WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — In its September “Best Places to Live” issue, arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes this week, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked two towns in West Essex among the top 15 in its “Top 100 Towns in New Jersey.”

Fairfield was ranked No. 12 and Roseland came in at No. 14 in the state in NJ Monthly's 2019 rankings. Neither municipality cracked the top 100 when NJ Monthly previously ranked the state's towns in 2017.

Essex Fells was No. 33 and the Borough of Caldwell landed at No. 38.

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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.

According to the publication, its complete ranking of 513 towns will be posted on NJMonthly.com after Aug. 26, 2019.