One of the most ethnically diverse states in the U.S., people from all over the world are proud to call the Garden State home.
With its well-connected infrastructure, residents can travel around the state and the broader region with ease. Whether visiting the boardwalk in Atlantic City, rafting down the Delaware River, or catching a game at MetLife Stadium, there is always something to see and do around every corner of the Garden State.
We’ve compiled a list of six great reasons to make the move to New Jersey.
Outdoor Recreation: Whether hiking along the Appalachian Trail or soaking up some rays on the coast, New Jersey offers the very best of nature’s playground. Drive an hour in any direction, and you’ll find yourself among dense pine forests, gorgeous mountain peaks, quiet streams or sandy beaches. New Jersey’s Atlantic coastline spans 130 miles from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Asbury Park is the No. 2 beach in America, according to Coastal Living in 2018.
Best for Families: Earlier this year, WalletHub ranked New Jersey as the No. 4 Happiest State in the country in 2020 — behind only Hawaii, Utah and Minnesota. Home to world-class health care and educational institutions, the Garden State is also one of the safest and healthiest places for families. Save the Children organization ranked New Jersey the #1 state to raise children in the U.S. based on health and safety outcomes.
Urban Amenities: From mouth-watering farm-to-table restaurants, an exciting nightlife, and upscale boutique shopping, New Jersey’s metro areas offer all the flavor and fun one would expect from one of the most diverse states in the country. With upscale boutiques and sprawling outlets, New Jersey offers a wide variety of retail therapy. In fact, New Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world — 7 within a 25-mile radius.
Top-Notch Education: Do you want your children to have access to some of the best educational opportunities in the U.S.? Move to New Jersey. The Garden State is the No. 1 state for early childhood education, according to U.S. News & World Report. It’s also home to the No. 1 public school system and the No. 1 university in the U.S. (Princeton University). The state is uniquely able to provide world-class education from K-12 to higher education and beyond. With 63 colleges and universities across the state, there’s a program of study available around every corner.
Arts and Culture: Though the world-class arts and cultural amenities of New York City are just a short train ride away, the state offers countless attractions closer to home. With nearly 100 professional regional theaters, 150 museums and a vast music scene (home to famous musical artists like Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi), there’s always something to see and do in the Garden State.
Sports: From football to golf and everything in between, New Jersey offers a home-field advantage for die-hard sports fans. Football’s New York’s Jets and Giants play in the 2.1 million-square-foot MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils play at Newark’s Prudential Center, while Major League Soccer’s New York Bulls play at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison. Pine Valley has been the No. 1 golf course in the U.S. since 1985.
Savannah King is managing editor of custom content for Conway Inc. She is an award-winning journalist and previously wrote for The Times in Gainesville, Ga. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and lives near Atlanta.