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Glen Ridge is a suburb of New York City with a population of 7,668. Glen Ridge is in Essex County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Glen Ridge offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Glen Ridge there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Glen Ridge and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Glen Ridge are highly rated.
About Glen Ridge...
Population
7,668

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$623,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,505
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    8%
  • Own
    92%
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Glen Ridge 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
    52
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    39
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    454.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,481.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    104
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    16%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    4%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    21%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    35%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Glen Ridge

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$196,821
National
$55,322
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Common Core State Standards math BS CRAP! How about something that is proven to work, such as Singapore Math.

Lazy teachers!!!!!!!

No STEM program.

No woodshop or metalwork classes.

They care most about their school rank. There is nothing innovative about their approach to education.

The school rank is high b/c the town is small and the parents demand performance from their kids, NOT b/c Glen Ridge provides the best education.

Large group of parents bickering over whether to apply turf or sod to their athletic fields. Wish they all puled together for a damn science lab or comp sci class.

we do have those pretty gas lanterns though
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Overall, Glen Ridge is a really solid town to live in. Growing up, I remember experiencing many amazing memories in the town. Many people from other towns would flock on Halloween night, because everyone in Glen Ridge really celebrate all holidays to the max. From block parties to great sports games through the well-run GRAA program, Glen Ridge truly offers kids a lot of opportunities to grow in a tight-knit community. The one draw back is that at times it can be too tight, as it has received the nickname "Glen Ridge Bubble".
This area of New Jersey is very desirable. The schools are great, the general atmosphere is one of wealth and safety, and it is very close to New York City. There is easily accessible public transportation, has "mom and pop" shops as well as chain stores, and has almost everything one could need for a fulfilling existence within a 15 mile radius. I would love to raise my family in this area one day. Not only would I be close to my family, my children would have the opportunity to enjoy this lovely area as much as I do.