WARREN TOWNSHIP, New Jersey
6. Warren, NJ
Courtesy: Warren Township
Top 100 rank: 6
Typical single-family house: $500,000
Estimated property taxes: $7,500
Unemployment rate: 6.9%
Fun fact: A dozen Revolutionary War vets are buried here.
Pluses: Lots of open space, culture, and recreation nearby
Minuses: Pricey homes, no real downtown
Children, commuters, cul-de-sacs--sure, Warren has those. But it isn't the typical big-city suburb. Here, fields aren't used just to kick soccer balls but also to raise cows and crops, thanks to 72 working farms. You'll see few sidewalks and streetlights; residents say they'd spoil the semi-rural atmosphere.
Many residents work in New York City, but there are plenty of jobs closer to home. Insurer Chubb has its headquarters in town. Embattled Citigroup has a large office in Warren, and a spokesperson says no layoffs are planned there.
Residents rave about the local schools and the family-friendly township recreation offerings, including a fishing derby for kids each May, a carnival in June, and a classic-car show in September. And when the charms of Warren wear thin, either the beach (the Jersey shore), the slopes (the Poconos), or high culture (Manhattan) is just an hour away.
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