Monday, April 20, 2015

Hoboken Ranks Among Worst Places in NJ for Families to Live

Our Lady of Grace Band; Washington St. circa 1950
While Hoboken has done fairly well recently in national polls and "best places to live" surveys, the recent ranking of Hoboken as last in cities in New Jersey to raise a family is bound to raise some eyebrows. Like most of these types of analyses, it matters what you are factoring and how much you are weighing them. -Dr. Petrosino 

Hoboken is one of the worst cities in New Jersey to raise a family, according to New Jersey Family magazine.
According to their website, the magazine ranked 512 municipalities with populations over 1,500 based on the following factors:
“We collected data for tax rates, average home sale prices, crime rates, public school district rankings, median household income, percentage of families with children under the age of 18, mean travel time to work, number of restaurants, number of hospitals within 10 miles and number of grocery/convenience stores within five miles. Based on the aggregated data for each of the 512 municipalities, we developed an algorithm to determine our ranking.”
Pennington in Mercer County topped the list as the best city for families to live in, followed by Oradell and Mendham Township.

New Jersey Family magazine’s recent ranking is an controversial designation for a city that named the second-best foodie city in the nation and the second-best city for liberals.
In 2014,, a real estate blog that reports on stellar towns throughout the state, named Hoboken as the 9th best place to live in the state of New Jersey. [ See related Patch article]