These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In New Jersey

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in New Jersey. And here they are:

  1. Fair Haven
  2. Chatham
  3. North Caldwell
  4. Englewood Cliffs
  5. Woodcliff Lake
  6. River Edge
  7. Ramsey
  8. Upper Saddle River
  9. Glen Ridge
  10. Glen Rock

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In New Jersey

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Fair Haven

Fair Haven, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,093Median Income: $140,000
Poverty Level: 0.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

2. Chatham

Chatham, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,000Median Income: $144,179
Poverty Level: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

3. North Caldwell


Population 2014: 6,407 Median Income: $194,536
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

4. Englewood Cliffs

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346Median Income: $138,780
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

5. Woodcliff Lake

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,785Median Income: $137,724
Poverty Level: 1.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

6. River Edge

River Edge, New Jersey

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,483Median Income: $104,250
Poverty Level: 1.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

7. Ramsey

Ramsey, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,650Median Income: $122,165
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

8. Upper Saddle River

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,304Median Income: $188,750
Poverty Level: 1.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

9. Glen Ridge

Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,606Median Income: $169,006
Poverty Level: 4.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

10. Glen Rock

Glen Rock, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,784Median Income: $154,615
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Fair Haven and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In New Jersey

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Fair Haven $140,000 0.3% 6.0%
2 Chatham $144,179 2.5% 4.0%
3 North Caldwell $194,536 2.8% 5.0%
4 Englewood Cliffs $138,780 2.0% 5.5%
5 Woodcliff Lake $137,724 1.6% 5.8%
6 River Edge $104,250 1.0% 4.5%
7 Ramsey $122,165 2.3% 5.4%
8 Upper Saddle River $188,750 1.3% 6.9%
9 Glen Ridge $169,006 4.0% 5.3%
10 Glen Rock $154,615 2.3% 6.7%
11 Franklin Lakes $153,657 2.7% 6.5%
12 Rumson $151,667 4.2% 5.3%
13 Mendham $129,919 2.2% 6.6%
14 Oradell $144,222 0.9% 7.4%
15 Little Silver $136,344 5.1% 3.3%
16 Watchung $104,821 3.4% 2.0%
17 Haddonfield $125,000 4.3% 5.4%
18 Westfield $138,165 2.1% 7.2%
19 Roseland $108,421 2.5% 6.0%
20 Cresskill $100,342 3.1% 5.1%
21 Oakland $117,596 3.3% 6.2%
22 Bernardsville $103,903 3.5% 5.0%
23 Ridgewood $141,315 4.7% 6.2%
24 Norwood $97,962 2.7% 5.8%
25 New Providence $139,071 5.6% 5.5%
26 Ringwood $106,880 2.4% 6.8%
27 Metuchen $109,351 3.5% 6.2%
28 Fanwood $123,003 0.8% 8.2%
29 Dumont $91,811 2.3% 6.4%
30 Paramus $96,454 2.6% 6.4%
31 Florham Park $105,368 4.2% 5.7%
32 Summit $121,509 5.2% 6.2%
33 Tenafly $140,923 4.7% 6.9%
34 Midland Park $85,966 4.6% 2.8%
35 Mountainside $146,389 3.9% 7.6%
36 Manasquan $91,389 5.7% 4.6%
37 Linwood $88,542 2.3% 7.3%
38 Rockaway $74,080 2.4% 6.2%
39 Closter $119,725 1.7% 9.7%
40 Dunellen $76,214 4.2% 5.1%
41 Allendale $124,821 2.5% 9.3%
42 Madison $109,737 3.8% 7.4%
43 Waldwick $106,750 4.3% 7.0%
44 Old Tappan $116,151 3.4% 8.1%
45 Hillsdale $113,077 6.8% 6.0%
46 Kinnelon $125,000 2.3% 10.1%
47 Spotswood $76,110 2.7% 6.6%
48 Montvale $103,361 5.6% 6.5%
49 Westwood $85,588 5.5% 5.9%
50 Middlesex $81,424 1.8% 7.8%
51 Morris Plains $110,167 4.6% 7.8%
52 Hoboken $106,875 9.8% 4.1%
53 Princeton $116,875 6.1% 7.2%
54 Wood-Ridge $97,006 5.6% 6.7%
55 Edgewater $99,609 6.2% 6.4%
56 Lincoln Park $81,661 4.2% 6.8%
57 Fair Lawn $100,755 4.1% 8.1%
58 Park Ridge $106,327 2.9% 9.9%
59 Raritan $73,565 5.5% 6.3%
60 Haddon Heights $86,409 3.5% 8.5%
61 South Plainfield $90,880 5.4% 7.8%
62 Butler $90,424 6.4% 7.1%
63 Mount Arlington $83,549 1.0% 11.0%
64 Kenilworth $100,680 4.4% 9.3%
65 Somerville $72,527 5.2% 6.9%
66 Rutherford $82,385 6.0% 7.3%
67 North Haledon $93,641 3.4% 10.6%
68 Pompton Lakes $87,284 5.0% 8.8%
69 West Long Branch $82,067 6.3% 7.1%
70 Maywood $81,500 6.5% 7.1%
71 Beachwood $76,279 5.7% 7.2%
72 Hawthorne $81,885 4.4% 8.7%
73 New Milford $75,071 6.0% 7.1%
74 Sayreville $81,136 4.9% 8.5%
75 Morri $75,696 10.5% 5.1%
76 Woodland Park $79,732 5.0% 8.1%
77 Ridgefield Park $64,741 6.5% 6.1%
78 Boonton $88,107 5.1% 9.3%
79 Matawan $82,940 6.2% 7.7%
80 Bergenfield $80,365 7.3% 7.3%
81 Elmwood Park $67,500 7.1% 6.6%
82 Englewood $73,249 8.6% 6.7%
83 East Rutherford $70,934 11.3% 5.8%
84 South Amboy $73,710 5.3% 8.8%
85 Collingswood $59,705 6.6% 6.6%
86 Caldwell $73,299 3.4% 10.9%
87 Hasbrouck Heights $87,705 7.6% 8.8%
88 Leonia $78,882 10.3% 6.9%
89 Pitman $70,058 5.2% 8.8%
90 Point Pleasant $84,163 6.8% 8.8%
91 Little Ferry $63,810 7.7% 6.7%
92 Audubon $77,825 6.2% 8.8%
93 North Arlington $71,750 8.9% 7.2%
94 Oceanport $92,413 5.6% 12.4%
95 Secaucus $84,626 9.3% 8.1%
96 Emerson $108,295 9.9% 9.9%
97 Tinton Falls $73,278 5.6% 9.5%
98 Wanaque $85,373 4.6% 14.5%
99 Clifton $68,096 7.9% 7.6%
100 Ocean City $59,522 8.6% 6.6%

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