The state of New Jersey is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, and was the third state to be admitted to the Union on December 18, 1787. New Jersey is ranked 47th in total area, but ranks 11th in population, making it the most densely populated state in the country. Affectionately known as the Garden State, New Jersey is bordered by New York Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
New Jersey certainly is not for all retirees as the cost of living is high; although for those who are savvy shoppers and can afford it, the state has a lot to offer seniors. Let’s take a look at the best small towns in New Jersey to retire in.
This town of nearly 26,000 people is located in southern New Jersey in Cumberland County. The city was first established by Europeans in the 1680s when a sawmill was established there. The small town has the largest historic district in New Jersey. Most of the homes are Victorian, adding to the overall charm of this great town. It has its own zoo and numerous large city parks that are well groomed and clean. It’s also surrounded by three lakes; Mary Elmer Lake, Sunset Lake, and East Lake.
Cape May, NJ
Cape May is located on the southern tip of the Cape May Peninsula in Cape May County, New Jersey. The population is less than 4,000 and grows to around 40,000 during the summer. The Travel Channel recently ranked Cape May as one of the best beach towns in the country. Another draw for retirees is that Cape May is widely regarded as the top birding community in the United States.
Named after President Andrew Jackson, this township is located in Ocean County. The township has approximately 55,000 residents as of the 2010 census. It is home to the world’s tallest rollercoaster which is located inside Six Flags Great Adventure theme park!
Manchester is located in Ocean County and has a population of 43,000 residents. The city is home to Lakehurst Naval Station and was the site of the great Hindenburg disaster in 1937. The township is set at the base of Ramapo State Park and offers very picturesque views and scenery. The small community has been a favorite retirement destination for people since the 1960s.
Mays Landing, NJ
This small community is located within Hamilton Township in Atlantic County, NJ. The population is very small with less than 4,000 residents. The area was named after Captain George May who sailed the area in the 1740s. The location is perfect for the retiree who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a nice, quiet life.
Millville is close to the shore and a perfect location for retirees who want to live in a small town but be close to large cities such as Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York. As of the 2000 census the population of Millville was 27,000 people. The town went through some economic downturns in the 1990s but has bounced back very well. Today, Millville has a thriving art community and district known as the “Glasstown Arts District.” There is an art center and 17 art galleries located within the small art district. To complement the art, there are several fine restaurants, clubs with outdoor dining and live music, and antique shops.
Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts