New Providence, Berkeley Heights and Mountainside are among the very top towns in New Jersey, according to New Jersey Monthly's latest list of the Top 100 municipalities.
New Providence was ranked #59, Berkeley Heights #85 and Mountainside #44.
A total of 514 towns were ranked on the list, which will be available online on Sept. 3. Other Union County towns on the top 100 list were Scotch Plains, #82, Westfield, #89, and Fanwood, #99.
A press release announcing the issue, which is now on news stands, said the ranking keyed in on eight factors: property taxes, home values, population growth, land development, employment, crime rate, school performance and proximity to services—which are said to best represent the quality of life in New Jersey.
The list of 100 Top Towns was compiled for New Jersey Monthly by the Polling Institute at Monmouth University.
Buying a home is the biggest investment most of us will make in a lifetime," said New Jersey Monthly Editor Ken Schlager.
"Our Top Towns rankings are intended, at least in part, to help with that decision. Certainly, the towns in our Top 10 are among the most attractive in the state for any homebuyer."
Mendam Borough scooped the top spot, with Warren Township, North Caldwell, Norwood Borough, Union Township, Woodcliff Lake, Tenafly Borough, Demarest Borough and Princeton Township rounding out the top 10.
What do you think of the rankings? Should New Providence and Berkeley Heights be higher?