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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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+
About Clifton...
Population
85,578

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$330,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,329
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    130
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    9
    41
  • Robbery
    96
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    234
    500
  • Theft
    1,148
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    133
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$71,830
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Great place to live. Very diverse community where 65 languages are spoken. Public schools afford great educational opportunities, 7 graduates were just accepted to IVY League schools! Buses and trains make commuting a breeze. Recreational center has affordable year round events for kids of all ages. Police presence visible. Stores and bus routes within walking distance.
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Clifton is a fairly large city with pleasant neighborhoods, parks and stores. It has a very diverse population; with Polish, Italian, Hispanic, Arab, Indian and Jewish communities to name some of the larger groups. Very nice houses and people maintain and take pride in the neighborhood. Nice parks and two libraries. Overall safe, except maybe downtown near Paterson. Great place to raise a family!
I've lived in Clifton for more than half of my life and I couldn't imagine growing up anywhere else. There's access to many other towns (some only minutes away!) and the educational programs are great too! My elementary to high school experience in Clifton was truly the best, I had great teachers who really cared for their students succeeding.