Many people out of the New York area have never even heard of Hoboken, so if you are considering a move to this Hudson County city, consider yourself pretty brilliant. This place is going to explode in popularity in upcoming years as the growth rate in the past decade is right around 30.18 percent, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce. Living here gives you only a short commute to Jersey City and Union City. This puts you close to major employers, such as Verisk Analytics, Lord Abbette, Fidelity Investments, Goya Foods, and Computershare, plus all the retail and chain stores on the “Miracle Mile.”
If you are a recent college grad or you will be graduating soon, Hoboken is the place to move. Its rapid growth means a ton of fantastic career opportunities with plenty of potential for advancement. This guide should help ensure a smooth relocation to New Jersey, regardless if you are moving from New York City or Los Angeles.
Decide Where to Live
There is a nice selection of diverse neighborhoods in Hoboken. If you are going to be reliant on public transportation, housing on Willow Ave and Washington St. are ideal. If you prefer expensive high-rise living, the northwest corner of town is where you will want to go. Those looking for an older area with a ton of character will flock to the rows of houses at Bloomfield, Garden, and Park. If you plan on working in downtown Manhattan, stick to the midtown area where you can quickly get to the Port Authority Bus Terminal at Washington and Willow.
From a value perspective, the expensive housing beginning at the waterfront and moving west are sure to increase in value. Plus, you have instant access to the PATH system, which also takes you into New York City.
Regardless how far you are moving, there is a lot of preparation. You have to call moving companies, compare quotes, and then research them to make sure they are licensed, insured, and have positive Better Business Bureau ratings. You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration, if you use Unpakt to book a guarantee price with verified local movers.
There are a few things you need to know about moving into Hoboken. These include:
- Parking – Depending on where you move, you may need to reserve on-street parking space for your moving truck. You can purchase temporary “No Parking” signs or meter bags from City Hall. This must be done 24 hours in advance.
- Utilities – The utility companies you will need to contact include PSE&G, United Water, and Cablevision. You should also know that trash should be placed curbside after 9 pm.
- Dogs – All dogs in Hoboken must have a valid license that needs to be renewed annually. Dogs must be leashed at all times outside of your property.
- Supermarkets – Popular supermarkets in the city include A & P Food Market, Kings Super Market, and Garden of Eden.
The great thing about this city is you really do not need a car. This will save you a huge expense, so sell your car and put the money towards furniture for your new place. Hoboken has the highest amount of public transportation use of any city in America. New Jersey Transit, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, PATH, NY Waterway Ferry, and the New Jersey Transit Buses out of Hoboken Terminal will get you where you need to go. The city also has Corner Cars that you can rent by the hour to run errands on an abundance of corners. There is also “The Hop,” which is an excellent community shuttle service, plus almost the entire city offers bicycle lanes. It is one of the most walkable cities in the United States…with one of the best views in the world.