Jersey City, NJ

Population: 261,666

Key findings

  • Jersey City has a Livability Score of 69/100, which is considered average
  • Jersey City crime rates are 43% higher than the New Jersey average
  • Cost of living in Jersey City is 15% higher than the New Jersey average
  • Jersey City real estate prices are 5% higher than the New Jersey average
  • Rental prices in Jersey City are 2% higher than the New Jersey average

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      Jersey City, NJ

      Jersey City is known as the closest neighbor to the Manhattan borough of New York City as it is even closer to this area than other boroughs of New York. It is also considered the epicenter of a very large and lively region of the state of New Jersey. The atmosphere in Jersey City has its own flavor regardless of its close proximity to New York. This city is a good option for people who want to pay slightly lower rental costs than that found in neighboring Manhattan, and Jersey City is also home to a thriving art community with hundreds of galleries, studios and murals that decorate the streets.

      Commuters can take advantage of the "PATH" system that offers great modes of public transportation to get people where they need to go within Jersey City and to destinations in New York. The light rail and bus lines are extensive, and there is also a good network of bike paths. Public transportation is recommended for most people because of the traffic and parking challenges in the area.

      People who crave fine dining and drinking will be happy in Jersey City. Some of the finest ethnic cuisine can be found throughout various districts in the city, and the craft beer establishments are highly regarded. Pizza lovers can also enjoy some of the best pizzerias on the East Coast located in the city.

      For people looking for affordability, Jersey City is somewhat cheaper than New York City, but it is still not a relatively cheap place to live. Housing costs are well above the national average, and groceries, utilities, transportation and health care are also somewhat expensive. The overall cost of living in this town is about 40% higher than the U.S. average.

      There are many major attractions for visitors and residents of Jersey City. One noteworthy feature is the Liberty State Park with over 1,200 acres of greenery next door to the Statue of Liberty. It has wildlife preserves and hosts outdoor events, including the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, and the city has its own nine-hole golf course adjacent to Manhattan. Jersey City funds and encourages an impressive array of street art, and the street festivals show off the diverse cultures that are part of the city.

      The cuisine in Jersey City boasts some fine selections of pizza and many choices of Italian food to satisfy your urge for great pasta. As you would expect, Jersey City is a place with lively nightlife and every type of bar, dance club and beer establishment to suit your tastes. For more exotic excursions, visit one of the ethnic districts, such as the local Chinatown, Little Italy and Little Manila, which provides an experience like being in the Philippines.

      Top Rated Schools in Jersey City

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Dr Ronald Mcnair High School9 - 1268394%
      Cornelia F. Bradford SchoolPK - 552692%
      Infinity Institute6 - 1225791%
      Academy I6 - 848787%
      Jersey City Global Charter SchoolKG - 638382%
      Soaring HeightsKG - 824172%
      Dr. Michael Conti SchoolPK - 867569%
      Jotham W. Wakeman SchoolPK - 575367%
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      Jersey City Reviews

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      Hi friends,
      i was staying in Jersey city from past 3 yrs. I simply loved it. The commute is very easy. You have path trains,cabs, buses, light rails. Nightlife is awesome. After staying in Jersey city its pretty difficult to adjust in any other city.
      I use2 stay in Grove street n it was 5 mins walk to boardwalk exchange place with a beautiful NY skyline.
      Lot of food options near by. shopping malls near by, BJS ,SHOP RITE, DUANE READE.
      Good docs in Newport area.
      I simply loved the city. It/s just 30 mins to Timesquare if you take Path. Lot of night clubs near by area n lot of different cuisines in grove street area.
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      Jersey City - Nightlife in the Garden State
      I actually happened upon Jersey City traveling from Hoboken, NJ. When I decided to stay a night in Jersey City, I was completely surprised. The nightlife in this city is unbelievable. I would not consider this a family oriented place but if you are single and looking for a good night out on the town then I recommend Jersey City, NJ.

      My favorite nightclub there was definitely Sandbar. I honestly cannot wait to for the chance to go back. Another positive to Jersey City is that it is so close to New York City if you really want to go all out. Jersey City is the perfect place for young adults to get out and meet new people.

      Aside from nightclubs, there are a few good attractions in Jersey City. Two that come to mind are the Liberty Science Center and the Liberty State Park - located only 2000 feet from the Statue Of liberty itself! If you're looking for a restaurant in Jersey City try Presto's Restaurant on Warren St. It serves up some of the best Italian food in Jersey City.
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      Source: The Jersey City, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).