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If a move to New Jersey appears to be in your future, you''ll find lots of benefits to living there.
This state defines "convenient location." It''s a short commute from New York City and Philadelphia making it easy for folks to go just about anywhere. With the largest, most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S., travel in and out of New Jersey can be a breeze.
Probably best known for its legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City and the beach scene on the Jersey Shore, the Garden State boasts 50 resort cities and towns plus 127 miles of shoreline. Places like Asbury Park and Cape May make tourism the state''s second largest industry.
Known as a hub for the pharmaceutical industry, other strong industry contenders for employment include chemical development, food processing and telecommunications. A world leader in growing blueberries and cranberries, the peninsula of New Jersey also ranks high in the growth of garden vegetables, peaches and the infamous Jersey tomatoes. You might be surprised to know that 16.7 percent of New Jersey is productive farmland. The ready availability of healthy, nutritious food may even give the kids a jump on their education.
High quality schools here have made a name for themselves by boasting one of the highest graduation rates in the nation. In 2012, 86 percent of seniors graduated from high school. Students frequently earn some of the very top scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one of the best standards for measuring students'' skills.
School field trips might take the younger set to parks, lighthouses (Absecon Lighthouse is 150 years old), museums, theaters, historical places, the Statue of Liberty or Staten Island. Weekends you''ll find New Jerseyites at those same attractions or biking, birding, boating, camping and surfing. Or at one of the shopping malls - this place has the most shopping malls of anywhere in the world.
If you like a small indulgence, know you''ll never pump your own gas. At least until the law changes. Self-service gas remains illegal here as it is in Oregon. That can be very comforting in a rainstorm.
By: Michael Danzig