The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New Jersey For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Jersey that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most expensive places to live in New Jersey.

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and New Jersey does this very well. Families love the Garden State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in New Jersey that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in New Jersey for 2022.

So where is the most expensive place to live in New Jersey? That would be Englewood Cliffs.
the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 185 places in New Jersey with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in New Jersey for 2022:

  1. Englewood Cliffs
  2. Mountainside
  3. Palisades Park
  4. Fairview
  5. Belmar
  6. Asbury Park
  7. Florham Park
  8. Ridgefield
  9. Union City
  10. Passaic

What's the most expensive place to live in New Jersey? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Englewood Cliffs is the most expensive place to live in New Jersey.

So hopefully Clayton (the cheapest place to live in New Jersey) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about New Jersey and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In New Jersey For 2022

1. Englewood Cliffs

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,349
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.9x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 45.1x (27th most expensive)
More on Englewood Cliffs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Englewood Cliffs comes in at $158,042 and the median home value is $1,086,600 for 2022.

2. Mountainside

Mountainside, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,859
Rank Last Year: 51 (Up 49)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.3x (28th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 35.3x (8th most expensive)
More on Mountainside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Mountainside comes in at $121,172 and the median home value is $637,400 for 2022.

3. Palisades Park

Palisades Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,693
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.3x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.3x (42nd most expensive)
More on Palisades Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Palisades Park comes in at $79,063 and the median home value is $577,900 for 2022.

4. Fairview

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,218
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.3x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 41.5x (16th most expensive)
More on Fairview: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Fairview comes in at $58,072 and the median home value is $426,700 for 2022.

5. Belmar

Belmar, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,613
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.6x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.4x (50th most expensive)
More on Belmar: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Belmar comes in at $79,473 and the median home value is $605,500 for 2022.

6. Asbury Park

Asbury Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,536
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.4x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 41.5x (17th most expensive)
More on Asbury Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Asbury Park comes in at $53,655 and the median home value is $397,900 for 2022.

7. Florham Park

Florham Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,719
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.1x (35th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.0x (40th most expensive)
More on Florham Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Florham Park comes in at $121,200 and the median home value is $612,500 for 2022.

8. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,209
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.9x (15th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.8x (39th most expensive)
More on Ridgefield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Ridgefield comes in at $79,696 and the median home value is $471,400 for 2022.

9. Union City

Union City, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 68,073
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.3x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 39.7x (13th most expensive)
More on Union City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Union City comes in at $49,457 and the median home value is $360,000 for 2022.

10. Passaic

Passaic, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 69,789
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.8x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 37.7x (11th most expensive)
More on Passaic: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Passaic comes in at $44,779 and the median home value is $348,000 for 2022.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Garden State For 2022

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In New Jersey
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2016-2020 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in New Jersey to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 185 places in New Jersey that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in New Jersey according to the data is Englewood Cliffs. You can download the data here.

Summary: Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In New Jersey For 2022

Well there you have it, the places in New Jersey that have the highest cost of living, with Englewood Cliffs ranking as the most expensive city in the Garden State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in New Jersey according to the data:

