I live in Willingboro and find it to be a pretty nice place to live. Even at the height of the market, Willingboro has been a place where you can get "more house for your money." We have many people who commute from North Jersey and New York City, people who are in the military, older people who have lived there for many years, and lots of families. It is a diverse community. There are a lot of parks and playgrounds. There are community events sponsored by the township, many houses of worship, and it has its own new library, as well as a campus for Burlington County College.
I agree that the best thing to do is take some time to visit. Willingboro is divided into different "parks" and they each have a different "feel." Take some time driving through each one to see if you prefer some and if there are others you don't like. Try to visit at times when the children are home, visit the local WaWa, Shoprite, or Acme to get a feel of who lives here. I would suggest you do that with any neighborhood you would consider living in. I also agree to check into the school system and see how it compares to other areas you're considering. I hope this all helps!
We had been robbed 3 or 4 times - so we left. I think the new Town Center and Village Square has redefined Willingboro. The roads are well maintained, the police respond to incidence within minutes, the people are very friendly - and I happen to be white. I am more afraid of the large skunk population out and about at night then of any human offenders. I frequent 7-11 and Quick Stop often late at night and never have any problems.
The taxes are high because any upgrade you do to your home jacks up the home value.
The schools do not rank high but , I see so many of the teachers who taught me are still there.
I see new computers being purchased and books as well as upkeep of the schools.
I think it has to do with the children who have attended the schools. Many families have left Willingboro in recent years due to forclosures from the housing crisis. I think Willingboro had alot of welfare subsidary in the past, too. Willingboro is assessible to several major highways and bridges. Many of my surrounding neighbors have been here upwards of 25 years. I think Willingboro is coming back stronger.
When I originally lived here it was a very large jewish community. I think it will become a big melting pot in the future!
As far as racism in the schools, I have not heard of it but I do not have kids in the school system. To talk with a local school principal might help and provide more insight.
There are other towns in Burlington County that may be worth checking out-- especially since the home prices have decreased so much. Burlington, Mt. Holly, the river towns-- there are many, many options in Burlington County!
Another thing that bothers me is that a large percent of the students are African American Iâ€™m afraid my son will get picked on because he will be minority in this community.
What do you guys think?
Why are the homes so cheap? The first and biggest reason is Econ101 = Supply and Demand. Why not take a day during the week and a weekend day to drive around and see if it is some place you would like to live?