. Chester (Pennsylvania)
3. Fairfax (Virginia)
2. Douglas (Colorado)
1. Loudoun (Virginia)
ALSO ON NJBIZ's SUITABLE FOR WORK BLOG: