Each year thousands of families migrate from New York City to Northern New Jersey because of the cost of living and the wide availability of housing. Northern New Jersey is known for its quaint charm and top school systems. For families looking to relocate, they can be at ease knowing that their children will receive a phenomenal education; and that enrolling in a private school is not a necessity. Many North Jersey neighborhoods are family friendly where you can easily tap into a network of parents with children around the same age as yours.

Research shows that buying a home in a top tiered school system pays off. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, homes purchased in a town with a good school system maintain and grow value. Purchasing a home in Northern, New Jersey can be rewarding for the advancement of your child’s learning and can become profitable in the long-term.

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According to Niche, These School Districts Are the Best in Northern NJ:

Tenafly, NJ (#4)- Bergen County

Tenafly, NJ is known for its historical sightings and ties to the Revolution. This beautiful suburban city is the landmark of the Route of 1776 British & Hessian Invasion Route. Residents in Tenafly bask in their homes and go out routinely to enjoy the fine parks, coffee shops, restaurants, and woodland views. There is cultural diversity, and the school district is superb. The school system has an A+ rating, and the student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1. The median home value in Tenafly is $712,898.

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 Livingston, NJ (#5) – Essex County

Livingston, NJ is located just outside of New York City, with easy access to Manhattan. Livingston has an A+ school system rating. The town welcomes various ethnic groups from Russia, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Asia, and more! Livingston is rated #1 of 378 best places to teach. The average graduation rate is 97%. The median home value in Livingston is $691,356.

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Summit, NJ (#6) – Union County

Summit, NJ is a commuter-friendly city with accessible bus lines to Newark and Manhattan. Midtown is also a 30-minute ride to Penn Station. Summit is known for its business district with an abundance of specialty gift shops. The city also has an in-town hospital, Overlook Medical Center, and notable houses of worship. The school district in Summit is well known for its prestigious ratings which are an A+, according to Niche. The school district is in the top 83rd percentile nationally. The median home value in Summit is $803,893.

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Ridgewood, NJ (#8) – Bergen County

Ridgewood, NJ, is a village in Bergen County known for its excellent downtown district and best eateries; the notable town favorites are the Country Pancake House and East Coast Burger Company. Ridgewood features iconic buildings such as the Wilsey building and the Moore building. The school district has an overall A+ rating, along with an A+ score in academic clubs and activities, college preparedness, and school safety. The median home average in Ridgewood, NJ, is $708,999.

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Westfield (#12) – Union County

Westfield, NJ was ranked as the 30th safest city to live in the United States according to a nationwide survey in 2014. It is also home to some of New Jersey’s best libraries. The town library often offers story time for children, where families can socialize and become acquainted with one another.

The school system has an A+ rating with student-teacher ratios 13 to 1. Westfield is also known for its prestigious athletics. In New Jersey, Westfield ranks #5 out of 243. The median home value in Westfield is $728,278.

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About the Author: Nancy Pavic

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Nancy Pavic is an expert in the New Jersey real estate market. For the past 25+ years, she has brokered Casa Real Properties, a well-distinguished real estate office in the Northern New Jersey area. Her prestigious awards include membership into the Top 1% of Realtors, the “Circle of Excellence” award by the New Jersey Association of Realtors, a front page cover spread of Top Agent Magazine, and a recipient of the Mayoral Award for Financial/Real Estate at the 2009 Paterson Women’s History Awards Ceremony.