<a href=”http://luxuryhomesnj.com/blog/westfield-nj-made-the-top-100-best-small-cities/” target=”_blank”><img class=”alignright wp-image-2749 size-full” src=”http://luxuryhomesnj.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/family.jpg” alt=”Westfield NJ made the Top 100 Best Small Cities to Live list, according to WalletHub’s ranking of 1268 small US cities based on economy, health and more.” width=”200″ height=”133″ /></a>Westfield NJ made the Top 100 Best Small Cities to Live list. <strong>WalletHub recently released their list for <span style=”color: #0000ff;”><a style=”color: #0000ff;” href=”https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-small-cities-to-live-in/16581/” target=”_blank”>2015’s Best and Worst Small Cities in America</a></span>. </strong>Our very own Westfield community ranked 81st. Only three other cities in New Jersey found their way into the top 100: Hoboken (80th), Paramus (15th) and Princeton (1st).
<h3>Westfield NJ Made the Top 100 Best Small Cities to Live List</h3>
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How did WalletHub determine their rankings for this list? There were four main criteria they took into consideration: <strong>affordability, economic health, education/health and quality of life</strong>. Things like housing costs, cost of living and how many homeowners were in the community went into the affordability portion of the equation. The economic health of a community was determined by the unemployment rate, median household income, population/income growth and how many people live below the poverty line. The quality of schools, amount of population with health insurance, total pediatricians per 100,000 people and amount of residents with a four year degree or higher determined the education and health portion. Quality of life was decided by things like commute time, hours worked per week, amount of bars, restaurants, museums, coffee shops and gyms per 100,000 people and the crime rate.
<strong>Over 1250 US cities</strong> were taken into consideration for WalletHub’s list. To be a part of the deliberation, each city had to <strong>have between 25,000 and 100,000 residents</strong>. Each of the four criteria listed above were weighted evenly to determine an overall score. How is it that Westfield NJ made the Top 100 Best Small Cities to Live List? The <span style=”color: #0000ff;”><a style=”color: #0000ff;” href=”http://www.luxuryhomesnj.com/community.shtml” target=”_blank”>Westfield community</a></span> came in at 28th for its Economic Health. However, it actually ranked <strong>3rd in the Education and Health category</strong>. This was the highest of all small New Jersey cities. Only Milton MA and Lexington MA came in higher in this category.
Don’t forget: <strong>the <a href=”http://luxuryhomesnj.com/blog/westfield-y-mens-club-christmas-tree-lot-2015/” target=”_blank”><span style=”color: #0000ff;”>Westfield Y Men’s Club is still hosting their Christmas Tree Lot</span></a> every night through December 23rd</strong>. If you haven’t picked up your tree yet, go to the Elm St field located between Orchard and Walnut from 5pm to 9pm weekdays and 9am to 6pm on the weekends. There’s a good chance you might even see me there wrangling trees.
<strong><a style=”color: #0000ff;” href=”http://www.luxuryhomesnj.com/” target=”_blank”>Scott Gleason, CRS at RE/MAX Properties Unlimited, Westfield NJ luxury home service for Home Buyers and Sellers on the Move</a></strong>