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Best & Worst States: What is New Jersey No. 1 at?

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With approximately 1,211 people per square mile, New Jersey is the most densely populated state, despite being the fifth smallest country. There are also many active adult communities; we counted 295 of them at last.

What makes the Garden State so popular? Read on to check if the scales tip in your favor if you're considering visiting or living here. Let us explore a few of the best things about New Jersey:

Best: Easily accessible

One of the most significant advantages of living in New Jersey is its location and public transportation. From most parts of the state, you can get to New York City, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore in under three hours, and they all have airports, train stations, and other ways of getting from and to N.J.

Best: Picturesque beaches and natural spaces.

Most of Jersey's eastern coast is lined with beaches. There are also beautiful parks, forests, and open spaces to enjoy, such as Brendan T. Byrne Forest, Tyler State Park, and Liberty State Park.

Best: Vibrant local life.

Camden Aquarium is another attraction along with towns like Morristown and Princeton. But, of course, Jersey is also famous for its behemoth shopping malls, busy highways, endless restaurants and diners, and loyal sports fans who love Philadelphia teams (South Jersey) and New York teams (North Jersey).

Do not be all smiles there because there are some worst things in New Jersey, too!

Worst: Cost of living is high

Compared to national averages, the cost of living in New Jersey can be higher. Philadelphia and New York are generally more expensive as you get closer, which is evident in housing costs, food costs, clothing costs, and other expenditures.

Worst: Taxes can rob your bank accounts!

Taxes in N.J. are another obstacle. Based on a Bloomberg article from 2021, the average property tax for New Jersey in 2020 was $9,112, or 1.8 percent more than the previous year. At present, property taxes in New Jersey are among the highest in the nation.

In 2018, the average property tax in New Jersey was $8,767. How much did it cost in Alabama? $800! Many factors indeed come into play here, including the fact that they live in Alabama; however, come on. People complain endlessly about this and are joined in their misery. However, while most millennial homebuyers are drowning in student loan debt, especially in New Jersey, they can afford homeownership anyway. A hurrah for capitalism!

Worst: Traffic is heavy every day

Commuters especially hate the traffic here because it is incredibly congested. But the state does have extensive bus and train systems that allow active adults to get to their destinations.

We've talked about this before. N.J. residents accept traffic as a necessary evil since they know traffic better than anyone. If we drove to work at 3 a.m. this morning, we would be in trouble. It would only take 25 minutes, but it would take 40 minutes at regular human hours. However, it's when there's an unexpected breakdown, crash, or detour that the traffic problem becomes compounded, that we reach for the steering wheel and think, "Hey, maybe Alabama wouldn't seem so bad."

Here are more fun facts about New Jersey which might interest you:

  1. A municipality with a two- or three-syllable name can adapt "I'm From New Jersey" only to an adaptable state song.
  2. New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. An average of 1,030 people per sq. mi. is 13 times the national average.
  3. New Jersey has the highest percent urban population in the U.S., with about 90% of the people living in a metropolitan area.
  4. In November of 1914, the New York Tribune, cooperating with Mr. Bertram Chapman Mayo (founder of Beachwood), issued an "Extra" announcing: "Subscribe to the New York Tribune and secure a lot at Beautiful Beachwood. Act at once, secure your lot in this Summer Paradise now!" which was the most significant premium offered by a newspaper – nothing equal to it was ever attempted in the United States.
  5. New Jersey is the only state that includes all of its counties within a metropolitan area.
  6. Car thefts are common in Newark, with more taking place in that city than anywhere else. Neither New York nor Los Angeles put together.
  7. New Jersey has the densest highway and rail system in the United States.
  8. Picturesque Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and unique.
  9. To meet the increasing demand for his wire rope, John Roebling opened a factory in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1848. John Roebling, along with his two sons, Washington and Ferdinand, built a suspension bridge across the Niagara River gorge. They then made the Brooklyn Bridge plus many other suspension bridges in the United States.
  10. New Jersey has the most diners globally and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.

So what can you say about New Jersey's best and worst things? Please share them in the comment box below!


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