SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Niche.com, a real estate website that produces rankings of neighborhoods and school systems, has released its list of 2017 “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey. Fanwood (A grade, ranked #46 in NJ), while Scotch Plains (A- grade, ranked #79 in NJ).

Fanwood (No. 46)
Median Household Income: $111,905
Education Levels: Master's degree or higher: 22%
Bachelor's degree: 38%
Some college or associate's degree: 19%

Crime & Safety: B
Public Schools: A+
Crime & Safety: A-
Housing: B
Nightlife: B
Good for Families: A+
Diversity: A-

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Scotch Plains, NJ (No. 79)

Median Household Income: $110,908
Education Levels: Master's degree or higher: 25%
Bachelor's degree: 31%
Some college or associate's degree: 22%

Housing: B-
Nightlife: A-
Good for Families: A+
Diversity: A-

Public Schools: A+
Crime & Safety: B (Based on violent and property crime rates.)
Housing: B-
Nightlife: A-
Good for Families: A+
Diversity: A-

Schools

Howard B. Brunner Elementary: A+
J. Ackerman Coles Elementary: A+
Park Middle School: A+
School One Elementary: A+
Terrill Middle School: A+
William J. McGinn Elementary: A+
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School: A
 
Other top areas to live in Union County were: Westfield (A grade, ranked #14 in NJ), Summit (A grade, ranked #27 in NJ), New Providence (A grade, ranked #32 in NJ), Berkeley Heights (A- grade, ranked #59 in NJ), Cranford (A grade, ranked #92 in NJ), Springfield Township (A- grade), and Mountainside (A-). 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, 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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