I've lived here most of my life and attended Rutgers in the early '60s. Diversity is the keyword. Diversity in terrain, people, attitudes, income, lifestyles, etc. You can live in a semi-rural area or in the heart of the 'hood. Jersey has it all! It's quite expensive, as was mentioned before, so plan on spending about $400-$700K for a good house in a decent neighborhood with a pretty good public school system. If you have school-age children and can't afford/don't want private school, you can forget about living in the main cities, such as Newark or New Brunswick because the inner city public schools are not exemplary. I would recommend a lengthy visit before you plant your feet.