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Rutherford is a suburb of New York City with a population of 18,480. Rutherford is in Bergen County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Rutherford offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rutherford there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Rutherford and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Rutherford are highly rated.
About Rutherford...
Population
18,480

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$435,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,347
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Rutherford 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
    21
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    16
    41
  • Robbery
    21
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    122
    500
  • Theft
    883
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    90
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$87,587
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Rutherford Reviews

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Rutherford is an ideal place to live. It is by far the prettiest town in southern Bergen County with an easy commute to NYC via the Rutherford Train Station or bus, and is close to all major highways. After growing up in town and moving out, we returned to raise our children here. The town is often hosting fun events for residents such as parades & festivals, and offers free outdoor concerts at Lincoln Park during the Summer. Rutherford is home to Felician College and excellent public schools. My family has lived here since 1968 and many people grow up and stay. The downtown district offers many restaurants and shops. Truly a wonderful place to live!
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I have lived in Rutherford all of my life and I have enjoyed every second of it. The town and people within it are constantly involved in something. Whether it is having donations to a charity or planning the annual firework show for Independence Day, Rutherford is always doing something. The only improvement I would suggest is creating more parking opportunities by the local schools for students and faculty.
I have grown up in Rutherford my entire life. In the small town, people are close-knit and friendly. The public school system is phenomenal, from kindergarten to high school. The restaurant options in Rutherford range from Italian, to Mexican, to Japanese. Found on Park Ave and Union Ave, the selection of food is exceptional. There are many public parks which are perfect for exercising, relaxing, or hanging out with friends. The public library is open for anyone's leisure. Rutherford is a diverse suburban community with many friendly faces.