What do Short Hills, Westfield, Summit, and Chatham Township all have in common? Great schools. Great homes. Awesome people. Oh, and they all made Niche.com's 2022 Top 20 Best Places to Live in New Jersey List. How did Niche.com determine their rankings and what made these Westfield area cities so special? I'm glad you asked.
Westfield Area Cities Named Among Top 20 Best Places to Live in NJ
How Niche.com Determined Rankings
Niche.com gathers data from various sources, such as the US Census, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Tax Foundation, the FBI Uniform Crime Report, local surveys, and more. Then, they sort this information into 15 separate categories. Cost of living and higher education rate receive the most weight (12.5% each) while the shortest commute makes up 2% of each city's overall grade.
Short Hills (#12) came in tops among the four cities in the Westfield area on this list. It also landed on top of the Best Places to Live in Essex County list. Westfield itself followed closely behind at #13. Niche.com ranked it #1 of the Best Places to Live in Union County. Summit hit the #18 spot in the entire state but #2 in Union County. Chatham Township closed out the state's rankings at #20 and landed in the #2 spot for Morris County, following right behind Mountain Lakes. All four cities received an overall "A+" rating from Niche.com's panel. Short HIlls also filled the top spot for Best Public Schools in New Jersey. Westfield's public schools, nightlife, jobs, recreation, and family-friendly atmosphere received "A" grades all around.
Westfield is no stranger to Niche.com's "Best" lists. They have consistently ranked in the top 20 "Best of New Jersey" lists for several years, including the Best Suburbs to Live in New Jersey in 2020 and the Best Places to Live in New Jersey in 2019. In fact, this year's placement of #13 on the state's overall list is an improvement on the #15 spot they ranked in 2021.
Our Westfield area market is seeing a lot of buyer interest right now. So, if you wish to put your home on the market anytime soon, please contact me right away.
Originally posted on my Westfield area real estate blog here: https://www.luxuryhomesnj.com/westfield-news/westfield-area-cities-best-places-to-live-in-nj/.