New Jersey ranks as the most densely populated state in the U.S. Given its thriving job market, and stellar track record in health care and education, it’s no wonder: the Garden State is an inviting place in which to both live and do business.
A large part of New Jersey’s appeal stems from its serendipitous location between Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.—effectively positioning the state as the gateway to some of the nation’s biggest cultural and historic landmarks. The Port Authority’s tunnels, bridges, and transit lines make it particularly easy to travel to New York City, with which northern New Jersey holds strong economic ties.
But New Jersey’s proximity to major cities in the Northeast is not its only selling point. The Garden State boasts the second highest median household income across the U.S. as well as one of the largest state economies. Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, finance, tourism, and transportation dominate as New Jersey’s largest industries; altogether, the state’s GDP totals well over $500 billion.
Beyond its economic landscape, New Jersey also carries great cultural significance. Its largest city, Newark, is home to major performing arts programs and museums. Less than half an hour away, its neighbor Jersey City is known for its panoramic views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Further south, both locals and tourists flock to Atlantic City for its boardwalk, beaches and lively casinos.