Monmouth County’s largest municipality, Middletown Township, has yet again been named one of the best places to live in the United States by Money Magazine.
Strong economics, a clean environment, a highly educated and stable population, low crime and an abundance of leisure, cultural and recreational opportunities clinched the honor for the Township that has also been named the best run municipality in New Jersey by MoreMonmouthMusings for eight consecutive years.
Even good weather in 2013 contributed to Middletown’s ranking. The sun was shining for 56% of the days and the township was blessed with 46.3 inches of rain. The high temperature in July was 83.1. The low in January, 25.7.
Middletown had an air quality index of good on 92% of the days measured. The personal crime rate is per 1000 people. The property crime rate is 11 per 1000 people.
The median commute to work for Middletown residents is 30 minutes. 2% of Middletown workers walk or bike to work.
“The Township Committee and I are very proud that MONEY magazine recognizes that Middletown is a very special community with a rich heritage, strong sense of volunteerism and a high quality of life,” said Mayor Stephanie Murray, noting this is the fourth time the township has been singled out by the publication. “It affirms our assertion that the township is a great place to live and work.”
“A low crime rate, great schools, and access to an abundance of cultural and leisure activities are among the reasons that MONEY magazine has recognized Middletown as one of the best places to live in New Jersey and the Northeast Region in particular,” noted Murray. The township is the only municipality to make the cut in Ocean and Monmouth counties.