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Scotch Plains Among Top 25 Cities in U.S. for Renters Raising Families

John Mooney

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 2:20pm

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Scotch Plains is ranked among the Top 25 Cities for Renters Raising Families, according to a new list compiled by Rent.com.   

The list ranks cities with a high concentration of family households (greater than 70 percent), population greater than 10,000, and a median household income of $50,000 or more. Family-friendly criteria considered in the ranking included affordable rental rates (based on Rent.com data), low crime rates, and high school scores.   

Scotch Plains, NJ

#22

Population: 23,814

Median Household Income: $107,901

Median Rent 2BR: $1,350

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 4

Great School Rate: 8.8

This 9.2-square-mile township prides itself on its diversity and tolerance, with more than a dozen houses of worship representing multiple faiths. Scotch Plains’ 75+ businesses include antique stores, hobby shops, gift shops and a doll hospital, evoking nostalgia of a simpler time.  Recreational options include three golf courses, seven town-owned recreation areas with baseball diamonds, basketball, tennis and bocce courts and free summer concerts on Thursday evenings.

“People are starting to find out what we already knew.  Scotch Plains is a great place to rent, and an even better place to own a home and raise one’s family,” said Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover.

Other New Jersey cities making Rent.com’s Top 25 list included: Livingston (#1), Tenafly (#3), Millburn (#4), Ridgewood (#9), Westfield (#11), New Providence (#15), and River Edge (#21).

Cities with less than 1,000 rental dwellings – such as Fanwood -- were eliminated, as were places with high weather risk (risk of tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) and cities where the crime risk greater than the national average were eliminated. 

Top 25 Cities for Renters Raising Families:

1.             Livingston, NJ

2.             Ladera Ranch, CA

3.             Tenafly, NJ

4.             Millburn, NJ

5.             Yorba Linda, CA

6.             Darien, CT

7.             El Dorado Hills, CA

8.             Evans, GA

9.             Ridgewood, NJ

10.          Mount Juliet, TN

11.          Westfield, NJ

12.          Wilton, CT

13.          Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

14.          Los Altos, CA

15.          New Providence, NJ

16.          Peachtree City, GA

17.          Highlands Ranch, CO

18.          New Canaan, CT

19.          Bedford, NH

20.          Smithtown, NY

21.          River Edge, NJ

22.         Scotch Plains, NJ

23.          Olive Branch, MS

24.          Ridgefield, CT

25.          Wellesley, MA

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