These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In New Jersey

We crunched the numbers to identify the places in New Jersey that get up early and stay late to bring home the bacon.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and work your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in New Jersey works hard, there’s a certain part of the Garden State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in New Jersey .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be North Caldwell which takes top honors for the hardest working place in New Jersey. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in New Jersey for a promotion:

  1. North Caldwell
  2. Dayton
  3. Chatham
  4. Glen Ridge
  5. Greentree
  6. Glen Rock
  7. Succasunna
  8. Hoboken
  9. Bernardsville
  10. Brookdale

So listen up Holiday City-Berkeley as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Garden State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of it’s kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 256 places in New Jersey, we ranked each place from 1 to 256 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In New Jersey”. And, at the end of the day, North Caldwell had it’s hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. North Caldwell


Population: 6,407 College Graduates: 68.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Dayton


Population: 7,690 College Graduates: 67.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.9
Workers Per Household: 1.8

3. Chatham

Chatham, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,000College Graduates: 74.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,606College Graduates: 75.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Greentree


Population: 11,529 College Graduates: 62.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

6. Glen Rock

Glen Rock, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,784College Graduates: 67.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.6
Workers Per Household: 1.7

7. Succasunna


Population: 9,047 College Graduates: 51.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.9
Workers Per Household: 1.8

8. Hoboken

Hoboken, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,979College Graduates: 74.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 43.8
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Bernardsville

Bernardsville, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,766College Graduates: 69.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Brookdale


Population: 9,706 College Graduates: 50.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In New Jersey

