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13. Montville, NJ
Montville, NJ
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Top 50 rank: 13
Population: 21,715

You'll find everything from luxury homes to modest townhouses in Montville, which is just a 50-minute train ride from New York City. Schools are a big draw here, with Montville High ranked among the best in New Jersey.

There's no walkable downtown yet, but residents pushed for the town to revitalize Towaco Center, an area near the train station. The project, which will include housing, shops, and a high-end steakhouse, will be completed next year. --K.F.

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Montville, NJ
Town stats
Median family income (per year)
$153,497
Job growth % (2010-2012)
2.66%
Median home price (2012)
$470,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average)
29.3%
Math test scores (% above/below average)
23.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)
0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)
8
Financials
Town stats
Median family income (per year)
$153,497
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$99,972
Sales tax (state)
6.91%
State income tax rate (highest bracket)
8.97%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket)
1.40%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,977
Job growth % (2010-2012)
2.66%
Housing
Median home price (2012)
$470,000
Average property taxes
N.A.
Education
Reading test scores (% above/below state average)
29.3%
Test scores math (% above/below average)
23.4%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits)
95.0/5.0
Quality of life
Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good)
89.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)
0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)
8
Median commute time (in minutes)
25.8
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer
20.4%
% population walk or bike to work
2.1%
Leisure and culture
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts)
1.6
Weather
Annual rainfall (inches)
46.25
% clear days in the area
56%
High temp in July ° F
84.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F
18.7°
Meet the neighbors
Median age
42.6
Completed at least some college (% of residents)
75.8%
Married %
65.4%
Divorced %
4.2%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
92.8
From the September 2013 issue

Source: Onboard Informatics. Details


(I) Income tax notes:
The New Jersey rates reported are for single individuals. For married couples filing jointly, the tax rates also range from 1.4% to 8.97%, with 7 brackets and the same high and low income ranges.
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