Reasons People are Leaving New Jersey for Other States, in Their Own Words: "I'm Definitely Happier"

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New Jersyans have always been proud to call the Garden State home. That pride is no doubt a part of the New Jersey experience and is one attitude that is hard to resist, even amongst newer residents who have just moved here.

And while new residents continue to move in, long-time residents are leaving the Garden State for numerous reasons.

Here are some of the reasons that New Jerseyans have given for moving to other states, in their own words.

Not What It Used To Be

Like most things in life, states change over the years. The last decade alone has brought in waves of gentrification and new residents to New Jersey. Sometimes, it's enough to anger residents so much that they decide to move.

A user on Reddit wrote:

"Left Jersey when I was twenty. I've been to a few different places before being settled in Iowa for the past fifteen. Going back to Jersey now or even 15 years ago isn't /wasn't the Jersey I left. I'm definitely happier. A friend of mine was like, but the Jersey shore, NYC. No thanks. I have great memories of both from the 70's/80's. I want to keep it that way. He and another friend trudge in and out of the city everyday. Leaving at or before daylight to arrive home at or near dark. They pay outrageous taxes and insurance rates. No thanks. Definitely happier."

Cost of Living

It comes as no surprise that New Jersey has one of the highest costs of living in the entire country. According to a recent study done by RentCafe, the cost of living in New Jersey is 13% higher than the national average. Housing is 31% higher than the national average, while utilities are 8% higher.

One user on Reddit writes:

"I moved from Central Jersey to Philadelphia last year. The cost of living became so nuts for rent in NJ that my fiancée and I decided to move to Philadelphia. Now, we’re able to afford buying a home within the next year, have less commute time, and a lower cost of living. All in all, I miss Jersey on occasion, but I made the right decision to move."

Political Environment

Particular policy decisions and the political environment can be a major consideration for some residents contemplating a move.

A user on Quroa wrote:

"Isn’t the real question, “Why would you stay?” I cannot imagine living in a state where the rules are plenty, the taxes over the top and liberties challenged."

A user on Reddit wrote:

"Philadelphia is pro gun liberal city. I'm a pro gun liberal. After a incident in nyc and then JC. I wanted to live in a place where I had more freedom to protect myself."

What are your thoughts? do you agree with any of the residents mentioned in the article? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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