We're coming up on the time of year when people start venturing out to find new homes.

There's a lot that needs to be considered, especially if you are raising a family.

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Whether families are spreading their wings and going from an apartment to a house, or moving to a new city altogether, location is extremely important.

I came across an article from Wallet Hub that listed the best and worst cities in America to raise a family.

I was surprised to see only two New Jersey cities make the cut, so I dove into Wallet Hub's methodology.

In order to determine which cities are most conducive to family life, WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across five key dimensions: 1) Family Fun, 2) Health & Safety, 3) Education & Child Care, 4) Affordability and 5) Socio-economics.

Now things started to get clearer. The criteria used here are pretty solid.

The findings based on that criteria were, well, shocking.

Coming in at #70:

Jersey City

At first, I was like, huh? While Jersey City is seeing a bit of a "rebirth," the majority of the city struggles with crime, unemployment, and homelessness.

There is, however, a trendy section of JC that I wish I could afford to live in. This neighborhood includes high-rise apartments with stunning views of New York City, upscale restaurants, and popular nightclubs.

There are also private schools that are said to be a big improvement from the Jersey City public schools.

While Jersey City is never a place that I would recommend to someone raising a family, it does have the convenience of being a short trip to Manhattan. If you can afford to live in the better-developed sections, it's not the worst place to be.

This one is going to blow your mind. Ranking at #177:


What?! The fact that "best places to raise a family" and "Newark" are lumped together is unbelievable.

Granted, Newark is at the bottom of this list, but still. Newark?

Would you ever say to a family member or friend that's looking to move to New Jersey, "have you looked in Newark?"

I feel bad because the town has so much against it, and despite valiant tries, it still remains a tough, and dangerous place to be.

Speaking of dangerous, here are the New Jersey towns that experts say you should stay away from.

The 25 Most Dangerous Cities in New Jersey

The 100 Best Places to Live on the East Coast

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