Hey, What Exit?

10 Feb


When it comes to population density New Jersey is first!…among states that is. The District of Columbia actually has more residents per square mile and Puerto Rico is a close second, but they don’t count because when it comes to states,  we’re still the most crowded! ..at least for now…

However, according to the moving company United Van Lines which released its 36th annual study of customer migration patterns, New Jersey and You are apparently no longer perfect together.

These patterns, analyzing a total of 125,000 moves across the 48 continental states in 2012 show that  New Jersey has the highest ratio of people moving out compared to those moving in. Of the 6,300 total moves tracked in the state last year, 62% were outbound. Ouch!

Apparently New Jersey has been suffering from deindustrialization for some time now and even though it’s  starting to smell better  it’s still tied to New York, and its  high housing costs which may also be pushing people out.

And sadly, just when we had finally figured out how to keep New York’s garbage from washing onto our beaches, it’s now washing off of our beaches!… in the form of our houses, cars, boardwalks and amusement park rides…thanks to global warming (Yes, it is real) helping to bring those mega-storms up the coast on what’s becoming a yearly basis.  

And with new and more strictly drawn FEMA flood zone maps being approved along with  requirements to rebuild “off the ground” or above the flood plain,  insurance costs are sky rocketing,  not to mention the costs of rebuilding. . .and what was once our greatest asset is fast becoming our greatest liability…It will be interesting to see just how many of the homes destroyed during hurricane Sandy will actually be rebuilt.


Of course we still have “Snookie” and her friends around somewhere to help draw people back in although most of us New Jersians don’t see them as an asset, and even though I think we still lead the world in pizza, bagels and wise guys, if the trend continues perhaps someday soon the old Jersey joke, “Hey what exit?” will no longer refer to where we Jersy-ites live along our parkways and turnpikes but rather by which egress we are leaving.

But maybe the numbers are wrong and my beloved New Jersey will not have to  relinquish its claim to fame as the most densely populated state …maybe we New Jerseyers aren’t really leaving. We’re just being nudged, jostled and pushed out because it’s so crowded. Hey, could be… I bet if you look around you can even find some of us who have spilled into your state.

 Here in New Jersey, that’s called looking on the bright side…or a vacation.



6 Responses to “Hey, What Exit?”

  1. RAB February 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Ah, another Jersey Girl! I believe there’s always been outward migration: even back in the ’70s people were saying “New Jersey’s a great place to be from….” (Okay, so a lot of people who said it stressed the “from” part…) Actually in terms of the quality of life when I was growing up, the combination of quick minds, warm hearts, good public schools and public facilities, and a pace of life a little slower than NYC but within reach of the City, it was a great place to be nurtured. With people like Cory Booker taking on the problems of the big cities, the potential is even greater. I don’t live in NJ anymore, but my sister does, and my brother-in-law teaches there. Yes, Sandy has been a great tragedy; but the Garden State is resilient soil.

  2. momshieb February 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Brings back fond memories of my grad school days at Rutgers……

  3. TreeHugginVamp February 11, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    I too was raised in NJ. I thought I made it out in 93, but was sucked back in 98. I moved to the shore and have been doing somewhat ok, but to be honest, I’ve always thought NJ was too expensive and unless willing to commute to NY for work, most middle wage earners have a really hard time. I was super lucky during Sandy. My town didn’t get hit nearly as hard as the towns around me. I would love to see the Seaside of my childhood come back, minus the Jersey shore cast. I would like to move again, but have come to terms with being from here and dealing with all the jokes. If the opportunity arises, I may take it. We are Jersey Strong though and I will always have that in me. Once a Jersey girl always a Jersey girl..

  4. thereisnosanityclause February 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Exit zero wannabe here( actually, Lower Township..lol) and as soon as I can get rid of the former #4 big city trappings, I will love to go on down full time. People can take the big city and stick it…lol

  5. Monica February 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Beautiful New Jersey. If you’ve never been there, you don’t know. Is the fruit as sweet and delicious as I remember?

  6. Ravi Chander March 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I live in NJ and totally relate to this post. Starting to smell better… Lol! I like that. I remember George Carlin making a joke about it when he performed in NJ (:

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