Clifton 74 Excellent
Clifton Livability #294 ranked city in New Jersey#8,364 ranked city in the USARanks better than 71% of areas
A+ Clifton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Clifton Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than New Jersey
12727% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12121% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Clifton cost of living
A Clifton Crime Total crime is 23% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
1,66529% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6129% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
4%Year over year crime is up
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
C 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
50%5% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Clifton K-12 schools
C+ Clifton User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in Clifton
Overall user rating
67% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
70% 8 total surveys
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      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%.

      Clifton transportation information

      StatisticCliftonNew JerseyNational
      Average one way commute29min31min26min
      Workers who drive to work72.4%71.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.2%8.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit12.5%11.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.9%3.0%2.8%
      Working from home2.5%4.1%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Clifton, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).