MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — In its September “Best Places to Live” issue, arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes this week, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Mountainside No. 9 among its “Top 100 Towns in New Jersey.”

In compiling the list, researchers at Leflein Associates, an independent research firm, considered five categories to represent the quality of life in New Jersey’s municipalities: home values, property taxes, crime rate, school performance and a “lifestyle factor,” the magazine says in its September issue.

Due to a lack of statistically significant data, towns with populations under 1,500 were dropped from the survey, it said.

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"We are very rpoud that Mountainside was selected as No. 9 best place to live by New Jersey Monthly," said Mayor Paul Mirabelli. "The Council and I work very hard to maintain and improve the quality of life we all enjoy."

He said that the County Parks, Watchung Reservation and Lake Surprise all contribute to making the borough special.

He recognized the volunteers who make Mountainside such a great community. "Volunteers are the fabric of small town living and the back bone of our community. I am very proud of the gem we call Mountainside," said Mirabelli. "We have a great Volunteer Fire Department as well as a great Volunteer Rescue Squad. Through their leadership, both organizations have been able to recruit new members, especially young members, allowing both organizations to respond quickly and effectively when emergencies arise. They continue to spend countless hours in training, preparing, and maintaining equipment to keep Mountainside safe — and we owe them a great deal of gratitude for their service."  

NJ Monthly's complete ranking of 513 towns will be posted on beginning today, Aug. 27.

In 2017, the magazine ranked Mountainside No. 12. In 2015, it ranked the town No. 70.