Located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, New Jersey is the 11th most populous state in the country despite being the fourth smallest in land area. New Jersey is home to an estimated 9 million people, and it has been characterized by religious and ethnic diversity since its inception.

New Jersey was one of the 13 original colonies that participated in the American Revolution by revolting against British rule and saw a number of decisive battles. It was also a major driver of the Industrial Revolution due to the “Big Six” factory cities of Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, and Trenton.

Economy

Today, New Jersey boasts a multifaceted economy that centers largely on tourism, publishing and printing, food processing, telecommunications, finance, information technology, and pharmaceuticals. Despite being the most densely populated state in the country, New Jersey also has a thriving agricultural sector that produces truck products such as lettuce, peaches, and bell peppers. It ranks third in the nation for cranberry production and second in the nation for blueberries.

Best Places To Live in New Jersey

Located geographically at the center of the megalopolis that encompasses the area between Washington, D.C., and Boston across the northeast, New Jersey is likely to appeal to urbanites and suburbanites. Some of the most popular cities include the following:

  • Princeton
  • Home to the Ivy League university that bears its name, Princeton is also one of the top 10 medium cities in New Jersey for secondary education, with a high school graduation rate of 95 percent. The chances of being a crime victim in Princeton are 1 in 135, and the total crime rate is lower than those of the United States and New Jersey by 73 percent and 58 percent, respectively. The median household income is exceptionally high at $118,467 per year, and home prices are correspondingly expensive with a median price of $811,700. The population of Princeton is 30,168.

  • Springdale
  • With a population of 13,955, Springdale is located in western New Jersey near the border with Pennsylvania. Compared with Princeton, homes in Springdale are much more affordable, with a median price of $344,500, despite the median household income being higher than in Princeton at $127,240 per year. Year-over-year crime in Springdale is down 13 percent, and 94 percent of Springdale students graduate from high school.

  • Brookdale
  • Brookdale is located in northern New Jersey and has a population of 9,919. It ranks among the top 10 small cities in the state for livability due to a graduation rate of 95 percent, an unemployment rate of 3 percent, a year-over-year crime rate down 6 percent, and a median household income of $109,315 per year.