SHORT HILLS, NJ - The Niche annual rankings of the "Best Places to Live" and Short Hills made the top 25 in New Jersey. With an A+ rating for Schools and Good for Families, Short Hills received lower rankings for Night Life (B+), Housing (B) and Diversity (B-).
Diversity accounts for both ethnic and economic diversity, and with 75% of the population of 12,771 identifying as White and, 19% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 2% two or more races, Short Hills scored lower than many of the communities taking higher spots.
Short Hills residents scored well above the national averages for median income and education level. The median income in Short Hills is $250,001 that is almost five times the national average of $55,322. Residents with Masters degrees or higher account for 56% of the population and 35% hold a Bachelor's degree. The national education average is 12% for Masters and 19% for Bachelors.
Short Hills was ranked behind surrounding towns New Providence (9), Westfield (10), Chatham (15) and Summit (21). Princeton took top honors on the list. Niche ranked towns 1-400 and an additional 440 towns were not ranked.