Clark, N.J.

Clark, N.J.

Nearest major city: Newark
Population: 13,862
Median family income: $97,668
Median home price: $380,500
Unemployment rate: 9.7%
Violent crime index: 4

Formerly a farm community, Clark has grown into a popular suburb at nearly full capacity of occupied land, according to the town Web site. Its school district has a preschool, two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Clark is near several medical centers in neighboring communities. Amenities include a golf complex, community pool, tennis courts, and parks. A new ranking by Monmouth University's Polling Institute named Clark one of the state's best places to live, according to a report on njtoday.net.