HOBOKEN — Really?
Whether to start a family and whether to make the jump to the suburbs are difficult questions that every young couple in Hoboken must face. However, if New Jersey Family magazine is to be believed, the answers are quite clear.
In its April 2015 issue, NJ Family ranked Hoboken dead last among New Jersey towns and cities for its family-friendliness.
The “Best Towns for Families 2015” list ranked all 512 New Jersey municipalities with populations over 1,500. Hoboken fell behind Paterson (No. 411), Camden (No. 426), Atlantic City (No. 435), Trenton (No. 451), and Newark (No. 495).
According to NJ Family writer Vicky Valet, the ranking was based on “data for tax rates (NJ Division of Taxation), average home sale prices (NJ Division of Taxation), crime rates (NJ Department of Law and Public Safety), public school district rankings (Great Schools), median household income (US Census), percentage of families with children under the age of 18 (US Census), mean travel time to work (US Census), number of restaurants (Yelp), number of hospitals within 10 miles (Health Grades) and number of grocery/convenience stores within 5 miles (Yelp).”
The article does not specify how these numbers are weighted to produce an aggregate rating of family-friendliness.
However they are combined, the methodology appears to disadvantage Hudson County. All 12 Hudson County municipalities appear in the latter half of the list, with East Newark the highest ranked locale at 360th.
Recently, Hoboken was named Amercia’s hippest city, and attracts many families who enjoy its mile-square convenience, public transportation, waterfront parks, and school options.
So…could it be that someone at NJ Family is a wittle bit jeawous?
Not everyone wants to have it all.
HOBOKEN — Really?