FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
September 22, 2020
Contact: Wells Winegar, Dep. Administrator
Phone: 908-725-6300 ext. 5000
Bridgewater Named Among 50 Best Places to Live in America
Bridgewater, NJ – In one of their most well-known publication of the year, has ranked Bridgewater as No. 31 in the “Best Places to Live in America”

“I have the distinct pleasure to not only have been born in raised in Bridgewater, but to serve it as an elected official as a Councilman and, now, Mayor,” said Mayor Matthew Moench. “So, while it is an honor to appear in such a prestigious list, it will only go to show the rest of the country what we, as a community, already know. Bridgewater is a beautiful and diverse community in every sense of the word and our residents take pride in keeping it that way. Thank you to all of our residents who push for and demand the absolute best. This would not be possible without you.” 

“We as elected official strive to provide the best quality of life for our residents that we can and it is great to be included in a list like this which validates our work and the work of the entire community,” said Council President Howard Norgalis. “I am excited that people across the country will be exposed to what Bridgewater has to offer.”

Below is a description from on how metrics used to determine inclusion in their premier yearly ranking.

“To create Money’s Best Places to Live ranking this year, we looked at cities and towns with a population of at least 25,000 and removed any with: more than double the national crime rate; a median income level lower than 85% of its state’s median; or little to no ethnic diversity. This yielded a list of 1,890 places. 
“To narrow our list, we then collected nearly 212,000 different data points, all of which was provided by research partner Witlytic. We considered data about economic factors, like employment opportunities, as well as housing, cost of living, diversity, health and safety, education, weather and lifestyle, and amenities — both for safety and entertainment.
“The team of reporters then researched every location to ensure that the statistics were a true representation of each place, and that other negative factors weren’t at play. This year, we also incorporated filters to flag cities that fell short of our standards in a few key areas: unemployment (measured on a county-wide basis) and housing distress as a result of COVID-19 economic disruptions; and diversity as a means to account for representation and segregation.
“To ensure geographic diversity, we limited our list to one place per county, and two places per state (with the exception of states with fewer than 40 people per square mile, which were only featured once).”

A link to the full list is here and a link to the Bridgewater article is here.