Best Places To Live

13. Montville, NJ

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Montville, NJ Sylvana Dalia/Montville

Top 50 rank: 13

Population: 21,715

You’ll find everything from luxury homes to modest townhouses in Montville, which is just a 50-minute train ride from New York City. Schools are a big draw here, with Montville High ranked among the best in New Jersey.

There’s no walkable downtown yet, but residents pushed for the town to revitalize Towaco Center, an area near the train station. The project, which will include housing, shops, and a high-end steakhouse, will be completed next year. –K.F.

Montville, NJ

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $153,497
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.66%
Median home price (2012) $470,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 29.3%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 23.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 8

Financials

Median family income (per year) $153,497
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $99,972
Sales tax (state) 6.91%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 8.97%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 1.40%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,977
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.66%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $470,000
Average property taxes N.A.

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 148
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 29.3%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 23.4%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 95.0/5.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 89.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 8
Median commute time (in minutes) 25.8
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 20.4%
% population walk or bike to work 2.1%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 52
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 5,278
Bars (within 15 miles) 442
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 287
Libraries (within 15 miles) 126
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 28
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 1.6

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 46.25
% clear days in the area 56%
High temp in July ° F 84.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F 18.7°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 42.6
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 75.8%
Married % 65.4%
Divorced % 4.2%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 92.8

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