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View Poll Results: Which is a better place to live?
Northern NJ 55 58.51%
Northern VA 39 41.49%
Voters: 94. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-03-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: DC
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Hey guys,
I just recently moved from the NJ suburbs of nyc to the va suburbs of DC, and I noticed something: Northern VA is alot like northern NJ!

For Example:

They are both across the river from their host city (Hudson vs. Potomac)

they are both in a different state from the host city

They are both quite diverse: an example would be the korean town in NJ is the Fort Lee area, and the korean town in VA is Annandale

They both have little cities that are surrounded by suburbs:
NJ:
Newark
Paterson
JC
Elizabeth

VA:
Arlington (can count a few times over cuz of its multiple downtowns)
Alexandria
Fairfax & falls church

They both include extremely affluent towns (alpine, saddle river NJ), (mclean, ashburn VA)

They both have some great universities
NJ:
Steven's
princeton
rutgers
montclair state
seton hall

VA:
GMU
Vtech & UVA have presences

They both also have great companies and highly educated workforces.

Some advantages NoVa has over NJ: more military bases, close to nations capital, better weather, slightly cheaper standard of living, faster growth (hence it looks nicer and newer overall, in my opinion)

Some advantages NJ has over NoVa: proximity to the beach, close to nation's largest city, more diverse & pretty landscape (in my opinion), better public transportation

So I just wanted to see what you guys thought: which is a better place to live?
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Jersey Boy living in Florida
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I'm going to be totally honest, I picked North Jersey because thats where I was born and raised so that was pretty biased on my behalf lol.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I've spent most of my life in these two states and I have to go with NNJ. I like many parts of VA, but Nova is just horrible IMO. The traffic, the poor land development pattern, the traffic, the shopping centers, the wal-marts, the traffic. For being a far more populous area, I feel NNJ has less traffic congestion, cuter towns (and some ugly ones too), closer to the shore. Both have excellent mountain areas nearby.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:29 PM
 
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I've been to both. Personally, I prefer the cities of Virginia to the ones of NJ, but I prefer the suburbs and rural aspects of NJ to Virginia because of the mass transit options, manner of development, food/diners, and access to the beach.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:50 PM
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Location: Gotham
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NNJ because it's a suburb of America's premier city.

NoVa is a suburb of DC.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Even though I love living in Arlington, I'm voting for NNJ because of the better food, better transit, and it being next to a huge/amazing city.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:42 PM
 
Location: DC
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Yeah its difficult to determine: I love the professional culture in northern VA. everyone seems very career driven and there is a huge young & single crowd especially around arlington, etc.

However, they dont seem to know how to have fun! in NJ the beach and the city (nyc) is always the place to go, its never a dull time.

The transit in NNJ is definitely better though, cant escape that....
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:27 PM
 
Location: moving again
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I've spent most of my life in these two states and I have to go with NNJ. I like many parts of VA, but Nova is just horrible IMO. The traffic, the poor land development pattern, the traffic, the shopping centers, the wal-marts, the traffic. For being a far more populous area, I feel NNJ has less traffic congestion, cuter towns (and some ugly ones too), closer to the shore. Both have excellent mountain areas nearby.
Agreed. On top of that, NoNJ has some gorgeous cities with some stunning architecture while NoVa has only oldtown alexandria, which is very small but also very pretty. Maybe a few dashes here and there of nice older architecture, but as a whole, it is, simply put, ugly.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:38 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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NNJ.

NoVa is nice and all, but it's obvious which region offers more.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Northern NJ for me.

And not just because I live there.

Northern NJ is one of the most productive regions in the country. The economy is incredibly diversified, the population is from all over the world and is so diverse, demographically varied, rich, poor, black, white, yellow, brown, etc...sorta sounds like California...yikes.
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