While many residents still commute into Manhattan, Hoboken and Jersey City have both seen job growth across many industries — particularly tech and financial services. Partly to thank for this? New Jersey state tax incentives.
38.9 minutes Hoboken residents’ average travel time to work 
$10.1 million Tax incentive offered to Tory Burch fashion label to move some of its operations from Manhattan to Jersey City 
3.9% Hudson County unemployment rate 
$3 billion What Walmart paid to acquire Hoboken-headquartered Jet.com Inc. 
Though neither are inexpensive, both Jersey City and Hoboken offer more affordable housing than NYC — and much more square footage.
$625,000 Median price of apartments sold in Hoboken this year 
26,000 Housing units under construction or approved to build in Jersey City, the highest of any city in the state 
1 in 5 Residents in Hudson County that are between the ages of 25 and 34 
244,000 Passengers who take the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) linking northern Jersey and New York each day 
Growing restaurant and bar scenes as well as the plentiful public green spaces top locals’ lists of their favorite things about Jersey City and Hoboken.
20 Public parks throughout Hoboken 
1,212 Acres in Jersey City’s expansive Liberty State Park 
20,000 Pies sold every Thanksgiving at the original Hoboken location of Carlo’s Bakery, of TLC Cake Boss fame 
$13 Average price of a cocktail at Dullboy, a Jersey City hotspot 
Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in Hoboken and Jersey City, as told by locals.
Founder and CEO of Inspiralized
Time spent in Jersey City
I have been here since January of 2013.
Why Jersey City?
I used to live in Hoboken, and then Hurricane Sandy happened in 2012 and I had some issues with my apartment. I was training for a marathon at the time and went on a run, and I had to get 14 miles in, so I ran through Jersey City. I thought it had a great vibe — it seemed very up and coming, and I liked the architecture. I just remember running through it and thinking it was a really unique place.
Best neighborhood, IMO
I’m biased because I live in Paulus Hook. It’s super close to the city, and that’s the main reason why we live here. I live on the Hudson River and there’s a ferry that brings you right downtown. It’s a really nice location with great views and cute restaurants.
Transportation is easy
Transportation is either the ferry or the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson service). A lot of people, when they take the PATH instead of the subway, are so impressed by how clean and much less crowded it is. You can take the PATH right into Manhattan. They just opened a new World Trade Center PATH line, so it’s even easier and more accessible to get to the city.
The rental market
The thing with Jersey City is that you can find it all. There are variously priced apartments, and you get so much more for the money compared to New York. People are always blown away by the square footage and the amenities. Right now there are a lot of rental buildings, but not a lot of construction on condo buildings. There’s nothing to buy, so that’s a little tough if you’re looking to invest.
Surprises about Jersey City
I didn’t realize how quickly Jersey City was going to grow. When I moved here, there were only maybe four restaurants on Newark Ave, and now there are restaurants along the whole avenue — it’s now dubbed restaurant row. Whenever I go on a run I see how much is popping up. And also how much of a community it is; Jersey City has so much pride.
I find that Jersey City’s food scene is so much better than Hoboken’s, and it’s starting to rival New York’s. Talde is a restaurant that was started by New York City chefs, and Dullboy, a bar and restaurant, was rated on Esquire’s lists of best bars in the U.S.
Account Manager at Vitaquest International
Time spent in Hoboken
About a year and a half — my roommates and I just re-signed our lease for a second year.
I grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, and after being home from school for about a year it was time to move out. My roommate and I were looking for a place, and New York City was an option, but he works in the city and I work in New Jersey, so Hoboken made sense. And in Hoboken, you spend a little less and get so much more space.
Best neighborhood, IMO
I don’t know if I’m just biased, but I do really enjoy the area where we live. We’re in uptown on 11th and Hudson, just one street off the main street and one street from the water. Because we’re located uptown, we get a vibe that is more family-oriented; it’s a little quieter and there’s not so much of a late-night scene — that’s more in the area of 1st to 6th streets. Uptown is more homey and more of a neighborhood: You see families with strollers and people out walking their dogs.
It’s easy to get around
Hoboken is two square miles. It’s not that big of a commute from uptown to downtown, so to walk to anywhere, even downtown, is about 12 minutes. From our apartment down to the PATH train is an easy walk. The PATH has a couple of stops in New York City, including Christopher Street, 9th, 14th, 23rd, and then 33rd Street. My roommate works pretty close to one of those stops, so it’s really convenient for him to get to work.
After work to-do list
In the summer there’s definitely a big happy hour scene. There’s a bar called Pier 13 open in the summer that is actually a pier that extends out over the river; on some weekends they have live music. Most bars in Hoboken have happy hours, and there are a lot of rooftop venues. There are so many young adults in Hoboken that when you get home from work, if you go to any bar, there are going to be people there. You may be packed in like sardines, but if you pick a spot that’s off Washington Street, you can actually have a conversation.
Surprises about Hoboken
There are a lot of activities offered or different groups that you can join, which I think is pretty cool. There’s a great, organized flag football league that my roommate and I joined and a kickball league — I really enjoyed being a part of that, playing and socializing after work. I also didn’t realize there are so many different restaurants. Every type of food you want, you can find it here — from hole-in-the-walls to a really nice restaurant you would take a date to.