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22. South Brunswick, NJ
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Top 100 rank: 22
Population: 42,000
Compare South Brunswick to Top 10 Best Places
People tend to move to this diverse town in Middlesex County (it has a large Asian-American community) for the great public school system and wide range of housing, from $100,000 one-bedroom condos to million-dollar homes. Another draw: lots of good jobs nearby. Bloomberg Finance and LíOreal both have offices in South Brunswick. New York City and Philadelphia are each about an hourís drive from here. --N.D.
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South Brunswick stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$113,875 $99,975
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
8.29% 24.63%
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Median home price N.A. $265,929
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
24.4% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
23.9% 24.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10 16
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
3,622 2,758
High temp in July ° F 73.3° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 27.6° 20.9°
Median age 35.2 36.35
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$113,875 $99,975
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$94,659 $95,706
State sales tax 7.00% 5.75%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
8.97%I 7.37%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
1.40%I 3.13%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$2,617 $1,687
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
8.29% 24.63%
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Housing
Median home price N.A. $265,929
Average property taxes N.A. $4,083
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
45 28
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
24.4% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
23.9% 24.7%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
93.8/6.2 92.1/7.9
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
71.0% 78.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 28.2 23.3
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
27.8% 15.4%
% population walk or bike to work 1.4% 2.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
25 30
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
3,622 2,758
Bars
(within 15 miles)
217 208
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
252 165
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
102 74
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
11 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 27 16
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 2.0 1.2
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
45.77 39.07
% clear days in the area 26 27
High temp in July ° F 73.3° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 27.6° 20.9°
Median age 35.2 36.35
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
74.0% 74.5%
Married % 63.7% 61.5%
Divorced % 7.1% 7.6%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
186.4 71.0
From the September 2011 issue
Notes: *County data

(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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