Two weeks ago, we talked about how Basking Ridge made Safewise’s list of the Top 10 Safest Cities in New Jersey. In the latest Basking Ridge news, Bernards Township made New Jersey Monthly’s “Best Places to Live in New Jersey” list. They ranked #5 out of 513 New Jersey cities on the list, making it the highest ranking Somerset County city on the list. It also came in second for all Central Jersey cities (just behind Rumson at #4). Other Somerset County cities included Montgomery (#35), Bedminster (#37) and Bernardsville (#42).
Basking Ridge News: Bernards Township Makes Another Best of NJ List
Every two years, New Jersey Monthly commissions Leflein Associates (an independent Ringwood research firm) to gather data on all 565 cities in the state. Due to lack of data, they excluded cities with less than 1500 people. That left 513 cities to rank. First, they looked at five specific areas for each city:
- home values
- property taxes
- crime rates
- school performance
- lifestyle factor
Next, they divided these five areas up into 11 indicators:
- change in average property tax bill from 2014 to 2016
- current property tax rate (as of 2016)
- median home sales price in 2016
- change in median home sales price from 2014 to 2016
- average days on market for 2016
- total crime in 2014 (most recent stats available)
- total violent crime in 2014 (most recent stats available)
- proficiency on standardized tests for 4th and 8th grade students in 2016
- placement on New Jersey Monthly’s September 2016 “Top Public High Schools” chart
- number of acute care hospitals, performing arts centers, commute times and full service restaurants located within the city’s main zip code
Placement on the Top Public High Schools chart carried extra weight for ranking. You can download a complete list of all 513 cities and their rankings by visiting the New Jersey Monthly’s website here. For anyone living in Bernards Township, this latest Basking Ridge news isn’t “new” at all. We know how great our city is. When you decide to make Basking Ridge your home, contact us to help you find just the right place for you.
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