NJ Family Announces 2017 Best Towns for Families – CLINTON RINGS IN AS NUMBER ONE


SUMMIT, NJ, March 23, 2017 – Today, New Jersey Family, the essential source for New Jersey parents, announced New Jersey’s Best Towns for Families 2017. Now in its third year, the list ranks New Jersey towns through the lens of how family friendly they are.


Clinton, located in Hunterdon County, tops this year’s list of more than 500 towns. “This year, we reworked our algorithm to take a deeper dive into high school performance while also weighing things like safety, how affordable a town is, average commute time and more criteria that matters to families,” says Cindy Mironovich, New Jersey Family’s publisher and founder.

“I grew up in Clinton, graduated from Clinton Public and North Hunterdon High School, and when it was time to raise my family I knew it was time to come back,” says Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach.  “It is such an amazing community. Clinton is what I always imagined Mayberry was like—neighbors look out for one another, kids riding their bikes downtown and getting ice cream or going into the candy store. I love Clinton because it reminds me of my childhood and offers my children the same experience.”


The April issue of New Jersey Family features the rankings of 511 New Jersey municipalities*, and includes profiles of the top towns in 11 counties. Go tonjfamily.com/besttowns to see profiles of the top towns in all 21 counties in the state.

New Jersey’s top 20 towns for families are:

1. Clinton      
2. Montgomery
3. Glen Rock
4. West Caldwell
5. Bethlehem
6. Haddonfield
7. Plainsboro
8. Oradell
9. Cranford
10. Midland Park


11. Oakland
12. Bernards Township
13. Mountain Lakes
14. Wyckoff
15. Chatham Borough
16. Tenafly
17. Mountainside
18. Cresskill
19. West Windsor
20. Haworth

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The best towns for families by county are…
Atlantic County – Linwood City
Bergen County – Glen Rock
Burlington County – Moorestown
Camden County – Haddonfield
Cape May County – Upper Township
Cumberland County – Hopewell
Essex County – West Caldwell
Gloucester County –Woolwich
Hudson County – Secaucus
Hunterdon County (and Best in NJ) – Clinton
Mercer County – West Windsor
Middlesex County – Plainsboro
Monmouth County – Fair Haven
Morris County – Mountain Lakes
Ocean County – Point Pleasant
Passaic County – Wayne
Salem County – Alloway
Somerset County – Montgomery
Sussex County – Sparta
Union County ­– Cranford
Warren County – Hardwick


Find the full rankings here: njfamily.com/besttowns

For 27 years, New Jersey Family has been the #1 trusted authority on what to do, where to go and where to raise a family for more than half a million parents in New Jersey. We know what families in the Garden State need to live happier, healthier, more involved lives – and we deliver it. Find us at njfamily.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/newjerseyfamily.

*New Jersey Family did not rank NJ towns with fewer than 1,500 residents due to insufficient public data. Research methodology can be found at njfamily.com/methodology.