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Union County Municipalities Among “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey


Nine Union County municipalities received an A or A- grade in the 2017 “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey by Niche, a website that produces comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Places to Live.

Rounding out the top areas to live in Union County are: Westfield (A grade, ranked #14 in NJ), Summit (A grade, ranked #27 in NJ), New Providence (A grade, ranked #32 in NJ), Fanwood (A grade, ranked #46 in NJ), Berkeley Heights (A- grade, ranked #59 in NJ), Scotch Plains (A- grade, ranked #79 in NJ), Cranford (A grade, ranked #92 in NJ), Springfield Township (A- grade), and Mountainside (A-).

“On average, all Union County municipalities raked well in the “Places to Live” in New Jersey ratings, illustrating the commitment of the Freeholder Board to maintain a stable quality of life for our residents,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

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The remaining Union County municipalities received an average rating of B (click here for complete list).

To compile the rankings, Niche considered several factors and statistics from multiple federal and local government sources such as the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources to help people better understand an area.

This year, Niche also used community reviews from residents into the rankings. The entire methodology rundown can be found here.

The results are also broken down into several categories, including best places for families, millennials and retirees as well as the top spots for safety, diversity and to buy a house.

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The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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