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Township Tops List of Communities for Empty Nesters

 

Monroe Township was named the Best Community for Empty Nesters in the state in an article in the September 2013 issue of New Jersey Monthly.

             According to the story, Monroe was chosen because of its low taxes, open space and location in Central Jersey among many other factors.

             “Many of the Jersey towns with a significant number of 55-plus communities – such as Manchester, Stafford, and Little Egg Harbor are located further south,” the article stated. “Monroe has the advantage of being closer to population centers of Northern and Central New Jersey and even New York. That makes it a good choice for empty nesters eager to downsize, but not ready to retire.”

              In addition, the article, which is available online at www.njmonthly.com, also cited quick commutes to New York, whether by bus or train, as an advantage of living in Monroe.

              “Express buses stop at Rossmoor and other locations to pick up passengers for the 55-minute commute to the Port Authority in Manhattan,” the article stated. “There are also several park-and-ride lots. New Jersey Transit riders typically drive a half hour to Matawan, New Brunswick or Princeton for the direct train connection to New York City.” 

               Furthermore, the Township’s low tax rate and local health-care industries also taken into consideration in getting Monroe to the top of the list.

               “The presence of industrial ratables (drawn to the proximity of Exit 8A off the New Jersey Turnpike) helps keep taxes under control. The abundance of seniors also has spurred ‘overwhelming growth in the [local] health-care industry.’”

                The excellent school system and low crime rate were also cited in the article as reasons to live in Monroe.

               “Monroe Township High School ranked 124 last year on the New Jersey Monthly list of Top High Schools,” the article stated. “Younger families seek out three-bedroom ranches for about $325,000 or the higher-priced four-bedroom colonials. Like the empty nesters, they appreciate the access to nearby centers of employment and culture such as New Brunswick and Princeton.”

 Monroe was the only Middlesex County community on the list of Top Towns for Empty Nesters, and beat out communities such as West Caldwell, Pennington, Florham Park, North Caldwell and Manchester.

                   “We have worked hard throughout the years to make Monroe a great place to live, raise a family and retire,” Mayor Richard Pucci said. “It is an honor to be named by an independent survey as the best Community for Empty Nesters.”

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