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New Jersey isn’t just the nation’s most densely populated state – it also boasts eight out of the 10 most densely populated municipalities in the United States. Add in New York City (number six on the list) and it’s obvious that the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area is where lots of people choose to live and work.

While many out-of-staters only know what they see driving along the New Jersey Turnpike, the state is comprised of many different communities: urban, suburban and rural. And it still lives up to its nickname as the Garden State is a major producer of blueberries, cranberries, asparagus, bell peppers and other vegetables, as well as flowers and other nursery products thanks to the abundance of fertile farmland

While many think New Jersey is synonymous with suburban sprawl, the state has taken steps to rein that in, simultaneous with a growing movement of young adults and empty-nesters looking to take up residence in the state’s long-neglected urban areas.

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