Home to 39,417 people, North Brunswick, N.J., lies just south of New Brunswick and just west of East Brunswick. The historic New Jersey town stays close to all the amenities that the New York City metro has to offer, while remaining off the beaten path. It is inhabited by a diverse group of residents who all bring their own cultures and backgrounds to the city's vibe.
North Brunswick residents enjoy a variety of community events and programs, such as heritage days, kid's programs and chili cook outs. Residents enjoy convenient shopping amenities at centers such as The Shoppes at North Brunswick, which offers big-box retail and fashion shopping to people throughout the Brunswick area. Those searching for North Brunswick apartments for rent will be happy to find that 41.4 percent of New Brunswick homes are renter-occupied, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
North Brunswick enjoys close proximity to New Brunswick, which is serviced by numerous public transit routes into and out of New York City. Many residents move to North Brunswick because of its comparatively lower living costs, diverse neighborhoods and historic background. Residents also enjoy the city's proximity to New Brunswick's numerous academic and employment opportunities, including Rutgers University.
However, North Brunswick isn't living in the past. New construction began recently on a transit-oriented development project, called a "Transit Village," which will bring the principles of New Urbanism to the North Brunswick community. The new mixed-use transit village will include a new bus and train station, as well as a variety of fresh construction projects.
Rutgers University is located just four miles from North Brunswick in the city of New Brunswick. The university enrolls about 32,000 students annually, and makes a significant impact on North Brunswick apartments and culture. Middlesex University, Princeton University, Raritan Valley Community College, Mercer County Community College, Union County College and Rider University are also within commutable distance from North Brunswick.
Many North Brunswick residents take advantage of the city's proximity to larger cities, so the city loses about 11 percent of its population during the workweek due to commuting. About 13 percent of North Brunswick residents live and work within the city's borders. According to North Brunswick's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's top employers are Bristol Myers Squibb, Silverline, Wachovia, North Brunswick BOE, Vertis Inc. and Church & Dwight.
According to city-data.com, North Brunswick's cost of living index is 16.7 percent above the U.S. average. This may in part be due to North Brunswick's close proximity to New York City - 38 miles. The city's median gross rent was $1,262 per month in 2010, according to U.S. Census data. North Brunswick also has a healthy rental market: About 41 percent of the city's homes are renter-occupied units.
North Brunswick residents are not far from New Brunswick's East Jersey Olde Towne Village. The Village contains both original housing and replicas of 18th and 19th century homes, village centers and community space. The Village also offers workshops, seminars, lectures and other activities.
Also located in nearby New Brunswick are a variety of attractions associated with Rutgers University. Rutgers Gardens showcases botanical beauty and interesting flora 365 days a year, while the Zimmerli Art Museum gives those of the artistic mindset a much-needed dose of artistic eye candy.
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