Real Estate

New Jersey Monthly Ranks Fanwood No. 87, Scotch Plains No. 127 on 2017 List of Top Towns

ff6807559d4a084df027_2017_Best_Places_NJ_Monthly_cover.jpg
9c632aab2beae08a9af6_Scotch_Plains_Farmers_Market_photo.jpg
Scotch Plains Farmers Market
dbbc01eac214a9006e88_Welcome_to_Fanwood.jpg
Fanwood ranked No. 87 in NJ Monthly's annual rankings of "Best Places to Live." Credits: John Mooney
1470a1c718204f4080a9_scotch_plains_welcomes_you.jpg
Scotch Plains is listed as No. 127 on NJ Monthly's 2017 "Best Places to Live" rankings. Credits: John Mooney
2d290c9a6dc3288a31ad_Collen_Mahr_and_Al_Smith.JPG
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Credits: John Mooney
80de184b023e7120ee51_Fanwood_Train_Station_-_Memorial_Day.jpg
Fanwood Train Station Credits: John Mooney
9d4ce8cb2f3fa59b21cf_Fanny_Wood_Day_-_JJ.jpg
Fanny Wood Day Credits: Jon Joshua
3c9b57cc37f8dc9c7284_Scotch_PLains_Municipal_Bldg_Concert.jpg
Summer concerts in Scotch Plains Credits: Sean Conklin
1f468e0390147a0985b0_Darby_Road.jpeg
Credits: Darby Road
a5231eda37c70bb3e729_DSC_0884.jpg
Martine Ave. in Downtown Fanwood Credits: John Mooney
228979d0663c87a2901c_Scotch_Plains-Fanwood_High_School.jpg
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is ranked No. 76 in the state, according to NJ Monthly magazine.
76ced6a68cf7017d92c0_Scotch_Plains_Fanwood_Memorial_Day_Parade.jpg
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Credits: Brian Horton
d8312567e308107c5dff_Stage_House_Tavern_in_Scotch_Plains.jpg
The historic Stage House (and The Tavern) in downtown Scotch Plains
ff6807559d4a084df027_2017_Best_Places_NJ_Monthly_cover.jpg

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — In its September “Best Places to Live” issue this week, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Fanwood No. 87 among its top 100 towns in New Jersey. Scotch Plains was listed at No. 127.

Ho-Ho-Kus -- with a population just over 4,100 -- was listed by the magazine as the top town in the Garden State, followed by 2) Chatham Township; 3) Glen Rock; 4 Rumson; 5) Bernards; 6) Berkeley Heights; 7) Montvale; 8) New Providence; 9) Denville; and 10) Chatham Borough. 

Berkeley Heights had the highest ranking in Union County at No. 6, followed by 8) New Providence;
12) Mountainside; 28) Summit; 34) Westfield; 40) Cranford; 73) Clark; 87) Fanwood; 127) Scotch Plains; 128) Garwood; 276) Union; 331) Roselle Park; 333) Kenilworth; 409) Elizabeth; 423) Rahway; 
436) Hillside; 440) Roselle; 443) Linden; and 457) Plainfield.  

Sign Up for E-News

New Jersey Monthly determines the top towns by compiling research in five categories, including home values, property taxes, crime rate, school performance and a lifestyle factor. 

Fanwood   Scotch Plains
NJ Monthly Rank: 87 NJ Monthly Rank: 127
County: Union County: Union
Population: 7,651 Population: 24,149
2015* Average property tax: $11,721  2015* Average property tax: $12,803 
2016* Average property tax change: 5.8% 2016* Average property tax change: 5.4%
since 2014 Effective property tax rate: 2.756 since 2014 Effective property tax rate: 2.591
2016 3-yr. ave. debt per capita: $148,650 2016 3-yr. ave. debt per capita: $166,091
Median home sales price: $440,000  Median home sales price: $456,000 
2016 Median price change: 7.7% 2016 Median price change: 5.8%
since 2014 Average days on market: 46 since 2014 Average days on market: 55
2016 Crime rate per 1,000 residents: 7.7 2016 Crime rate per 1,000 residents: 10.7
2014 ASK4 % proficient or advanced: 96 2014 ASK4 % proficient or advanced: 96
2016 ASK8 % proficient or advanced: 85 2016 ASK8 % proficient or advanced: 85
2016 NJ Monthly Top High Schools rank: 76 2016 NJ Monthly Top High Schools rank: 76

According to the methodology, 513 towns were ranked based on the following:

  • home prices;
  • average residential tax bill;
  • change in average property tax bill;
  • effective property tax rate; median home-sales price;
  • change in median home-sales price over the last two years;
  • total crime rate combined with a score for violent-crime rate;
  • student proficiency on state-mandated standardized tests for students in grades 4, 8 and 11; and
  • a lifestyle factor that considers access to essentials and amenities such as hospitals, theaters and restaurants.

“Residential real estate is booming in New Jersey,” New Jersey Monthly editor Ken Schlager said. “Our chart is a popular tool that helps potential homebuyers understand which towns are the most desirable.”

The 100 Top Towns chart is part of the “Best Places to Live” cover story in the September issue of New Jersey Monthly, available on newsstands on Aug. 29. A complete ranking of 513 New Jersey municipalities is now online at njmonthly.com/top-towns.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Three School Buses Involved in Crash at Clark's ALJ High School

June 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ — Three buses collided in the Arthur L. Johnson High School parking lot around noon on Thursday in a chain-reaction crash. 

Students were on board at the time, according to Police Chief Pedro Matos. One driver and two students had minor injuries, Matos said.   

According to a Honeywell alert issued by the Clark Public School District, ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. 

This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep ...

What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide

The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously. 

Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide. The most common mental illness is depression. Some people are ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

We Must Address The Unrealistic Affordable Housing Process Now

June 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all the residents who attended and watched last Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting on over-development and legislative solutions with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and I. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the meeting on SPTV or the Township’s Facebook page at ().

The meeting was a real eye-opener for many of our residents. It ...

Vine Ripe Markets Now Serving Italian Ices

June 21, 2018

Vine Ripe Markets is excited to serve Italian Ices this summer. 

In addition to already offering gelato in our bakery section, Vine Ripe Markets located at 430 North Ave E. Westfield, NJ now will be serving Uncle Louie G Ices. Stop in today and take advantage of our spacious outdoor area with our newly added tables, chairs and umbrellas. Pick from the following flavors and ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Terrill Road Baptist Chruch, Scotch Plains

LifeWay’s 2018 Vacation Bible School at Terrill ...

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_2e8d9f350d4d75f38fc3_beads

Mon, July 9, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Join the Summer Jewelry Making Club at the Scotch ...

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness Home & Garden