Living Here

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

New Jersey is the best place to live, work and play. Here 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 over the world. Our food, shopping and wide variety of cultural events and experiences reflect our multicultural 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. We offer lifestyle options as diverse as our State.

EDUCATION

If you want your children to get a great education, move to New Jersey. Our strength in education begins with our excellent pre-K and elementary schools, where children get the foundation they need for future academic success.

The U.S. Department of Education recognized 9 National Blue Ribbon Schools in New Jersey in 2019. High Technology High School in Lincroft is ranked the #1 STEM high school in the country.

With more than 90% of seniors receiving their high school diplomas, and as one of two states with the highest percentage of kids enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs, New Jersey is uniquely positioned to help students succeed. We are also the first state in the nation to mandate arts education for all students.

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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HEALTHCARE

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.

New Jersey is home to 113 hospitals and 71 acute care hospitals. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals rankings, 5 are nationally ranked and 15 meet national high performing standards. 

Here in New Jersey, your health is in good hands.

Arts & Culture

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.

PRUDENTIAL CENTER

Home to the New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall Basketball and the GRAMMY Museum Experience

NJPAC

Showcases world-renowned dance, music and comedy acts

LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

Houses the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theatre

BB&T PAVILION

Features a 25,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater in Camden

Dining

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. 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 Anthony Bourdain and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.

A growing farm-to-table movement is using produce from the Garden State’s nearly 10,000 farms to create delectable dishes with “Jersey Fresh” ingredients.

SHOPPING

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 within a 25-square-mile radius.

RECREATION

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

New Jersey’s coastline is 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. 

When it comes to boardwalks, there’s no place like New Jersey. The original “Boardwalk Empire,” Atlantic City still holds the record for the longest boardwalk 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.

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. Newark’s Prudential Center in Newark is home to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New Jersey Devils. The Major League Soccer (MLS) New York Red Bulls play at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

New Jersey offers impressive spots for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Dense pine forests, towering green mountains, sparkling streams and sandy beaches are within an hour’s drive in any direction.

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. 

WHAT CAN CHOOSE New Jersey DO FOR YOU

Relocation & Expansion Services

We provide customized RFI responses, demographics, detailed market assessments and other complimentary business relocation and expansion services. When your company chooses to grow in New Jersey, we also will help you publicize your good news.

Site Visits

We’ll make your property search seamless, so you find the site that best meets your relocation or expansion needs.

Economic Development Connections

Our public and private partners provide a wide range of services. From higher education research collaboration to regulatory and legal assistance to workforce training, they’ll ensure you have a smooth landing.

Tiffany Hess-Bennette
Creative Content Specialist