Roughly 18 miles west of New York City, Maplewood, New Jersey prides itself on being a diverse and family-friendly community. A number of surveys have ranked the town among the most desirable places to live in the United States. A few years ago, Money Magazine designated Maplewood, NJ as One of the Best Places to Live. They went on to write, "A 30-minute train ride from Midtown Manhattan; Maplewood, NJ is a favorite compromise for city people who also want good public schools and their own yards. The town has a palpable sense of community and residents prize its diversity."