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
North Caldwell 1 6,407 68.1% 41.7 1.6
Dayton 2 7,690 67.3% 36.9 1.8
Chatham 3 9,000 74.1% 41.1 1.5
Glen Ridge 4 7,606 75.0% 41.3 1.6
Greentree 5 11,529 62.4% 39.7 1.6
Glen Rock 6 11,784 67.2% 39.6 1.7
Succasunna 7 9,047 51.4% 37.9 1.8
Hoboken 8 51,979 74.3% 43.8 1.5
Bernardsville 9 7,766 69.5% 41.4 1.5
Brookdale 10 9,706 50.6% 39.3 1.6
Bradley Gardens 11 13,902 61.2% 38.9 1.6
White Meadow Lake 12 8,734 54.4% 38.6 1.7
Princeton 13 28,940 80.9% 37.2 1.7
Upper Saddle River 14 8,304 72.2% 40.7 1.6
River Edge 15 11,483 55.5% 38.8 1.5
Florham Park 16 11,820 61.8% 36.2 1.6
Lincroft 17 6,436 57.9% 38.5 1.5
Hamilton Square 18 12,870 42.8% 37.0 1.7
Franklin Park 19 14,815 60.5% 40.2 1.5
Martinsville 20 11,914 61.6% 39.6 1.6
Upper Montclair 21 11,637 84.2% 40.6 1.4
Short Hills 22 12,729 88.7% 42.0 1.4
Ridgewood 23 25,270 74.9% 41.7 1.4
Oakland 24 12,914 49.6% 39.6 1.6
Yorketown 25 6,598 40.7% 37.9 1.8
Ramsey 26 14,650 60.1% 40.4 1.5
Ringwood 27 12,320 42.1% 38.4 1.8
Oradell 28 8,080 63.4% 40.5 1.6
Heathcote 29 5,668 74.1% 39.6 1.4
Westfield 30 30,647 66.4% 40.6 1.5
Springdale 31 14,402 68.1% 40.8 1.4
Finderne 32 6,205 37.4% 37.7 1.6
Hillsdale 33 10,381 52.9% 38.1 1.5
Waldwick 34 9,808 49.4% 38.8 1.6
Robertsville 35 11,055 55.6% 38.8 1.5
Morri 36 18,580 46.3% 40.2 1.5
Lake Mohawk 37 9,568 56.2% 39.2 1.5
Franklin Lakes 38 10,726 66.0% 40.1 1.5
Kendall Park 39 10,331 46.6% 38.1 1.7
Iselin 40 18,457 43.5% 39.9 1.6
New Providence 41 12,314 65.2% 40.2 1.4
Metuchen 42 13,707 60.8% 39.9 1.5
Norwood 43 5,769 50.0% 36.0 1.5
Somerset 44 24,375 50.4% 39.9 1.5
Ramtown 45 5,886 38.8% 37.9 2.0
Little Silver 46 5,920 63.6% 40.2 1.3
Fanwood 47 7,475 59.5% 40.5 1.6
Midland Park 48 7,229 53.5% 40.3 1.4
Haddonfield 49 11,521 73.1% 40.0 1.4
Woodcliff Lake 50 5,785 71.1% 39.8 1.4
Fair Haven 51 6,093 72.1% 38.0 1.4
Butler 52 7,636 33.8% 38.1 1.8
Summit 53 21,826 69.2% 41.2 1.4
Dunellen 54 7,317 24.5% 37.6 1.7
Paramus 55 26,612 48.3% 38.8 1.5
Budd Lake 56 8,234 43.1% 40.1 1.6
Rumson 57 7,045 69.0% 40.6 1.3
Tenafly 58 14,672 74.1% 41.7 1.4
Twin Rivers 59 7,402 37.9% 36.8 1.9
Morganville 60 5,052 49.3% 38.9 1.6
Dumont 61 17,706 39.8% 38.7 1.5
Princeton Meadows 62 13,631 70.4% 39.8 1.4
Watchung 63 5,855 60.8% 39.2 1.3
West Freehold 64 13,922 46.7% 39.6 1.5
Bergenfield 65 27,157 36.8% 37.9 1.7
Rutherford 66 18,297 49.9% 38.7 1.5
Madison 67 16,043 65.3% 38.3 1.5
Wood-Ridge 68 8,249 38.3% 38.4 1.6
Cherry Hill Mall 69 13,950 49.2% 38.9 1.6
Closter 70 8,519 59.8% 39.3 1.6
Fair Lawn 71 32,962 52.2% 38.7 1.6
South Plainfield 72 23,686 37.4% 38.3 1.7
Cresskill 73 8,669 57.0% 40.9 1.3
Hight 74 5,557 37.7% 40.8 1.6
Kinnelon 75 10,349 62.3% 40.0 1.6
West Long Branch 76 8,391 41.3% 33.7 1.6
Edgewater 77 11,969 72.2% 43.9 1.2
Englewood Cliffs 78 5,346 61.5% 43.7 1.2
Strathmore 79 6,975 49.6% 38.7 1.5
Old Bridge 80 23,572 34.9% 37.7 1.7
East Freehold 81 5,429 51.5% 37.8 1.7
Boonton 82 8,424 45.7% 39.0 1.6
Palisades Park 83 20,066 39.0% 40.0 1.5
Mountainside 84 6,765 59.4% 39.1 1.5
Ridgefield Park 85 12,875 35.8% 37.9 1.5
Moorestown-Lenola 86 14,436 54.9% 37.8 1.5
