A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$825,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,810
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    6%
  • Own
    94%

Mountain Lakes 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
A
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    186
    500
  • Theft
    769
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    140
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$162,206
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    7%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    4%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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There's no place like this town! Call it Mayberry or Camelot, it's a special place to both grow up and raise children. Nine lakes, family activities, welcoming community, active volunteers, GREAT SCHOOLS, beautiful hills, trees and historic homes. You know your children's friends and parents. They have a welcoming cocktail party each year for new residents! I grew up here and raised back to raise my children here. I'd rather have my kids ride their bike to school or the beach than ride a train to Manhattan. What's your priority? This town is a gem!
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Mountain Lakes is incredibly safe, relaxed and beautiful. A perfect place to settle down and have kids, considering the outstanding education at our highly ranked schools. There is a tremendous sense of community, but it is gossip-y and sports-focused, with many stay-at-home moms, rather than a blend of many types of personalities and cultures. Aside from the town specifically, it is in a fantastic area - very close to New York City, Pennsylvania, the Jersey Shore, and countless varieties of food and entertainment.
I grew up in Mountain Lakes, and though it may sometimes be considered an affluent and stuck up town, I truly enjoyed my experience there. The schools taught me to achieve like a college student droman early age, and as long as you have a good head on your shoulders, there really are many groups to fit into in the school system. The community is safe and quaint, though seriously lacking in the down town area.