The Counties With the Most New Jersey Natives
#15 Mercer County - 50% of the residents were born here
Mercer County is about as central New Jersey as it gets.
Half the population of the county comes from out of state. This county is attractive to newcomers who are looking for a nice place to raise a family that is close enough to New York. Mercer County has a huge commuter population.
#9 Atlantic County - 57% of the residents were born here
Most people in Atlantic County own their homes.
Presumably, this has created roots in the community that are passed down through the generations. The crime rate in the county is below the national average. The proximity to the shore, plenty of shopping and entertainment, makes it understandable why people would want to stay.
#4 Salem County - 64% of the residents were born there
Salem County ranks high in native residents, but you get the feeling that may be changing.
Reading reviews by residents on niche.com is sad. People talk about how good things were back in the day but don't seem optimistic about the current state of the county.
#3 Ocean County - 67% of the residents were born there
There's good reason for those born in Jersey to choose to stay in Ocean County. There's much to do here.
Ocean County boasts great restaurants and shopping. Oh, and of course there's the beach.
One obstacle to young folks who want to stay is the cost of living. Everything seems more expensive in Ocean County, but certainly, if you can afford it, its a great place to call home.