New Jersey Senior Living
For anyone looking for a retirement paradise, New Jersey may not usually appear at the top of the list. But don’t be too quick to judge the beautiful Garden State. Those looking to find New Jersey filled with the likes of the cast of Jersey Shore will certainly be in for a big surprise.
The Garden State is actually a wonderful place to retire. Senior living in New Jersey offers a lot in terms of affluent neighborhoods, varied cultural events and senior friendly activities. Anyone looking for assisted living in New Jersey will be able to enjoy a great state with charming communities and beautiful beaches along its Atlantic coastline.
About 8.8 million people live in New Jersey (the most densely populated state in the nation) and 13.7 percent are 65 years or older, according to the 2012 U.S. Census data. Thanks to its growing senior population, New Jersey senior living is readily becoming available to meet the increasing demands of the local aging population.
New Jersey Assisted Living Costs
The average monthly price of a single room independent living in New Jersey is $4,157 with a minimum cost of $2,615 and a maximum cost of $5,518. Prices may vary depending on location and care necessities. *From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
- The State Agency Responsible for Regulating Assisted Living is the Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing
- Regulations for New Jersey Assisted Living Residences
Retirement in New Jersey
While senior living in New Jersey really does offer a lot in terms of options, it doesn’t come cheap. According to Kiplinger, New Jersey is not the tax-friendliest state in the union. In fact, Jersey has one of the highest costs of living in the USA. According to the Tax Foundation, New Jersey’s combined state, local and real estate taxes are the highest in the US. Ouch!
Did you know that ...?
- New Jersey does not tax Social Security benefits and military pensions.
- Seniors may qualify for an exclusion of part of their retirement income from state income taxes.*www.kiplinger.com
- Persons 62 or older may exclude all or part of their taxable pensions, annuities and IRA withdrawals if their gross income for the entire year before subtracting any pension exclusion does not exceed $100,000.
- The Property Tax Reimbursement Program in New Jersey reimburses eligible senior citizens for property-tax increases.
Best Cities for Retirement in New Jersey
New Jersey has a large amount of pleasant retirement communities, but Princeton is perhaps the most popular among affluent retirees.
If you’re looking for some more reasonable options, Manahakin and Cape May are both good options for senior living. Although smaller towns like Toms River, and Little Egg Harbor are emerging as less-expensive retirement destinations in New Jersey
The June 2012 edition of Inside Jersey, a monthly magazine published by the Star Ledger, featured Tinton Falls as the #1 city in New Jersey for retirement. Tinton Falls has a population of approximately 18,000 residents and is conveniently located near beaches, making it a great option for seniors.
Health Care in New Jersey
New Jersey has around 100 hospitals and medical centers. Four New Jersey hospitals are nationally ranked: Hackensack University Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Morristown Medical Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.
Quick Medical Guide for New Jersey:
- Full List of Local Hospitals and Medical Centers
- Consumer Reports: Consumer Rated New Jersey Hospitals
Activities for Seniors in New Jersey
Those who retire in New Jersey will be able to enjoy the beautiful beaches along its Atlantic coastline. New Jersey boasts many popular recreational spots including Sandy Hook, Long Beach Island, and Atlantic City. Strategically sitting between New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey’s largely suburban layout is complemented by big market sports and entertainment venues offering endless choices to keep active.
The New Jersey climate is called considered the typical Northern beach climate, humid-continental. The temperatures vary throughout the state, but generally New Jersey summers are hot and humid and the winters are cold and snowy. Check out the current temperatures in New Jersey!
Sharp Seniors has 25 Senior Living Facilities in New Jersey
- 25 of them offer Senior Living
- 24 of them offer Alzheimer's Care
- 24 of them offer Assisted Living
- 23 of them offer Respite
- 1 of them offer Short Term/ Rehabilitative Service
- 1 of them offer Skilled Nursing Facility
- 1 of them offer Hospice Care