Best Places To Live

16. Hillsborough, NJ

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Hillsborough, NJ Hillsborough Township—Xact Studios LLC

Top 50 rank: 16

Population: 38,828

An hour from Philadelphia, New York City, and the Jersey shore, this town has preserved its farm-country roots and protected one-third of its land from development.

It’s home to the 2,700-acre Duke Farm, the estate of heiress Doris Duke, which opened free to the public last year for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.

Located off a busy highway, Hillsborough is developing a pedestrian-friendly town center that will bring shops, restaurants, and housing to its Main Street. –D.R.

Hillsborough, NJ

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $122,949
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.34%
Median home price (2012) $340,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 21.6%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 20.1%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 8

Financials

Median family income (per year) $122,949
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $80,076
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) 3.34%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $340,000
Average property taxes(2011) $8,003

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 33
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 21.6%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 20.1%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 95.5/4.5

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) N.A.
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 8
Median commute time (in minutes) 29.8
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 26.6%
% population walk or bike to work 1.5%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 21
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 2,025
Bars (within 15 miles) 125
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 217
Libraries (within 15 miles) 46
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 9
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 84.4°
Low temp in Jan ° F 19.1°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 39.4
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 72.5%
Married % 62.1%
Divorced % 5.4%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 92.4

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