North Jersey cities rank best

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New Jersey has a lot to offer: sweeping views of New York City; Vast agricultural lands and green spaces; Beautiful beaches; Economic and recreational activities are abundant.

So, it’s no wonder the Garden State’s highly desirable real estate market has been highlighted by travel magazine Travel + Leisure, which has compiled a list of the ten best places to live in New Jersey.

Of the top ten places highlighted, six of them are right here in North Jersey — here’s a look at the places highlighted:

No. 1: Jersey City

Jersey City is ranked as the best place to live in New Jersey, according to the list. The state’s second-largest city, the list cited the city’s abundance of bars and restaurants, as well as its highly-rated public arts programs, for its high ranking. Jersey City also offers many properties with good amenities, views of New York City, and easy access to public transportation.

No. 2: Hoboken

Similar to Jersey City, Hoboken offers residents a direct view of New York City across the Hudson River. But Hoboken is much smaller, and is nicknamed the “Mile Square City.”

Known for its 19th-century brownstones and classic homes, Hoboken has become a destination for those looking for a small town with direct access to the main city, according to Travel + Leisure. Across Hoboken you’ll find sidewalk cafes, bars, restaurants, retail spaces, health studios, and parks. You name it, Hoboken has it.

No. 4: Montclair

Montclair is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, making it the fourth best place to live in New Jersey, according to Travel + Leisure. The city offers a good mix of urban and suburban amenities, with easy access to public transportation into New York City and a large number of parks and outdoor spaces.

The city also offers a wide variety of home styles and layouts, from traditional Colonial homes to Tudor and Victorian style homes.

No. 5: Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kos

Ridgewood and neighboring Ho-Ho-Kus come together as the fifth best place to live in New Jersey. While the median home value in both cities is only about $1 million, the list cites their highly acclaimed public school systems, family-friendly amenities and safety as all contributing factors to their desirability.

No. 6: Melbourne-Short Hills

When you think of Melbourne’s Short Hills, you probably think of the luxury mall at Short Hills. While access to shopping is a positive for residents, the list cites the city’s top-rated public school system and extensive recreational activities as the area’s biggest draw for new residents.

Additionally, the city has an abundance of outdoor space and has two train stations for easy access to New York City.

Number 7: Wayne

Wayne is one of the more affordable cities on this list, with the median home value around $637,000. The city has become a highly desirable location for its school system and several lake communities.

Here’s the full list from Travel + Leisure:

  • No. 1: Jersey City
  • No. 2: Hoboken
  • No. 3: Princeton
  • No. 4: Montclair
  • no. 5: Ridgewood/ho-ho-kus
  • No. 6: Melbourne-Short Hills
  • Number 7: Wayne
  • No. 8: Avalon/Stone Harbor
  • No. 9: Middletown
  • No. 10: Fair Haven

Maddie McGee is the real estate reporter for and The Record, where she covers all the things worth celebrating living in North Jersey. Search for it Instagram @madiemcgay, on X @madiemcgayyAnd register for it North Jersey Living the news. Do you have a great tip, trend or home that we should know about? Email her at

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