Moving from Manhattan? Your Guide to Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Crowded streets, small apartments and unreliable subways eventually drive many people from Manhattan into New Jersey. Families and even career-driven professionals often find their way to our beautiful state, seeking room to grow as well as peace and quiet.Hunterdon County is a destination for households seeking wide open spaces, outdoor recreation, natural beauty and a culture of health and wellness. With top-quality vineyards, solid infrastructure, proximity to large urban areas and endless country roads, Hunterdon County delivers. If you're seeking property in the area, here's what you should know before you move.

More Space Than You Can Imagine

Living in Manhattan, you've gotten used to small spaces, so a relocation to Hunterdon county will no doubt be a game-changing experience. You're about to exchange narrow city streets for nearby open fields and a large yard. Nearly half of the county is made up of farmland, and thousands of additional acres are set aside for parks and recreation.



Hunterdon County's parks include all the standard playgrounds and fields for playing sports, but in addition, Hunterdon county has many trails that lead to vistas where you can see some of the most glorious views in the country. Hunterdon County's parks offer fishing and hunting, camping and more.



The average farm in Hunterdon County is about 63 acres. What do the farmers in Hunterdon County grow? Specialty crops like organic herbs and vegetables are popular. You'll also see horses on horse farms, running through the fields.


Culture and Lifestyle Focused on Mental and Physical Wellness

In 2019, Hunterdon County was labeled the #27 healthiest community in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. What's so healthy about Hunterdon County?

  • High quality of life. People in Hunterdon County have time for recreation and a more relaxed way of living.
  • High life expectancy. The average life expectancy is higher than the national median, while the percentage of people who smoke and percentage of people without health insurance is lower than the national median. Focus on health and wellness pays off in Hunterdon County, where the preventable hospital admissions rate is substantially lower than in other parts of the country.
  • Strong mental health. People in Hunterdon County experience lower rates of depression and fewer poor mental health days each year.

Why are people in Hunterdon so happy and healthy?

Excellent Local Produce

People in Hunterdon County eat well! You'll find a lot of local produce available at farmer's markets. Once you live here, you'll be able to eat the best food of your life, prepared in your own kitchen.

Outdoor Recreation Offers Endless Physical Activity

It's easy to stay active, busy and physically fit when you move to a place like Hunterdon County. It's a center of family fun activities including fishing, cycling, boating, golfing, horse back riding, cross-country skiing, camping, hiking, wind surfing, swimming, birding, kayaking, canoeing and so much more.

Upon moving to to the area, you'll have access to well-planned walking tours, eco-tourism, garden tours and a slew of other outdoor activities. Want to know more about the events and activities in Hunterdon County? Visit the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce for information about visiting the area.


The Arts

Hunterdon County is a center of arts in New Jersey, which benefits the mental health and well-being of people who live there. This part of New Jersey is a draw for artists from every discipline, including photographers, ballet dancers, painters and musicians. Visit the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission website to find out more about art and cultural grant opportunities, art museums, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Superior Public School System

Hunterdon County schools are nationally recognized for delivering high quality education and a variety of educational opportunities to the nearly 20,000 students within the districts. Whether your children are in the earliest grades or completing their high school education, students in Hunterdon County have every opportunity Learn more about Hunterdon County School Districts here.

With an extensive vocational program, students at Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD) gives students the chance to participate in internships, mentorships, and career-focused extracurricular organizations. Students can also earn college credits to get a jump-start on their college education. Technical education programs for high school students in HCVSD also help students choose future careers, so they're ready to get started with a career-focused education as soon as they begin college.


Colleges and Higher Education

Students who want to stay in the area for college have an opportunity to live at home and attend classes at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) where they can participate in online and classroom courses. With 90 associate degree programs and certification programs, RVCC gives students the chance to choose the career that's right for them.

Upon graduation, some students may be ready for their future careers, while others go on to four year schools and beyond. There are numerous high quality colleges just outside Hunterdon County's borders, including Princeton University, Seton Hall University and Rutgers University New Brunswick.


Historic Treasures Everywhere

Hunterdon County was a site of military activity during the revolutionary war, and has been a part of the United States since the earliest days. The state and National Registers of Historic Places is full of sites in and around Hunterdon County. For people who enjoy reading about, visiting, and researching historic areas, especially historic sites dating back to colonial days, Hunterdon County is the perfect place to be.

Check out the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission Pamphlet outlining the Historic Sites and Districts in Hunterdon County for more information about where you can find the most history-rich, authentic sites in the area.


Ready to Move to Hunterdon County? Get Started on Your Forever Home

GTG Builders LLC has been building custom homes in Hunterdon County for decades. Our award-winning construction and affiliations with local associations has boosted our reputation to the highest ranks of New Jersey home builders. To get started creating your forever home, contact us today.


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