Indian culture has a home in New Jersey. Indians have planted roots, built communities, established businesses, and prospered in our state. This is not surprising, as New Jersey and India share a deep and long-standing cultural, educational, and economic connection. There is no better place in the United States to live, work, play, and build a business.
New Jersey is home to the second-highest concentration of foreign-born residents and the country’s most diverse city, Jersey City. Our state is especially welcoming to international companies looking to plant their flag in the United States. New Jersey is home to 1,100 multinational companies and 225 foreign company headquarters.
New Jersey is proud to have the second-largest Indian-born population in the United States and the fourth-largest population of Indian origin. Notably, one-third of all New Jersey business owners are foreign-born, with almost half of local businesses owned by immigrants.
Middlesex County has the country’s highest concentration of Indians. In Edison and Iselin, Oak Tree Road, also known as “Little India,” is the largest Indian business hub in the United States. Election ballots are printed in Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. Residents enjoy cricket fields in recreational parks. Movie City theater plays Bollywood movies and serves samosas. The Desi District is filled with grocers, gold and sari shops, and restaurants serving regional cuisines from Mumbai, Gujarat, and Hyderabad.
In Mercer County, Indians are drawn to the reputable school systems, solid job base, and proximity to New York City. The world’s largest Akshardham temple was inaugurated in Robbinsville in 2014, a Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan temple (BAPS) spread over 65.55 hectares of land. Today, the mandir is open to the public and completely free of charge. In addition to the Hindu temple, there is a visitor center, exhibition hall, and youth activity center.
In Hudson County, Jersey City’s India Square, also known as “Little Gujarat,” is home to one of the highest concentrations of Indians in the Western Hemisphere. This pedestrian stretch of Newark Avenue is filled with Indian grocery stores, restaurants, jewelry shops, clothing stores, travel agencies, and Hindu temples. Numerous Indian celebrations take place in the area including Navratri, Diwali, and Holi.
For families looking to relocate, New Jersey is ranked the #1 State in America to raise children. From preschool to graduate school, our State invests in its students. New Jersey is the #1 state for educating students at every level, according to U.S. News & World Report. The #2 STEM high school in the country, High Technology High School, and the #1 university in the United States, Princeton University, are both located in New Jersey, according to U.S. News & World Report.
New Jersey has the second-highest share of STEM graduates in the country. About 44% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the national average of 34%. In other words, we set the national standard for educating the next generation of innovators.
India and New Jersey share the same vision of innovation and benefit from close transatlantic ties. India is our 4th largest trading partner for imports and our 6th largest trading partner overall.
The state’s strategic location in the middle of the Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. corridor provides access to one of the world’s most concentrated and affluent markets. New Jersey is home to the nation’s second-largest seaport on the East Coast. Plus, the Newark and New York City airports represent the #1 airport system in the United States. Air India & United Airlines offer nonstop flights between Newark and New Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad, and nearby JFK Airport offers nonstop flights to and from India. New Jersey moves people and products like no other state in the country.
New Jersey has consistently ranked in the Top 5 states for concentration of Indian companies, number of jobs created, and contribution of highest foreign direct investment ($2.4 billion) among Indian companies, according to a 2020 report by the Confederation of Indian Industry entitled Indian Roots, American Soil. New Jersey receives more than 50% of India’s greenfield FDI (which is when Indian parent companies start a venture here by constructing an operation facility) in the Northeast United States, as stated in a 2019 report from India Global Business.
Indian companies that make the move to New Jersey profit and prosper. New Jersey’s diverse economy is well-positioned for growth and provides Indian companies with a competitive advantage. International companies not only succeed here, but they also make history by shaping our world. Indian businesses in New Jersey are advancing technology, healthcare, and manufacturing.
Top Indian information technology companies Infosys and Wipro have found that New Jersey is wired for 21st-century business.
The top Indian pharmaceutical companies in the United States have corporate offices in New Jersey, including Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Sun Pharma, Lupin, and Mankind.
For Bollywood production studios looking to film here, our State offers one of the country’s best film and television incentive programs, including up to a 4% diversity tax credit bonus.
The New Jersey India Center, established in 2019 by Choose New Jersey, showcases New Jersey’s vested interest in the subcontinent and assists Indian companies looking to expand or establish themselves in our state. The team offers companies interested in New Jersey free, confidential support to set up their business in the United States. Choose New Jersey’s services include detailed market assessment services, customized business proposal responses, site selection assistance, government resources, and introductions to public-private partnerships.
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