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Ridgewood Named Best Place to Retire in NJ

Glen Rock came in at No. 4 on a real estate blog's Top 10 ranking.

Ridgewood has been named the best NJ town to retire in on a real estate blog.

The Movoto blog recently ranked the Garden State’s top ten best town’s for retirees, and Ridgewood topped the list. Glen Rock wasn’t that far behind, coming in at No. 4.

The list, which considered all towns in the state with 10,000 residents or more, used four criteria – cost of living (the list said that a higher cost of living was better, since retirees have saved money), crime rate, amenities, and weather – to determine which towns were best for retired residents.

According to the ranking, Ridgewood offers retirees a place “to settle down without losing all the fun.” It notes the village’s low crime rate, long list of amenities and activities for seniors, and a fairly high cost of living.

Glen Rock came in at No. 4, the list said, thanks to safety and community.

“Glen Rock showcases the safety that living in a small place can offer,” it said, citing the town’s low crime rate.

“As far as things to do, Glen Rock is all about its organizations. Whether you’re into preserving history, rock gardening, are a veteran, or an avid square dancer, this borough has got a place for you and events for you to join in.”

Three other Bergen towns – Tenafly, Westwood, and Hasbrouck Heights – also made the list. See the full ranking here.

Many commentors on the Movoto blog disagreed with the ranking, saying the cost of living consideration is the opposite of what it should have been. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below. 

JATO June 03, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Glen Rock is not a retirement town especially where the property taxes are extremely high. Yes we have senior living but the majority are retired residents with family in the area . Wealthy retirees choose to live here.
Marc D June 03, 2014 at 10:16 AM
I don’t pretend to be a real estate expert, but both my parents and my in-laws have made the choice to remain in Glen Rock and Ridgewood where they have lived all their lives. They are all in their 80’s and by no measure what you would call rich, moving is not in their plans. My father did consider a move to the South Carolina where taxes are lower, but when he factored in other expenses involved he told them the grass is always greener on the other side until you look real hard. He and Mom stayed put and don’t regret it. Judging by the number of senior friends they have who have remained in the area they are not alone.
Flygrl June 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM
I grew up in area as well all my life. Ridgewood and family in Glen Rock. There are certainly those that remain with family. But those I know eventually did move to other towns and states where taxes were indeed lower. Or rented in nice updated communities. I wish we had more like that in Bergen County.
R.S. June 04, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Laughable. Great Towns , Family schools services etc - but taxes ( Stat & Local) and overall COL is not for retirees. All downsize and leave.

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