Best counties to live in New Jersey

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June 17, 2021
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Best counties to live in New Jersey

What makes a particular county the best? Oftentimes, it's a good mix of opportunities for fun outdoor activities and cultural attractions. Throw in some historical sites, good schools, job opportunities, and affordable housing, and the county will most likely have happy residents.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to live in New Jersey using rankings from Niche. Niche ranks counties by a variety of factors including: public schools, educational attainment, cost of living, and housing.

Many counties on the list are experiencing growth due to their job opportunities, education, or home values. Others are adored for their historic or well-designed value, or devotion to cultural opportunities. Keep reading to see if your county made the list.

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#15. Atlantic County

- Population: 266,105
- Median home value: $217,900 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,120 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $62,110
- Top public schools: Mainland Regional High School (A), Eugene A. Tighe Middle School (A), Egg Harbor Township High School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Augustine Preparatory School (A), Holy Spirit High School (A), Atlantic Christian School (A)
- Top places to live: Linwood (A), Egg Harbor Township (B+), Northfield (B+)
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#14. Cape May County

- Population: 93,086
- Median home value: $300,500 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,169 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $67,074
- Top public schools: Avalon Elementary School (A), Ocean City High School (A), West Cape May Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Cape Christian Academy (B), Cape Trinity Catholic School (unavailable), Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Ocean City (A), Cape May (A), Avalon (A)
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#13. Sussex County

- Population: 141,483
- Median home value: $267,500 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,314 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $94,520
- Top public schools: Sparta Alpine School (A), Helen Morgan School (A), Green Hills School (A)
- Top private schools: Pope John XXIII Regional High School (A), Veritas Christian Academy (B), Reverand George A. Brown School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Lake Mohawk (A), Stanhope (B+), Fredon Township (B)
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#12. Gloucester County

- Population: 291,165
- Median home value: $219,700 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,225 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $87,283
- Top public schools: Logan Township Elementary School (A), Gloucester County Institute of Technology (A), Wenonah Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Mercy Academy (A), Gloucester County Christian School (B), St. Margaret Regional School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Beckett (A), Turnersville (A), Wenonah (A)
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#11. Camden County

- Population: 506,738
- Median home value: $197,800 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,079 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $70,451
- Top public schools: Haddonfield Memorial High School (A+), Cherry Hill High School East (A), Central Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (A), Gloucester Catholic Junior Senior High School (A), Camden Catholic High School (A)
- Top places to live: Springdale (A+), Greentree (A+), Haddonfield (A+)
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#10. Hudson County

- Population: 670,046
- Median home value: $378,000 (32% own)
- Median rent: $1,391 (68% rent)
- Median household income: $71,189
- Top public schools: Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School (A+), High Tech High School (A+), Soaring Heights (A)
- Top private schools: The Hudson School (A+), Saint Peter's Prep (A+), St. Dominic Academy (A)
- Top places to live: Hoboken (A+), Waterfront (A+), Secaucus (A+)
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#9. Union County

- Population: 554,033
- Median home value: $367,200 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,290 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $80,198
- Top public schools: Union County Magnet High School (A+), Academy for Information Technology (A+), Academy for Allied Health Science (A+)
- Top private schools: Kent Place School (A+), Oratory Preparatory School (A+), Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child - Upper School (A+)
- Top places to live: New Providence (A+), Summit (A+), Westfield (A+)
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#8. Burlington County

- Population: 445,702
- Median home value: $251,200 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,346 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $87,416
- Top public schools: Moorestown High School (A+), South Valley Elementary School (A), William Allen Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Moorestown Friends School (A+), Doane Academy (A+), Life Center Academy (A)
- Top places to live: Moorestown Township (A+), Ramblewood (A), Medford Township (A)
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#7. Monmouth County

- Population: 621,659
- Median home value: $421,900 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,399 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $99,733
- Top public schools: High Technology High School (A+), Biotechnology High School (A+), Marine Academy of Science & Technology (A+)
- Top private schools: Ranney School (A+), Christian Brothers Academy (A+), Trinity Hall (A)
- Top places to live: Little Silver (A+), Fair Haven (A+), Holmdel Township (A)
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#6. Hunterdon County

- Population: 124,823
- Median home value: $415,100 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,446 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $115,379
- Top public schools: Hunterdon Central Regional High School District (A), East Amwell Township (A), North Hunterdon High School (A)
- Top private schools: Immaculate Conception School (A), Crossroads Christian Academy (unavailable), Foundations Preschool (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Raritan Township (A), Clinton (A), Readington Township (A)
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#5. Middlesex County

- Population: 825,920
- Median home value: $344,100 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,469 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $89,533
- Top public schools: Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, & Engineering Technologies (A+), South Brunswick High School (A+), J.P. Stevens High School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Wardlaw + Hartridge School (A+), The Wilberforce School (A+), Noor-Ul-Iman School (A+)
- Top places to live: Princeton Meadows (A+), Monmouth Junction (A+), Plainsboro Center (A+)
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#4. Mercer County

- Population: 367,922
- Median home value: $291,100 (63% own)
- Median rent: $1,266 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $81,057
- Top public schools: Princeton High School (A+), West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (A+), West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North (A+)
- Top private schools: The Lawrenceville School (A+), Peddie School (A+), Princeton International School of Math and Science (A+)
- Top places to live: Princeton Junction (A+), Princeton (A+), Robbinsville (A+)
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#3. Bergen County

- Population: 930,390
- Median home value: $469,500 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,506 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $101,144
- Top public schools: Bergen County Academies (A+), Bergen County Technical High School - Teterboro (A+), Tenafly High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Dwight-Englewood School (A+), Bergen Catholic High School (A+), Academy of the Holy Angels (A+)
- Top places to live: Ridgewood (A+), Ho-Ho-Kus (A+), Glen Rock (A+)
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#2. Morris County

- Population: 493,379
- Median home value: $456,200 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,534 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $115,527
- Top public schools: The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering (A+), West Morris Mendham High School (A+), Morris County School of Technology (A+)
- Top private schools: Delbarton School (A+), Morristown-Beard School (A+), Villa Walsh Academy (A+)
- Top places to live: Mountain Lakes (A+), Chatham Township (A+), Chatham (A+)
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#1. Somerset County

- Population: 329,838
- Median home value: $430,700 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,594 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $113,611
- Top public schools: Montgomery High School (A+), Ridge High School (A+), Bridgewater-Raritan High School (A+)
- Top private schools: The Pingry School (A+), Rutgers Preparatory School (A+), Gill St. Bernard's School (A+)
- Top places to live: Bradley Gardens (A+), Bernards Township (A+), Bernardsville (A+)

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