Interested in living in a place that offers endless possibilities? Come to New Jersey. We’ve got a quality of life that is one of the best in the nation.
You’ll find some of the best healthcare and education in the country, along with world-class theater, music and museums, exciting professional sports, 130 miles of stunning coastline, and great dining and shopping options. Our excellent transportation system means anything you want to do is just a short train- or car-ride away.
One of the most ethnically diverse states in the U.S., New Jersey welcomes people from all cultures. Our food, shopping and wide variety of cultural events and experiences reflect our multi-cultural population.
Plus, whether you’re looking to live in an urban high-rise, single-family home in the suburbs, beachfront cottage or sprawling farm, you’ll find it here in the Garden State. We offer lifestyle options as diverse as our State.
If you want your children to get a great education, move to New Jersey. Our schools are tops.
Our strength in education begins with our excellent pre-K and elementary schools, where children get the foundation they need for future academic success. As 1 of 2 states with the highest percentage of preschoolers enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs, New Jersey is uniquely positioned to help students succeed.
Our high schools consistently are ranked among the best in the country. In fact, we dominated Newsweek’s Top High Schools 2016 list, with 9 of the top 25 high schools in the nation. New Jersey has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country: 90.1% of our students receive their diplomas. The national average is 83%.
And, when it comes time to send the kids off to college, you don’t have to send them far from home. With 63 colleges and universities, including U.S. News & World Reports’ #1 ranked Princeton, they’ll have plenty of choices to advance their education.
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People who live in New Jersey don’t have to cross a river to find great healthcare. They can get the care they need right in their own backyard.
We have some of the best doctors and healthcare systems in the nation. New Jersey’s hospitals are on the forefront of medical innovation – from leading maternal and child health services to state-of-the-art surgical techniques to cutting-edge cancer treatment.
Among the state’s 112 hospitals and 70 acute care hospitals, 4 are nationally ranked and 49 others meet national high performing standards, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 Best Hospitals rankings. Topping the list is Hackensack University Medical Center, which was ranked the #1 hospital in New Jersey and nationally ranked in 4 adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery.
Here in New Jersey, your health is in good hands.
If you love theater, art and music – or enjoy exploring a good museum on a Sunday afternoon – you’ll find there are few better places to live.
New Jersey is home to spectacular arenas and concert halls, nearly 100 professional regional theaters, 150 museums, and a legendary music scene. Think Sinatra, Springsteen, and Bon Jovi.
The State’s close proximity to New York and Philadelphia makes catching a Broadway show or a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art exciting options.
Saveur magazine called New Jersey the “most edible” state in the U.S. with a food culture more “diverse, rich and passionate” than even New York or California. They’re right. New Jersey serves it all – from fresh seafood to steak to just about any ethnic cuisine you can think of.
While New Jersey may be best known for its pizzerias and diners, it is a culinary melting pot with something for everyone. For example: The Ironbound section of Newark boasts some of the best Portuguese restaurants this side of the Atlantic. New Jersey’s Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurants are also among the nation’s best.
Many of the most influential people in food hail from New Jersey, including Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain. A growing farm-to-table movement is using produce from the Garden State’s more than 9,000 farms to create delectable dishes from the freshest ingredients.
And if you’re looking for dessert, Carlo’s Bakery of “Cake Boss” fame in Hoboken—or any other of our famous Italian dessert shops—is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Do you have to pay sales tax on shoes and clothing where you live now? We don’t. New Jersey doesn’t charge retail sales tax on clothing or shoes. That means whether your style takes you to an upscale boutique or grand-scale mall, every day is a good day to go shopping in New Jersey.
From downtown boutiques to sprawling outlets, flea markets to high-end department stores, the variety of shopping in New Jersey is simply unbeatable. Plus, North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, 7 to be exact within a 25-square-mile radius. That means you’ll never run out of options!
With 4 seasons and endless opportunity for escape, the Garden State has an exciting variety of recreational opportunities—for the adventurer, the die-hard sports fan and the nature enthusiast.
Beaches & Boardwalks
Have you ever seen New Jersey’s coastline? It’s a glorious span that stretches 130 miles, from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Our ocean view boasts beautiful barrier islands and bays dotted with majestic lighthouses, scenic views and sandy beaches. Our State is famous for its sun, sand and surf. In fact, Coastal Living readers chose a New Jersey beach – Ocean City – as the “best beach in America” in a 2016 readers’ poll. The lifestyle site, Thrillist, named 2 New Jersey beaches – Asbury Park and Cape May – among their “25 Best Beach Cities in America.”
When it comes to boardwalks, there’s no place like New Jersey. The original “Boardwalk Empire”, Atlantic City, still holds the record for its boardwalk – the longest in the world. From Point Pleasant to Seaside Heights to Wildwood, generations of New Jersey families have enjoyed the excitement of an evening on the boardwalk after a warm summer’s day in the sand and surf.
New Jersey’s beaches and boardwalks also attract millions of visitors each year from neighboring states and from around the world, who come to enjoy an experience like no other.
Big League Sports
You may think that New York’s major league teams play in their own state. Not so! The Giants and Jets are New York teams, but they play in front of die-hard football fans in the 2.1 million-square-foot MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands Sports Complex.
And, New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena in Harrison is the home of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) New York Red Bulls. The 25,000-seat state-of-the-art facility sets the standard for North American soccer stadiums.
Major League Baseball (MLB) fans have their choice of rooting for 3 major league baseball teams in the region – the New York Yankees, the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Or, they can root for one of four Minor League Baseball teams that call New Jersey home: Trenton Thunder; the Lakewood Blue Claws; the Somerset Patriots; and, the New Jersey Jackals.
Finally, at Newark’s Prudential Center, fans of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New Jersey Devils get the full-stadium treatment with two club lounges, a bar and terrace that seats 350 and arena seating for more than 18,000.
Ranked 8th in the nation and 2nd in the Northeast for state park system acreage, New Jersey boasts:
- 39 state parks
- 11 forests
- 4 recreation areas
- 42 natural areas
- 57 historic sites
- 360,000 protected acres and nearly 10,000 farms
With 4 seasons and a diverse natural landscape—where dense pine forests, towering green mountains, sparkling streams and sandy beaches are within an hour’s drive in any direction—New Jersey offers impressive spots for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy rafting down the Delaware River, exploring coastal ecosystems in preserved wetlands, hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail or walking along the coastline at Sandy Hook National Recreation Area or Island Beach State Park. New Jersey offers endless possibilities.