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A+ Carteret Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Carteret Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than New Jersey
12020% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12323% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carteret cost of living
A Carteret Crime Total crime is 12% lower than New Jersey
Total crime
1,42145% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7145% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
23%Year over year crime is up
Carteret crime
D- Carteret Employment Household income is 8% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$67,77623% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$24,92616% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%60% higher than the US average
Carteret employment
D+ Carteret Housing Home value is 18% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$259,90041% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,30538% higher than the US average
Home ownership
58%9% lower than the US average
Carteret real estate or Carteret rentals
F Carteret Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
82%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
31%38% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Carteret K-12 schools

Living in Carteret, NJ

Located in the state of New Jersey, Carteret is a mid-sized city with a population of 23,966 people. In Carteret, there are 5,458 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Carteret identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 27% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Carteret could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New Jersey if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Carteret, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, education, employment, housing and more.

The livability score in Carteret is 67 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 50th percentile of all cities across America. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Carteret has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (A+). On a less positive note, Carteret does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Carteret, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Carteret has a violent crime rate of 181 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Carteret real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Carteret. Median real estate prices in Carteret come in at $259,900, which is 17.9% lower than the New Jersey average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Carteret, the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 11.6% lower than the New Jersey average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Carteret will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Carteret, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 10.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6%.

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Compare Carteret, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Carteret, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fresh Kills, New York861.812
Cobble Hill, New York8013.910,281
Oakwood, New York786.126,947
Liberty Park, Jersey City7811.9447
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Battery Park, New York7714.213,570
Huguenot, New York774.111,608
Todt Hill, New York766.217,577
Woodrow, New York753.59,310

Best Cities Near Carteret, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ8318.48
Plainsboro Center, NJ8325.82,733
Morrisville CDP, PA8239862
North Hills, NY8131.75,420
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Princeton, NJ8127.830,168
Pelham, NY8031.56,996
Plandome, NY8031.61,228
Jericho, NY8038.613,730

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Carteret Is A Great Place For This Vet

Carteret is swell, I tell you that and you can trust this opinion coming from a veteran who served in two wars. I know a good place when I see one, and the Victorian Age homes can still be found although they are few and far in between nowadays. Living in Carteret is different from other places in New Jersey in many ways, however.

Take a place like Willingboro, a true suburb of Camden, yet you wouldn't be able to tell unless you drove 10 minutes to Camden and saw it for yourself. Nestled in the hearth of the metropolis known as the Greater New York Area, you feel as though you are apart from all the rest of the world living here.

I know home price and crime can be an issue anywhere, and too bad we can't eliminate all of the bad from the world. Things are very manageable for the young up and comer, as well as for the retired decorated vet.
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Source: The Carteret, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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