These Are The 10 Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

We analyzed over 700 places in New Jersey to determine the ones that offer the most for your career.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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New Jersey‘s overall unemployment rate currently ranks, surprisingly, as one of the worst in the country at 6.1%.

But like all states, there are some places that are great for jobs and others that don’t quite measure up. That’s where Zippia comes in to help you identify which parts of the Garden State are job havens.

We looked at jobs and wage data for every place in New Jersey, ranked them all, threw them into an algorithm and had the best of the best come out the other side. The ten best places for jobs in the Garden State are:

When you look at the data, you quickly notice that the great thing about actually having a job in New Jersey is the crazy high household median income. After looking at places in states across the country, New Jersey just rocks the competition when it comes to getting paid.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In New Jersey

First we identified all 775 places in New Jersey.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 775, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In New Jersey”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  1. Unemployment rate
  2. Recent job growth
  3. Future job growth
  4. Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these places earned their executive suite status.

1. Ridgewood

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,999
Unemployment Rate: 3.50%
Median Household Income: $149,688

Ridgewood takes the number one overall spot for jobs in New Jersey.

It ranks as having the third lowest unemployment rate in the state and a median household income that ranks in the top 5% of places (People in New Jersey are friggin rich). Combine that with top 10% finishes for recent job growth and future job growth and it’s clear to see how Ridgewood earned its promoted status.

2. West Windsor Township

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,296
Unemployment Rate: 3.00%
Median Household Income: $150,694

West Windsor Township is the best Windsor when it comes to job opportunities as it ranks second best, overall, in New Jersey.

It tied Hoboken for the lowest unemployment rate in the Garden State and it ranks as having the second best prospects for future job growth. But West Windsor Township really shines when it comes to household median income: it, too, ranked in the top 5% of places.

3. Hoboken

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,898
Unemployment Rate: 3.00%
Median Household Income: $108,998

What’s better than being in New York City? Being in New Jersey with a view of New York City and a great job. Welcome to Hoboken, the third best place for jobs in New Jersey.

The city tied West Windsor Township for the best unemployment rate in the state and beat West Windsor Township for the highest expectations for future job growth. However, it couldn’t quite compete for the quality of pay. It only ranks in the top 20% of pay.

But, I don’t think anyone minds with those views.

4. Westfield

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,296
Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
Median Household Income: $130,913

Ugh, Westfield shows up in the fourth spot for the best places to get a job in New Jersey; and now my wife has another thing to brag about to me (She’s from Westfield, I’m from Mendham. Westfield always beats Mendham in these lists. Always.).

Westfield ranks as having the fifth best unemployment rate in the state and a median household income in the top 10% of places in New Jersey.

I guess I can at least take solace in the fact that Mendham beat Westfield on the income front.

5. Rockleigh

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 451
Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Median Household Income: $198,125

Rockleigh rocks out when it comes to jobs as it ranks as the fifth best overall.

This incredibly small town in Northeast New Jersey beat out its larger rivals on one statistic in particular — median household income. It’s incredible to me that $198K+ isn’t enough to take the top spot (It’s only the fourth best).

The highest median household income goes to Short Hills at $235,000+. That’s the median!!! 50% of people there make more. Wowzers.

6. Upper Saddle River

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,186
Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Median Household Income: $174,957

The sixth best place for jobs in New Jersey is Upper Saddle River, and it now has (even more?)bragging rights over Saddle River.

Starting with Rockleigh, there was a pretty big jump in the unemployment rate. 5.2% unemployment is still strong, it’s just not the otherworldly 3% of the first four places on the list.

But with a median household income that ranks as the sixth highest in New Jersey, I doub’t anyone notices the slightly higher unemployment rate.

7. Alpine

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,006
Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Median Household Income: $159,167

The seventh best place in New Jersey to get a job goes to Alpine.

This small town skied up the job slope by combining a top ten percent finish in recent job growth and prospects for future job growth with a top three percent finish in median household income.

It’s a recurring theme — you get paid well in New Jersey.

8. Ho-Ho-Kus

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,085
Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Median Household Income: $157,639

Santa comes year round in Ho-Ho-Kus as the town ranks as eighth best place to get a job in the Garden State.

It’s median household income couldn’t quite compete with Alpine, but Ho-Ho-Kus was able to fend off Franklin lakes to secure this position on the list.

9. Franklin Lakes

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,596
Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Median Household Income: $153,681

Franklin Lakes earned the ninth spot on our list of the best places in New Jersey to get a job.

The town is part of Bergen County: an area that has come to dominate this section of the list. Proximity to New York City helps keep ample high paying jobs available to residents.

10. Glen Rock

Best Places In New Jersey To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,631
Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Median Household Income: $152,804

And rounding out the top ten is another Bergen County gem in Glen Rock.

Ridgewood’s neighbor to the south, Glen Rock, boasts only slightly lower job opportunities with a slightly higher household median income.

Putting the end of meeting agenda

There you have it — the best place to get a job in New Jersey goes to Ridgewood where basically everyone has a job and they pay really well.

It was fun for me to get back to my roots and see where all the jobs are to be had in New Jersey. And, like I expected, the top honors go to the ‘burbs around New York City.

And it also proves that most people with sense would rather live in New Jersey than New York.

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