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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Summit is a suburb of New York City with a population of 22,155. Summit is in Union County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Summit offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Summit there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Summit and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Summit are highly rated.
About Summit...
Population
22,155

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$849,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,743
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Summit 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
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    76.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    729.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    58.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    36%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Summit

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$132,443
National
$55,322
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Summit Reviews

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Great schools in Summit. Summit has a very lovely and developed downtown area, perfect for going out with friends or catching an early dinner. Another big part of Summit is its sports. Lacrosse is a competitive sport in this town. Many kids go onto very good schools like Columbia and Stanford for lacrosse. Summit's hockey and track teams are also very good. Not only does Summit emphasize athletics, but also academics. Classes can be rigorous and demanding, but also meet the needs of those who need extra help.
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Moved to Summit when our first of three children was born and he's now in the high school. We've enjoyed every minute through the terrific school system and getting to know people in town. I volunteer on some local committees and find that people truly care about what's best for the whole community. The politics is genteel, not really partisan, which is such a relief and there's a great sense of competence in how things are run. The town is expensive with regard to housing but that's par for the course when a place offers so much.
Summit, New Jersey is filled with many great things: excellent education for the young ones, strong sport programs, plenty of greenery, and a nice downtown where you and your friends can dine at numerous restaurants, go shopping, or just spend the afternoon at an art shop. As a nearby resident, I have traveled through Summit nearly every day. I like that it is safe, clean, has easy access to transportation (has a train station and buses), and there isn't much traffic. New York City is also very accessible from Summit. It can be anywhere between a 30 minute to an hour commuting.