Right after Newark, Jersey City is the most populated city in New Jersey. The city is surrounded by several rivers - such as the Hudson and the Hackensack - and is even considered part of the New York metropolitan area. Jersey City is a popular spot for those that want a taste of the city life without the steep prices of New York. The Empire State Building is just a short train ride away when you want to get a taste of the city.
The Waterfront in Jersey City is considered one of the best downtown districts in the country, full of great shops, markets and restaurants. While the cost of living is still quite high compared to other neighborhoods in the area, the great amenities and low crime rates easily make up for the price. With dozens of stores and shops to choose from, you will never have a problem finding something you need. If you ever need to get downtown or the next neighborhood over, there are around twenty public transit stops conveniently located close to the Waterfront. There are several great parks nearby as well, perfect for those who need a need a quick retreat from the city life. J. Owen Grundy Park and Paulus Hook Park are both favorites amongst locals. When you're looking for some new food to try, Battello on Washington Boulevard and Barcade on Newark Avenue come highly recommended.
While there are lots of different housing options - from the studio apartment to the duplex - Downtown is not the most affordable neighborhood in Jersey City. However, the stable housing market makes this a popular destination for investors and businessmen. In fact, many people in this neighborhood work in both finance and insurance services. There are plenty of great, convenient options when it comes to shopping. From vintage stores to Home Depot, you'll never have trouble finding what you need. If you need to leave the Downtown area you can easily catch on one of the many public transit stops spread out across the neighborhood.
With lots of great amenities and nice, sunny weather, Journal Square makes for the perfect neighborhood to settle down. The quiet peaceful streets and convenient location make the area a popular destination for families and retirees. Whatever you need can easily be found close by, with several shopping centers and markets just a short bus ride away. When you're looking for a new favorite restaurant, Deccan Spice, White Castle and Rasoi Restaurant are all popular options. If you need a regular dose of fresh air, you'll be happy to know that several parks can be reached on foot or by bus, like Lapointe Park off of Dekalb Avenue. There are also nearly 20 fitness centers near Journal Square, for when you want to stay in shape but don't feel like getting dirty. Sacred Souls Yoga Studio and Bally Total Fitness both come highly recommended. If you need to get downtown - or anywhere else - there are more than a dozen public transit stops conveniently located.