The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey For 2022


We analyzed over 97 places in New Jersey to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in New Jersey.

If you are looking to retire and you like gardening, then you should definitely want to move to The Garden State.

Logically speaking, the above statement should seal the deal, but here at HomeSnacks we know that people need a little more information before making any life changing retirement decisions. So, we created a list of the best places to retire in New Jersey for 2022.

And retirees, gardening is not all that New Jersey has to offer to the 13.5% of its population that is 65 and older. New Jersey's best places to retire are some of the safest, most affordable places in the state. (*Not that New Jersey has to worry about affordability, they are after all one of the richest states; and in terms of safety, well, they are in the top ten safest in America.)

And if you ask any New Jersey retiree, they will tell you that their corner of this Northeastern state is the best. Aside from safety and affordability, however, to make our list of the best of the best, the city also had to be close to an international airport and have pretty decent rental deals. We discovered that if you choose one of New Jersey's best places to retire, you will definitely be close to an international airport: the state is one of the smallest in the country and it has two. As for rent, you might want to think about purchasing a home instead.

Want to know more? We suggest that you grab a Brunswick bagel, find a sunny spot at the Jersey Shore, and read on.

Why did Dumont take the top spot? And where are Newark and Paterson?

If you're already maxin' and relaxin' in the greater Newark and Jersey City area, consider yourself lucky, you're in prime New Jersey retiree land. But if you're not, don't fret: HomeSnacks is here to help.

So, where is the best place to retire in New Jersey? According to the latest FBI and Census data, Dumont, is the best place to retire for 2022.

To see a list of the other great places to spend your retirement years in New Jersey, take a look below; and if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more New Jersey state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,598
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,353
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Dumont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dumont, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,761
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $1,408
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Little Ferry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little Ferry, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,220
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $1,561
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
More on Lincoln Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincoln Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,026
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,553
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Hasbrouck Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,574
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,299
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Roselle Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roselle Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,342
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Median Rent: $1,321
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Haddonfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Haddonfield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,382
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $1,784
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on New Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Providence, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,691
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $1,271
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Rahway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rahway, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,317
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $1,326
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Hillsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsdale, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,303
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $971
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Phillipsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Phillipsburg, NJ

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Garden State for 2022

To create our list of the best places in New Jersey to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Garden State -- 543 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 96 places from across the state.

For these 96, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 96, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Dumont, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In New Jersey Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in New Jersey goes to Dumont.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Bound Brook
  2. Tinton Falls
  3. Somerville

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In New Jersey?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Dumont 17,598 $1,353
2 Little Ferry 10,761 $1,408
3 Lincoln Park 10,220 $1,561
4 Hasbrouck Heights 12,026 $1,553
5 Roselle Park 13,574 $1,299
6 Haddonfield 11,342 $1,321
7 New Providence 13,382 $1,784
8 Rahway 29,691 $1,271
9 Hillsdale 10,317 $1,326
10 Phillipsburg 14,303 $971

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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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