I’ve been reading a lot about a new study that was released by niche.com. New Jerseyans are very proud of the fact that among the study’s list of the best places to live in the entire country, five of the towns are in NJ.

And not only have five NJ towns scored big in the ranking of the best places to live in the US but the cherry on top is that Princeton Junction takes the lead.

There’s no arguing that all five NJ towns that made the list are good solid contenders.
The factors taken into account are what you'd expect – affordability, the housing scene, neighborhood diversity, public school quality, crime rates, and walkability.

So, let's dive into the top performers:

14. Princeton Junction (A+)

34. Princeton (A+)

47. Ho-Ho-Kus (A+)

69. Ridgewood (A+)

74. River Edge (A+)

This list, now in its ninth consecutive edition, meticulously ranks 228 cities and a whopping 17,932 towns and neighborhoods.

Niche pulls in federal data from the Census Bureau, FBI, Labor Bureau, and CDC, blending it with the real talk from residents.

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Google Earth

But what makes Princeton Junction, a section of West Windsor, the crown jewel? Well, one Niche review says it all:

“Princeton Junction is 100% the best place to live in New Jersey. Home to a diverse people, everyone is welcome here. It's also one of the safest towns and family-friendly towns in New Jersey."

It really does have so much going for it. Not only are its residents very friendly, but Princeton Junction is safe, a great place to raise a family and has a lot of social and cultural diversity. Plus, it has some of the best schools in the state.

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Google Maps

Not to mention abundant outdoor spaces in and around town.

Princeton Junction pretty much ticks all the boxes

And let's not forget the commute benefits. With its train station and easy access to major highways, Princeton Junction lets commuters reach the Big Apple in just over an hour. Now, that's living the dream.

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