Raritan 87 7,318 34.7% 38.5 1.5
Mendham 88 5,008 66.5% 39.8 1.3
Leonia 89 9,051 59.7% 36.8 1.4
Englewood 90 27,435 46.9% 38.9 1.4
North Plainfield 91 22,056 25.5% 38.0 1.8
Manasquan 92 5,841 54.4% 39.3 1.2
Montvale 93 8,000 55.5% 39.6 1.4
Ashland 94 8,260 49.0% 38.3 1.5
Maywood 95 9,651 38.0% 38.6 1.5
Woodbridge 96 20,434 40.4% 39.0 1.5
Westwood 97 11,056 46.8% 38.4 1.4
Lincoln Park 98 10,515 35.9% 38.0 1.5
Emerson 99 7,538 45.0% 40.0 1.6
Morris Plains 100 5,635 53.3% 38.8 1.5
Little Ferry 101 10,773 30.8% 38.4 1.5
Marlton 102 10,397 36.3% 38.5 1.5
Somerville 103 12,175 36.0% 38.6 1.5
Roseland 104 5,835 57.1% 40.3 1.2
Colonia 105 17,530 33.5% 37.7 1.7
New Milford 106 16,524 41.0% 38.2 1.5
Pompton Lakes 107 11,162 32.7% 39.5 1.6
Ramblewood 108 5,999 47.1% 39.8 1.4
Middlesex 109 13,766 30.0% 38.7 1.6
Clifton 110 85,138 30.4% 38.1 1.6
Beachwood 111 11,127 22.2% 37.6 1.7
East Rutherford 112 9,298 42.2% 39.4 1.4
Highland Park 113 14,224 64.1% 38.8 1.4
Laurence Harbor 114 6,845 27.7% 39.8 1.5
Allendale 115 6,666 65.0% 41.6 1.4
Bound Brook 116 10,607 19.7% 38.0 1.8
Mil 117 6,974 44.2% 37.7 1.7
Old Tappan 118 5,835 55.2% 37.0 1.4
North Haledon 119 8,478 41.6% 39.3 1.6
Collingswood 120 13,929 42.3% 38.4 1.4
Fords 121 15,028 33.3% 38.5 1.6
Hawthorne 122 18,944 32.7% 39.4 1.6
Haddon Heights 123 7,425 51.6% 38.1 1.4
Avenel 124 17,952 26.3% 37.5 1.5
Linwood 125 7,071 45.0% 38.3 1.4
Matawan 126 8,759 36.4% 38.7 1.5
Carlstadt 127 6,189 31.4% 37.1 1.7
Sayreville 128 43,962 33.0% 38.8 1.5
Elmwood Park 129 19,921 26.1% 38.2 1.5
Haledon 130 8,397 28.1% 39.1 1.7
Bogota 131 8,277 27.2% 38.5 1.7
Kenilworth 132 8,045 26.6% 38.6 1.7
Green Knoll 133 5,954 54.7% 38.8 1.4
Rockaway 134 6,480 31.2% 39.2 1.4
Pomona 135 7,164 32.0% 37.6 1.7
Secaucus 136 17,614 40.6% 40.2 1.4
Ridgefield 137 11,191 37.5% 40.4 1.5
Dover 138 18,298 13.7% 38.2 2.1
Woodland Park 139 12,129 30.3% 38.8 1.5
Jersey City 140 255,861 42.5% 39.3 1.5
Lakewood 141 51,944 26.9% 32.6 1.6
Freehold 142 12,018 21.1% 38.1 1.6
Madison Park 143 6,616 30.2% 38.8 1.5
Yardville 144 6,825 24.5% 36.0 1.5
Fort Dix 145 7,948 14.8% 36.8 1.8
Northfield 146 8,616 32.7% 37.8 1.5
Hackett 147 9,633 25.7% 38.5 1.6
Point Pleasant 148 18,481 39.7% 38.0 1.4
Audubon 149 8,763 31.1% 38.4 1.5
Ocean City 150 11,520 46.8% 36.2 1.0
Totowa 151 10,872 33.9% 38.9 1.6
Park Ridge 152 8,763 53.3% 38.4 1.4
Oceanport 153 5,834 42.5% 38.7 1.5
Fort Lee 154 36,048 54.1% 39.7 1.1
New Brunswick 155 55,804 20.5% 36.1 1.9
Mercerville 156 13,048 28.3% 38.5 1.5
Spotswood 157 8,359 23.8% 38.8 1.4
Hackensack 158 43,903 32.5% 38.8 1.3
Hasbrouck Heights 159 11,989 38.6% 38.5 1.4
Wallington 160 11,487 24.9% 38.1 1.4
Bloomingdale 161 7,808 27.4% 38.8 1.6
Glassboro 162 18,798 30.4% 33.7 1.6
Ocean Acres 163 16,187 24.2% 36.7 1.5
East Franklin 164 7,647 17.2% 37.2 1.7
Harrison 165 14,436 30.8% 37.9 1.5
Perth Amboy 166 51,727 14.8% 37.6 1.4
Plainfield 167 50,423 18.2% 38.5 2.1
Wanaque 168 11,243 30.9% 39.7 1.6
North Arlington 169 15,587 31.9% 38.6 1.3
Hopatcong 170 14,921 30.5% 39.1 1.6
Keyport 171 7,213 28.2% 39.4 1.3
Eato 172 12,323 33.7% 38.5 1.4
