Some years ago Money Magazine named Manalapan as Best Town to Live in - or some such nonsense.

I forget what exactly the criteria was – but be that as it may, it was something of an honor to be thought of as having chosen the “Best Town” in which to reside.

That was then. Now comes word that Sayerville has been named best town for young families in the state, according to advocacy website.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But when I think of Sayerville, a couple of things come to mind: Bon Jovi, and the Hunka Bunka Ballroom.

Oh, and perhaps that seedy strip of “gentlemen’s clubs” on 35 – although that honor may belong to South River.

Makes me wonder, though, if you agree; or if there’s a town you’d find better for a young family.

There's no better place in New Jersey for young families than Sayreville, according to a new study.
The Borough topped a list just released by, a financial and lifestyle advice website.

The list used an extensive ranking system based on quality of public schools, housing affordability and growth and prosperity in the municipality among other factors to determine the best places in the state to raise a family.

"It is wonderful to see our home town recognized like this," said Council President Buchanan. "We have always known what a special place Sayreville is and as a Councilman I have worked hard to stabilize property taxes and reduce spending to make sure Sayreville remains an affordable, attractive place to raise a family."

Middlesex boasts the ninth-highest weekly wages in the entire United States and Sayreville itself is known as an industrial town, as it also boasts a developing tech sector and a growing residential population, according to the study.

Old Bridge ranked five on the list.

"All together, the county offers 21 county parks that amount to over 6,625 acres of recreational space," the study said. "Many working men and women commute to New York City during the day, and the county itself includes 100 business parks."

140 New Jersey cities and areas designated as places by the U.S. Census were included in this analysis. Only places with a population greater than 10,000 were considered.

1. Sayreville
2. Ridgewood
3. Fair Lawn
4. Westfield
5. Old Bridge
6. Bergenfield
7. Toms River
8. Summit
9. Somerset
10. Cliffside Park

Did the folks who did the survey leave anything out? Let me know below.