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April 21,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ , the website NICHE issued report cards on places to live in New Jersey. The website says ,the 2017 Best Places to Live ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.

Ridgewood came in 7th with neighbors Glen Rock 11th  and Ho Ho Kus came in at number 20.

#7 Works Here: Ridgewood is a great town for young adults to raise their children. Ridgewood is a very tight knit community where everyone helps out and knows one another. The center of town has a good amount of shops and top rated restaurants in the county which attracts a very positive ribe throughout the town. Ridgewood residents are great supporters of the local businesses. Also, young children used the center of town as a safe haven to meet up with friends. They utilize the shops, restaurants, and movie theater; everything is within walking distance! Ridgewood has a fantastic school system that challenges students and allows for high college acceptance rates. The faulty is outstanding and does not leave anyone behind. Ridgewood’s school system also offers a wide variety of afterschool activities for the children, including camps at the town pool! Overall Ridgewood is an outstanding town and a wonderful community for families to grow.

# 11 Current Resident:GR is a great little town- close to NYC & culture, easy access to mountains & the beach. Pretty streets & houses, nice people, & a cute little downtown. You know everyone & they know you (the +/- of such a small town). A bit insane for sports & academics. Students feel pressured to succeed/excel, but there is lots of support to help you. Kids from GR go to a wide variety of excellent colleges, but not many to the Ivy’s.

#20 Niche User:As a long time NJ resident we looked closely at every town in Northern NJ and HHK had the best of everything we were looking for. The schools were great, lots of well educated families, a town you could walk to, great restaurants, the ability to get really involved in the town or not at all and reasonable taxes compared to the rest of Bergen County. After 6 years of living here my wife and I agree this is the best town to live in and raise a family.

1 Princeton Meadows
2 Plainsboro Center
3 Princeton
4 Princeton Junction
5 Short Hills
6 Heathcote
7 Ridgewood
8 Chatham
9 Upper Montclair
10 Tenafly
11 Glen Rock
12 Demarest
13 Bernards Township
14 Westfield
15 Bradley Gardens
16 Glen Ridge
17 Dayton
18 Morris Township
19 Chatham Township
20 Ho-Ho-Kus