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  7. Jobs
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Rutherford is a suburb of New York City with a population of 18,427. Rutherford is in Bergen County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Rutherford offers residents a dense suburban 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
18,427

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$460,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,373
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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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
    80.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    5.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    118.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    709
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    53.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Rutherford

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$96,384
National
$55,322

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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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Rutherford is only 20 minutes away from NYC, which is excellent for many commuters. It is a small town with many family owned businesses, like convenient stores, pizzerias, barber shops, and much more. Most people know each other and are very familiar with the community. Many events take place in Rutherford that involve everyone including elders, kids, teenagers, people with special needs, etc. Rutherford is a community where everyone can be involved in fun activities throughout the year.
Schools in Rutherford are amazing. Advanced technology is available for all students to use. Schools in Rutherford offer a diverse variety of classes than meet students' different interests. Athletically, Rutherford high school has been very successful for the past years.
However, the cost of living in Rutherford can be challenging due to its property value. Because Rutherford is an amazing location for many reasons, the property is very expensive.
Rutherford is a great town that is in close proximity to NYC. The down town is great and all the restaurants are BYOB which adds to the charming character to the town. The mature trees also make it easy to forget you are only 8 miles from NYC! This awesome neighborhood gives you the best of everything witha great location!