These Are The 10 Most Exciting Places In New Jersey

via Laura Allan at Movoto

Looking for something new to do in New Jersey? Look no further than our 10 most exciting places in the Garden State.

If you’re in New Jersey and you’re bored, you’re obviously doing something wrong. Just look around—this state is absolutely full of awesome places to be and awesome things to do. Festivals, bars, theme parks, beaches, the list goes on and on.

So, who tops the list as the most exciting place in the state?

That’s what the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here to find out. We’ve looked at exciting places before, and New Jersey was a pretty natural place to add to our top 10 list. So we looked over some delicious food, smiled at pictures of beautiful beaches, and had a great time figuring out the greatest Garden State fun spots. Hoboken lead the top 10, which looked like this:

1. City of Hoboken
2. Borough of Palisades Park
3. City of Long Branch
4. Atlantic City
5. City of Trenton
6. City of New Brunswick
7. City of Hackensack
8. City of Clifton
9. Union City
10. Jersey City

You might be wondering where a few other big name places landed. You can see where the top 50 places ranked at the bottom of this article, and as far as how we did it, we’ll talk about that right now. We know you’re filled with anticipation.

How We Got Excited About Getting These Results

First off, we made a list of the 50 most populated places in New Jersey, based on the 2010 U.S. Census. There were a few places we couldn’t find any data for, so if your city is missing, that’s why. We then used the Census and business listings to gather info in eight different criteria:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)
  • Population density (the higher the better)

After we found that data, we ranked each place from 1 to 50 in each criterion, with one being the best. We took all the scores for each place and averaged them into one Big Deal Score for each location. The place with the lowest big deal score was our most exciting spot, and that turned out to be Hoboken.

We know there are plenty of exciting places in the state, and we’re each one has their unique selling points. For now, let’s take a closer look at each of our top 10. Reading this might not be exciting as living there, but hey, it’s a start.


For a little borough of only 19,622 people, this place probably has the most karaoke bars per capita we’ve ever seen, with Sing Out being the highest rated one. Besides that, this place has enough bars, clubs, and taverns to garner it the No. 3 spot for nightlife and the No. 7 spot for music venues.

It doesn’t stop there. Palisades Park had the eighth best young population ranking, the No. 9 population density, and the third best ranking for non-fast food restaurants per capita. If you don’t believe us, you can always grab a seafood pancake at So Moon Nan Jip and decide for yourself.  If you still feel like doing something a little more cultured, you can always hit the yearly harvest festival over in the ever-growing Koreatown area of the borough.

It’s Old News That New Jersey Is Awesome

If you live in New Jersey, you know it’s not surprising that your state is home to a ton of exciting places, but now the rest of the nation knows it, too. From great restaurants to awesome sports teams, you guys absolutely know how to keep things upbeat and energized.



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