Exploring the Regions of New Jersey

By: Art Gib

Even though there are 45 other states with more land area, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the Union. This anomaly is largely due to neighboring cities like New York and Philadelphia because their metropolitan areas spill over into New Jersey. Even without its proximity to these large economical centers, New Jersey is an attractive area though.

For example, there is also a lot of natural beauty within New Jersey's borders. In different regions of the state you'll find mountain ranges, pine forests, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, hiking trails or coastal communities. New Jersey school systems are also ranked among the best in the nation which is illustrated well by their consistently higher scores on advanced placement tests.

If you are looking for a new home here, I would recommend starting your search by narrowing your destination down to one of the five regions in the state.

The Skylands
The Skylands region is located in the northwest part of New Jersey. It's wooded, rural, mountainous terrain makes it feel like part of Northeastern states like Vermont and New Hampshire. In this region you'll be close to the Appalachian Trail too.

The Gateway
The Gateway is the northeastern part of New Jersey and is characterized by its proximity to New York City. Many residents in the Gateway region actually work in New York and commute to and from work on a daily basis. Living in the Gateway allows people to enjoy all the attractions of a large city without having to live inside of it.

The Shore
The eastern coastline of New Jersey is called the Shore. The ocean is the domineering influence on the environment in this region. Beaches, boats, boardwalks, resorts and seafood are all common ingredients in the Shore region.

The Delaware River Region
On the southwest side of the state, the Delaware River forms a natural boundary between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is the second most populated area in the state because Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania, is nearby.

The Pine Barrens
As the name implies, the Pine Barrens is the most sparsely populated region in the state. It is covered with mixed forests of pine and oak and water bodies like Lake Atsion.

If price is the most important factor in where your settle, remember that the closer you get to the ocean and the big cities, the more you will pay for New Jersey real estate. Although there are some areas with relatively affordable homes for sale, New Jersey is an expensive state to live in. The median price for homes is about $400,000 and the residents enjoy the second highest median incomes in the country.

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