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SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL - FEBRUARY 21: A home is offered for sale on February 21, 2018 in South Barrington, Illinois. January home sales experienced a sharp drop over the same period last year because of a shortage of modestly-priced homes available to first-time home buyers. Sales of homes priced below $100,000 fell 13 percent while sales of homes priced between $500,000 and $750,000 increased nearly 12 percent in January.

Figuring out where you want to live can be a challenge. Now that you’ve decided New Jersey is where you want to plant your roots, you now have to pick exactly where you’d like to live. The Garden State is a unique place and has a vast majority of different types of neighborhoods for you to choose from. You have cities, suburbs, rural, and shore towns right at your fingertips.

According to The Spruce, location is the most important part of the home-buying process. The site also suggests other important factors to consider when buying a home: “So when you go house hunting, consider proximity to your work, how the home is situated on the lot, ease of access, noise from neighbors, and traffic. Also think about access to parks, shopping, schools, and public transportation.”

Niche put together a list of 10 unique New Jersey neighborhoods to buy a home based on their public school system, if the neighborhood is good for families, crime and safety rate, nightlife, diversity, and of course housing.

Take a look at the top 10 places in New Jersey to buy a home in 2022 according to Niche below:

  • 10. Ho-Ho-Kus

    Ho-Ho-Kus has a population of 4,096 and is a borough located in Bergen County.”Living in Ho-Ho-Kus offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Ho-Ho-Kus and residents tend to lean toward conservative,” Niche states. According to realtor.com, the average home in Ho-Ho-Kus is listed for $999K. Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: A-
    Nightlife: B+
    Diversity: C+

  • 9. Greentree

    Greentree is located in Cherry Hill township within Camden County. The population of Greentree is 10,597. “Living in Greentree offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Greentree and residents tend to have moderate political views. ” Niche states. According to realtor.com, the average home in Greentree is listed for $427K.

    Take a look at their scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: N/A
    Nightlife: B+
    Diversity: A-

  • 8. Glen Rock

    Glen Rock has a population of 11,747 and is located in Bergen County. “Living in Glen Rock offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Glen Rock there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Glen Rock and residents tend to lean conservative,” per Niche. According to realtor.com, the average home in Glen Rock is listed for $805K. Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools: A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: A-
    Nightlife: A-
    Diversity: B

  • 7. Glen Ridge

    Glen Ridge has a population of 7,583 and is located in Essex County. “Living in Glen Ridge offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Glen Ridge there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Glen Ridge and residents tend to be liberal,” Niche states. According to relator.com, the average home for Glen Ridge is listed for $854K. Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: B
    Nightlife: B-
    Diversity: B-

  • 6. Springdale

    Springdale has a population of 14,111 and is located in Camden County. “Living in Springdale offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Springdale and residents tend to have moderate political views,” Niche states. According to relator.com, the average home in Springdale is listed for $479.9K.

    Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: N/A
    Nightlife: B
    Diversity: B+

  • 5. Beckett

    Beckett has a population of 5,091 and is located in Gloucester County. “Living in Beckett offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Beckett and residents tend to have moderate political views,” Niche states. According to realtor.com, the average home in Beckett is listed for $284.5K.

    Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: N/A
    Nightlife: C+
    Diversity: B+

  • 4. Robbinsville

    Robbinsville has a population of 2,836 and is located in Mercer County.”Living in Robbinsville offers residents an urban-suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Robbinsville and residents tend to have moderate political views,” per Niche. According to realtor.com, a home in Robbinsville lists for $549.5K.

    Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: N/A
    Nightlife: B-
    Diversity: A-

  • 3. Mountain Lakes

    Mountain Lakes has a population of 4,249 and is located in Morris County.”Living in Mountain Lakes offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Residents of Mountain Lakes tend to lean conservative,” per Niche. According to realtor.com, a home in Mountain Lakes lists for $935K.

    Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: A
    Nightlife: B-
    Diversity: C+

  • 2. Monmouth Junction

    Monmouth Junction has a population of 8,911 and is located in Middlesex County. ” Living in Monmouth Junction offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Monmouth Junction and residents tend to lean liberal,” per Niche. According to realtor.com, the average home in Monmouth Junction is listed for $550K.

    Take a look at the scorecard below:

    Public Schools : A+
    Housing: A-
    Good For Families: A+
    Crime & Safety: N/A
    Nightlife: C
    Diversity: A-

  • 1. Princeton Junction

    Coming in at number one for the best place to buy a home in New Jersey is (drumroll, please) Princeton Junction. Princeton Junction has a population of 1,989 and is located in Mercer County. “Living in Princeton Junction offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Princeton Junction there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Princeton Junction and residents tend to have moderate political views,” per Niche. According to realtor.com, the average home listed in Princeton Junction is $749.5K.