Top 6 Affordable New Jersey Commuter Towns Near NYC

With the sky high cost of New York City living, many families and singles are opting to live in affordable New Jersey towns and commute to The Big Apple for work.  The top 6 budget friendly neighborhoods in New Jersey that are within a commuting mile radius of New York City are Montclair, CaldwellWestwood, Ridgewood, Union City and Guttenberg. Whether it’s to rent or buy, these six New Jersey commuter towns offer more square footage for your dollar and still allow for a quick, inexpensive trip into the city.

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Megan Stricker


  1. Rutherford. This must be a secret because everyone skips mention of Rutherford . It’s 8 miles west of NYC . It’s on a train line, bus line , has a main ave full of restaurants and has a blue ribbon school district. So many of the towns in the popular list are and hour to hour and a half commute each way . Rutherford is one of the closest to NYC and one if the quickest commutes.

  2. Ruthetford is definitely best kept secret. 27 minute train commute to Penn Station, great schools, beautiful Victorian homes and charming downtown.

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