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Montclair, Ridgewood called traditional white picket fence towns

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A recent survey named two North Jersey cities among the top 50 places in America where married couples can live and raise a family.

Montclair, ranked 36th on the list, and Ridgewood, at No. 41, were the Garden State’s top choices for a so-called “white picket fence” lifestyle, according to a DatingNews.com survey. The site asked 3,000 singles to identify the place where they dream of settling after marriage.

Montclair was praised by DatingNews.com for its “beautiful, tree-lined streets” and variety of housing styles, with options ranging from grand Victorian mansions to modern apartment buildings.

“This architectural diversity is matched by Montclair’s vibrant community, known for its inclusivity and active involvement in the arts, education and local affairs,” the study said. “Montclair’s cultural scene is particularly rich, with numerous galleries, theaters and live music venues, along with the Montclair Art Museum, which serves as a cultural center for the community.”

Ridgewood, meanwhile, stood out for its vibrant downtown and the quality of its public schools, making it a good option for parents focused on their children’s education.

“The village also has extensive green spaces, including parks and nature reserves, providing residents with ample outdoor recreational opportunities,” the survey said. “Additionally, Ridgewood’s convenient location provides easy access to New York City, making it a perfect choice for those who desire a serene suburban lifestyle without sacrificing the benefits of proximity to urban amenities and employment opportunities.”

Princeton was the only other New Jersey community to make the DatingNews.com Top 100, coming in at No. 91.

Greenville, South Carolina, was named the most desirable white picket fence city in the United States, according to the survey. Rounding out the top five were Waimea, Hawaii; Safety Harbor, Florida; Maryville, Tenn.; and Alexandria, Virginia.