New Jersey is the best place in the U.S. to live, work and play. From leafy parks and historical sites to artsy downtowns with breweries and cafes, New Jersey has it all. Close to urban centers in every direction, including a quick train ride into Manhattan or Philadelphia, New Jersey is a vibrant mix of bucolic and bustle, charm and culture. We are home to mountains, beaches, lakes, and cityscapes – perfect for date nights or daytime adventures. New Jersey can truly transport you anywhere. Maybe that’s why New Jersey has been named the “most mentally and physically fit state” according to WalletHub’s Happiest States in America list.
New Jersey has many thriving downtowns with full of art galleries, performing arts centers, unique shops, restaurants and other cultural attractions. Stroll Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair for boutique shopping and ethnic cuisine after a visit to the Montclair Art Museum. Enjoy a day discovering antiques and art studios in Lambertville. Somerville is popular for its outdoor music festivals, arts and craft shows and street fairs. In Newark, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) inspires and enlightens with dance, music, comedy and conversations. Red Bank is home to a mix of upscale retailers and small businesses, including Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash – a comic store owned by famous New Jerseyan Kevin Smith. Catch a show at Broadway Theatre in Pitman and peruse the shelves at independent bookstore Words Matter.
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New Jersey has been named the “most edible state” by Savuer and the “food capital of America” by Public Radio International (PRI). Our food culture is driven by our rich immigrant communities, agriculture industry and the world’s highest density of diners. New Jersey is where every culture, palette and delicacy is celebrated.
Jersey City is a foodie destination and home to Razza – maker of New York’s best pizza according to The New York Times. Newark’s lronbound District is the go-to neighborhood for contemporary twists on old fashioned Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian dining. From dosas to biryani, America’s best Indian food can be found in Edison and Iselin. Hoboken’s Carlo’s Bakery is where “Cake Boss” Buddy Valestro creates his famous cakes and cannoli. The White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City has been making its iconic hoagies since 1946. Trenton is famous for its pork roll (or Taylor ham) and tomato pie. The freshest farm-to-table dining can be found at upscale restaurants in Princeton.
True to our nickname as “The Garden State”, New Jersey is a top producer of cranberries, peaches and the best tomatoes in the country. “Jersey Fresh” fruit and vegetables can be found at a farm stand along a country road or at a local market. Visit a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Hammonton (the Blueberry Capital of the World) or check out the Collingswood Farmers Market for fresh produce, artisanal cheese and local honey. Our climate and soil conditions are also ideal for producing delicious New Jersey wine. In fact, at any point in the State, you are never further than 45 minutes from the nearest New Jersey vineyard. Craft beer lovers should try Flying Fish Brewing Co.’s Pork Roll Porter (the unofficial beer of New Jersey) or Cape May Brewing Company’s Top Sail (ranked Best Beer in America by Beer Connoisseur in 2017). New Jersey is home to over 125+ craft breweries and growing.
Home to all 4 seasons and a variety of geographical diversity, New Jersey provides exciting recreational opportunities.
Outdoor adventure-seekers can enjoy rafting down the Delaware River, exploring wetlands in Atlantic County or skiing at Mountain Creek Resort. The Sourland Mountain Preserve is perfect for hiking and biking. New Jersey is also ideal for golf enthusiasts – Pine Valley golf course is ranked #1 in the U.S. according to Golf Digest.
Branch Brook Park in Newark is home to 5,000+ cherry blossom trees (more than Washington, D.C.) that burst into full bloom during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in April. Many enjoy strolling through botanical and sculpture gardens like Frelinghuysen Arboretum or Grounds for Sculpture. Island Beach State Park is the #1 state park in the U.S. according to vacation planning website HomeToGo.
New Jersey is full of Revolutionary War history. Trenton is considered the “Crossroads of the Revolution” where George Washington crossed the Delaware River in 1776. The Morristown National Historical Park preserves the home to General Washington and the Continental Army’s winter encampment.
New Jersey is consistently named among the safest, healthiest and best places to live in the nation. Our diverse neighborhoods with exceptional school districts make New Jersey an ideal location for families. That’s why we’re ranked the #1 state to raise children in the U.S.
Our strength in education begins with our excellent pre-K and elementary schools. New Jersey ranks #1 for early childhood education. New Jersey’s public school system has been ranked #1 in the U.S. for two years in a row. We are also home to the #1 public school in the U.S. (Bergen County Academies) and the #1 STEM high school (High Technology High School).
Seven New Jersey counties were listed in U.S. News and World Report‘s Top 500 Healthiest Communities in the U.S., including Hunterdon County and Morris County in the top 25. Mount Laurel and Bridgewater were ranked among Money‘s Top 50 Best Places to Live in America. Fair Lawn and Princeton are counted among the top 15 Best Small Cities in America according to Wallet Hub.
New Jersey is leading the way in innovative medicine at our top healthcare systems. Among the State’s 113 hospitals and 71 acute care hospitals, 5 are nationally ranked and 15 meet national high performing standards, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals rankings. Topping the list is Morristown Medical Center, which was ranked the #1 hospital in New Jersey and nationally ranked in 2 adult specialties, including cardiology and orthopedics.
New Jersey leads by example. We are committed to social responsibility and embrace communities, ideas and businesses that move us forward.
We recognize that for so many, New Jersey is a land of hope. New Jersey is the #4 most diverse state in the nation with a 45% minority population. Diversity is our strength and makes innovation truly possible.
We proudly stand with all of our residents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. New Jersey has expanded LGBTQ rights by allowing transgender individuals to amend their birth certificates to match gender expression. Governor Murphy also signed a law in July 2018 creating a Transgender Equality Task Force. New Jersey is also the first state in the U.S. to mandate inclusion of LGBTQ history in public school curriculums.
New Jersey is home to some of the most progressive labor practices in the nation. The State’s minimum wage will gradually increase to $15 per hour by 2024. New Jersey has the strongest equal pay law in America and has implemented earned sick leave.
Our State is home to some of the safest communities in the U.S. New Jersey has taken critical steps to combat gun violence, including enacting a critical magazine capacity law, prohibiting possession of armor-piercing ammunition, emerging as a leader in the adoption of “smart gun” technology and sales, and a founding member of the States for Gun Safety Coalition.
New Jersey is committed to 100% clean energy by 2050. In order to reach this goal, we are making major clean energy investments in solar and wind to reduce carbon emissions and maximize job creation.
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