Central New Jersey, USA

Living in Central New Jersey

Iyna Bort Caruso

The chain of cities, towns and villages that make up Central New Jersey are used to attention. They’ve been cited on such lists as “Prettiest Town” and “Best for Families.” The National Bureau of Economic Research even ranked three Central New Jersey counties, Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon, among the “Top Happiest Metro Areas in the United States.”

Monmouth and Mercer round out the central region of high income counties, sometimes referred to as the state’s wealth belt. Although New York and Philadelphia are within commuting distance, a skilled workforce takes advantage of opportunities in the area’s strong technology, health care and telecommunications sectors.

Hunterdon is among the most affluent counties in the country. It is an area of quintessential Americana: small towns with historic facades, Revolutionary War sites, equestrian trails, wildlife and even vineyards. Among the farmlands and pocket parks, some of the state’s most photographed sites are here.

Adjacent Somerset is one of America’s oldest counties. Its network of semi-urban, suburban and rural communities has deep roots. Scores of buildings, bridges, and districts across the county are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owners of homes with landmark status enjoy tax incentives.

Mercer County is notably home to the state capital of Trenton and Princeton University. Between the two locations are golf courses, performing arts venues and protected greenbelts. Some communities are centuries-old like Lawrenceville, which dates back to Colonials days. Its main street was part of the historic King’s Highway. Colonial and Victorian residences as well as gentlemen’s farms are common.

Middlesex County is large, young and educated. It is a region of world-class health care institutions, research facilities and Fortune 500 companies. By contrast, it also boasts well-reserved villages surrounded by farmlands and waterfront acreage on Raritan Bay.

South of Middlesex is Monmouth County, considered the gateway to the New Jersey Shore, an area ruled by beaches, boardwalks and bikes. Its 50 miles of beachfront is lined with family friendly outposts, Victorian-era resorts and uber-upscale, uber-hip towns.

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Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

49 Bridge Street
Lambertville, New Jersey, 08530 United States

Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

4 Nassau Street
Princeton, New Jersey, 08542 United States

Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty

1325 Route 206, Suite 30
Skillman, New Jersey, 08558 United States

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

38 Main Street
Holmdel, New Jersey, 07733 United States

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

1020 Highway 35
Middletown, New Jersey, 07748 United States

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

1 West River Road
Rumson, New Jersey, 07760 United States

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

848 Broad Street
Shrewsbury, New Jersey, 07702 United States

Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty

68 North Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, 07920 United States

Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty

454 Main Street
Bedminster, New Jersey, 07921 United States

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

901 Main Street
Belmar, New Jersey, 07719 United States

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

206 East Main Street
Manasquan, New Jersey, 08736 United States

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

522 Washington Boulevard
Sea Girt, New Jersey, 08750 United States

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

1117 Third Ave
Spring Lake, New Jersey, 07762 United States

Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty

1022 Closter Dock Road
Alpine, New Jersey, 07620 United States

Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty

152 West Saddle River Road
Saddle River, New Jersey, 07458 United States

Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty

200 North Avenue East
Westfield, New Jersey, 07090 United States