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4 Reasons to Live in Somerset, New Jersey

By Amy Wood in Somerset


7 hours ago

Are you considering moving to Central New Jersey soon? Somerset, New Jersey, offers an ideal location, whether you already live in the state or are moving from another region of the country. These four reasons illustrate why Somerset is a great place to call home.

Convenient Location

Living in one of the more densely populated states in the U.S. means you’re never far from the places you need to visit. Somerset’s Central New Jersey location makes it possible to commute to jobs in New York, Philadelphia or Trenton. Do you prefer working closer to home? Edison, New Brunswick, Princeton, Bridgewater, Somerville and other towns are just a short drive away.

Routes 18 and 27 are the area’s main thoroughfares, and routes 1 and 287 and I-95 are just a few miles away. If you like taking the scenic route, plenty of less-traveled roads offer alternatives to busy highways. Do you prefer to leave the driving to someone else? NJ Transit offers train service to New York City to the north and Trenton to the south from its New Brunswick station. Amtrak service is also available in New Brunswick.

If you need to catch a plane, Newark International Airport is 30 to 40 miles away, depending on where you live in Somerset. SCOOT, DASH and CAT buses serve many of the towns in Somerset County and offer an inexpensive way to travel.

No matter how much you love your apartment, it’s nice to get away from time to time. Luckily, taking a short getaway isn’t complicated when you live in Somerset. The beach is just about an hour away, while the drive to the Pocono Mountains can take as little as 1 ½ hours, depending on the traffic.

The Job Market

Drawn by the large number of highly skilled employees in Central New Jersey, a variety of large, medium and small companies have established offices or headquarters in the area. Pharmaceutical and technical companies are well-represented, but you’ll find nearly every type of industry close to Somerset. Large employers include:

  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Hepion Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer
  • Verizon Wireless
  • AT & T Corporation
  • Catalent
  • Courier News
  • Ethicon
  • DrugFair
  • Gain Capital
  • Quantex Microsystems
  • Salix Pharmaceuticals
  • Princeton University
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Met Life

Schools, manufacturing companies, retailers, transportation companies, medical and dental offices, law firms, spas, financial services companies and other types of smaller businesses also employ Somerset residents. Do you have an idea for a new business? You’ll have no shortage of customers when you open a new restaurant, salon, store or company in the Somerset area.

Quality of Life

Niche.com gives Somerset an “A” rating overall. That’s not surprising considering all of the amenities offered in the area. Picking up a loaf of bread or tasty take-out meal is quick and easy, thanks to the variety of the stores and restaurants in the town’s business district. Area malls feature all of the major retailers, while quaint business districts in the region’s small towns provide one-of-a-kind and bespoke products.

Walking and bike paths, sports fields and playgrounds at Somerset’s parks help residents stay fit and healthy. Naaman Williams Park, one of the town’s larger parks, includes baseball and softball fields, tennis and handball courts, a swimming pool, a playground and picnic areas. 

Somerset is the ideal place to put down roots, whether you’re single, married, in a relationship or contemplating retirement. You’ll find plenty to do in the area, no matter what your interests.  Festivals, holiday celebrations, book clubs, and sports leagues for kids and adults are just a few of the things that will keep you busy if you become a Somerset resident.

The Schools

Finding a school district that your kids love is essential when you move to a new area. Children in Somerset receive an excellent education at Franklin Township Schools and can participate in a variety of extracurricular activities that enrich the educational experience. The school district includes eight elementary schools, two middle schools and Franklin Township High School. The high school is ranked 203rd in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report.

Franklin Township High School offers more than 15 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, in addition to honors classes. Students can also sign up for business and vocational programs or even enroll in Somerset County Vocational Technical School part- or full-time. Internships and co-ops give high schoolers hands-on experience in a variety of industries.

Does Somerset sound like the perfect place to settle down? 745 Hamilton, a Country Classics rental community, offers one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments in the heart of Somerset’s business district. Contact us for information about becoming a resident at 745 Hamilton.


Amy Wood

Vice President of Operations at Country Classics

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