Cities Journal

Top 14 Small Cities In New Jersey

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3. Swedesboro

Located in Gloucester County, Swedesboro boasts a reputation as a miniscule, but mighty star among places to live in New Jersey. With a population of less than 3,000 people, according to City-Data, Swedesboro is celebrated for its unique display of rural metropolitanism — particularly in its architecturally rich and pleasantly walkable downtown shopping district featuring retail boutiques and fine dining.

According to Historic Swedesboro, the population here has been steadily increasing, and with good reason: residents and visitors alike laud the tiny town for its warm and welcoming nature to everyone from new families to retirees.
The Swedesboro/Woolwich Parks & Recreation department is a community center for residents of both towns, and sponsors everything from summer camps to movie nights, as well as a full roster of youth sports.

The Swedesboro Library — established in 1783 as one of the state’s first libraries, according to Historic Swedesboro — also offers a variety of public programming for both children and adults, including exhibits focused on the rich history of Swedesboro.

One of the most amazing things about Swedesboro? Its price tag. According to AreaVibes, the cost of living here is nearly 20 percent less than the New Jersey average. Furthermore, Swedesboro received an “Extremely Livable” rating from AreaVibes for everything from its low crime rates to its high per capita income to its excess of amenities.

AreaVibes also cited particularly admirable crime rates — 45 percent lower than the rest of the state and 27 percent lower than the national average. Violent crime rates are even more impressive — 60 percent less than the New Jersey average and 24 percent less than the rest of the country. Need some more proof of Swedesboro’s superior security? The chance of being a victim of a violent crime here is a mere 1 in 865.

While staying in Swedesboro forever just might be the endgame for many residents, they do benefit from immediate access to New Jersey’s major roadways. Philadelphia, meanwhile, is just 20 minutes away for those looking for some big city culture or an authentic cheesesteak.

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