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Ranked #5 in Best Counties to Live in New Jersey

Middlesex County has set itself apart as the best place to live and to work in the region and home to more than 831,300 people along with numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, world-class healthcare and research facilities and the place where innovation and productivity have thrived. Being the the birthplace of college football, the incandescent light bulb, and duct tape, there’s no wonder why it has been said that Middlesex County is The Greatest County in the Land! 


Thousands of residents from a diverse array of cultures are attracted each year to it’s 25 unique municipalities, a mix of small towns, urban centers, and rural communities with the median age of it’s highly educated and skilled residents being 36.9 years of age. Residents and visitors benefit from the first-class medical facilities within the County, including nationally recognized Robert Wood Johnson University HospitalSaint Peter’s University HospitalThe Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital, all located in New Brunswick, and J.F.K. Medical Center in Edison, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge and the Penn Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro bring first-rate acute care and ancillary businesses to the County. 

The world headquarters for healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has been located in New Brunswick since 1886, and the company remains one of Middlesex County’s greatest corporate partners. Its complex sits right in the middle of downtown New Brunswick, the County seat and cultural hub, to which thousands of patrons each year are drawn to award-winning productions at the State TheatreGeorge Street Playhouse and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theater


The County is known for its award-winning schools, including Middlesex County College and the Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, which is ranked among the best in the nation and is part of the County’s Vocational &Technical High School system, the first Vocational-Technical school system in the nation, started in 1914. Most notably home to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the Plainsboro campus of Princeton University. In 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played the first intercollegiate football game in the United States in New Brunswick. The college football experience lives on today at the newly expanded Rutgers Stadium, which attracts more than 50,000 fans each game day. 


A vibrant restaurant scene has grown around the theater district and includes some of the most diverse and praiseworthy cuisines in the region. French, Cajun, New American, Ethiopian, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, and Italian hotspots line New Brunswick’s downtown streets. Once visitors leave the city, they discover Middlesex County’s other gems. The Raritan River winds its way from the Raritan Bay up into and out of New Brunswick. Bedroom communities, marinas, parkland, and cultural pursuits line the riverbank, offering beautiful waterfront views and access to countless tributaries and of course, the Raritan Bay. 

The County’s 18-strong Parks System boasts some of the best maintained and diverse recreational opportunities in the region. Encompassing more than 6,300 acres, the County’s parks and conservation areas offer ball fields, playgrounds, jogging paths, hiking trails, a family skating rink, and an outdoor amphitheater, which draws 50,000 people every summer to its Broadway-caliber Plays-in-the-Park series. A popular summer concert series and numerous historic and cultural programs are offered every year. Perhaps one of the most unique offerings is East Jersey Old Town Village, a collection of renovated, reconstructed and replica buildings that illustrate what life was like in Middlesex County in the 18th century and which offer a glimpse into the County’s rich agricultural and manufacturing past.

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