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Old 11-23-2018, 11:12 AM
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Hi all,

I've been scouring through city data post the past couple of months and it has been immensely helpful.

We currently live in Edison, NJ and and want to move out of Edison - and have been trying to figure out where to move. We live very close to Metuchen - and love the small town feel the town has. With good schools and cute downtown and 50 min train ride to Penn station, we thought it was the perfect town for us. However, the taxes in Metuchen are relatively high.

Then, I stumbled upon Madison, NJ and started comparing to Metuchen, and they seems to be very similar on paper (in terms of population size, median income, etc.), but Madison taxes are much lower than Metuchen. So, we're considering Madison as well. Drove through Madison a couple of times, and loved the tree lined streets and the really nice downtown. However, I don't know if the schools are as good as they seem on paper. Would be great to here from someone who has first hand experience with the schools.


Just in general, would love to hear your thoughts on the pros and cons of each town or any suggestions on similar towns as well.

Where are you coming from?
Edison, NJ

Why are you moving?
We're an Indian family with two kids 5 and 7. Looking to move out of Edison, because it is over-crowded and the demographic is skewed to be majority of Indians. Looking to move to a community where the kids grow up to be more open-minded and are exposed to diverse views and cultures.

Where will you be working ?
Mid-town, very close to Grand central

Will you buy or rent?

What is your budget ?*
Monthly payment of 3500 - 4000 (Including mortgage, taxes, insurance)

What kind of place are you looking for ?
Single family home (at least 3 Bed + 2 Bath)

Will anyone (spouse, children, pets) be moving with you ?
Spouse and two daughters - 5 and 7

Do you need/want good public schools?
Yes, good schools are a must-have. I want to avoid schools that have a very high-pressure academic environment i.e. Princeton/Chatham (I've heard stories, don't have first hand experience). But would like to find an area with above average schools, that provide a more well-rounded atmosphere.

Briefly describe the kind of neighborhood you'd like to live in*
Small close-knit community that's family friendly, where kids could ride their bicycles around the neighborhood, ideally a walkable downtown with things to do around town and events organized by the community, diverse community would be a plus, safe, access to outdoor activities (hiking/biking/parks), short commute to NYC (50-60 minutes to Penn station), progressive community would be a nice to have.

List three things that are important to you in order of importance.
Good schools, Short Commute to mid-town, Close knit community
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:31 PM
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I lived in a town that sent their high school students to Madison. Our town (Harding) didn't have enough students for a high school, only K-8. I did not have children in school, but I had a number of friends who did. I also worked with a number of people who were from Madison and went through their school system. They are all college grads now and some went on to grad school. Two of the people who grew up and went to school in Madison married and are raising their family there. They have their pick of any town and stayed in Madison. It's a great town with great schools. I don't know why you would think they are not as good as they appear "on paper".
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:22 PM
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Thanks for sharing your experience, macrodome2 - that's very helpful.
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by middle_earth View Post
Thanks for sharing your experience, macrodome2 - that's very helpful.
My wife and I recently moved to Madison and couldn't be happier. Seems to hit on almost all of your desired traits. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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