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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  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-
Watchung is a suburb of New York City with a population of 6,034. Watchung is in Somerset County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Watchung offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Watchung there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many retirees live in Watchung and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Watchung are highly rated.
About Watchung...
Population
6,034

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$719,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,534
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Watchung 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
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    286.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    6,297.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Watchung

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$153,341
National
$55,322
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Watchung Reviews

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I love living in Watchung! With just under 6,000 residents, everyone is close-knit and knows one another. The schools here are excellent and parents and teachers work hard to ensure that students' educations are prioritized to ensure bright futures. The lake in the center of the circle is also the highlight of the town, with parks and the library nearby. Events are often held for the townspeople to enjoy, especially during the summer. Watchung is also closely connected with neighboring towns, such as Warren, Greenbrook, and Longhill, and people can easily meet others this way.
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I've been living in Watchung since I was 3 years old. It is a small, tight-knit town where everyone knows each other. It is quite a peaceful place to live due to the "woodsy" surrounding, but it is also close to places such as Hoboken, Jersey City, New York City, and the shores. While there are not many things I would change, I would like to see more diversity within Watchung.
Pretty town, not very diverse, but neighbors are nice all around. Public schools are alright, not specifically good or bad, but depends on the teachers you have with them.