Magazine Ranks Moorestown #5 in South Jersey

Schools, shopping, dining and taxes make Moorestown a top 5 town, according to 'South Jersey Magazine.'

and and  aside, Moorestown is still one of the best towns in South Jersey, according to one local magazine.

South Jersey Magazine released its 2012 rankings for the top towns in the region and, for the second year in a row, Moorestown landed at number five—behind Medford, Haddonfield, West Deptford and Haddon Township. 

The magazine said it uses a variety of data to craft its list, including average residential property value, low residential taxes per average residential value, crime incidents reported per 1,000 people, and performance. 

Moorestown earned high marks for its average home value—highest among towns with populations greater than 8,000—and for having the second-lowest taxes per average residential value (Manfield was number one). 

The magazine also ranked Moorestown number three in high school performance (based on SAT scores, proportion of college-bound graduates, and the rate at which students passed the statewide proficiency test) behind Haddonfield and Cherry Hill.

Moorestown's Main Street earned a shout-out (with , and getting specific mentions), as did its dining scene, including and Megu Sushi. 

Moorestown has been a perennial favorite of South Jersey Magazine, coming in at number two in 2009 and 2010. 

Mayor John Button's reaction to this year's ranking was predictably biased: "We always think Moorestown's number one."

Of course, Moorestown was ranked the number one "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine in 2005. And last year,

Top 25 South Jersey Towns (according to South Jersey Magazine)

Overall Rankings
1. Medford
2. Haddonfield
3. West Deptford
4. Haddon Township
5. Moorestown
6. Cherry Hill
7. Voorhees
8. Woolwich
9. Mount Laurel
10. Mansfield
11. Westampton
12. Harrison Township
13. Edgewater Park
14. Mantua
15. Southampton
16. East Greenwich
17. Mount Holly
18. Waterford
19. Burlington Township
20. Marlton
21. Glassboro
22. Florence
23. Delran
24. Cinnaminson
25. Pitman

Top Burlington County Towns* 
1. Medford
2. Moorestown
3. Mount Laurel
4. Mansfield
5. Westampton
6. Edgewater Park
7. Southampton
8. Mount Holly
9. Burlington Township
10. Cinnaminson
*(Only towns with populations greater than 8,000 included in this list.) 

What do you think of the magazine's ranking? Think Moorestown should be number one? Tell us what you think in the comments. 

stacy schaffer May 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
moorestown behind west deptford and haddon twp?? should think we'd place at least #3.
stacy schaffer May 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
standing w/ my comment above
Jive May 09, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Moorestown has always been #1 ! These issues in town are just a hiccup in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps South Jersey magazine is putting those other towns above us for a marketing campaign for their product?
Bob Dannheim May 09, 2012 at 01:18 PM
This is seriously messed up! The rag must be fosused on improving readership in Camden county. And, Moorestown behind Medford? Shoot me! With due respect for all they offer, a town with leaders heading to jail seems like thay have work to do. No doubt as a long time resident my perspective may be clouded, but this town really rocks!
Our Town May 09, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Perhaps the town should have redirected some of the open space funds to the South Jersey magazine fund. The best places bought and paid for. West Deptford? Really? Medford number 1? With a mayor posting nude photos to solicit male prostitutes, 25% tax hikes, and losing trash collection? Apparently the traditional municipal issues of tax rates, "Town Mahal's", spending, and plastic field are no longer good enough for the top spot. We need to start thinking outside the box. I had a friend tell me she thinks she saw a gigolo on Main St. I said she's nuts, but maybe she did. A step in the right direction for next year's rankings?
Patricia White May 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I wonder how one identifies "a gigolo." However, I had a friend tell me that he was propositioned in the mall and offered a woman's services for the day for a specific price; however, I just assumed that was PREIT's new business model.
Voice of Reason May 09, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Nothing against Medford, but didnt they just vote to approve a $350.00 tax hike to cover garbage removal? Isnt half of their downtown (which is very beautiful) half vacant? I tell you who I really feel sorry for.....Marlton. I dont drive through there much, but they must be a shambles to have fallen below Mount Holly. This list is a joke.
Our Town May 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Her description: A thin, well dressed guy, mid 20's holding a jacket up over his shoulder which she went on to define as some sort of gigolo code sign of availability in that world. She said it looked odd the way he seemed to be overly checking out and acknowledging each car that passed by on Main Street. 1st place here we come. Hahaha.
Our Town May 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I have a friend that cannot get out of Medford fast enough with the reasons stated being substantially increasing taxes with a corresponding loss in town services. Every town has good and bad qualities, but that doesn't really sound like the good ingredients for a first place finisher.
Chris Welch May 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
How the ranked towns average residential property value low residential taxes per average residential value, crime incidents reported per 1,000 people, and high school performance number of physicians in the area recreational offerings. Top Property Values (population over 8,000) 1. Moorestown 2. Haddonfield 16. Haddon Township 18. West Deptford 20. Medford Lowest Residential Taxes Per Average Residential Value (population over 8,000) 2. Moorestown 9. West Deptford 16. Haddonfield 24. Haddon Township Medford didn’t make the top 25. Lowest Crime Incidence Per 1,000 People (population over 8,000) I put these in order by violent crime rate. More concern to me when picking a place to live then petty crimes that also get counted in the total crime rate. Medford Total = 12.75 Violent = 0.2 Haddonfield T= 15.9 V = 0.5 Moorestown T = 30 V = 0.8 West Deptford T = 23.5 V = 1.9 Haddon Township T = 25.5 V = 1.2 Rankings by High School Performance (population over 8,000) 1. Haddonfield 3. Moorestown 5. Medford 9. Haddon Township 14. West Deptford So who would rather live in West Deptford or Haddon Township ? Have no arguments with Haddonfield or Medford. Both great towns. Would have no problems living in either one of those towns. Except Medford is a too far a commute to work for me.
Clapper May 10, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I agree moorestown is a great town! Why any publication wouldn't put it as #1 is beyond me. Currently there may be a number of issues and disputes, but no one is ready to pack up and leave. Most will do what ever it takes to stay. But I don't think residents in other towns could say that.
Yoga Girl May 10, 2012 at 03:55 PM
To: “Our Town” What about the Moorestown housewives who parade up and down Main Street all dolled up and nowhere to go? They too are looking to see who is looking at them. I see that far more than this man gigolo. Haven’t you noticed the bleach blonde female jogger who runs up to Main Street and stops to do her stretching on the corner of Church and Main during peak traffic times. Who does that except someone who is pretty pathetic and needs attention. She is probably a gigolo herself. Hey, maybe we should get these two together, just saying.
Chris Welch May 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Moorestown has a "Dolled Up Housewife Parade" ? Awesome. That has to be worth some bonus points in the top town competition.
Dr. 08057 May 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM
@ Yoga Girl. Yes I think I know the one you’re talking about. It’s kind of hard to miss her as she bounces down Main Street with her skin tight running outfit, lipstick and glasses on while staring into every car that passes - can you say head case! I think your right; she is definitely looking for something or someone. Maybe she is a partner with the male Gigolo operating a business together. Hey South Jersey Magazine….how about some bonus points for “professional services”?
Our Town May 10, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Hahaha, sounds like I need to stop avoiding Main Street at peak traffic times. Believe me, this town has its fair share of oddballs. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently but I still don't see anyone scrambling for the exits of for the highly rated climes of West Deptford.
Townie May 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Thought about it, but they combined K.I.D.S and the Town Mahal and called it RiverWinds. That facility is now losing money and is pushing 10 years old...which means significant projects to maintain can't be far behind. Oh yeah, their tax base keeps shrinking too.


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