The 10 Best Newark Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 213 places around Newark to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Newark suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Newark are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Newark for 2022:

  1. East Hills
  2. East Williston
  3. Scarsdale
  4. Malverne
  5. Essex Fells
  6. Glen Ridge
  7. Fair Haven
  8. Ho-Ho-Kus
  9. North Hills
  10. Little Silver

What's the best suburb of Newark? East Hills ranks as the best suburb of Newark for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of East Hills, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Newark 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about New Jersey:

The 10 Best Newark Suburbs To Live For 2022

East Hills is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Newark area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome East Hills."

Everyone here is rich; families average $250,001 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Newark region. And only 1.34% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,139,300 each.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,189
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on East Hills: Real Estate | Data

East Hills, NY

East Williston is the second best 'burb we looked at near Newark for 2022.

It ranks 22nd for incomes in the area and only 0.94% of residents lack insurance, good for 22nd best.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,552
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Income: $183,500
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on East Williston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Williston, NY

Source: Public domain

Here in Scarsdale, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Newark metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Scarsdale.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,890
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Scarsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scarsdale, NY

Malverne ranks as the 4th best suburb of Newark for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Malverne and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,516
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 25)
Median Income: $133,428
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Malverne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Malverne, NY

Coming in as the fifth best is Essex Fells.

Essex Fells gets kudos for having the 25th most expensive homes in the Newark area, where houses sell for an average of $862,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,037
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 11)
Median Income: $215,104
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Essex Fells: Real Estate | Data

Glen Ridge is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.68% which is 20th best in the area.

According to online reports, Glen Ridge is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Newark area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,583
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 14)
Median Income: $211,091
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Glen Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glen Ridge, NJ

Source: Public domain

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Fair Haven.

Fair Haven schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 26.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,833
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $184,201
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Fair Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fair Haven, NJ

Ho-Ho-Kus is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.34% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,096
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $230,682
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 0.1%
More on Ho-Ho-Kus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Is 'Everything Better In North Hills?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,867
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Income: $158,167
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Hills, NY

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Little Silver.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,817
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 31)
Median Income: $202,875
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on Little Silver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little Silver, NJ

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Newark for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Newark was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Newark.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 215 suburbs to evaluate around Newark.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 215 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Newark." We're lookin' at you, East Hills. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Newark 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Newark, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Newark Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 East Hills, NJ 7,189 $250,001
2 East Williston, NJ 2,552 $183,500
3 Scarsdale, NJ 17,890 $250,001
4 Malverne, NJ 8,516 $133,428
5 Essex Fells, NJ 2,037 $215,104
6 Glen Ridge, NJ 7,583 $211,091
7 Fair Haven, NJ 5,833 $184,201
8 Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 4,096 $230,682
9 North Hills, NJ 5,867 $158,167
10 Little Silver, NJ 5,817 $202,875
11 Shrewsbury, NJ 4,082 $142,870
12 Pelham Manor, NJ 5,535 $190,427
13 Chatham, NJ 8,729 $201,923
14 Westfield, NJ 29,690 $158,323
15 New Providence, NJ 13,382 $149,718
16 Ridgewood, NJ 25,110 $178,958
17 Bronxville, NJ 6,450 $160,845
18 Ramsey, NJ 14,915 $156,058
19 River Edge, NJ 11,510 $128,231
20 Flower Hill, NJ 4,883 $234,702
21 North Caldwell, NJ 6,640 $188,750
22 Haworth, NJ 3,400 $181,500
23 Floral Park, NJ 15,979 $138,636
24 Franklin Lakes, NJ 11,044 $178,794
25 Munsey Park, NJ 2,696 $250,001
26 Larchmont, NJ 6,159 $194,859
27 Hoboken, NJ 53,283 $153,438
28 Park Ridge, NJ 8,721 $143,103
29 Mendham, NJ 4,880 $171,894
30 Rye, NJ 15,769 $193,919
31 Glen Rock, NJ 11,747 $178,607
32 Mountain Lakes, NJ 4,249 $225,208
33 Hastings-On-Hudson, NJ 7,969 $139,939
34 Lawrence, NJ 6,517 $127,321
35 Rumson, NJ 6,757 $222,237
36 Watchung, NJ 6,040 $140,417
37 Williston Park, NJ 7,266 $120,625
38 Roseland, NJ 5,841 $142,776
39 Kings Point, NJ 5,250 $150,000
40 Morris Plains, NJ 5,888 $127,021
41 Cedarhurst, NJ 6,642 $94,224
42 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 5,836 $197,632
43 Ardsley, NJ 4,533 $192,321
44 Piermont, NJ 2,541 $127,667
45 Saddle River, NJ 3,180 $169,018
46 Edgewater, NJ 12,890 $130,267
47 Sands Point, NJ 2,785 $250,001
48 Rockville Centre, NJ 24,552 $118,254
49 Lake Success, NJ 3,228 $206,964
50 Allendale, NJ 6,757 $157,958
51 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 5,349 $158,042
52 Fanwood, NJ 7,686 $171,023
53 Monmouth Beach, NJ 3,226 $111,415
54 Pelham, NJ 6,957 $151,397
55 Cresskill, NJ 8,701 $141,706
56 Mountainside, NJ 6,859 $121,172
57 Harrington Park, NJ 4,735 $135,750
58 Lynbrook, NJ 19,445 $120,377
59 Thomaston, NJ 2,602 $121,645
60 Hillsdale, NJ 10,317 $155,762
61 Great Neck Estates, NJ 2,865 $142,375
62 Tenafly, NJ 14,550 $180,601
63 Demarest, NJ 4,911 $153,558
64 Waldwick, NJ 10,051 $127,574
65 Old Tappan, NJ 5,924 $173,490
66 Norwood, NJ 5,789 $131,563
67 Oradell, NJ 8,126 $144,474
68 Great Neck Plaza, NJ 6,980 $96,181
69 Wood-Ridge, NJ 9,016 $119,840
70 New Hyde Park, NJ 9,746 $135,625
71 Metuchen, NJ 14,289 $136,067
72 Irvington, NJ 6,494 $145,313
73 Closter, NJ 8,551 $143,947
74 Montebello, NJ 4,590 $151,875
75 Sea Cliff, NJ 5,045 $156,776
76 Long Beach, NJ 33,475 $106,709
77 Fair Lawn, NJ 32,986 $129,965
78 Upper Saddle River, NJ 8,214 $198,542
79 Mineola, NJ 19,267 $103,557
80 Dobbs Ferry, NJ 10,959 $145,104
81 Peapack And Gladstone, NJ 2,582 $122,321
82 Atlantic Highlands, NJ 4,312 $103,712
83 Florham Park, NJ 11,719 $121,200
84 Emerson, NJ 7,606 $129,289
85 Roslyn, NJ 2,888 $112,037
86 Kinnelon, NJ 9,988 $149,375
87 Oceanport, NJ 5,715 $105,417
88 Madison, NJ 16,647 $157,188
89 New Hempstead, NJ 5,426 $117,382
90 Port Washington North, NJ 3,180 $100,439
91 Oakland, NJ 12,953 $140,074
92 South Nyack, NJ 3,359 $101,010
93 Westwood, NJ 11,096 $127,847
94 Caldwell, NJ 7,970 $105,102
95 Midland Park, NJ 7,230 $121,607
96 Silver Lake, NJ 2,496 $114,688
97 Nyack, NJ 7,130 $83,930
98 Leonia, NJ 9,059 $96,468
99 Great Neck, NJ 10,172 $102,799
100 Rutherford, NJ 18,376 $106,817

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