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8 Awesome Newark Suburbs to Consider Living in 2024

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Called by the nickname, “Gateway City,” Newark, NJ, has become a destination for many people relocating to the East Coast. From its legendary food scene to its easy access to all New Jersey and New York has to offer, it shouldn’t come as a surprise nearly 307,200 people are living in Newark. If you’re considering buying a home in Newark, know that the median home sale price is $475,000, and for renters, the average rent in Newark is about $2,050. 

But if you’re looking for a more suburban lifestyle, we’re here to help you find the right place to buy a home. Redfin has compiled a list of the 8 best Newark suburbs to check out. And they’re all less than 10 miles away from the city. Let’s check them out.

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#1: East Orange

Median home price: $420,000 

Average sale price per square foot: $230 

Distance from Newark: 4 miles

East Orange, NJ homes for sale 

East Orange, NJ apartments for rent 

With a median home sale price of $420,000, East Orange is the first place on our list of Newark suburbs. About a 4 mile drive away from downtown Newark, East Orange is home to roughly 69,600 people. Living in East Orange, you can check out one of the parks like Watsessing Park and Monte Irvin Orange Park.

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#2: Roselle Park

Median home price: $450,500 

Average sale price per square foot: $346 

Distance from Newark: 10 miles

Roselle Park, NJ homes for sale

Roselle Park, NJ apartments for rent 

The second suburb on our list is Roselle Park. About a 10 mile drive away from downtown Newark, you can explore the Ironbound District in no time. Some popular things to do in Roselle Park include grabbing a meal at one of the local restaurants. When living in this suburb of 13,900 people, you can also spend time exploring the charming downtown.

Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. Newark is one of the nation's major air, shipping, and rail hubs

#3: Elizabeth

Median home price: $485,000 

Average sale price per square foot: $285 

Average rent for an apartment: $2,250 

Distance from Newark: 6 miles

Elizabeth, NJ homes for sale

Elizabeth, NJ apartments for rent 

With a median home sale price of $485,000 and only a 6 mile drive away, Elizabeth is the next suburb. From parks and outdoor recreation to shopping, there are lots of things that make Elizabeth a great place to live. Make sure to take in the water views at Marciante-Jackson-Millet Park, check out the trails at Elizabeth River Parkway, and visit downtown Elizabeth where you’ll find the Ritz Theatre & Performing Arts Center. 

#4: Kenilworth

Median home price: $522,500 

Average sale price per square foot: $814 

Distance from Newark: 9 miles

Kenilworth, NJ homes for sale 

Kenilworth, NJ apartments for rent 

Only slightly more expensive than Elizabeth is none other than Kenilworth. With a population close to 8,400, there’s still plenty to do in this Newark suburb. Plan to spend the day exploring Lenape Park, playing golf at Galloping Hill Park and Golf Course, and checking out downtown Kenilworth.

#5: Kearny

Median home price: $540,000 

Average sale price per square foot: $324 

Average rent for an apartment: $2,183 

Distance from Newark: 4 miles

Kearny, NJ homes for sale 

Kearny, NJ apartments for rent

Drive 4 miles outside of Newark and you’ll find the suburb of Kearny, another great area to add to your list. With 42,000 people living in this town, Kearny is a great option to consider when looking to stay close to Newark without paying the premium for a home in the city. Living in Kearny, you can visit Kearny Riverbank Park along the Passaic River and shop at Kearny Square.

#6: Bayonne

Median home price: $570,000 

Average sale price per square foot: $323 

Average rent for an apartment: $2,425 

Distance from Newark: 9 miles

Bayonne, NJ homes for sale 

Bayonne, NJ apartments for rent 

Another well-known Newark suburb is Bayonne, where the median home sale price is $570,000. Home to roughly 71,700 people, Bayonne is a great suburb to consider moving to. There are lots of activities to do in the area. For example, you can visit some of the scenic parks like Dennis P. Collins Park, Veterans Park, and Stephen R. Gregg Park, explore the downtown Bayonne area, and golf at one of the courses, among many other local favorites.

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey, United States

#7: North Arlington

Median home price: $590,000 

Average sale price per square foot: $334 

Average rent for an apartment: $2,316 

Distance from Newark: 5 miles

North Arlington, NJ homes for sale 

North Arlington, NJ apartments for rent 

Next on our list of Newark suburbs is North Arlington, which is roughly a 10 minute drive into the heart of the city. With a population of close to 16,500, living in North Arlington is a great alternative to city life. If you’re going to call this area home, plan time to visit Richard W. DeKorte Park where you’ll find the Sawmill Creek Trail & Transco Trail.

#8: Nutley

Median home price: $609,950 

Average sale price per square foot: $369 

Average rent for an apartment: $2,469 

Distance from Newark: 8 miles

Nutley, NJ homes for sale 

Nutley, NJ apartments for rent

Last but not least on our list of Newark suburbs is Nutley. This suburb is home to roughly 30,200 residents, so you’ll have a fraction of Newark’s population while remaining only 8 miles from the city. Be sure to visit some of the green parks like Memorial Park, Kingsland Park, and Yanticaw Park once you move to Nutley. 

Methodology: Whether a suburb was under a 10-mile drive from downtown Newark. Median home sale price data and average rent price from the Redfin Data Center during December 2023. Population data sourced from the United States Census Bureau.

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