Looking to move to a city that’s lively and stylish, yet has a casual flair and is rich in history and culture? Then Princeton, NJ, may be perfect for you. Best known for being home to the prestigious Ivy League university of the same name, Princeton is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia, with convenient bus and train transportation. Its downtown business district has everything from charming boutiques to popular national stores, which draw shoppers from all around the area and beyond. Read on to see what life in Princeton is like including education, climate, activities, city sights and more.

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Year Settled: 1898

Population as of 2015: 28,572

Land Area (sq. miles): 18.36

Median Age: 39.4

Median Household Income: $116,875

Median Home Price: $760,800

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 85° Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 22° Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 48 inches
  • Snowfall: 28 inches

Notable Employment Facts: Companies within the medical and pharmaceutical, financial, educational and healthcare industries are among Princeton’s top employers.

Major Employers: Princeton University, Bloomberg Financial, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dow Jones & Company, Educational Testing Service, Capital Health Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Merck & Co. and Merrill Lynch.


Nearest Major City: Approximately 50 miles from Manhattan.

Local Radio Stations:

  • WPRB-FM (103.3 FM) Princeton University Radio
  • WNJT-FM (88.1 FM) Trenton Public Radio
  • WARM-AM (590 AM) Scranton Sports Radio

Public Transit: Amtrak and NJ Transit Bus and Train

Parks and Recreation Sites:

  • Put on those sneakers or walking shoes and enjoy the multitude of parks and walking trails in and around Princeton including Barbara Smoyer Memorial Park, Herrontown Woods Arboretum, Turning Basin Park, Woodfield Reservation and Greenway Meadows to name a few.
  • For scenic lakes and boating, visit Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton Battlefield State Park or Lake Carnegie.
  • See a figure-8 in your future? Check out Princeton Skating Club, where members enjoy the advantages of a private club designed especially for families and figure skaters.
  • Land, water and “greens” activities abound at Mercer County Park, which offers paddle boating at the Marina as well as golfing at one of the championship golf courses in the area.
  • Have a four-legged friend? Mercer County Park also provides a designated area where dogs are allowed to play off leash and meet new friends.

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • Tour Princeton on foot. There are a variety of tour options in Princeton from private and personally designed to the casual, self-guided Walking Tours provided by the Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Grab a bite. Whether it’s fine cuisine in elegant or eclectic surroundings, pub food at a local eatery, dining in an historic inn, or casual family dining, you’re sure to find your all your favorites.
  • Princeton has a rich and colorful history that dates back to 1675 when the first settlers came over from England as Quaker missionaries. Many Princeton historical sites are open to the public for tours—a great way to spend your afternoon and to learn about our past.
  • See a show. Area theaters include McCarter Theatre and Princeton Garden Theater, which offer a variety of performances year round.
  • Shopping, dining and special events. The Princeton Shopping Center has been a true gathering place for this community for more than six decades. Featuring large entrances, more than 40 local and national storefronts, and a two-acre landscaped courtyard that is known as the Living Room of Princeton, it also plays host to many live performances and special events throughout the year.

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