Suburban life is all I have ever known and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I was born and raised in Livingston, NJ and now live in West Orange, NJ. Grass, trees and non mass transit is what I know and love. As a self admitted shopping addict there is something special about having access to suburban malls. I know every crook and cranny of The Mall at Short Hills and could complete a full fledged shopping spree with my eyes closed.
For those outside of the Garden State, West Orange is about thirty minutes outside of New York City. I, like so many suburbanites, often wonder if Big City Life is for me. The answer is no. While I love visiting New York City for a much needed day of retail therapy or a fun night out with friends, the hustle and bustle of city life is just not for me.
In part two of our five part Best Places to Live Series we take a look at Best Places to Live for Suburbanites. This data reveals a glimpse into life in the suburbs and the life of Americans who prefer a little more space, peace and quiet to the contrast of a fast paced city life.
Suburban communities are appealing to many because of their great access to recreational centers, schools and a feeling of community with many being only being a short distance to a city. I am sure my feelings about West Orange to NYC are the same that residents of Cherry Hills Village, CO, #1 on the Best Places to Live for Suburbanites, feel about Denver, Clyde Hill, WA feel about Seattle and Wolf Trap, VA feel about Washington, DC.
I wasn’t surprised to learn New Jersey is the place to be for people who love the suburbs. Three New Jersey towns, Haworth, Englewood Cliffs and Ho-Ho-Kus, topped the list for the “Top 10 Best Places to Live for Suburbanites” coming in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6, respectively from more than 11,000 suburbs across the United States.
Here is a look at the Top 10:
3) Haworth, NJ
9) Rossmoor, CA
Access to resources that make everyday life easy, for example proximity to several grocery stores, banks and shopping malls are something that make life in the suburbs attractive. I couldn’t imagine driving more than a few minutes to pick up groceries. Perhaps this is the reason homeowners in the suburbs spend approximately four times as much to prepare meals at home than going out. Check out some of the other popular areas that cater to the life of a suburbanite.
As you can see above, community safety is also a major benefit of living in a suburb. Did you know that crime is 40% less likely in the suburbs than the national average? In fact, in the top 10 ranked suburbs 95% owned their homes and crime was 68% less likely.
I wouldn’t trade my suburban life for anything in the world. Backyard BBQs, relaxing nights at home and spending time at the park down the street are just a few of the things that make me appreciate the Value of my Home. The life of a social seeker or suburbanite may not be for you but not to worry, data on the Best Places to Live for adventurers, leisure lovers and culture cravers will be released soon. In the mean time take a look at the other suburbs that made the list for Best Places to Live for Suburbanites.
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