Best places to retire 2005
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Ridgewood, NJ
Population, town and surrounding area: 24,826
Population, age 50+: 7,717
Population growth (since 1999), age 50+: 11.84%
Housing City Stats Best places
Median home price $598,874 $315,351
Home price gain
(2-5 year annual gain)
16.52% 14.88%
Healthcare City Stats Best places
(Number in county)
1,521 1,265
(within 30 miles)
513 135
Financial City Stats Best places
Median household income
(per year)
$112,752 $68,053
Sales tax
(average for area)
6.00% 6.77%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
6.37%* n/a
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
1.40%* n/a
Auto insurance premiums
(Average for the state)
$1,316 $855
Retirement tax breaks from state
(Favorable treatment of retirement income)
no n/a
Community City Stats Best places
Median age 39 36
Residents with college degree 38% 22%
Quality of life City Stats Best places
Air pollution index
(100 is national average; lower is better)
113 90
Property crime risk
(100 is national average; lower is better)
19 78
Leisure and culture City Stats Best places
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
44 27
(within 15 miles)
7,271 3,738
Golf courses
(public courses; within 30 miles)
102 72
(within 15 miles)
171 60
(accredited by AAM; within 30 miles)
31 10
Weather City Stats Best places
Annual precipitation (inches) 51.50 37.80
High temp in July ° F 85.50° 86.11°
Low temp in Jan ° F 19.50° 26.60°
*The tax brackets reported are for single individuals. For married couples filing jointly, the same rates apply for income under $20,000 to over $150,000.
Average is based only on data for more than 1,300 cities in the Best Places database. Included are cities with population of more than 14,000 with above-average income, population growth and real estate appreciation during the past five years. The data represent the zip codes associated with the town name. The listed populations often include areas outside an incorporated municipality. For instance, the town of Vienna has a population of 14,900, but 61,700 residents have a Vienna postal address.
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