White Horse 173 8,422 23.5% 38.4 1.3
Kearny 174 41,538 21.0% 37.9 1.7
Carteret 175 23,770 22.8% 38.0 1.7
Toms River 176 89,459 29.9% 38.2 1.4
Cliffside Park 177 24,532 41.1% 40.1 1.2
Bayonne 178 64,763 30.6% 38.3 1.3
Red Bank 179 12,250 35.9% 38.9 1.4
Hammonton 180 14,796 20.1% 38.9 1.5
South River 181 16,177 22.0% 37.9 1.7
Pine Lake Park 182 9,295 18.2% 38.1 1.5
Guttenberg 183 11,397 30.1% 38.6 1.5
Wharton 184 6,586 18.1% 38.5 1.6
Pitman 185 8,959 33.3% 38.0 1.4
Kingston Estates 186 6,161 44.2% 37.4 1.4
Caldwell 187 7,864 48.2% 39.1 1.3
Prospect Park 188 5,915 15.8% 36.6 2.0
Margate City 189 6,343 43.0% 38.6 1.0
Fairview 190 14,126 21.6% 38.1 1.5
Berlin 191 7,587 27.2% 38.4 1.5
West New York 192 51,511 24.3% 39.0 1.6
Union City 193 68,001 17.4% 38.0 1.6
Elizabeth 194 126,964 11.8% 38.7 1.7
Union Beach 195 6,040 16.5% 37.5 1.7
Linden 196 41,054 18.0% 38.0 1.6
Garfield 197 30,996 18.9% 38.1 1.5
Tinton Falls 198 17,933 41.4% 39.0 1.1
Belmar 199 5,760 43.7% 40.4 1.2
Absecon 200 8,400 28.8% 36.5 1.4
Roselle Park 201 13,465 28.2% 38.5 1.5
Washington 202 6,439 23.1% 38.6 1.4
Clayton 203 8,225 20.0% 39.8 1.3
Mount Arlington 204 5,140 38.5% 38.8 1.3
Jamesburg 205 5,963 20.7% 39.6 1.4
Brigantine 206 9,420 34.4% 38.0 1.2
Rahway 207 27,994 26.0% 38.6 1.5
Lodi 208 24,428 23.1% 38.1 1.4
Stratford 209 6,997 27.0% 36.8 1.5
Echelon 210 10,831 39.0% 38.9 1.2
Long Branch 211 30,590 28.3% 38.5 1.4
South Amboy 212 8,749 24.3% 39.2 1.3
Cape May Court House 213 5,664 30.1% 36.4 1.2
Manville 214 10,426 13.7% 38.2 1.5
Passaic 215 70,651 14.3% 37.6 1.5
Barrington 216 6,904 27.8% 38.4 1.4
Pine Hill 217 10,383 17.7% 38.7 1.4
Somers Point 218 10,783 23.0% 36.8 1.3
Pleasantville 219 20,436 10.5% 36.7 1.6
Williamstown 220 15,425 22.0% 37.6 1.4
Woodbury 221 10,098 26.6% 36.9 1.4
Palmyra 222 7,372 27.3% 38.6 1.4
Bridgeton 223 25,252 5.9% 36.2 1.6
Gloucester City 224 11,392 15.6% 38.5 1.4
Vineland 225 60,985 16.3% 38.1 1.4
Somerdale 226 5,246 18.1% 36.7 1.4
Pennsville 227 11,864 17.7% 37.3 1.3
Paterson 228 146,341 10.7% 37.4 1.5
Ventnor City 229 10,632 27.6% 37.3 1.3
Runnemede 230 8,435 18.3% 36.4 1.4
Burlington 231 9,865 18.5% 38.3 1.4
Forked River 232 5,199 26.6% 37.5 1.3
Newton 233 7,999 23.1% 36.2 1.2
Newark 234 278,750 13.3% 37.5 1.5
Browns Mills 235 10,973 11.9% 37.7 1.4
Bellmawr 236 11,538 14.5% 37.3 1.4
Smithville 237 6,950 27.6% 36.9 1.3
Lindenwold 238 17,512 16.2% 38.4 1.3
Keansburg 239 10,011 17.4% 38.4 1.3
Millville 240 28,603 15.9% 36.5 1.4
Roselle 241 21,348 18.3% 38.7 1.3
Asbury Park 242 15,933 20.6% 38.6 1.3
Trenton 243 84,459 10.7% 37.0 1.4
Mystic Island 244 7,792 17.0% 37.9 1.2
Phillipsburg 245 14,717 15.8% 37.8 1.3
East Orange 246 64,538 16.2% 36.7 1.4
Carneys Point 247 7,268 15.1% 39.0 1.3
Paulsboro 248 6,041 10.8% 36.9 1.4
Penns Grove 249 5,082 4.3% 38.5 1.3
Villas 250 9,199 11.5% 37.3 1.3
Atlantic City 251 39,521 15.6% 35.5 1.2
Wildwood 252 5,255 14.9% 37.0 1.0
Camden 253 77,294 8.2% 36.6 1.2
Crestwood Village 254 7,703 12.7% 33.8 0.2
Salem 255 5,045 10.9% 36.0 1.1
Holiday City-Berkeley 256 12,013 10.5% 35.3 0.3

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