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Living In Pennsylvania vs New Jersey

Posted by Russell Volk on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 6:36pm.

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to nearly 13 million residents, making it the 5th most populous state in the U.S. PA offers a very high quality of life. With its diverse array of towns, cities, residents, architecture, cultural attractions, and entertainment, it’s no wonder that so many former New Jersey residents call the Keystone State home.

In 2018, New Jersey became the #1 state to move away from, according to data collected by United Van Lines (67% of moves were outbound versus 33 percent inbound). Why the mass exodus? New Jersey happens to have the highest property taxes in the United States. In the same study, far more younger people moved to Pennsylvania than moved out (41.03% vs. 29.22%). What makes PA such a great option? For one, it’s the perfect place to start a family. Pennsylvania has a bustling economy, excellent school systems, globally recognized universities, and world-class cities. And that’s just the beginning.

Living in Pennsylvania vs New Jersey


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4 Responses to "Living In Pennsylvania vs New Jersey"

Michelle wrote: I just want to say that your comparison with graphics and details is awesome! Thanks so much! I'm in Tennessee, but from Montgomery County, PA. We may move back up one day. We want to do so. Also, may I ask, where did these facts come from!? Very informative! Thanks again and stay well.

Posted on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at 2:33pm.

Russell Volk wrote: Hi Michelle, glad you found this infographic helpful. The sources for information are listed at the bottom of the blog. If you need any help in Bucks or Montgomery counties, please let me know and I'll be more than happy to help.

Posted on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at 2:39pm.

Teresa wrote: Dear Russell. I love your description of both states even that I do not understand the concept of commonwealth state. My daughter is moving to NY for her job and I thought I could find housing affordable in NJ vs NY and the bidding has left me speechles with no hope. We want to be closer to each other. Presently I am in MT and I would like to sell and move. Therefore I was looking where and still be closer to my daughter in NY. Any suggestions in Pennsylvania that may work? And be lower property tax? Thank you for your time answering my email. Teresa

Posted on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 at 5:30pm.

Russell Volk wrote: Hi Teresa, Pennsylvania is a very popular destination for people from NJ and NY. The prices and property taxes are much more reasonable in PA. If you want to be in PA and still be close to NY, I would recommend you look into Bucks County area. Specifically, the towns of Langhorne, Newtown, New Hope, Yardley and Washington Crossing. These towns are situated right on the border of PA and NJ, with easy access to major highways and rail lines. Actually, many people who work in NYC, live in Bucks County. It's only an hour long train ride to Manhattan.

Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

Posted on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 at 6:16pm.

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