The Garden State is a state well-known for being New York City’s next-door neighbor, but also for being a state that offers much to see and do in its own right. It is a state full of unique, eclectic, and friendly communities, each with its own vibe, and all offering plenty to see and do. New Jersey is a state of busy cities and beautiful beaches, of artists and entrepreneurs, of great sports teams, excellent educational institutions, and many opportunities. It is also a progressive, forward-thinking state with many cities that are welcoming and friendly to the LGBTQ community. If you’re thinking of making a move to New Jersey, chances are that you’ll find much to love about. Here are a few cities you may want to consider as part of your search:

  • Newark: Newark, New Jersey is the city with the largest population in the state, with more than 277,000 people calling it their home. It’s one of the largest shipping, rail, and air hubs in the United States, and also home to many large corporations, universities, cultural groups, and community centers. Although Newark is located less than ten miles from Manhattan and is considered a part of the NYC Metro Area, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have plenty to offer in its own right too. It’s a vibrant city with a thriving and welcoming LGBTQ community, and it’s truly a great place to call home. Read the full Newark Gay City Guide here.
  • Jersey City: Located on a peninsula between the Hudson and Hackensack Rivers opposite Manhattan Island in New York, Jersey City is the second-largest city in New Jersey, ranking only behind Newark.  It’s a city full of opportunities with plenty to see and do – not only because of its location close to New York City but also in its own right. In fact, The Atlantic recently ranked Jersey City the 10th most artistic city in North America. It has a warm, welcoming, and growing LGBTQ community, and many are happy to call it home. Read the full Jersey City Gay City Guide here.
  • Although Newark and Jersey City are definitely the two biggest cities in the state, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t also plenty of smaller cities to choose from, too. If you are interested in a more small-town vibe, you may want to consider visiting Atlantic City, Trenton, or Princeton. Each of these cities has its own unique personality, and all would make wonderful places to call home. If you are interested in learning more about these cities, one of our qualified and experienced gay realtors at is always available to help!

After you’ve decided which city in New Jersey is the best fit for you, your next step should be to connect with a realtor who knows that city and its neighborhoods well, and who can help you find a home that you will love and enjoy for many years to come. If you’re ready to do exactly that, we have over 20,000 LGBTQ realtors in our extensive network at, and we are ready to help! Choose an agent and start a conversation – there is never a cost or obligation. We look forward to helping you find your perfect New Jersey home soon!