3 Communities in East Brunswick

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Overview

Just a drive away from New York City, East Brunswick is a small town located in Central New Jersey. With features like a local community arts center, shopping mall, and a number of parks, East Brunswick provides residents with plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy their favorite activities. East Brunswick is also northeast of Philadelphia, offering residents a prime location with access to the entertainment of major metro areas.

Climate & Geography

East Brunswick experiences all four seasons with warm summers and cold winters. The town receives slightly more sunny days than average as well as more rainfall and less snowfall.

East Brunswick is situated on low-lying, flat land in Central New Jersey between Philadelphia and New York City. Farrington Lake runs along the town’s northwestern edge while Jamesburg Park is at the town’s southern edge. Beaverdam Brook, Sawmill Brook, and Ireland Brook all run through East Brunswick.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

East Brunswick is home to numerous popular local events, including the Middlesex County Fair and the East Brunswick Art and Music Festival. Nearby New Brunswick offers a farmers market from June through October where residents can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. Those who appreciate the arts will enjoy a visit to Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s local theater. Entirely run by volunteers, members of the community who share a passion for theater come together and work on the productions.

Brunswick Square Mall features many popular commercial stores and restaurants. Additionally, there are many supermarkets and restaurants scattered through East Brunswick, providing everything one would need within close proximity to home. Residents that want to experience more extensive shopping options can head to New York City, about an hour away from East Brunswick. 

For active adults looking to get outside, Jamesburg Park offers a quiet escape. The wooded area provides trails for a peaceful stroll as well as canoeing and kayaking opportunities in Helmetta Pond. Residents can visit this park all year to surround themselves in nature.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The overall cost of living in East Brunswick is higher than the state and national averages. High housing costs play the biggest factor.

New Jersey does not tax Social Security benefits, and while all other forms of retirement income are taxed, they are also largely deductible for retirees over 62. The combined sales tax is lower than average, but property taxes in the state are among the highest in the country.

Health Care

The New York-Newark metro area ranks in the top 65 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.

There are no hospitals in East Brunswick, but there are several hospitals in nearby New Brunswick that are rated high performing by U.S. News, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital. Both of these hospitals are also nationally ranked.

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