Considering a move to Hudson County, New Jersey? The area was the first stop for many immigrants moving to America following the processing on Ellis Island, earning it the unofficial nickname as the “Gateway to America.” Today, Hudson County is ranked as the 8th most racially diverse county in the country. Learn more about life here, including local schools, weather and things to do and see.
Year Founded: 1840
Population as of 2015: 674,836
Land Area (sq. miles): 46.19
Median Age: 34
Median Household Income: $59,741
Median Home Price: $335,300
Annual Weather Averages:
- Average Temperature: 53°
- Rainfall: 6 inches
- Snowfall: 8 inches
Key Industries: Food, life sciences, healthcare, technology, financial services, logistics and manufacturing.
Major Employers: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Liz Claiborne, UBS Finance Services, Citigroup, United Parcel Service, US Postal Service, Bayonne Hospital, New Jersey City University and JPMorgan Chase.
- Hudson County Schools:
- 127 public schools serving 86,972 students
- 29 High schools, serving 23,923 students
- 16 middle schools, serving 8,008 students
- 92 elementary schools, serving 58,525 students
- 66 pre-K Schools, serving 45,945 students
- 14 public charter schools, serving 5,264 students
- 64 private schools, serving 11,920 students
- 127 public schools serving 86,972 students
- Universities and Colleges:
Major City: Jersey City, a municipality of Hudson County, is the second largest city in New Jersey.
Local Radio Stations:
- WFMU (91.1 FM)
- Z100 (100.3 FM)
- WCPR (Streaming)
- WNYU (89.1 FM)
Public Transit: Major transportation hubs include Hoboken Terminal, Journal Square Transportation Center and Exchange Place. Numerous rail lines also serve Hudson County, including Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, New Jersey Transit Hoboken and Newark Division and the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). New Jersey Transit bus routes also provide service.
Parks, Beaches and Other Recreation Areas:
- If you love being active outdoors, then Hudson County has numerous parks for you. Braddock Park boasts 21 tennis courts and the 16-acre Woodcliff Lake, which offers a breathtaking view of Manhattan’s skyline. For a park rich with historical elements, visit Lincoln Park, where you can also enjoy play horseshoes and handballs. For bocce courts and a shuffleboard, take a trip to Columbus Park. Or, spend an afternoon in the picnic area at West Hudson Park.
- Love to spend time at the beach? Take a trip Newport Green, the first and only beach on the Hudson River, located in Jersey Jungle gyms, a field for sports and a mini waterpark complement the 8,000 square feet of sand perfect for soaking up the sun.
- Golf enthusiasts should play a round or two at Bayonne Golf Club, which boasts a waterfront course.
Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:
- The Kearny Museum, located on the top floor of the Kearny Public Library, showcases war memorabilia, collections of photographs and old Kearny High School yearbooks. Mana Contemporary houses a variety of artistic disciplines such as sculpture, photography, painting, film and dance. Located in an old tobacco warehouse Mana Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary art organizations in the United States. Looking to learn more about Hoboken and its past? Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum, where you can view historical Hoboken artifacts, take a tour, sit in on lectures, sign up for a program or see a film or play.
- The Bergen Arches is a must-see landmark in Jersey City. Also known as the Erie Railroad, the Arches mark the spot where the mainline connected to the Hudson River waterfront and then Manhattan. Although the last train rode through the arches in 1959, the Arches are steeped in American history.
- Saint Ann’s Italian Festival in Jersey City is three days of live musical performances, a variety of cuisines and fun rides and games.
- The Hoboken Arts & Music Festival features artists and their masterpieces, as well as crafters selling pottery, candles, jewelry, bath products, furniture and more. Plus, kids can enjoy sand art, face painting, rides, games and live performances.
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