CRANFORD, NJ - In its September “Best Places to Live” issue, arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes this week, New Jersey Monthly ranked Cranford number 51 among its top 100 towns in New Jersey. The magazine’s complete list of 510 ranked towns will become available on NJMonthly.com after Sept. 1.

In compiling its 2015 list, NJ Monthly said it used an independent research firm to examine factors including home prices, real estate taxes, student test scores, crime rates and lifestyle factors including commute time and presence of dining and cultural options.

Towns with a population of fewer than 1,500 were not included.

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Other towns in Union County were also ranked: Summit No.23, Westfield No. 62, New Providence No. 69, Mountainside No. 70, Clark No. 73 and Berkeley Heights No. 77.

Leflein Associates, an independent research firm based in Ringwood, compiled the 2015 list of 'Top Towns' for New Jersey Monthly.