News & Notes: Princeton ranked second-best small city in New Jerseyand Tammy Tseng | Nov 16, 2014
Princeton was ranked the second-best small city in New Jersey, according to a list compiled by real estate brokerage website Movoto.
The number one town on the list is Florham Park, N.J.
According to the list, Princeton was ranked second because of its number of amenities per capita and short commute time. Princeton’s 91 percent high school graduation rate also contributed to the ranking. The list also said that Princeton is “a hell of a place to live” for non-student residents.
Present-day Princeton is a combination of Princeton Township and the Borough of Princeton, which merged in 2013.
Movoto looked at 127 cities in New Jersey with populations between 10,000 and 60,000 in deciding the rankings, taking into consideration criteria such as quality of life, crime rate, tax rates and weather, as well as commute time, amenities per capita and unemployment. The study used data from the U.S. Census 2010, Areavibes, Sperling’s Best Places and business listings.
After performing this analysis, Movoto ranked each region from 1 to 127, with lower numbers being better. Florham Park had the lowest score, while Princeton had the second-lowest.