5 Things You Should Know Before Moving to New Jersey

One of the prettiest places to make your home in the USA, New Jersey is a smaller version of the American civilization itself. If you’re moving to NJ, you deserve to know that it is a site of quite a few American firsts. These include the first organized baseball, football and basketball games, to the first brewery, and the first drive-in theatre. However, residing in the Garden State requires other important information. Here are the 5 things that I wish someone had told me when I decided to move to New Jersey.

New Jersey Can Have Extreme Weather

Residents have to make waterproof boots and quality car batteries a way of life here. The coldest the temperature has dropped to is -34 degrees, and nj.com has more such shocking records. Power outages are common, so always keep an emergency kit, complete with a solar charger, water and a source of heat, ready.
It gets nor’easters routinely in the cold and early spring seasons, and summer sees about 30 odd torrential thunderstorms. New Jersey can get very hot too, and on a day in the July of 1936, it saw a record 110 degrees. August 2016 saw a scorching heat wave, with temperatures regularly touching the 110 mark.

You Cannot Turn Left in New Jersey

Called Jughandles, the state has these slip roads that can confuse new residents driving. Something on the lines of the roundabout in Michigan, left turns are not allowed here. The Jughandle requires you to use a ramp towards the right, and there is a lot backtracking to do. 
NJ is one of the smaller states in the US, and there are 3 million drivers for under 40,000 miles of roadways. Given the congestion on the roads, this adjustment is seen as a way to avoid accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than a third of the accidents in the state take place on intersections.

New Jersey Has a Pest Problem

After New York, New Jersey too is developing a really severe bed bug problem. These insects are really tiny, which makes extermination difficult. The white-footed deer mouse and the gray house mouse are two notorious varieties of mice here. While the former goes around contaminating food and dribbling urine and feces, the latter is a deadly carrier of the Hantavirus.

After moving to New Jersey, you will have to, first of all, look up a pest exterminator that can eliminate a wide range of pests, from ticks to rodents. I had chosen Heritage Pest Control’s Clean and Sanitize services, which offered me quick relief. Make sure your pest exterminator provides insulation and sanitizes the area.

It is the Most Densely Populated State — By Humans and Bears

The most populated US state also abounds in black bears. The northwest corner, under 100 kilometers from NYC, has the highest concentration of black bears. Even after a culling in 2010, it took only 5 years for the number to bounce back to 3,600. After fresh hunting, the number is steady at 3,000, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The unfortunate bear attack in September 2014 of a student from Rutgers University is still fresh in public memory. Bear hunts have been frequently in the last few years. Attacks on residents have been both fatal and non-life threatening, but for someone moving in, precaution is paramount.

NJ Pays Teachers Big Money

If you are a teacher moving into NJ, be prepared to paid much more here. The starting salary is the highest in the country, and is a little under twice as that of Montana. The highest salary reaches $95,000, while the lowest is $41,000. Salaries are on the rise in the education sector, with the average salary for librarians, guidance counselors and other staff reaching $69,416 in 2016.

Despite the initial hiccups, I have now lived in NJ for over six years and wouldn’t live anywhere else.