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Overview of Hoboken

If you want to live in Manhattan but are put off by the price tag, consider apartments for rent in Hoboken, New Jersey, which is just across the Hudson River. Although the main draw of the city is its proximity to the Big Apple, Hoboken - which is nicknamed the Mile Square City, in reference to its size - has a cultural importance in its own right.

Living in Hoboken, NJ

The city of Hoboken is big on biking, walking and public transportation, and not too many people own cars. In fact, it was designated a gold-level walk-friendly community in 2011, and was ranked the no. 1 city in public transportation use by the U.S. Census. WalkScore.com deemed it the most walkable city in the country, and it also received an Honorable Mention in the League of American Cyclists' fall 2010 Bicycle Friendly Communities listing.

More than half of the working men and women that comprise Hoboken's 50,000-strong population commute using public transportation each day, most via subway, ferry, commuter rail, bus and Light Rail. The city wasn't always a transportation hub, though. In fact, the area was originally developed as a resort by Colonel John Stevens, who purchased it in 1783 for the equivalent of about $100,000 in today's currency.

Hoboken Work and Study

Most of Hoboken's residents don't work in the city itself - rather, many have jobs in Manhattan or the New York City area. That said, Hoboken University Medical Center employed 3,337 workers as of January 2012, while global publishing company John Wiley & Sons Inc. has a local workforce of more than 1,500 staff members.

While it's not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Hoboken, the city is a great home for students. Hoboken - which is home to the Stevens Institute of Technology - was ranked the 12th best college town in the county by the Princeton Review in 2010. Students commingle well with residents, and some pupils take on part-time dog-walking jobs. This often works out for dog owners as well, as BellaDOG Magazine named Hoboken the most dog-friendly city in the U.S. in 2011.

Rentals in Hoboken, NJ and Cost of Living

U.S. Census Bureau data puts the median gross rent of Hoboken apartments at $1,681, far less than the March 2012 average of more than $3,400 in Manhattan. The cost of living is lower too - 132.3 compared to Manhattan's 180.7, according to City-Data.com's March 2012 cost of living index. But remember, Hoboken is a walking city, and the numerous forms of public transportation mean you won't need a car to travel, which can cut down expenses significantly.

Hoboken Attractions and Special Events

Hoboken is a melting pot of cultures, which is reflected in its cuisine. Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern and Malaysian eateries are dotted about the city, to name but a few. There's even a food and culture walking tour that drops by several of the city's most renowned establishments.

Just as foodies are taken care, art fans with apartments in Hoboken will be too. There are myriad plays, open studio events, live performances and film screenings at Monroe Center for the Arts and the Mile Square Theatre, while fans of alternative music can frequent Maxwell's, which has hosted many influential musical acts throughout the years.

Particularly in the summer months, Hoboken is a hub of events, from farmer's markets to Movies Under the Stars on Pier A, where films are shown against the stunning backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

To find a Hoboken apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

Skytop Gardens - Parlin, NJ 08859
25

Parlin, NJ 08859

$975 - $1150

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Parlin, NJ (Madison Park)


$975 - $1150

840 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Oxford Arms - Edison, NJ 08817
24

Edison, NJ 08817

$1495 - $1815

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Edison, NJ (New Durham, South Edison)


$1495 - $1815

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Blueberry and Edison Village - Edison, NJ 08817
21

Edison, NJ 08817

$1370 - $2075

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Edison, NJ (Lahiere, South Edison)


$1370 - $2075

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Rivendell - Piscataway, NJ 08854
22

Piscataway, NJ 08854

$1370 - $2160

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Piscataway, NJ (New Durham, South Edison)


$1370 - $2160

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Matawan Village - Matawan, NJ 07747
8

Matawan, NJ 07747

$1125 - $1400

1-2 Beds 0 Baths

Matawan, NJ (Cheesequake)


$1125 - $1400

70 Units 1-2 Beds 0 Baths

Denville Manor - Denville, NJ 07834
8

Denville, NJ 07834

$1175 - $1450

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Denville, NJ


$1175 - $1450

50 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Belmont Gardens - Edison, NJ 08817
12

Edison, NJ 08817

$1185 - $1755

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Edison, NJ (South Edison)


$1185 - $1755

40 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Ridgedale Gardens - Piscataway, NJ 08854
25

Piscataway, NJ 08854

$1260 - $1650

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Piscataway, NJ


$1260 - $1650

252 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Treetops - Highland Park, NJ 08904
18

Highland Park, NJ 08904

$1260 - $1710

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Highland Park, NJ


$1260 - $1710

216 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Forest Glen Apartments - Highland Park, NJ 08904
7

Highland Park, NJ 08904

$1400 - $2215

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Highland Park, NJ


$1400 - $2215

137 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cedar Lane - Highland Park, NJ 08904
21

Highland Park, NJ 08904

$1125 - $1510

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Highland Park, NJ


$1125 - $1510

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Cedar Arms - Highland Park, NJ 08904
8

Highland Park, NJ 08904

$1190 - $1690

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Highland Park, NJ


$1190 - $1690

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Park Brook Gardens - Middlesex, NJ 08846
29

Middlesex, NJ 08846

$1125 - $1450

1 Bed 1 Bath

Highland Park Gardens - Highland Park, NJ 08904
6

Highland Park, NJ 08904

$1225 - $1505

1-2 Beds 0 Baths

Highland Park, NJ (South Edison)


$1225 - $1505

1-2 Beds 0 Baths

Berkeley Square Apartments - Suffern, NY 10901
8

Suffern, NY 10901

$1350 - $1550

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Suffern, NY (Antrim)


$1350 - $1550

150 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Tov Manor Apartments - New Brunswick, NJ 08901
21

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

$1150 - $1435

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers University Cook/Douglass)


$1150 - $1435

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Riverwatch Commons - New Brunswick, NJ 08901
21

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

$1310 - $1930

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New Brunswick, NJ (Albany Street / George Street, Downtown)


$1310 - $1930

199 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Taylor Gardens - East Brunswick, NJ 08816
10

East Brunswick, NJ 08816

$1125 - $1450

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

East Brunswick, NJ (Lawrence Brook, Washington Heights)


$1125 - $1450

363 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

The Vue - New Brunswick, NJ 08901
23

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

$2105 - $3475

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New Brunswick, NJ (Easton Somerset, Rutgers University)


$2105 - $3475

150 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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