  1. Clayton
  2. Stratford
  3. Somerdale

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In New Jersey

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Englewood Cliffs 12.0 5,349 6.9x 45.1x
2 Mountainside 21.0 6,859 5.3x 35.3x
3 Palisades Park 28.33 20,693 7.3x 48.3x
4 Fairview 28.67 14,218 7.3x 41.5x
5 Belmar 29.0 5,613 7.6x 51.4x
6 Asbury Park 31.33 15,536 7.4x 41.5x
7 Florham Park 36.0 11,719 5.1x 48.0x
8 Ridgefield 36.33 11,209 5.9x 47.8x
9 Union City 37.67 68,073 7.3x 39.7x
10 Passaic 38.67 69,789 7.8x 37.7x
11 Lodi 39.67 24,389 6.1x 46.8x
12 Long Branch 43.0 30,424 5.9x 45.3x
13 Paramus 45.67 26,403 4.7x 52.0x
14 Franklin Lakes 47.0 11,044 5.6x 65.5x
15 Edgewater 47.33 12,890 4.7x 53.8x
16 Cliffside Park 48.0 25,410 5.4x 54.1x
17 Red Bank 48.67 12,039 5.1x 48.2x
18 Jersey City 49.0 262,652 5.3x 51.5x
19 Cresskill 49.33 8,701 4.8x 57.4x
20 Garfield 50.33 31,722 5.6x 47.4x
21 Tenafly 50.33 14,550 4.7x 58.8x
22 Fair Haven 50.67 5,833 4.2x 52.6x
23 Elmwood Park 50.83 20,019 4.9x 44.6x
24 New Brunswick 52.33 55,992 6.1x 28.8x
25 Harrison 52.67 18,313 5.1x 41.1x
26 Prospect Park 54.0 5,853 5.7x 34.5x
27 Newark 54.33 281,917 6.8x 33.6x
28 Little Ferry 54.33 10,761 5.3x 49.2x
29 Elizabeth 55.0 128,484 5.8x 42.2x
30 Freehold 55.0 11,755 5.2x 40.1x
31 Summit 55.67 21,913 5.8x 72.8x
32 West New York 56.33 52,778 5.3x 47.1x
33 East Rutherford 56.33 9,707 5.0x 51.0x
34 Hoboken 56.33 53,283 5.0x 65.0x
35 Watchung 57.33 6,040 5.2x 67.3x
36 Ocean City 57.67 11,065 6.6x 67.4x
37 Wallington 58.67 11,553 5.3x 56.0x
38 North Haledon 59.0 8,425 4.2x 44.6x
39 Paterson 59.67 145,484 5.7x 37.2x
40 Princeton 61.0 31,161 6.0x 85.8x
41 Morris Plains 61.33 5,888 4.3x 55.0x
42 Leonia 61.67 9,059 5.4x 65.3x
43 Guttenberg 62.0 11,284 4.9x 43.3x
44 Perth Amboy 64.0 51,589 5.0x 39.1x
45 Bayonne 66.67 65,112 5.0x 52.5x
46 Upper Saddle River 67.0 8,214 4.8x 75.1x
47 Morristown 67.33 19,065 4.3x 57.3x
48 Woodland Park 68.0 12,608 4.7x 55.9x
49 Englewood 68.0 28,390 4.7x 57.2x
50 Rumson 68.0 6,757 5.4x 99.4x
51 Kearny 69.17 41,190 4.8x 55.0x
52 Manasquan 69.67 5,837 5.9x 94.7x
53 Atlantic City 71.33 37,793 5.1x 31.9x
54 Closter 72.33 8,551 4.8x 73.6x
55 Brigantine 72.67 8,725 4.8x 57.9x
56 Norwood 72.67 5,789 4.8x 72.0x
57 Westfield 75.33 29,690 4.9x 92.4x
58 Old Tappan 75.33 5,924 4.5x 76.7x
59 Raritan 75.67 7,833 4.4x 54.7x
60 Ventnor City 76.0 9,995 4.7x 44.0x
61 Hasbrouck Heights 76.33 12,026 4.5x 61.7x
62 Fort Lee 76.33 37,843 3.9x 46.3x
63 Boonton 76.67 8,510 4.8x 63.2x
64 Madison 77.33 16,647 4.7x 82.4x
65 Little Silver 77.67 5,817 3.5x 57.9x
66 Hackensack 78.0 44,266 4.3x 47.6x
67 Plainfield 78.33 50,252 4.6x 46.3x
68 Ridgefield Park 78.33 12,928 4.5x 58.4x
69 Roseland 79.0 5,841 3.6x 55.0x
70 Caldwell 79.33 7,970 4.4x 64.0x
71 Highland Park 79.67 13,803 4.3x 57.3x
72 Margate City 80.67 5,921 4.8x 74.0x
73 New Milford 81.67 16,477 4.6x 65.8x
74 Allendale 82.67 6,757 4.4x 80.4x
75 Dover 83.0 17,866 4.2x 42.0x
76 East Orange 83.33 64,650 4.4x 44.1x
77 Tinton Falls 85.0 17,584 3.7x 47.7x
78 West Long Branch 85.33 7,911 4.5x 69.6x
79 Oradell 85.67 8,126 4.4x 83.4x
80 Clifton 85.83 85,201 4.3x 58.2x
81 Rutherford 86.67 18,376 4.5x 72.5x
82 Keyport 86.83 7,005 4.6x 55.3x
83 Emerson 87.33 7,606 4.1x 70.1x
84 North Arlington 88.0 15,681 4.3x 62.2x
85 Point Pleasant 88.33 18,686 3.9x 58.6x
86 Ridgewood 88.33 25,110 4.2x 86.8x
87 Woodcliff Lake 89.0 5,836 4.3x 99.8x
88 Kinnelon 89.33 9,988 4.0x 71.4x
89 Maywood 91.0 9,626 4.0x 62.3x
90 New Providence 91.33 13,382 4.2x 83.9x
91 Eato 92.67 12,195 4.4x 63.1x
92 Wharton 93.33 6,458 3.5x 43.7x
93 Midland Park 93.33 7,230 4.1x 73.2x
94 Secaucus 93.67 20,667 3.8x 65.6x
95 Bound Brook 95.0 10,254 3.9x 47.7x
96 Chatham 95.0 8,729 4.0x 110.2x
97 Rockaway 96.0 6,345 4.0x 58.9x
98 Bernardsville 96.0 7,641 4.1x 93.9x
99 River Edge 97.0 11,510 4.1x 80.2x
100 Kenilworth 97.33 8,182 3.7x 58.1x

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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.

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