Apartments for Rent in West Side Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ - 6 Rentals available
$732 - $1,022
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$355 - $1,429
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Renter's Guide to Jersey City
Jersey City, New Jersey is a city full of diverse people and a thriving cultural and arts scene – not to mention great opportunities. As part of the New York metropolitan area, the city offers direct rapid transit into Manhattan. Jersey City is the second-largest city in the state after Newark, and is home to one of the biggest business districts in the United States.
Jersey City has been ranked as one of the best cities for millennials, with over 20% of the population aged between 25 and 34.
Jersey City is the second largest New Jersey city after Newark, but given its growth rate, it is expected to overthrow Newark by the end of 2016.
Despite the 7 miles distance to Manhattan, a drive from Jersey City to New York City takes about 38 minutes. A train ride from Jersey City to NYC lasts 40 minutes.
The city retains a moderate climate, with annual high temperatures of 63.3°F and lows of 46.5°F.
West Side Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ Demographics
- Total Population40,138
Female 20,038Male 20,100
- Median Age34
Cost of Living in Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City is one of the more affordable larger cities in the United States. A cheap lunch will cost you around $15, while a three-course meal at a mid-range or casual dining restaurant will cost you an average of about $50.00. Beers are slightly more expensive to come by, running at $8.00 for a bottle and $5.00 for a pint. A bottle of water will cost you $1.40 – close to the national average.
Transportation errs on the more expensive side. A one-way bus trip within the city limits costs approximately $2.70, while a monthly pass will have you spend $86.50 – in other words, you should stick to buying monthly passes only if you are certain that you will be using it many times per week. Taxi cabs are rather affordable; they primarily operate on a $2.50 base and add $2.13 per mile.
Jersey City residents pay an average of $130.50 for all utilities in a basic 915-square-foot apartment. This includes water, heating, garbage, and electricity.
Living in Jersey City
Jersey City is home to a number of distinct landmarks, museums, libraries, and more! The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre – the only Loew’s Theatre outside New York City – offers residents continual showings of classic Hollywood films, and hosts events and theater performances throughout the year. The city’s Free Public Library has five different branches throughout the area, all of which offer numerous exhibitions and collections.
The city boasts great nightlife, with lots of fine dining options, as well as fast food restaurants, and fabulous views of NYC – but much less crowded.
Jersey City public transportation, however, leaves a lot to be desired. The city is currently experiencing growing pains and work still has to be done to accommodate commuters.
Things to do in Jersey City
The Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, a national park, is very close by, while those interested in science can take advantage of the Liberty Science Center. Art historians can visit the Katyn Memorial, designed by Andrzej Pitynski, the famous Polish-American artist.
During the summer, you can stop by the annual Hudson County Shakespeare Festival and attend a free performance of a Shakespeare play every month. Every fall, the city hosts the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, one of the top rated film festivals in the world.
The city is home to many Filipino citizens, and in the “Little Manila” section of the city you will find Phil-Am Food, and even the largest grocery store owned by Filipinos in the United States!
Employment and Economy
Jersey City is home to several distinct shopping districts, including Journal Square, Danforth, West Side, and Central Avenues, where customers receive a 3.5% sales tax as opposed to the statewide 7%.
Many city employees work for investment and money management companies such as Verisk Analytics, Lord Abbett, ICAP, Fidelity Investments, Computershare, and ADP.
In 2014, Forbes magazine received a $27 million tax grant and transported its headquarters to the city, move said to create 350 jobs for city residents in the following decade.
West Side Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ Households
- Total Number of Households14,549
Family 9,124Non-family 5,425
Children 4,793No Children 9,757
- Average People Per Household2.52
- Median Household Income$48,534
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,191
Education in Jersey
The city is also home to two major universities – the New Jersey City University (NJCU) and Saint Peter’s University – as well as the Hudson County Community College. Rutgers University is close by in Newark, and has an additional location at the Harborside Center that provides classes as part of its MBA curriculum. The concentration of schools within a compact area lends a rather collegiate feel to the city; its thriving student population blends beautifully within the larger art and culture scene of the city.
West Side Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ Education Statistics
- No High School7%
- Some High School33%
- Some College17%
- Associate Degree4%
- Bachelor Degree26%
- Graduate Degree12%
Tips for Renting in Jersey City
There are lots of new luxury condos being built in Jersey City. The city is undergoing a renaissance of sorts with major construction and renovation works taking place throughout the city. Though internally the public transportation is not very well organized, you have several ways to access Manhattan using public transport including bus, train and ferry.
Tenants have a lot of rights under New Jersey and Jersey City laws. There are limits under N.J. law regarding how much you can be charged for a security deposit. Landlords cannot charge more than 1 ½ months for the first year, and no more than 10% of the first year's deposit for succeeding year leases. The landlord has 30 days to return the deposit after the tenant moves out. Landlords must also give you at least 24 hours’ notice before entering the rental unit for an inspection or repair.
New Jersey also has special tenant protection laws in place for victims of domestic violence.
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