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Are you considering a move to New Jersey? Would you like to relocate your business or are you interested in what New Jersey has to offer? This section will answer many of your questions.

From the Kittatinny Mountains to the Jersey Shore's sandy beaches -- The Garden State -- New Jersey is home to vast geographic diversity that includes nearly 300,000 acres of state parks and forests, freshwater lakes, dwarf forests and a population of 8.1 million.

Industry Snapshot

New Jersey is a pharmaceutical powerhouse, with close proximity to financial markets and a highly skilled labor pool. The region houses immense technological resources, government funded programs and initiatives and prominent advocacy groups. With unparalleled resources, the region is the ideal location for biotechnology companies and employees.


One of the original 13 colonies, New Jersey has a long, vibrant history. Before European settlement, approximately 8,000 Indians lived in what is now New Jersey. The Lenape Indians lived by hunting, fishing, gathering and planting corn, squash and beans. Settled by the Dutch in 1618, New Jersey became the gateway to immigrants coming through Ellis Island. Nicknamed "The Garden State" for its abundance of flowers, fruits and vegetables, New Jersey quickly gave rise to commerce and government due to its location in the northeast hub of trade and communication.

Geography & Climate

New Jersey is divided into four geological areas: the Appalachian Valley, the Highlands, the Piedmont Plateau and the Coastal Plain, which covers 60% of the state. Moderated by the ocean, the average temperatures range from highs of 74 degrees in mid-summer to lows of 30 degrees in January.

Economy/Cost of Living

New Jersey attracts life science workers from across the nation with its access to culture, entertainment, economic and transportation centers like Philadelphia and New York City, close proximity to our nation's capital and a wealth of opportunities in the biotechnology industry. The number of biotechnology employees in New Jersey jumped 25% from 6,000 to 8,000 in recent years and New Jersey houses 124 biotechnology companies, making it the fourth-largest biotechnology center in the nation. The New Jersey pharmaceutical and medical technology industry supports 166,000 jobs in New Jersey and the region also attracts employees due to its high standard of living. The average biotechnology worker in New Jersey earns $83,300 and the median household income in New Jersey is the second highest in the nation. Coupled with pharmaceutical employees, New Jersey is home to a total of approximately 175,000 employees in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology field.


New Jersey's schools are among the best in the nation with many options for private schools including some of the county's top preparatory schools. Beyond high school, New Jersey houses 20 public and private four-year colleges, 21 public two-year colleges, 2 engineering schools, 1 medical college, 2 dental colleges and 6 theological colleges. Among these numbers are the prestigious Princeton and Rutgers Universities, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Recreation and Entertainment

The state of New Jersey is nestled in the heart of the northeast metropolitan center. As the link between Philadelphia and New York City, New Jersey offers some of the finest quality of life amenities in the country from cultural centers like museums, theaters and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to outdoor activities like sailing, skiing, hiking and fishing.


Located in the northeast hub, New Jersey is linked to the best transportation system in the nation. With access to five major airports and various train lines, New Jersey residents have immediate, convenient access to both national and international travel.

A list of select guides and reference books about the New Jersey area.