WESTFIELD, NJ — In its September “Best Places to Live” issue, arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes this week, New Jersey Monthly ranked Westfield number 62 among its top 100 towns in New Jersey. The magazine’s complete list of 510 ranked towns will become available on NJMonthly.com after Sept. 1.

In compiling its 2015 list, NJ Monthly said it used an independent research firm to examine factors including home prices, real estate taxes, student test scores, crime rates and lifestyle factors including commute time and presence of dining and cultural options.

Towns with a population of fewer than 1,500 were not included.

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Also in the September issue, NJ Monthly named Downtown Westfield among its favorite downtowns.

“About half the stores are national chains, but locally owned shops are an important presence,” the article said. “That adds up to mall-like variety with the charm and personality of a small town.”

The magazine advised readers not to miss the year-round slate of downtown events, including summer Jazz Nights and the annual Girls’ Night Out.