Sunday, July 09, 2006

Morris didn't make the cut

From the Daily Record:

Morris cities fail test for families

Not a single Morris County community is among the supposedly 100 best places to bring up a family, as listed in a new book, "Best Places to Raise Your Family," by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander (Wiley, 2006).

Not Mountain Lakes, not Mendham, not Madison, not Morristown, not Chatham.

As for communities that did make the cut, there's Hollywood Park, Texas; Coralville, Iowa; Lake Zurich, Ill.; Hudsonville, Mich.; Kaysville, Utah; Getzville, N.Y.; Irmo, S.C.; Valrico, Fla.

I never heard of them.
In fact, I never heard of maybe half the 100. (Granted, I am not much a traveler. I've always admired Emily Dickinson's remark: She had traveled widely in Amherst.)

As for the top 10, they are (1) Louisville, Colo.; (2) Gathersburg, Md.; (3) Roswell, Ga.; (4) Lakeville, Minn.; (5) Flower Mound, Texas; (6) Fort Collins, Colo.; (7) Cary, N.C.; (8) Sugar Land, Texas; (9) Columbia, Md.; and (10) Noblesville, Ind.
New Jersey as a state didn't do badly. Three Garden State communities made the list: Norwood, in Bergen County; Livingston, in Essex; and Kendall Park, in Middlesex.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never understand these types of things. How can chatham be money magazines top places to live, and then not be in the Top 100 here. I know it is all in the numbers they choose to run this test, but still odd that chatham did not make it at all. And it is also odd that livingston made it over places like mendham and chatham.

7/09/2006 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Livingston? Nothing wrong with it, but I can think of 50 nicer towns in NJ.

Ridgewood, Chatham, Wyckoff, Glen Rock,Allendale, Saddle River,Rumson, Fairhaven, Little Silver, Spring Lake, Sea Girt,Brielle,Manasquan,Moorestown,LAvalette,Matoloking, Bayhead, the list would go on & on. Maybe not 50, at least 40! No offense to Livinsgton, just shows there are a lot of desirable areas in NJ, contrary to popular opinion. Although it would cost you an arm and a leg to live in most of the above places, is Livingston somehow more affordable?

7/09/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the H*ll is so special about Kendall Park?

7/09/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kendall Park is conveniently located near the trailer park on Route 1 that puts out all the holiday decorations, like the giant snowman.

THAT is what makes Kendall Park one of the best places to raise your family (I guess).

7/09/2006 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these things are subjective gobbledygook. There's no point in paying any attention to any of them, though at least Money's list has some consistency.

The best place to live is the place that works best for you.

7/09/2006 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roswell GA? Are they serious? Roswell is a congested, boring Atlanta suburb. I have heard the schools are weak as well and there is little in terms of restaurants other than franchise variety. If that's reflective of the others in the top 10, no thanks.

7/09/2006 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SUGARLAND, TEXAS? Do cancer rates factor into this survey? Tom Delay's hometown repeatedly comes in the top five for cancer fatalities per 100k and incidences per 100k of cancer. It's an eco-nightare, even with all the $600k+ faux manors.

7/09/2006 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon -
Actually a friend who grew up in Kendall Park calls it a trailer park without wheels.

7/09/2006 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger njresident286 said...

I have lived in NJ my whole life and I have never heard of Kendall Park.

BTW grim, thanks for turning the Word Verification back on.

7/09/2006 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger grim said...

Sorry about the word verification folks, we were starting to get spammed a bit too frequently..


7/09/2006 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never heard of Kendall Park either. But Livingston I can understand. Livingston is desirable because of the schools. I think they are #2 in the state. The athletic program is very good, too. It also offers a good quality of life. It's more affordable than Millburn, but comprable to Chatham. Essex County has higher taxes than Morris, but I think Livingston is one of the Essex County towns slated dof lower taxes this year.

7/09/2006 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ft. Collins, Colorado.

That is a great town for families or anyone. I use to live out there. Still have RE that I rent out to Colorado State Students.

Man, I should move out of uws and go back.

I can't begin to tell you how good that area is.
Its cloe to Denver, which has good jobs. Taxes are cheaper, people there are great. I can't say enough about that.

Another note, long distance RE management isn't fun. But I love those kids, they virtually live there for free.

Man, why would anyone wanna still live in NJ?

7/09/2006 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger Grim Ghost said...

I've never heard of Kendall Park either. And Norwood -- whats so special about it ?

Livingston isn't a bad town, but there are lots of good towns in NJ with good schools.

7/09/2006 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norwood is in a really good school district. Its not bad.. But I prefer Harrington Park because it has a small town feel. The nicer part of Norwood is the area that borders Rockleigh. But still wasn't on my list because I thought that If they some how approve the Northern Valley Jail.. Norwood (the area that borders Northvale) would not retain its value as well as Harrington Park or Rivervale..

7/10/2006 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to ask myself, What's so special about NJ these days. And I'm born and raised here. Between property taxes, our new Sales tax increase and the ever rediculous building of condos in NNJ PLUS the traffic, where is this state going?

I'm seriously considering moving out of this state for the first time in my life. There's alot more bang for my buck elewhere!!


7/10/2006 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger 42 said...

wasn't Morristown #1 in another one of these yuppie pissing contests?

Lakeville MN they have got to be smoking crack. what a bland, dull craphole. make that a bland, dull COLD craphole that's far enough away from the Twins to make it a real schlep to do anything interesting besides ice-fishing and gambling at the casino in Prior Lake.

7/10/2006 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Livingston is one of the most desirable places to live in NJ. alot of diversity combined with great shopping, some of the best (top 5) schools in the state rankings every year. Low taxes for Essex county and tremendous sports programs for the kids. In fact the town has become so religiously diverse their motto should be "Livingston, its not just for jews anymore".

7/10/2006 10:18:00 PM  

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