UNION, NJ – Union has been selected as the 43rd Best Places to Live in America, according to MONEY.com.

The ranking lists Union’s diversity among its essential traits.  “A majority-minority community, Union counts among its tongues Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and French Creole.  The cultural mix manifests in the town’s lineup of holiday activities.” 

Included in the description of Union’s local advantages are “an ultra-low crime risk, high graduation rates, and home prices that, despite Union's proximity to New York, are right around the national median.”

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“We work hard to make Union a great place to live,” said Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas.  “It takes a great amount of time and investment to keep this town thriving and we’re proud to be recognized by a publication like Money Magazine.”

To create the list, MONEY looked at places with populations of 50,000 or greater and collected more than 135,000 data points.  The researchers studied each town’s economic health, cost of living, diversity, public education, income, crime, ease of living, and amenities.

According to MONEY, reporters then “researched each spot, interviewing residents, checking out neighborhoods and searching for the kinds of intangible factors that aren’t revealed by statistics.”

The Best Places to Live List was limited to no more than two places per state and one per county.   The only other New Jersey place to make the Top 50 is Parsippany-Troy Hills at #26.  See complete story here.