BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The news is out, the township is ranked as the sixth best place to live in New Jersey according to New Jersey Monthly’s newly published list of the Garden State’s Top 100 Towns.

"This is a true testament to our citizens, as well as all those that work for the township," said Mayor Bob Woodruff. "We [as elected officials] maintain a standard together with those that work and step up to volunteer for the township." Woodruff added, "We will continue to work together to represent Berkeley Heights." 

The magazine won't be on the newsstands until Aug. 29, but the magazine released the top 20 towns on Monday, Aug. 21. Berkeley Heights is in good company, neighboring New Providence is ranked eighth and Mountainside, which sends its high school students to Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights is ranked 12.

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Chatham Township, which shares its border with both Berkeley Heights and New Providence, is ranked second. Chatham Borough is ranked tenth and Long Hill, which is adjacent to Berkeley Heights,  Chatham Township and Basking Ridge, is ranked 17. Basking Ridge earned the number five spot on the list.

"Residential real estate is booming in New Jersey," said New Jersey Monthly Editor Ken Schlager. "Our chart is a popular tool that helps potential homebuyers understand which towns are the most desirable."

The 100 Top Towns chart is part of the “Best Places to Live” cover story in the September issue of New Jersey Monthly, available on newsstands on August 29.

 A complete ranking of 513 New Jersey municipalities will be available starting August 28 at njmonthly.com/top-towns.

 New Jersey Monthly publishes the Hot 100 Towns chart every other year. Leflein Associates, an independent research firm in Ringwood, New Jersey, compiles the chart exclusively for New Jersey Monthly. The chart is based on factors a homebuyer would consider, including home prices, real estate taxes, school results, crime rates, and access to essentials and amenities such as hospitals, theaters and restaurants. Here is this year’s Top 20:

1 Ho-Ho-Kus (Bergen County)

2 Chatham Township (Morris)

3 Glen Rock (Bergen)

4 Rumson (Monmouth)

5 Bernards (Somerset)

6 Berkeley Heights (Union)

7 Montvale (Bergen)

8 New Providence (Union)

9 Denville (Morris)

10 Chatham Borough (Morris)

11 Oradell (Bergen)

12 Mountainside (Union)

13 Millburn (Essex)

14 Cranbury (Middlesex)

15 Chester Township (Morris)

16 River Edge (Bergen)

17 Long Hill (Morris)

18 Cresskill (Bergen)

19 Mountain Lakes (Morris)

20 Livingston (Essex)

Each month, more than half a million New Jersey residents read New Jersey Monthly, which is in its 41st year.