Best Places to Live

Jersey City, NJ

Population: 280,263
LIV
SCORE
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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.

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- Sarah Kuta

As the most diverse city in the nation, Jersey City is known for its culture and convenience, with unparalleled views, dynamic charm, historic areas like Paulus Hook and Ellis Island, expansive entertainment options for residents and families to enjoy, unique and diverse neighborhoods, employment opportunities, city services helping small businesses and restaurants grow and thrive, and much more.”

 

Steven M. Fulop
Mayor of Jersey City

Jersey City, NJ Ranking Data

Civic
52
Demographics
93
Economy
51
Education
54
Health
40
Housing
29
Infrastructure
46