Just across the bay from New York City, you’ll find Jersey City, a vibrant, bustling community with a historic downtown. Home to some 270,000 people, Jersey City has it all — beautiful waterfront and city views, tons of diversity and a flourishing arts and entertainment scene. The city also has a stable economy and a (relatively) affordable cost of living and doing business, which makes it a prime spot for growth and development.
Top Industries and Employers: Finance, healthcare and education are leading industries in Jersey City.
Best Coffee Shop: Snapdragon Coffee & Social, which has a real community vibe.
Best Local Beer/Brewery: The gluten-free beers at Departed Soles Brewing Company, like the Rick Rolled-Oat coffee stout and the New Jersey Ninja honey blonde.
Must-Have Meal: The corned beef hash with a side of pancakes at City Diner in Jersey City’s Wall Street West neighborhood.
Best Co-Working Space: WorkSocial offers state-of-the-art facilities for freelancers and entrepreneurs with an office space that’s open 24/7, so you can get to work whenever inspiration strikes.
Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Hudson Hall, an Eastern European-style beer hall with tasty sausage sandwiches and pierogis.
Creative Hub: Jersey City Art School, which offers classes for kids and adults. They even have a printmaking studio!
Favorite Weekend Activity: Catching a show at White Eagle Hall, a renovated historic theater that hosts film screenings, comedy nights, dance performances, live music and plays.
Free Way to Have Fun: Hanging out by the water and watching fishing/sailing tournaments at Liberty Landing Marina.
Local Dream Job: Artist in residence at Liberty Science Center. Today, that position is held by Chico MacMurtrie, a talented robotics expert and sculptor.
- Sarah Kuta