The 10 Best Newark Suburbs To Live For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021:

  1. East Hills
  2. Scarsdale
  3. North Hills
  4. Ho-Ho-Kus
  5. Woodcliff Lake
  6. Larchmont
  7. East Williston
  8. North Caldwell
  9. Westfield
  10. Allendale

What's the best suburb of Newark? East Hills ranks as the best suburb of Newark for 2021 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 2021

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,147
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $224,583
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on East Hills: Real Estate | Data

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 $224,583 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Newark region. And only 2.32% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,055,300 each.

Scarsdale, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,837
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Scarsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scarsdale is the second best 'burb we looked at near Newark for 2021.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 0.87% of residents lack insurance, good for 15th best.

North Hills, NY

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,796
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $155,679
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on North Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in North Hills, 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 North Hills.

Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,094
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 18)
Median Income: $216,875
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.0%
More on Ho-Ho-Kus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ho-Ho-Kus ranks as the 4th best suburb of Newark for 2021.

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

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,832
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $171,103
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Woodcliff Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Woodcliff Lake.

Woodcliff Lake gets kudos for having the 29th most expensive homes in the Newark area, where houses sell for an average of $812,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Larchmont, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,096
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $215,375
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Larchmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Larchmont 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 5.28% which is 15best in the area.

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

East Williston, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,572
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 10)
Median Income: $196,625
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on East Williston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to East Williston.

East Williston 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 28.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

North Caldwell, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,615
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $187,734
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
More on North Caldwell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Caldwell 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 0.47% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

Westfield, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,877
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $170,798
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Westfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Westfield?'

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.

Allendale, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,765
Rank Last Year: 51 (Up 41)
Median Income: $170,968
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Allendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Allendale.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Newark for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 216 suburbs to evaluate around Newark.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 216 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.

Welcome to the Best Newark 'Burbs of 2021

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 7,147 $224,583
2 Scarsdale, NJ 17,837 $250,001
3 North Hills, NJ 5,796 $155,679
4 Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 4,094 $216,875
5 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 5,832 $171,103
6 Larchmont, NJ 6,096 $215,375
7 East Williston, NJ 2,572 $196,625
8 North Caldwell, NJ 6,615 $187,734
9 Westfield, NJ 29,877 $170,798
10 Allendale, NJ 6,765 $170,968
11 Fair Haven, NJ 5,873 $179,138
12 Glen Rock, NJ 11,780 $187,000
13 Haworth, NJ 3,418 $178,450
14 Mountain Lakes, NJ 4,270 $241,667
15 Essex Fells, NJ 2,110 $213,088
16 Rumson, NJ 6,792 $188,906
17 Pelham Manor, NJ 5,569 $174,688
18 Hoboken, NJ 53,193 $147,620
19 Ridgewood, NJ 25,179 $184,355
20 Glen Ridge, NJ 7,584 $202,222
21 Floral Park, NJ 16,003 $117,857
22 Bronxville, NJ 6,409 $181,286
23 Ramsey, NJ 14,940 $147,875
24 Rye, NJ 15,820 $192,688
25 Lawrence, NJ 6,544 $123,000
26 Munsey Park, NJ 2,722 $250,001
27 Montebello, NJ 4,610 $149,250
28 Mendham, NJ 4,917 $151,875
29 Malverne, NJ 8,517 $126,964
30 Cresskill, NJ 8,699 $151,442
31 Monmouth Beach, NJ 3,212 $134,861
32 Williston Park, NJ 7,277 $112,114
33 Chatham, NJ 8,816 $192,321
34 Stewart Manor, NJ 2,199 $127,546
35 Sands Point, NJ 2,862 $250,001
36 Park Ridge, NJ 8,766 $137,903
37 Cedarhurst, NJ 6,642 $103,846
38 Hastings-On-Hudson, NJ 7,921 $139,879
39 Saddle River, NJ 3,192 $213,958
40 Franklin Lakes, NJ 10,946 $172,766
41 Rockville Centre, NJ 24,492 $113,769
42 Little Silver, NJ 5,844 $179,391
43 Demarest, NJ 4,942 $154,500
44 Great Neck Plaza, NJ 6,957 $92,260
45 Irvington, NJ 6,529 $139,917
46 Lake Success, NJ 3,119 $177,500
47 Metuchen, NJ 14,048 $128,619
48 Upper Saddle River, NJ 8,227 $158,536
49 Oradell, NJ 8,141 $132,358
50 Shrewsbury, NJ 4,086 $124,474
51 Pelham, NJ 6,941 $133,464
52 New Hyde Park, NJ 9,841 $136,500
53 Dobbs Ferry, NJ 11,070 $143,462
54 Tenafly, NJ 14,632 $172,926
55 Edgewater, NJ 12,403 $127,221
56 Roseland, NJ 5,834 $129,006
57 Midland Park, NJ 7,244 $121,162
58 Madison, NJ 16,377 $146,157
59 Hillsdale, NJ 10,346 $146,080
60 Sea Cliff, NJ 5,038 $132,545
61 River Edge, NJ 11,500 $124,598
62 Waldwick, NJ 9,986 $124,803
63 Flower Hill, NJ 4,832 $192,314
64 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 5,371 $148,446
65 South Nyack, NJ 3,387 $105,114
66 Peapack And Gladstone, NJ 2,575 $124,010
67 Ardsley, NJ 4,512 $160,880
68 Watchung, NJ 6,039 $157,263
69 Kinnelon, NJ 10,054 $158,000
70 Closter, NJ 8,565 $140,357
71 New Providence, NJ 13,049 $143,672
72 Roslyn, NJ 2,855 $110,029
73 Great Neck Estates, NJ 2,852 $147,750
74 Morris Plains, NJ 5,748 $128,438
75 Mineola, NJ 19,186 $100,891
76 Mountainside, NJ 6,826 $119,000
77 Fanwood, NJ 7,660 $147,905
78 Norwood, NJ 5,812 $122,200
79 Fair Lawn, NJ 33,017 $123,159
80 Lynbrook, NJ 19,524 $102,686
81 Piermont, NJ 2,540 $124,716
82 Florham Park, NJ 11,623 $128,071
83 Emerson, NJ 7,596 $128,093
84 Kings Point, NJ 5,223 $145,476
85 Harrington Park, NJ 4,753 $134,688
86 Oakland, NJ 12,972 $126,319
87 Summit, NJ 21,913 $157,835
88 Montvale, NJ 8,489 $146,708
89 Westwood, NJ 11,115 $110,473
90 Island Park, NJ 4,835 $91,841
91 Wood-Ridge, NJ 8,769 $110,625
92 Long Beach, NJ 33,507 $97,022
93 East Rockaway, NJ 9,816 $97,419
94 Leonia, NJ 9,086 $102,250
95 Silver Lake, NJ 2,532 $108,958
96 Old Tappan, NJ 5,914 $144,076
97 Bernardsville, NJ 7,678 $165,052
98 Paramus, NJ 26,503 $128,306
99 Rutherford, NJ 18,398 $101,473
100 Thomaston, NJ 2,629 $128,889

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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