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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Clifton is a suburb of New York City with a population of 86,207. Clifton is in Passaic County. Living in Clifton offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Clifton there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Clifton and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Clifton are above average.
About Clifton...
Population
86,207

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$331,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,353
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Clifton Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    58.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    3.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    50.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    189
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,278.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    112
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Clifton

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,963
National
$55,322
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Clifton is a tangible representation of "it is what you make of it". Clifton is a melting pot of cultures, races, and identities (a fact that I love). Clifton's public schools are great! I am an AP and Honors student and feel I've gotten the very best education available to me. The teachers genuinely care about their students and their well being. Regardless, Clifton (especially it's school district) gets a bad rap. This boils down to the diversity factor I mentioned earlier. There are many people who live here that are Spanish, African American, and Muslim. As such, Clifton is often discriminated against due to its denizens. I'm Chinese, adopted (parents are white), and Jewish, and have never been personally discriminated against. I believe living in a minority-heavy city has more advantages than disadvantages.
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I have lived in Clifton for 14 years and I absolutely love it here! There's a bunch of things to do and to meet your friends and family at. We have multiple plazas that are scattered throughout Clifton so residents are not all gathered in one area. The nightlife in Clifton is spectacular. The home football games here in Clifton are just so lively and spirited. Afterwards, my friends and I would go out to eat at one of the plenty restaurants housed in Clifton and just have an awesome time together. It's easy to meet up with friends here. We offer bowling, movies, frozen yogurt, bakeries, lounges, clothing stores, gift shops, international cuisine, and much more! The safety here is fine here as well. The public high school has two Clifton Police officers stationed for the high school students' safety. There are stations in different parts of Clifton as well. My town is not busy like NYC but not so freely open like the countryside. It is the perfect suburb to be apart of.
I absolutely love Clifton's location. It's in the middle of everything and it's easy to get places. Because of its convenience, it has also become slightly overcrowded on the roads in the morning. Traffic can get pretty bad. Otherwise, it's wonderful!