One of the things that I love about living in Ocean County is the pride that we take in our corner of the Garden State.

I can tell you that it's not like that in the rest of the state, either.

Having grown up in Middlesex County, I can confidently say that you'll be hard pressed to find a ton of people who proudly declare all the wonderful things about living smack in the center of the busiest part of Central Jersey..

That's not to say that outside of Ocean County, none of New Jersey's 20 other counties display the kind of pride that we do, but let's be honest, it's not all that often that you'll hear somebody say "Union County strong!"

But, all that being said, while we might think that Ocean County is the best New Jersey county to live in, a recent analysis went with data to pinpoint the Garden State's most livable county.

The study from the website Niche looks at hard data like the cost of living, jobs, schools, and more to find the best county to live in for every state in America.

So, which county does the data say is New Jersey's best to live in?

According to the Niche data, Somerset County is the best county to live in here in New Jersey.

(Wouldn't it figure that the best county to live in happens to be the next one over from where I grew up?)

Scoring an A+ rating for its rather high median household income of $111,772, historic landmarks, and a convenient location from both New York City and Philadelphia, Somerset County ranked smack in the middle of the national list at #25

Here's the blurb on Somerset County from Niche:

Somerset County in central New Jersey is full of historic sites, including George Washington's last wartime headquarters. He stayed at the Rockingham Historic Site for three months in 1783 while attending the Continental Congress in Princeton. The more modern U.S. Golf Association Museum is in the Frothingham-Sloane House, a Georgian Revival mansion in Liberty Corner. Close to New York City and Philadelphia, the county has estates, working farms, and bustling main streets.

As for the rest of the country, you can peruse the full list of all 50 states right here:

 

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