Wayne,NJ by far is not affordable and by no means is safe either. If you want your kids to grow up in a safe area and affordable family friendly area you need to look north and west of Wayne in nearby Sussex county. Sparta & Vernon are two really good towns to raise a family, with Vernon having the most to offer kids from a Waterpark to skiing to horseback. Depending on where you live in Wayne both are just a 30 min. commute.
I am not looking to profit in anyway from this advice, its just honest advice unlike the previous posts which are all biased for profit.
Thanks and have a great Day.
My name is Tim DeMuth and I work for Weichert in Pompton Plains. I could definitely help you out with your search, I've lived in Wayne my whole life and know it and the surrounding towns very well. I am also in my mid 20s like you, so I have an great idea of what people in our age range are looking for in a home/apartment/condo. Feel free to email me at email@example.com (preferred) or call/text at 973-592-3661 Have a great day!