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A+ New Brunswick Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F New Brunswick Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than New Jersey
New Brunswick
11919% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
New Brunswick cost of living
F New Brunswick Crime Total crime is 66% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
2,9597% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 347% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
New Brunswick crime
F New Brunswick Employment Household income is 45% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$40,42827% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$14,68851% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%18% higher than the US average
New Brunswick employment
F New Brunswick Housing Home value is 20% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$253,30037% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,38146% higher than the US average
Home ownership
19%71% lower than the US average
New Brunswick real estate or New Brunswick rentals
F New Brunswick Schools HS graduation rate is 32% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
59%29% lower than the US average
School test scores
20%59% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
10:136% lower than the US average
New Brunswick K-12 schools or New Brunswick colleges

Living in New Brunswick, NJ

Located in the state of New Jersey, New Brunswick is a moderately-sized city with a population of 56,427 people. In New Brunswick, there are 10,783 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (67% White). Given that fact, New Brunswick could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of New Brunswick are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 50% of the population also speak Spanish. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all New Brunswick residents is 24. All the single ladies (and all the single fellas) might want to take notice as only 49% of the New Brunswick population is married.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The best areas in New Brunswick and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the New Jersey and national averages.

With a livability score of 52 out of 100, New Brunswick is ranked #28,304 in the United States and #536 in New Jersey. This is a lower than the US average livability score as New Brunswick does not rank well for most categories. New Brunswick has also earned the dubious distinction of of being ranked among the bottom 10 percent of all US cities. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that New Brunswick has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in New Brunswick. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., New Brunswick has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Assuming that New Brunswick meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in New Brunswick. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in New Brunswick are simply unattainable. The median home price for New Brunswick homes is $253,300, which is 19.9% lower than the New Jersey average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in New Brunswick, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.3, which is 46.5% higher than the New Jersey average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the New Brunswick area were 11.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare New Brunswick, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around New Brunswick, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fresh Kills, New York861412
Woodrow, New York7512.69,310
Rossville, New York7512.710,650
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Prince's Bay, New York7112.78,501
Charlestown-Richmond Valley, New York7011.51,829
Tottensville, New York6910.915,609

Best Cities Near New Brunswick, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fox Chase, PA87441,280
Zarephath, NJ837.58
Plainsboro Center, NJ8313.12,733
Morrisville CDP, PA8226.2862
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Princeton, NJ8114.730,168
Pelham, NY8044.46,996
Upper Montclair, NJ7927.711,731
Brookdale, NJ7927.79,919

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East Brunswick, NJ - Great Place To Live

Attractions7/10
Community7/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping9/10
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.
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New Brunswick, NJ Adventure, Intrigue, and Advancement

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Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping9/10
I grew up and lived in New Brunswick NJ until I was 20. It was then I opted to move from there to go away to school. Sure, I was simply trying to see the world and establish myself as an adult. The truth is you do not know what you have until it is gone.

I talk to friends up in New Brunswick and visit there with family a few times a year. There are many things to do all around New Brunswick. Life in a city like this affords you opportunities to have the best of the best. In NJ you eat the best foods, shop at the best stores, and see unimaginable sites. NYC is just a hop skip and a jump away lending New Brunswick NJ to many different opportunities than other regions.

By far this is the greatest thing that I have noticed since moving to the Midwest. While the slower pace is sometimes pleasant, the advancement opportunities in the Midwest tend to be much more limited then those in New Jersey. In Jersey, you have major corporations, outstanding universities and medical schools, and loads of businesses by which you can advance your career.

Rutgers University for example offers some incredible shows and events throughout the year. In addition there are plenty of theaters, four star restaurants, and four star hotels. These will truly allow you to understand the caliber of what is to be had in NJ.

Sure the cost of living in New Jersey is higher then in most regions of the United States but the advancement opportunities are incredible. Salaries are also considerably higher which can help you meet the higher cost of living. In New Brunswick, NJ life is fast paced and fun. Adventure lies around every corner and is yours for the asking. I truly miss living in New Jersey.
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Source: The New Brunswick, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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