Best Places to Live in New Jersey

The Top Towns to Live in New Jersey

Ask 100 New Jersey residents and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. New Jersey features many distinct and unique regions, for a state of its size. Beautiful beach resort towns along the shore, lively urban areas near New York and Philadelphia, the legendary Pine Barrens, scenic mountainous regions in the extreme northwest, acres and acres of rich farmland, breathtaking horse country – you can find it all in New Jersey. Many Garden State towns get featured as some of the best in the entire U.S., and Niche put together a list of the top 100. Here are some of our favorite places to live, along with a little about some of our communities in each location.


Nassau St Princeton, NJ

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The greater Princeton area took the top four spots on Niche’s list, with Princeton Meadows making the top spot. Located in Mercer County, Princeton features an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, along with some great art museums and many colleges and universities. Princeton is also conveniently located right between New York and Philadelphia, with public transportation available to both cities, and is also a half-hour drive from New Brunswick.

Featured Community: Windsor Woods

Exterior of Windsor Woods Princeton, NJ

Windsor Woods features one, two, and three bedroom apartments just a short drive away from Downtown Princeton. This community offers onsite tennis courts, business center, outdoor swimming pool, and a playground, and is located just off of Route 1.

Society Hill, Piscataway

Waksman Institute Busch Campus Rutgers Piscataway


Piscataway is a suburb of New Brunswick in Middlesex County located on the Raritan River, and offers residents convenient access to the Turnpike, I-287, and a 10-minute drive from the Garden State Parkway. Part of Rutgers New Brunswick is also located in Piscataway, including High Point Solutions Stadium and the school’s Livingston and Busch Campuses.


Edison Tower Middlesex County, NJ

In 2016, Edison was named one of the best places to live in the entire country by Money Magazine. Edison is known for it’s great schools, low crime rate, and abundance of green spaces. Oak Tree Road in Edison is also known as “Little India,” and features various types of Indian cuisine and grocery stores, along with a Bollywood cinema and various shops.

Featured Community: Chesterfield Townhomes

Chesterfield Townhomes Edison, NJ

Located on the border of Piscataway and Edison, Chesterfield townhomes offers two and three bedroom townhouses. Private balconies are available, along with a garage to park your car.

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Parsippany-Troy Hills

Parsippany is a popular choice for new residents of New Jersey, as it offers plenty of green space to get out and about, but is only a short drive from major highways and the Morristown Train Station. Parsippany features offices of major corporations such as Wyndham Hotels, Cadbury Adams, and Allergan.

Featured Community: Vail Manor

Vail Manor Parsippany, NJ

For those looking for an active adult community in Morris County, Vail Manor is a popular choice. This community features resident controlled heat and air conditioning, baths with jet tubs, and onsite laundry facilities.