Pennington announced yesterday that it was named New Jersey’s Best Town for Families for 2015 by New Jersey Family Magazine.

New Jersey Family evaluated all 565 municipalities in the state of New Jersey on important family livability factors such as school quality, affordability and crime rates. 

From rural hamlets to bustling cities,  “We looked at 11 factors that relate to family happiness,” says New Jersey Family Editorial Director Liz Zack. “Important things like school quality, crime rate and affordability, but we also looked at factors that contribute to quality of life like average commute time and the number of restaurants in the area. Overall we took a really comprehensive look at the things families value when they choose where to live — and when you evaluate all that data, its clear the top town is Pennington.”

In front of Toll Gate Grammar, Acting Mayor Joe Lawver said, “On behalf of Mayor Persichilli, I welcome you and the New Jersey Family team to Pennington and thank New Jersey Family for recognizing in Pennington what all of us who live and work here already knew: That Pennington is a great place for families.

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In Pennington, we take great pride in our schools, both public and private. We have strong, supportive neighborhoods. We enjoy local shopping and dining. We have easy access to jobs. We have not one but two engaging public libraries. In Pennington and all of Hopewell Valley, we have terrific parks, abundant open space and diverse recreational opportunities. Pennington was walkable long before anyone talked about walkable as an advantage. We work hard to remember our history and preserve our historic buildings.
And we are fortunate to have friendly, community oriented businesses.

Having said all that, I believe what really sets Pennington and the Hopewell Valley apart is our people. The people who live and work here are vested in this community in the broadest sense. The teachers, school administrators and borough employees work creatively and collaboratively to get the most out of limited resources. The hundreds of volunteers who work with school, community and first responder organizations, or serve on borough boards, solve every problem put in front of them. And neighbors being good neighbors every day make Pennington the warm, welcoming and supportive place that it is.

It is these people who deserve our gratitude for all they do for Pennington and its families. We appreciate NJ Family recognizing Pennington and its people with this award.”

Pennington is joined by Hopewell Borough in the Top 20, which Hopewell Borough ranking #15 of all New Jersey towns.

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The April issue of New Jersey Family features the rankings of 512 New Jersey municipalities, and includes profiles of the top towns.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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