Best place to raise kids in New Jersey: Ridgefield Park
Nearby city: New York
Median family income: $84,544
Across the Hudson and a few towns west of the northern reaches of Manhattan, the Village of Ridgefield Park is a suburb with good schools and one of the longest-running Fourth of July parades in the country. The community also pulls together around a true Main Street with such events as the annual holiday display contest. Houses have yards, and kids have plenty to do with a town pool and numerous parks.