CRANFORD, NJ – New Jersey Monthly ranked Cranford no. 40 in its September issue’s list of the top 100 towns in New Jersey, up from 2015 when it was ranked no. 51.

New Jersey Monthly analyzes New Jersey towns based on research that analyzes home values, property taxes, crime rate, school performance and lifestyle.

Towns with a population of less than 1,500 were not included, leaving 513 towns to be evaluated.

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“The research team ranked each of the remaining 513 towns based on the following indicators: change in average property tax bill (2014-2016); effective property tax rate (2016); median home-sales price (2016); change in median home-sales price (2014-2016); average days for homes on the market (2016); total crime rate (2014); violent-crime rate (2014); student proficiency on state-mandated standardized tests for students in grades 4 and 8 (2016); ranking in New Jersey Monthly’s Top Public High Schools chart (published September 2016); and a lifestyle factor that considers the number of acute-care hospitals and live performing-arts theaters within 10 miles of the municipality’s main zip code, number of full-service restaurants within two miles of the municipality’s main zip code, and average commute time for those working away from home,” the website reads.

Cranford was also ranked no. 54 on New Jersey Monthly’s top high schools list.

To read the report, click here.