The online data gathering resource Niche.com released their “best of” lists for 2018. It should be no surprise that Bernards Township ranked high on several of these lists. They included Best Places to Raise a Family in New Jersey (#9), Best Suburbs in New Jersey (#10) and Best Places to Live in New Jersey (#14). Basking Ridge received the highest ranking out of any city in Somerset County. Read on for a more thorough breakdown.
What Makes Bernards Township Great?
Bernards Township ranked highest on the Best Places to Raise a Family in New Jersey list from Niche.com. Coming in at #9, Bernards Township received an overall grade of A+. They came in even higher on the Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in New Jersey (#4). Bernards Township even made the Best Places to Raise a Family in the NYC Area and Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in the NYC Area lists, coming in at #12 for both. The Basking Ridge public school system ranks in the top 10 for the state. Crime rates run well below the national average. In fact, no murders, assaults or robberies were reported in the city at all last year. Basking Ridge residents tend to be well educated, with 72% of them earning a bachelors, master’s or higher degree. A further 13% earned an associates degree or received some college education.
How Niche.com Determined Rankings
Niche.com looks at schools, education rate, cost of living, crime stats, home values, diversity, outdoor activities, walkability, and census information to come up with a “best of” score. An area’s school systems plays the largest factor, comprising 20% of a city’s score. They also take into account reviews from locals who live in each city, since they are the ones that know their communities the best. Nearly 80 of the more than 400 New Jersey cities analyzed by Niche.com received an overall grade of A+.
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