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)
3. West Deptford
4. Haddon Township
6. Cherry Hill
9. Mount Laurel
12. Harrison Township
13. Edgewater Park
16. East Greenwich
17. Mount Holly
19. Burlington Township
Top Burlington County Towns*
3. Mount Laurel
6. Edgewater Park
8. Mount Holly
9. Burlington Township
*(Only towns with populations greater than 8,000 included in this list.)
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