I think that New Jersey towns with even the worst reputations have positives. This is not a knock on any Garden State locations or the people who do live there and do their best to make things work.

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Four criteria were used to determine the worst places in New Jersey to live.

  1. Violent crime rate
  2. Unemployment rate
  3. Median Home Value
  4. Median Household Income

When the numbers were crunched, some shocking results were revealed.

There are definitely some surprises on here. Plus, you'll notice one part of NJ shows up on this list.

The 20 Worst Towns in New Jersey to Live

Now, let's look at the positive. These are the 25 Best Places To Live in New Jersey

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in New Jersey using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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