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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    A+
  4. Good for Families
    A
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    C+
  7. Weather
    C+
  8. Cost of Living
    D+
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B-
Union County is located in New Jersey with a population of 553,066. Union County is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. In Union County, most residents own their homes. In Union County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Union County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Union County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$357,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,248
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Union County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    139.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    3
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    148.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    287.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,347.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    256.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Union County

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$77,095
National
$55,322

Union County Reviews

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There's a very big difference between the different towns/cities in Union County. Cities like Elizabeth and Rahway have more diversity, but also frequently face economic and crime struggles. Then there's the wealthy towns such as Westfield/Summit/Berkeley Heights. It's like a completely different area compared to Elizabeth and Rahway. The majority of their population is white and makes $100,000+. I have been lucky enough to explore many of the towns that I was not familiar with growing up in UC, and there's always more to discover.
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A beautiful county surrounded by and including great diversity in the various community spaces- homes, work opportunities, access to great hiking trails and parks, public transportation availability, and 20 minutes away from NYC!
My experience in Rahway has been one of the best moves I have ever made! I have seen this town evolve over the past few years and while it continues to grow there are more businesses and family fun things to do. Its very diverse which is much better than the surrounding areas such as Clark and Westfield.