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Westfield Ranked 11th Best City for Renters Raising Families by Rent.com

Jackie Lieberman

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 8:40pm

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield is one of eight New Jersey cities to make Rent.com’s new list of Top 25 Cities for Renters Raising Families.

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. Only cities with more than 1,000 rental dwellings available made the list.

“Westfield is known for being a great place to not only grow up, but also a great place to raise your own children,” according to Rent.com. “This city has an extensive youth and adult recreation program, nine municipal parks and fields and Memorial Park, a popular summer gathering place for residents. The downtown area is a vibrant mix of chain store staples like Starbucks, Gap and Williams-Sonoma, with an added mix of mom-and-pop restaurants. For the music lovers, summer jazz performances downtown are a must-attend.”

Rent.com's 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

Rent.com assembled the Top 25 Cities for Renters Raising Families list with the help New York-based data and technology company Onboard Informatics ©2014. All demographic data provided by Onboard Informatics is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, according to the company.

Cities with high weather risk, such as risk of tornadoes or hurricanes and crime risk greater than the national average were eliminated from the ranking. In addition, the average Public School Test Score Copyright © 2014 GreatSchools.net rating for each city was calculated based on the test score performance of each school and based on a scale of 1-10.

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