‘We’re Number 400!’

Sandwiched between Chesterfield Township (Burlington County) and West Long Branch (Monmouth County), Rahway ranks as the No. 400 “Best Place to Live,” according to the latest New Jersey Monthly magazine.

In its March edition, New Jersey Monthly publishes its annual “Best Places to Live” with the Top 100 in the print edition, but all 566 Garden State ranked and available online. No. 400 out of 566 ranks Rahway just inside the 30th percentile (so more than 70 percent of New Jersey towns higher).

The rankings take into account eight categories “best representing the quality of life” in New Jersey towns: property taxes, home values (2007 and % increase from 2000), population growth, land development, employment, crime rate, school performance and proximity to services (theater, hospital).” Household income was not included.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? Outrageous, or just about right? Does Rahway still have a way to go before making its way up the list?

The former Spanktown ranked ahead of Union County municipalities like Hillside (429), Linden (461), Plainfield (490) and Elizabeth (499), but behind Roselle Park (260) and Roselle (384). The highest-ranked Union County towns were Mountainside (16), Summit (29), Clark (33), Cranford (37), Berkeley Heights (59) and Kenilworth (66).

The magazine also features a story about local theaters in New Jersey. The piece highlights 11 but not the Union County Performing Arts Center, which was purchased by Union County for $1.3 million as part of a $6-million expansion and renovation last year.

P.S. Chatham Township (Morris County) ranked No. 1 while Chesilhurst (Camden County) ranked No. 566.