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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B
Westfield is a suburb of New York City with a population of 30,591. Westfield is in Union County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Westfield offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Westfield there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Westfield and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Westfield are highly rated.
About Westfield...
Population
30,591

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$725,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,594
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Westfield 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
    6.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    3.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    69.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    683.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    92.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Westfield

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$159,923
National
$55,322
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Westfield, New Jersey is a place like that of a television dream town. Crime is extremely low, so low that you can leave your door unlocked for many days and nights, without worrying about break-ins. I have visited my grandparents there every summer all my life, and they never lock their doors, ever! On early mornings strictly from 5:00 to 7:00 on weekends, the streets are so vacant that me and my brother sometimes wake up between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00, and we play football in the street; never worrying about cars driving by. Noise at night is rare, neighbors are very friendly, schools are very close by, and jobs pay great. The only thing I would like to see change is the cost of housing, other than that, Westfield is the place to stay.
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Westfield's main perks are physical: a beautiful downtown with tons of local shops and great food; a direct commute to NYC; proximity to many similar towns and connective highways. But its negative qualities are not as outwardly evident. There is a toxic culture that persists throughout Westfield of competition, from the status of one's income/home/career, the prestigious colleges their children attend, old money/new money rivalry, the luxurious donations one is able to make. The parents allow their children to run wild with partying and start terrible tendencies young. The school has a major gap in quality where so many students are forgotten. The new mayor is a complete buffoon and parades around with national policy opinions rather than fixing the necessary local problems. The picturesque nature of Westfield is skin deep.
Great town with nice people and lots of options especially if you have a family. Lots of restaurants, walking options, interesting events, and diverse political perspectives. Schools are excellent overall; however recent changes in the administration at Jefferson School have seemed to create an unhealthy tension; teachers have worn black to protest the new principal’s behavior and policies. Stress leaves for staff are higher than any other school. At some point this will need to be addressed, as it is beginning to negatively impact parents and students.