Discover the Best New Jersey Communities

The Garden State of New Jersey is becoming an increasingly popular destination for retirees who are finding homes in new luxury retirement communities and upscale beach towns.

Among the benefits of retiring in New Jersey are:

  • Access to world-class health care
  • Proximity to family, friends and business interests
  • Availability of recreational and cultural amenities
  • New high-end retirement communities

New Jersey Health Care

For those at or near retirement age who want superior medical services, New Jersey is a choice destination. U.S. News & World Report ranks New Jersey at No. 4 among all states for its quality of health care. Morristown Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center are the state’s top-ranked facilities and feature specialty services for seniors. In addition, many New Jersey communities have state-of-the-art provider locations and the world-class treatment centers in the New York City and Philadelphia areas are just a short drive away. As a result, average life expectancy in New Jersey is 80.7 years, the third-best in the entire nation.

New Jersey Is Close To Home

For many retirees and empty nesters who want to downsize their lives, moving hundreds of miles away from family members and long-time friends isn’t a desirable option. If you and your spouse are among that group, then New Jersey offers the best of both worlds: a relaxing new lifestyle away from the big-city hustle and bustle, but still close enough that seeing your kids, grandchildren and old friends isn’t a major undertaking. In fact, you’ll probably be hosting more of those visits in your convenient new location. And for those who want to continue working or consulting on a part-time basis, a New Jersey home makes it easy to stay connected remotely and take a short drive or train ride to attend the occasional in-person meetings.

New Jersey Lifestyle Amenities

With more than 40 beaches and nearly 130 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, a day trip to the Jersey Shore is possible from any location in the state. And because New Jersey is such a popular vacation destination, you’ll find plenty of golf courses, spas, amusement parks and shopping centers in and around those same beach towns. There are also many state parks and wildlife refuges in New Jersey with great hiking and biking trails.

New Jersey’s cultural amenities include museums, art galleries and performing-arts venues that range from Cape May symphonies to Asbury Park rock-music clubs. Fine-dining restaurants that feature local seafood and farm-fresh produce are a welcomed addition to the healthy lifestyle. The resort casinos of Atlantic City are in the middle of it all if you’re feeling lucky and most New Jersey colleges offer tuition waivers for seniors who still have a lot to learn.

New Jersey Taxes

Property-tax rates in New Jersey are comparable to other states in the region, but retired residents can take advantage of homestead exemptions and “senior-freeze” programs to reduce their annual bills. Generous state income tax exemptions of up to $100,000 per couple are available for residents aged 62 and over, while Social Security and military pension benefits are not taxed. There is no estate tax and medications, groceries and most clothing are exempt from the New Jersey state sales tax.

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