Hoboken or Jersey City? Or maybe Atlantic City? Maybe it's Morristown or New Brunswick. Or Red Bank — or anywhere down the Shore. What's the most exciting place to be in New Jersey? It used to matter who you asked — but now, following some somewhat scientific research into the question — there's an answer.
Movoto, a real estate blog that researches such things around the country, took on New Jersey to come up with the most exciting city in the state. Here’s how they did it.
First, they ranked cities by population, only keeping the top 50.
Then the judged them on the following criteria:
So which town won? Here’s the Top Ten:
10. Jersey City (Hudson)
Noted for its young population; roughly a third of residents are between 18 and 34)
9. Union City (Hudson)
Ranked No. 1 in population density, but more than that, the ‘Havana on the Hudson’ is a melting pot of cultures.
8. Clifton (Passaic)
Ranked high in nightlife and music — and high for good restaurants and few fast-food joings.
7. Hackensack (Bergen)
Ranked high for young population, nightlife, active life options and arts.
6. New Brunswick (Middlesex)
No. 4 in nightlife and No. 6 in music, plus a diverse population brings this place to life.
5. Trenton (Mercer)
Arts, youth, nightlife and music all fared well here. Not to mention the history.
4. Atlantic City (Atlantic)
You’d guess it was No. 1 for nightlife and music venues, but it’s No. 1 for arts, too.
3. Long Branch (Monmouth)
Have to have a Shore town here so why not the one that ranks in the top ten for nightlife, youth, active life and arts.
2. Palisades Park (Bergen)
We were surprised, too. Then we found out it’s great for nightlife and population density.
1. Hoboken (Hudson)
There is the nightlife and the music. And not much fast food. But most of all, there’s youth. Roughly half the population is between 18 and 34.
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