Relocating to The Garden State for work or school? Consider choosing Jersey City! A recent spike in population has brought about new development and a revival to the Jersey City community. With more affordable housing options, a bustling downtown area, a 10- to 20-minute commute into New York City and a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline from across the Hudson, it’s easy to see why people are making Jersey City their new home. Learn more about life in Jersey City, including local schools, weather, and things to do and see.

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Year Founded: 1838

Population as of 2015: 264,290

Land Area (sq. miles): 15

Median Age: 34.8

Median Household Income: $58,000

Median Home Price: $340,834

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 82° Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 24° Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 43 inches
  • Snowfall: 27 inches

Notable Employment Facts: Jersey City is dedicated to seeking out and providing employment opportunities for its residents of all different backgrounds. The Jersey City Employment and Training Program assists new employers and employees who are moving to the City.

Major Employers: In addition to being across the Hudson River from New York City, the Jersey City area is home to several major employers including: Wakefern Food Corp., Rutgers University, Barnabas Health, Walmart, Verizon, UPS, Johnson & Johnson, United Airlines, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and NJ Transit.


Local Radio Stations:

  • WFMU (91.9 FM) Freeform
  • WBGO (88.3 FM) Jazz
  • WHTZ (100.3 FM) Top 40

Public Transit: Jersey City prides itself on its access to a wide variety of transportation options. With an extensive bus system, 24-hour PATH Trains and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail systems that provide East-West (Newark to NYC) and North-South (Secaucus to Bayonne) rail services, you’ll easily be able to get where you need to go. There’s also access to the NY Waterway, which has the largest ferry fleet in the NY Harbor.

More Than 60 Parks, Green Space and Recreation:

  • Lincoln Park is Jersey City’s largest parks, boasting 273 acres of elaborate landscape design. There are numerous sports fields and recreational facilities, such as; tennis and handball courts, baseball, soccer, and football fields, a cricket pitch, a 3-acre lake available for fishing and a nine-hole public golf course. There is also a catering facility within the park called, Casino in the Park which has been frequented by many well-known people like Frank Sinatra and Bill Clinton.
  • Liberty State Park invites visitors to learn about New Jersey’s transportation history at the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at the north end of the park, while the western portion of the park is dedicated to a fun and interactive approach to science at the Liberty Science Center. The park is also home to the Empty Sky Memorial, the official September 11 memorial for New Jersey victims of the attacks. Though the views from the park are breathtaking, visitors are welcome to get a closer look by grabbing a ferry and heading over to landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Other amenities at the park include; picnic areas, kayak tours, fishing and crabbing, bike rentals, landing marina, and more.
  • Owen Grundy Pier and Park, newly renovated and much loved by the community, is a popular spot for bringing lunch and enjoying views of Lower Manhattan, Liberty State Park and the Jersey City Waterfront. The park features game tables, seating for visitors and fishermen, and often serves as a venue for festivals, performances and concerts.
  • Reservoir #3 is often referred to by residents as the jewel of Jersey City Heights, as the abandoned reservoir has been successfully rehabilitated and repurposed. The 13-acre area offers many activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, bird watching and is the host to many cultural events such as the Mayor and Municipal Council Annual Fishing Derby, Community Day and Dog Day.

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • New Jersey’s restaurant scene has exploded in the last decade with a myriad of popular eateries, many of which are located right within the city’s borders. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ “Big Breakfast” episode put Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory on the map. Lunch on the cobblestone sidewalks at Light Horse Tavern is a perfect place to be on a sunny afternoon. Romantic dinners on the picturesque Hudson are to be had at Batello. Sweet tooths are sated at Torico, and handcrafted cocktails can be found late in the evening at The Archer.
  • Gluten-intolerant craft beer enthusiasts, rejoice! Departed Soles Brewing Company is located in the Powerhouse Arts District in Downtown Jersey City and features a unique variety of 100% gluten-free craft beers, as well as traditional brews containing barley and wheat ingredients.
  • Groove On Grove is free weekly music series during the summer.
  • All About Downtown Street Fair is an annual late-summer event along Newark Avenue featuring over a hundred vendors selling handcrafted products and a dozen of the top food trucks in the tristate area.
  • Artist & Maker Market provides a unique opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs, artists and artisans to connect with the metro NYC community and fulfill demands for locally sourced goods. The market also works in conjunction with a Farmers Market that hosts more than 25 vendors. The markets are open weekly throughout the seasons on select dates at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

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