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A+ Clifton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Clifton Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than New Jersey
12828% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Clifton cost of living
A- Clifton Crime Total crime is 2% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
1,81634% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5634% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Clifton crime
C+ Clifton Employment Household income is 3% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$71,83030% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,9617% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%24% lower than the US average
Clifton employment
D- Clifton Housing Home value is 4% higher than New Jersey
Median home value
$330,30079% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,32940% higher than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Clifton real estate or Clifton rentals
D- Clifton Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
85%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
41%17% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Clifton K-12 schools or Clifton colleges

Living in Clifton, NJ

Clifton, New Jersey is a mid-sized city with a population of 85,578 residents. With a population density of 7,593 people per square mile, Clifton is well above the nation's average density level. The majority of Clifton residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Clifton are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 31% of the population also speak Spanish. 72% of the people in Clifton (over the age of 15) are married and 57% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Clifton could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New Jersey if you know where to search. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Clifton and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Clifton to New Jersey and the national average.

Clifton, NJ receives 69/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #256 in New Jersey and #12,253 in the USA. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Clifton ranks well for amenities (A+) and crime (B+). Unfortunately for Clifton, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F), education (D-) and housing (D-).

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

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Clifton is actually affordable. The median home price for Clifton homes is $330,300, which is 4.4% higher than the New Jersey average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Clifton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.6, which is 7% higher than the New Jersey average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Clifton were 6.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.7%.

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Compare Clifton, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Clifton, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cobble Hill, New York8014.610,281
Liberty Park, Jersey City7812.5447
Battery Park, New York7712.813,570
North Sutton Area, New York7712.617,279
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Upper East Side, New York7712.3194,024
Carnegie Hill, New York761214,743
Garment District, New York7511.84,769
Upper West Side, New York7410.9204,475

Best Cities Near Clifton, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ8331.38
Plainsboro Center, NJ83432,733
North Hills, NY8125.95,420
Princeton, NJ8143.830,168
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pelham, NY8018.76,996
Plandome, NY8024.31,228
Jericho, NY8032.813,730
Manhasset, NY8024.97,996

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City more interested in mcmansions than its middle class.

What happens when you get a mayor that has been around for 25 years, mcmansions replacing tiny houses surrounding yours and nosy neighbors? You get Clifton over the last 20 years Clifton has been selling out those little tiny houses so that those that can't really afford to live in a rich neighborhood and feel supreme above the small houses. Then as soon as they tear down the house and build their house they complain about your house because it doesn't meet their standards! Mind you now you have politicians who only care about those people because they bringing higher taxes than you and want to push you out!
And even if you can afford to improve your house, you will have to get permits for every single thing you do. After that the city will come in inspect your house and charge you more in taxes.
want to have a garage sale and make twenty bucks fine you're going to pay 10 bucks for the permit just to do that. And don't you dare put those signs up on a telephone pole or any public land are you will be hauled off into court. Oh but if your politician feel free to stick your political signs anywhere you like without anybody coming down on you even when reported to the city they will not do a thing. you can even put them on the highway, the telephone poles, even in front of fire hydrants and nobody will do a thing about it because you're a politician.
open a new business in Clifton congratulations the mayor will show up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and that is the final time you will see him a couple weeks after that you'll probably be hit with violations on anything you can think of just to push you back out of the city again.
want to know what's Clifton looks like take a ride down Van Houten Ave and look at all the abandoned businesses that'll give you a great idea what Clifton looks like.
want to see what corruption is look at the entrance to Route 3 from notch road that was closed up several years ago because it was considered dangerous to have entrance or exit there. Then wonder why fette Ford only a few years later got their own private entrance and exit to Route 3 right next to it. Makes you wonder why the police cars are being worked on in Fette Ford. park your car from your house for more than two days you'll get a ticket pocket within 25 ft of those wheelchair access ramps you'll get a ticket drive a 5-ton tractor trailer through and deliver cars at fette Ford even though there's a 2-ton limit don't worry you won't get a ticket.
Like to view of Garret mountain? Oh you don't don't worry we're going to tear that down and build more housing. Not just any housing though it'll be the expensive housing! and what kind of people will live there? The kind of people that complain that there are deer in their backyard.
How's traffic in Clifton? Better to ask where can we put another traffic light in Clifton. And don't worry we've got way stick it out there too will put up a traffic light brand new and then a couple weeks later replace it with yet another traffic light with a left turn signal but only on one side of the road because if we put it on both sides it would improve traffic flow and we don't think that way.
Don't like Clifton, and want to move out? Good luck with that who wants to move into a town with taxes this high?
so I guess the real question is how much money do you have? Because if it's enough you can move into Clifton and do whatever you want without any obedience to the law whatsoever. However if you're middle class or lower oh, you're going to have a bad time here because you will have to obey every single law that can nitpick on you.
Is there a worse-run town then Clifton? That is a good question, because in all my travels I haven't found one yet.
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Clifton, NJ - Small Town Feel In A Big City

I have lived in Clifton, NJ for almost my entire life. It is home and homey despite being a rather large city. Depending on where you live, each section has its own small town feel. On any summer day you will find neighbors sitting and talking outside, kids playing in the parks and the ice cream truck making its way through the streets. And on every Christmas Eve, neighbors gather outside their homes to wave as Santa Claus drives throughout the town on a float led by a police escort, to wish everyone a happy holiday.

Clifton is ideally situated in New Jersey because it‘s close to NYC, the famed Jersey Shore, and the Delaware Water Gap. However you don't need to travel outside the city limits to do any shopping or dining because Clifton has numerous quaint shopping areas and eateries, notably the Tick Tock Diner, which has been mentioned on several food shows, and written about in articles. For those who love the outdoors, look no further than Garrett Mountain Reservation, a huge park with several miles of walking/running trails, basketball courts, picnic areas and a spectacular view of the city below and NYC beyond.
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Source: The Clifton, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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