Posted Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Five Morris County towns were listed in the top 10 in the state as the best places to live in New Jersey, according to New Jersey Monthly magazine’s annual “Top 100 Towns’’ ranking, which was unveiled today. Florham Park was ranked number one in the state.
Morris County also placed eight towns in the top 20, and 19 of the top 100, as ranked by New Jersey Monthly.
In addition to Florham Park’s top designation, other high-ranking Morris County municipalities included Harding, ranked second; Pequannock, 4; Madison, 8; Mendham Township, 9; Long Hill, 11; Hanover, 13; and Chatham Borough, 18.
“This is quite an honor for our county but it comes as no surprise to us,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
“We have a great mix of business and jobs, good local schools and colleges, plenty of great parks and natural spaces, easy access to major highways, and mass transit that takes you right to downtown
New York, all of which makes the quality of life in Morris County hard to beat.’’
“It is really nice to see so many of our municipalities getting recognition they have earned through good planning, excellent local school systems, top quality police and fire departments, and a strong effort to keep taxes down,’’ added Deputy Freeholder Director John Cesaro.
NJ Monthly said it used an independent research firm to examine factors such as home prices, real estate taxes, student test scores, crime rates and lifestyle factors including commute time and dining and cultural options.
It did not include towns with populations of fewer than 1,500 people.
Here are the Top 10 Towns for 2015:
1. Florham Park (Morris County)
2. Harding Township (Morris)
3. Lavallette (Ocean)
4. Pequannock (Morris)
5. Avon-by-the-Sea (Monmouth)
6. Wyckoff (Bergen)
7. Roseland (Essex)
8. Madison (Morris)
9. Mendham Township (Morris)
10. Saddle River (Bergen)