I lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey for three years and really enjoyed the proximity to New York City and the excellent rail transportation service to New York City. I found the area to be quite congested and very expensive. The cost of living index is currently 128 and the national average is 100.
Nearly every square inch of the city is built up and a hard rain has no place to go. There is no bare earth for the water to seep into. While there are drainage pipes they were never installed in the proper size to handle the water. Much of the water from a heavy rain runs south, but a lot of the water causes problems in New Brunswick.
The city is a high-end city with the median household income at $100,000, and this is one of the highest in New Jersey. The median house price is $394,000 up from $200,000 in 2000. The median apartment rent is $1200 per month. The population of New Brunswick is approximately 60,000 people.
The Brunswick Square Mall is not only a major shopping center but it also a major tourist attraction.
New Brunswick is located near Rutgers University and Princeton University which provides many cultural events and adult learning opportunities. These beautiful campuses are a delight to visit. The entertainment choices are endless being so close to New York City.
New Brunswick is located in Middlesex County which has 221 grocery stores, 4 supercenters, 172 convenience stores and 477 full service restaurants.
Hospitals and medical centers serving the area are located on Staten Island and Brooklyn.
The air quality is reasonably good considering the congestion and the proximity to New York City.
While I liked New Brunswick, the congestion and the high cost of living caused me to look for alternatives.