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A+ Westfield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Westfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 38% higher than New Jersey
17070% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12323% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Westfield cost of living
A+ Westfield Crime Total crime is 54% lower than New Jersey
Total crime
73671% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13671% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
Westfield crime
A+ Westfield Employment Household income is 104% higher than New Jersey
Median household income
$150,486172% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$70,061135% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%23% lower than the US average
Westfield employment
F Westfield Housing Home value is 118% higher than New Jersey
Median home value
$689,400273% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,53261% higher than the US average
Home ownership
82%28% higher than the US average
Westfield real estate or Westfield rentals
A- Westfield Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
60%22% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:126% lower than the US average
Westfield K-12 schools

Living in Westfield, NJ

Westfield is a moderately-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. The city has a population of 30,438 people. With a population density of 4,527 people per square mile, Westfield is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (86% White). Given that fact, Westfield could be considered less diverse than other cities. 88% of the people in Westfield (over the age of 15) are married and 44% 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.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Westfield, New Jersey. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Westfield and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Westfield to New Jersey and the national average.

The livability score in Westfield is 75 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 81st percentile of all cities across America. Clearly, Westfield is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Westfield has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A-) and employment (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Westfield. The following was graded with a discouraging score: cost of living (F) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Westfield has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 10 crimes per 100,000 residents, Westfield has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

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 Westfield is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Westfield come in at $689,400, which is 117.9% higher than the New Jersey average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Westfield, the home price to income ratio is 4.6, which is 7% higher than the New Jersey average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Westfield area were -2.7% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4%.

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Compare Westfield, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Westfield, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fresh Kills, New York869.412
Oakwood, New York7813.426,947
Huguenot, New York7711.611,608
Todt Hill, New York7612.717,577
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Woodrow, New York7510.69,310
Rossville, New York759.710,650
Annandale, New York7312.19,989
Great Kills, New York7212.917,149

Best Cities Near Westfield, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ8314.58
Plainsboro Center, NJ8325.62,733
Morrisville CDP, PA8238.3862
North Hills, NY8135.95,420
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Princeton, NJ8126.430,168
Pelham, NY8033.36,996
Plandome, NY8035.31,228
Manhasset, NY8035.27,996

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The Perks of Being a Jersey Girl

What can I say about living in Westfield, New Jersey? I get to live in the safest community, have the best food in the world, and be minutes from the city that never sleeps. If I want nightlife, I can take the tunnel to Manhattan and dance the night away. I can be in Atlantic City in an hour, or take in all the history of Philadelphia in a couple hours.

The best areas in Westfield are the shopping malls. Whether you want upscale or discount outlet malls, the region of Jersey has it all. If you're hungry, I recommend any pizza joint on any corner here in Westfield. They call this region the tri-state area, and from Westfield, I can get to any of the neighboring states in less than an hour.

The Jersey Shore is a little southeast of my home, and I have my choice of dozen of top-rated beaches from Long Branch to Wildwood, not to forget Seaside Heights or Point Pleasant.
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Source: The Westfield, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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