North Arlington, New Jersey

For those wanting a small-town feel while still enjoying the perks of a big city, North Arlington delivers. Located less than 15 miles from New York City’s financial district, this spot gives commuters an ideal home base, with excellent schools and low crime.

Sports fans will enjoy the easy access to the nearby Meadowlands Sports Complex, which contains MetLife Stadium, home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets teams, as well as the Meadowlands Racetrack which hosts the annual Hambletonian Stakes .

In good weather, residents can stretch out and enjoy the outdoors at the 85-acre Riverside County Park, which has tennis courts, bocce, a dog park, fitness center, and playground. On cold or rainy days, take a shopping trip to the nearby Secaucus outlets. —Kerri Anne Renzulli

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