Quality of Life

"Where Quality of Life is a Way of Life" has been Gloucester County's promotional theme for over a decade. County government realizes that no matter how attractive the location, infrastructure and taxes, if the location doesn't have a good quality of life, businesses will not come and people will not stay. That's why the major focus of county government has been to foster and support those elements of the community that contribute to an enhanced quality of life.

The county has paid particular attention to zoning policies and enforcement to make sure that development occurs in a way that is consistent with the county's master plan for maintaining a desirable quality of life. It also has made safety a primary focus, realizing that people want clean, safe communities first and foremost for living and raising families. Considering that Gloucester has the eighth-lowest crime rate of New Jersey's 21 counties and a rate that is considerably lower than that of neighboring Philadelphia, that policy seems to be working.

Residential Real Estate Market 2009 - 2010
Properties Sold % Changes in Total Sold
(1st half '09 - 1st half '10)
Median Sales Price
(1st half 2010)
1st half 2010 1st half 2009
260 203 21.9% $185,000
Housing Characteristics
Average House value (2008) $238,200
Total housing Units (2008) 106,641
% owner occupied (2008) %67.1
Average Mortgage payment (2008) $1,911.00 per month



Major Airports
Atlantic City International Airport 40 miles
Philadelphia International Airport 5 miles
Newark International Airport 81 miles

Major Hospitals
Albert Einstein Medical Center 14 miles
AI DuPont, Nemours 22 miles
Cooper University Hospital 7 miles
Hahnemann University Hospital 8 miles
Jefferson University Hospital 8 miles
Kennedy Hospital 10 miles
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 8 miles
Pennsylvania Hospital 8 miles
Temple University Hospital 11 miles
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children 12 miles
Underwood Memorial Hospital 0.5 mile

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Gloucester County is lower than in most other major U.S. metro areas. When compared with major U.S. metropolitan areas, South Jersey's personal income ranks just behind Washington D.C.'s. The South Jersey region has one of the lowest median home prices of the top U.S. metro areas and residents can choose urban living, small towns, open country or anything in between. If you are looking for small town charm next to big city, Gloucester County can definitely accommodate.

Crime

The county has paid particular attention to zoning policies and enforcement to make sure that development occurs in a way that is consistent with the county's master plan for maintaining a desirable quality of life. It has made safety a primary focus, realizing that people want clean, safe communities first and foremost for living and raising families. Considering that Gloucester County has the eighth-lowest crime rate of New Jersey's 21 counties and a rate that is considerably lower than that of neighboring Philadelphia, that policy seems to be working.