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2022 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County

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  1. #1 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Short Hills

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    35 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Short Hills was a great place to go to school and to grow up in. The downtown area in Millburn was safe to roam around and hang out in with friends.

    Read 35 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 13,700,

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  2. #2 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Upper Montclair

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    47 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I have been living in Upper Montclair for over 15 years. There is basically nothing negative to say about this place. Neighbors have become dear friends, everyone is friendly and it is very safe.....

    Read 47 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 11,439,

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  3. #3 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Essex Fells

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    3 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Top NJ town with high property values with relatively low RE Taxes. Top awarded Blue ribbon public elementary school. Regional middle & high schools are also very good!.

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 2,037,

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  4. #4 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Livingston Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    95 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says We cannot song the praises of LIvingston NJ enough! Education is a high priority for those living in town, and it has a FANTASTIC, top-rated school district that consistently ranks among the highest....

    Read 95 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 30,059,

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  5. #5 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Glen Ridge

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    21 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Community is small and quaint but at times it can be a very small, constricting bubble. In schools especially, everybody knows everybody, and that means that with any taint of originality can make....

    Read 21 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 7,583,

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  6. #6 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    North Caldwell

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    12 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says My husband and I are current residents of North Caldwell. It's a town that you look forward to returning after a day at the office or a day out. You feel like you are a million miles away from society but in actuality only minutes from wonderful....

    Read 12 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 6,640,

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  7. #7 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    South Orange Village Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    50 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I have lived and attended school in this small town for all 17 years of my life. One thing I love most about South Orange is the diversity among residents/visitors that make up our community. We host....

    Read 50 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 16,634,

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  8. #8 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Roseland

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    3 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 5,841,

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  9. #9 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Verona Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    24 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love Verona. I was born and raised here. After I was married my husband and I owned 3 houses, and live here now. The park is beautiful, and looks even better now than it did when I was a kid. I....

    Read 24 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 13,478,

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  10. #10 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Maplewood Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    108 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Maplewood is a lovely town to live in. Everyone is so friendly and there’s so a lot to do in town. There are always community events like plays, concerts, and festivals. Maplewood is a very liberal....

    Read 108 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 25,135,

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  11. #11 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Nutley Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    73 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Nutley is the perfect town, just a little outside of Manhattan, to raise a family. The town does a lovely job of organizing parades, easter egg hunts, holiday light shows, street parties, live music....

    Read 73 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 28,527,

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  12. #12 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Brookdale

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    5 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Fantastic elementary schools, amazing park, great access to NYC, local restaurants and all of what Montclair offers without the price tag..

    Read 5 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 9,604,

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  13. #13 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    West Orange Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    120 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Okay so I've been living in West Orange for like half of my life and it's been a blast here. I mean the homes are like heaven as well as the local food places around here. If you are able to afford...I mean you have everything you need. As soon as you move into this town you find yourself a nice group of friends. The community is nice as well. The homeowners make sure they keep their properties...In terms of high school, it's amazing. I mean the diversity of students there is a blessing for you to have. You'll feel like you belong here. The high school is full of so many welcoming students...There are so many local food restaurants around here as well. The chefs at these local food places cook like actual chefs. What you pay for is really worth it..

    Read 120 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 47,528,

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  14. #14 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Caldwell

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    16 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Small town feel with great downtown center close to everything! Charming, Family oriented and friendly!.

    Read 16 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 7,970,

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  15. #15 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Fairfield Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    10 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says This neighborhood is very calm and quiet. They host events in the summer and provide its residents with access to a public pool and library. The taxes aren't as high as the other Towns due to the....

    Read 10 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Population: 7,563,

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  16. #16 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    West Caldwell Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    17 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says The township of West Caldwell is great. It is a safe and peaceful community that has great public schools where children can have success. Not only does it have great schools but it also has great....

    Read 17 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 10,872,

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  17. #17 Best Places to Raise a Family in Essex County.

    Cedar Grove Township

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    45 Niche users give it an average review of 3.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says CG is amazing overall! This suburban town is a gem for it's proximity to NYC along with being surrounded by other good towns (North Caldwell, Verona, Montclair, etc.). The school district is one of....

    Read 45 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 12,593,

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  18. Silver Lake

    Suburb in New Jersey,

    2 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says Where i currently live is better than the city i moved from. there are more stores closer to my house also i like that i do not have to worry about street parking. Also, my current apartment is....

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Population: 3,970,

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  19. Downtown

    Neighborhood in Newark, NJ,

    5 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says I work downtown Newark. The landscape has changed over the years. The addition of NJPAC and Prudential Center have helped with revitalization. The mass transit connection is a plus between Penn....

    Read 5 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Population: 5,868,

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  20. Upper Vailsburg

    Neighborhood in Newark, NJ,

    52 Niche users give it an average review of 3 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says I've lived here since I can remember.nrhe neighbors are very friendly and everyone looks out for each other if they see someone in need of help or anything else. Everybody interacts with One another....

    Read 52 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C,

    Population: 16,009,

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  21. Seventh Avenue

    Neighborhood in Newark, NJ,

    12 Niche users give it an average review of 2.5 stars.

    Read 12 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C,

    Population: 10,520,

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  22. North Ironbound

    Neighborhood in Newark, NJ,

    29 Niche users give it an average review of 3.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says North Ironbound, is a safe neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. I've lived their all my life and it's a great place that has lots diversity and many cultures. In fact, it is well known for its great....

    Read 29 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C,

    Population: 41,928,

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  23. Springfield/Belmont

    Neighborhood in Newark, NJ,

    19 Niche users give it an average review of 2.3 stars.

    Read 19 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C minus,

    Population: 12,857,

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  24. Upper Roseville

    Neighborhood in Newark, NJ,

    16 Niche users give it an average review of 3 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says The education system is getting worse under the control of Governor Chris Christie, but the public school system shaped me and got me to where I am today..

    Read 16 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C minus,

    Population: 16,486,

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  25. South Ironbound

    Neighborhood in Newark, NJ,

    2 Niche users give it an average review of 1.5 stars.

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C,

    Population: 7,542,

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