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Old 01-31-2013, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Metropolis
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Pair some NJ towns with the following monikers;
Upper Class
Upper Middle Class
Middle Class
Working Class/Poor

My own examples are;
Saddle River - Upper Class
Basking Ridge - Upper Middle Class
Robbinsville - Middle Class
Plainfield - Working Class/Poor
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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Upper Class:
Franklin Lakes
Mantoloking
Alpine
Rumson

Upper Middle Class:
Bridgewater
Princeton (could be considered upper class/middle class in parts)
Cranbury
Montgomery Township
Plainsboro
Hillsborugh (middle-class in parts)

Middle Class:
Bloomfield
Mansville
Orange

Working Class/Poor:
Camden
Paterson
Atlantic City
Trenton
Asbury Park
Lakewood
Vineland
Irvington
East Orange
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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You don't need to guess, the state does it for you. The DOE produces a ranking known as "District Factor Grouping" that ranks all school districts (which closely mirror the towns) by socio-economic status. The rankings run from "A" lowest to "J" highest. I believe the complete list is: A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J. The rankings account for education level of the population, occupation, poverty rate, unemployment and income. Some examples from Bergen County:

A - Fairview Boro
B - Garfield City
CD - Elmwood Park
DE - Englewood City
FG - Maywood Boro
GH - Midland Park Boro
I - Franklin Lakes
J - Ho Ho Kus

Using the OP's criteria you could assign the letters as follows:

Upper Class - J
Upper Middle Class - GH/I
Middle Class - DE/FG
Working Class - CD
Poor - A/B

Here is the methodology they use and the complete rankings by county:
NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: NJ
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You don't need to guess, the state does it for you. The DOE produces a ranking known as "District Factor Grouping" that ranks all school districts (which closely mirror the towns) by socio-economic status. The rankings run from "A" lowest to "J" highest. I believe the complete list is: A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J. The rankings account for education level of the population, occupation, poverty rate, unemployment and income. Some examples from Bergen County:

A - Fairview Boro
B - Garfield City
CD - Elmwood Park
DE - Englewood City
FG - Maywood Boro
GH - Midland Park Boro
I - Franklin Lakes
J - Ho Ho Kus

Using the OP's criteria you could assign the letters as follows:

Upper Class - J
Upper Middle Class - GH/I
Middle Class - DE/FG
Working Class - CD
Poor - A/B

Here is the methodology they use and the complete rankings by county:
NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts
I'm shocked Franklin Lakes is I.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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i need to move out of my upper middle class town and into an upper class town. i could tell the people just werent quite up to my level of sophistication.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: WFNJ
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i need to move out of my upper middle class town and into an upper class town. i could tell the people just werent quite up to my level of sophistication.
You could tell people that now without moving.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Originally Posted by NJGOAT View Post
You don't need to guess, the state does it for you. The DOE produces a ranking known as "District Factor Grouping" that ranks all school districts (which closely mirror the towns) by socio-economic status. The rankings run from "A" lowest to "J" highest. I believe the complete list is: A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J. The rankings account for education level of the population, occupation, poverty rate, unemployment and income. Some examples from Bergen County:

A - Fairview Boro
B - Garfield City
CD - Elmwood Park
DE - Englewood City
FG - Maywood Boro
GH - Midland Park Boro
I - Franklin Lakes
J - Ho Ho Kus

Using the OP's criteria you could assign the letters as follows:

Upper Class - J
Upper Middle Class - GH/I
Middle Class - DE/FG
Working Class - CD
Poor - A/B

Here is the methodology they use and the complete rankings by county:
NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts
According to that, the town I grew up in and have settled in (West Windsor) is upper class. It feels so middle-class.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: NJ
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According to that, the town I grew up in and have settled in (West Windsor) is upper class. It feels so middle-class.
goes to show you how lucky a majority of NJ'ians are if a wealthy suburb feels middle class. btw - ww was I in 2000, not J.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:40 AM
 
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I'm shocked Franklin Lakes is I.
I looked at the stats for Franklin Lakes and compared them to Ho Ho Kus. While they have very similar income levels, there is a much higher poverty rate in Franklin Lakes, 3.1% in Franklin Lakes vs. 0.7% in Ho Ho Kus (other "J" towns are all under 1% or have higher income). So while they are rather similar on the surface, the higher poverty rate must be influencing the move of Franklin Lakes down a notch.

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According to that, the town I grew up in and have settled in (West Windsor) is upper class. It feels so middle-class.
It's all relative. It may seem that way to you, but an outsider may see it differently. Either way, perception or not, these rankings are about as cold and calculated as you can get.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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goes to show you how lucky a majority of NJ'ians are if a wealthy suburb feels middle class. btw - ww was I in 2000, not J.
Other way around. It was "I" in 1990 and "J" in 2000. It will be interesting to see where everything ends up when they recalculate it off the 2010 census.
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